As a highlight of the 2017-2018 season, Chamber Music Charleston (CMC) is pleased to announce a thrilling collaboration with the Música en Segura Festival in Spain.  Two of the festival’s guest artists will perform in Charleston alongside our musicians at the Dock Street Theatre on March 20, 2018, sponsored in part by Spain arts & culture.  Then, Chamber Music Charleston musicians will participate in the Música en Segura’s May 2018 Festival, taking place in the charming Spanish villiage of Segura de la Sierra deep in the Segura and Cazorla National Park.

CMC board member Nelson Hicks has graciously volunteered to assist in the coordination of travel for CMC supporters and fans who are interested traveling to Spain for the performances in May.  While registration has closed for travel assistance, you are welcome to contact Nelson Hicks at  to hear about what information he has put together for the trip.

With a population of only 140, the town of Segura de la Sierra (in Jaén, Andalusia) preserves the stunning beauty of a village from a time long ago.  For five days in May, Segura is the meeting spot for a combination of charismatic artists and international audiences.  The festival’s bold and innovative programming crosses over traditional genre divisions and formats to focus on the audience enjoyment of live music in historic and outdoors locations.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a varied programme over several days that combines pieces from the great classics such as Mozart and Beethoven, alongside others by some of the best contemporary musicians. The concerts are held in special locations such as Segura Castle or the medieval chapel.

Flamenco evenings, accordion recitals… all to the backdrop of the Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Nature Reserve and the charming town of Segura de la Sierra with its narrow whitewashed streets and flower-filled balconies.


May 16 to 20, 2018. First concert will be May 16 at 7:30pm and the last one on May 20 at 6pm. There will be around 12 concerts.  The dates and times of the specific concerts CMC will participate in will be announced in the Fall.


The recommended arrival airport is Madrid Barajas, but one could also fly to Granada to visit that wonderful city. There are very few international flights to Granada – you can fly to Madrid and then take another short fligh to Granada.  Segura is a three hour drive from Madrid and a two and one half drive from Granada..

ESTIMATED EXPENSE (All costs are approximate at this time)

Air fare economy from Charleston to Madrid round trip pp.        $1200
Car rental from Madrid, drop either in Madrid or Granada.          $300
Festival (12 performances).                                                                   $125
Double rooms in Segura per night.                                                      $60
Double rooms in Granada and Córdoba per night.                          $125
Fast train Córdoba to Madrid.                                                              $100



The accommodations of Los Huertos de Segura were built on the former Parrish orchard bordering the Castle Street, right underneath the Arab Fortress and with an impressive panoramic view over valleys and mountains of the surroundings.

There are four studios available, each for two persons (2 twin bedded and 2 double bedded studios) and two apartments/junior suites, each with separate sleeping and living room.   All are fully equipped with bathroom, kitchenette with two cooking places, refrigerator, cooking utensils, central heating, TV, open fireplace, terrace or balcony.  WiFi connection can be reached in all accommodations.  The decor aims to create a cosy atmosphere for a pleasant relax after your excursions and walks through the Sierras.

In case you do not feel like using the kitchenette in your apartment, you may have lunch, dinner or breakfast in one of the three cosy restaurants in the village, two of them just beneath our accommodations at a two minutes walking distance.

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La Mesa Segureña

La Mesa Segureña offers country-style accommodation with a fireplace, TV and fantastic mountain views. The accommodation features tiled floors and wooden beams. All apartments and studios have a kitchenette with a hob, microwave and coffee-maker. Most have a balcony.

The rustic restaurant serves mountain-style food. It has an attractive terrace with great views. More information about this property can be found online at such popular travel websites as or


Chamber Music Charleston will celebrate the US portion of the collaboration while the Musica en Segura artists visit Charleston, SC for the “Ovation Concert” Performance on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.  Taking place at the historic Dock Street Theatre in charming Charleston, SC, the musicians will come together to perform on a program of music by Brahms, Stravinsky and Beethoven.  Additionally, CMC will schedule other special events in conjunction with the performance, such as a luncheon with the artists at noon on Tuesday, March 20 and a special post-concert reception following the evening’s performance.

The international musicians will be in Charleston between Saturday, March 17, 2018 and Wednesday, March 21, 2018 to rehearse and perform.   Various sponsors from the Musica en Segura festival are scheduled to attend these festivities and visit Charleston within this time period.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 7:30pm – Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church Street, Charleston, SC

Brahms Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano in E-Flat Major, Op. 40
Stravinsky Suite from “L’Histoire du Soldat” for Violin, Clarinet and Piano
Beethoven Quintet in E-Flat Major for Piano and Winds, Op. 16

Andrew Armstrong piano.  Worcester, MA.  Musician with Chamber Music Charleston
Miguel Colom violin.  Spain.  Musician with the Musica en Segura Festival
Zac Hammond oboe. Charleston, SC.  Musician with Chamber Music Charleston
Daniel Broncano clarinet Spain.  Musician and Director of the Musica en Segura Festival
Sandra Nikolajevs bassoon. Charleston, SC.  Musician and Director of Chamber Music Charleston
Debra Sherrill Ward horn.  Charleston, SC.  Musician with Chamber Music Charleston