The Classical Ideal at Millford

Simon Adda-Reyss and Robert deMaine address the audience in the double parlor before their performance.

On Saturday, September 23, the culmination of our week-long series of concerts was held at Millford in Pinewood, SC.  Robert deMaine and Simon Adda-Reyss played a repertoire that featured Camille Saint-Saëns, François Couperin, Rachmaninoff and featured an original composition by deMaine, entitled Étude-Caprice No. 3 in G, “Brésil” for solo cello.

Nic Butler presents an exclusive lecture in Millford’s second floor hallway, detailing a long and rich history of music at the house.

Guests enjoyed a delicious barbecue picnic lunch by Mike Jones of Indigo Jones in Camden, SC.


Guests convene for a photo in front of Millford’s facade with massive Corinthian columns that are under restoration.

Recently restored Corinthian capital at Millford.







Millford, considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States, was an ideal setting for this intersection of music and architecture.  This sixth Music at Millford concert in the double parlor saw a new and returning audience who experienced a full day of programmatic offerings that also highlighted the unique architecture and setting of this house.  Guests enjoyed a picnic lunch on the lawn, followed by a lecture, “Art, Music, and Culture in the Antebellum Era”, by Nic Butler, author of Votaries of Apollo: The St. Cecilia Society and the Patronage of Concert Music in Charleston, SC, 1766-1820.  Patron-level guests who stayed after the concert enjoyed a “sip ’n stroll” walking tour of the grounds led by CAHPT Co-President Peter Kenny featuring a lecture and cocktails.  The sip ’n stroll was followed by dinner in the dining room at Millford, where the musicians joined our guests to celebrate the conclusion of a successful concert series.  Click below to hear clips from the concert!

A standing ovation in the double parlor.

Gracelynn Hall, granddaughter of site Manager Louis Hall, presents the musicians with flowers at the end of the concert.











Guests congregate in the main hallway after the show.

Videos from The Classical Ideal at Millford:

Camille Saint-Saëns
Sonata in C Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 32

Robert deMaine
Étude-Caprice No. 3 in G, “Brésil” (1999 (for Solo Cello)

François Couperin
La Distraite
Le Tic-Toc-Choc (for Solo Piano)

Sergei Rachmaninoff
Sonata in G Minor for Cello and Piano, Op. 19

Sonatas and Soundscapes

Bradley Fuller, from the SC Public Radio program “Sonatas and Soundscapes” also attended the concert.  He recorded segments of the performance, as well as interviewed Robert deMaine and Nic Butler.  Listen to the segment that aired live on Tuesday, October 24, 2017:
Sonatas and Soundscapes

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All photos by John Teague. (

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