Under an Indigo Sky composed by Edward Hart ’88, dean of the School of the Arts at the College of Charleston, recently debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard Traditional Classical Albums Chart. Released on March 3, 2023, the album features critically acclaimed violinist Yuriy Bekker, conductor of the College of Charleston Orchestra, and includes A Charleston Concerto and Under an Indigo Sky, two works that celebrate and reflect the history and culture of the Southeastern United States.   

This is the first time Hart’s work has placed on a Billboard chart, an achievement he says is very special.

“It’s a privilege to be able to share with the world the great talent of our Charleston Symphony performing works that are inspired by our region,” Hart says.  

A native of Charleston, South Carolina, Hart finds inspiration in the natural beauty and multicultural heritage of his hometown. Hart specifically wrote A Charleston Concerto to commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the City of Charleston and the recording features a collaboration with the Charleston Symphony and the world-renowned Harlem Quartet. The composition takes an unflinching, yet ultimately hopeful view of the city’s complex history over those three and a half centuries.  

Under an Indigo Sky is a musical love letter written to Hart’s geographical home. It explores both the physical splendor of the mountains and coast, but also the feel and “soul” of these breathtaking places. 

“The charting of Under an Indigo Sky is truly the result of a fantastic group effort,” says Hart. “From the generous sponsors to the dedicated Charleston Symphony staff, leadership and board, to Navona Records and 8VA Consultancy, and of course the talented musicians of our wonderful orchestra, I could not be more honored and humbled to be in partnership with this incredible team.” 

A sample of the album is available on the Navona Records website. You can download the album or purchase the CD through Amazon, Apple music and Spotify, among others.