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The intriguing programming of Maestro Muti, four area soloists of national stature, and The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle combine to present a fascinating concert on Sunday, May 8, at 3pm in the acoustical gem of Durham Carolina Theatre's Fletcher Hall. Without stealing the thunder of Maestro Muti's uncovering of the "Spanish Mozart", suffice it to say that the audience will encounter a rich, early, romantic symphony that few Americans have ever heard: Juan Crisostomo Arriaga's "Symphony in D major". Born in 1806 and dying tragically at 19 in 1826, Arriaga was a Basque native who displayed such brilliance that he was hailed at the Paris Conservatoire as "...music itself". One of his last pieces, this Symphony displays a passion for emerging romanticism with an exciting and equal passion for counterpoint à la Mozart!
The Spanish Mozart is followed by the real Mozart--or is it??? The orchestra will perform the exciting and mysterious "Sinfonia concertante for 4 winds in Eb, K". Program notes by Duke University School of Music doctoral students explore this conundrum fully, but without a definitive answer. As always, Maestro Muti will share from the podium his deep insight into this and other works on the program. This gorgeous piece may remain a mystery as to whether it was entirely Mozart's work (1756-1791), but what is indisputable is the stirring music featuring Anna Lampidis on oboe, Kevin Streich playing clarinet, Christopher Ulffers bassoon, and Andrew McAfee playing French horn.
Finally the concert concludes with the exquisite Fourth Symphony of Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827). Called by Schumann "a slender Greek maiden between two Norse giants", this elegant symphony stands as both an exemplary Beethoven classical piece as well as the perfection of his Middle Period. Maestro Muti loves ending a season with a thrilling concert concluding with a musical masterpiece, and this concert suits his philosophy to a perfection. With the 2016-17 Season already on sale, every person attending will receive a season brochure for the coming year--a year of extraordinary music with brilliant international soloists.
Anna Lampidis, oboe, has held the The Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Chair of the orchestra since 2002. She holds music degrees from major universities including her doctorate from UNCG. Lampidis is adjunct oboe professor at Wake Forest University and a member of the WFU Faculty Wind Quintet.
Kevin Streich, clarinet, holds the The Anna and Simon Schwartz Principal Clarinet Chair of The Chamber Orchestra. He holds multiple music degrees including a Doctorate in Musical Arts from Michigan State University. He is on the faculty of UNCP and Ravenscroft. Streich is a regular player with the NC Symphony and other orchestras.
Christopher Ulffers, bassoon, is a renowned soloist. Professor Ulffers is The Susan Jennifer Gettes Principal Bassoon Chair of The Chamber Orchestra. He joined the East Carolina University faculty in 1992 and is Associate Professor of bassoon as well as Associate Director of the School of Music at ECU. Ulffers is in great demand playing widely including with the NC Symphony when there is no conflict with The C. O. T. Schedule.
Andrew McAfee, horn, holds the Katherine Campbell Brumley Principal Horn Chair of The C. O. T. Professor McAfee teaches horn at UNC-CH and teaches conducting and conducts various area ensembles. He appears regularly as a soloist with orchestras throughout the region.
The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle
Artistic Director: Lorenzo Muti
Sunday, May 8, 2016, 3pm
Carolina Theatre of Durham
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701
Box Office: (919) 560-3030
Tickets available in advance or at the door
$25.00/adult - inclusive of taxes and fees
FREE to students of every age
About the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle
Since 1982, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle has been received with genuine respect and enthusiasm by music critics and the community. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast. With its elite corps of musicians, the orchestra continues to present a well-chosen and unusual repertoire that delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics. That standard of excellence has become the hallmark of the orchestra and has distinguished each succeeding season. The 2015-2016 series marks its 33rd concert season. For more information, visit www.thecot.org or call 919.360.3382
We are so confident in this orchestra, we provide any new-comer a complementary ticket because we know they will return as happily paying patrons. In the past ten years our audiences have grown from an average of 100 to an average of 600 – an extraordinary statement about the quality of music created by this outstanding ensemble guided by the effervescent Lorenzo Muti. To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.