Sundays at Four Concert Series
Sundays at Four is the only subscription concert series in McCormick County. It is a not-for-profit artist series organization in cooperation with McCormick Arts Council at the Keturah (MACK).
All series concerts take place at The Lutheran Church By The Lake. The series does not provide income to the church, nor does it receive financial assistance from the church.
The church donates the use of the sanctuary for the performances and the fellowship hall for the reception following each program.
All performances are at the Lutheran Church By The Lake, U.S. Hwy. 378 and Twelve Oaks Drive, Savannah Lakes Village, McCormick, SC, at 4 p.m.
A free reception will follow each performance — a wonderful opportunity to meet and talk with the performers.
November 6 — The Fortunato Ensemble
Three-time Grammy-nominated mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato, an admired favorite on the international concert stage, will perform a Gala Vocal Chamber Concert with acclaimed flutist Peter H. Bloom and pianist Mary Jane Rupert. Repertoire includes gems by Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn, and others. Ms. Fortunato has appeared as a soloist with preeminent American orchestras, including Boston, New York Philharmonic, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Houston, Cleveland, Dallas, Minnesota, St. Luke's Orchestra, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and others.
Praised for stellar musicianship and vivid, engaging concerts, The Fortunato Ensemble performs masterworks and rarely-heard gems by European and American composers. The ensemble has concertized across the United States, in a collaboration spanning 20 years, with extensive tours in the Southeast, Midwest, Mid-Atlantic and New England states. D’Anna Fortunato has been called “affecting…superb” (The New York Times), and “a mezzo-soprano of profound musicality and technical aplomb” (The Village Voice). Peter H. Bloom and Mary Jane Rupert perform internationally as the Duo “2” in addition to their concert career with Ms. Fortunato. Bloom and Rupert have been called “the very best players playing at the height of their powers” (University of Canberra, Australia). We haven’t had a wonderful vocalist like Ms. Fortunato in a long time! Great group!
January 22 — David Burgess, Guitar
David Burgess is rapidly establishing a reputation as one of today's outstanding guitarists. He has won top honors in many international music competitions including Mexico City, Toronto and Munich.
Mr. Burgess began studying guitar in Mexico City, with the pre-eminent Argentine guitarist, Manuel Lopez Ramos. He later earned a Diploma di Merito, while receiving a full scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. After earning a Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Washington, he was appointed guitar instructor at both the University of Washington and the Cornish Institute of the Arts in Seattle.
In 1984, he was selected as the first recipient of the Andres Segovia Fellowship, after which he periodically received classes from Maestro Segovia until the Maestro's death in 1987.
Mr. Burgess has performed solo recitals to critical acclaim throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. He has also performed with the American Chamber Orchestra at Kennedy Center, the St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, the Philharmonia Virtuosi and many other prominent orchestras throughout the U.S.
Mr. Burgess has performed in Town Hall, Carnegie Recital Hall and at Lincoln Center. He has recorded for Musical Heritage Society, Athena and Camerata Records as well as having recorded Rodrigo's "Concierto de Aranjuez” with the Philharmonia Virtuosi of New York on the CBS Masterworks label. He currently resides in North Carolina.
February 12th —Mark Valenti, Piano
Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S., Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary, and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.
Mark Valenti has performed recitals live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler's Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.
Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently resides in Chicago and teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood. He is available for lessons for all levels and all styles.
Mr. Valenti is quoted as saying, “I believe a performance should be first and foremost fresh, spontaneous and alive. I do NOT believe in a planned, prepared, ‘definitive’ interpretation. Like playing an Ouija board, my preference is to let the music lead me wherever it wants to go. Call it Zenpiano if you like. The music I will perform displays the evolution of piano styles from the elegant gracefulness of Classicism to the passionate lyricism of Romanticism through the atmospheric Impressionism of Debussy to the rhythmic percussiveness of Modernism.”
March 19th — Davidson Chorale
The Davidson Chorale from the John S. Davidson Fine Arts Magnet School in Augusta, GA performs regularly at prestigious events and venues in their home state of Georgia, across the nation, and internationally. Founded in 1981, the Chorale soon achieved national notoriety and garnered invitations in 2004 and 2005 to appear at the American Choral Directors Association Divisional and National Conventions, as well as performances at the Georgia Music Educators Association conference in 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2012. In 2007, The Chorale performed at the Music Educators National Conference Southern Division Convention in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2007, and again in 2008, The Chorale became the first high school ensemble to present a concert on the National Gallery of Art Concert Series in Washington, D. C. In 2010, the Chorale received an exclusive invitation to sing for Easter Sunday services at the historic St. Thomaskirche in Leipzig, Germany, the home church of J. S. Bach. The choir followed up this honor with a world-premiere performance at Lincoln Center in NYC in 2011, and an invitation in 2012 to appear at Historic Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, home of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. They are the 2012 Winners of the American Prize in Choral Performance and appeared at the 2014 Southern Division ACDA Conference under the direction of Dr. Timothy Powell. The Chorale will be performing in Dublin, Ireland in 2016 at Christ Church, whose choir in 1742 helped to premiere Handel’s Messiah. A terrific closing concert for our season!