Date: Feb. 9, 2015
Located just west of Charlotte in the town of Belmont, Belmont Abbey College hosts the annual Arts at the Abbey series, with free performances open to the public. The concerts are held in the magnificent basilica on campus that is over one hundred years old and decorated with colorful windows that won four gold medals at the Colombian Exposition, the famous World’s Fair held in Chicago in 1892. The February 9th Lenten program features Carolina Pro Musica, the region’s foremost orchestra, playing music written before 1800. Works performed will include Belgian composer Hector-Joseph Fiocco’s “Lamentations” seconda for soprano and viola da gamba solo, Bach arias including “Bete, bete” from Cantata 115 and sonatas by Veracini and Marcello. The Belmont Abbey series continues with concerts by the Cecilia Ensemble and the Palmis Trio, as well as performances by the college’s chorus and musical ensembles.
The Davidson Symphony Orchestra celebrates the 2014-2015 season with a series of concerts themed On Fire! The November performance, “Ablaze,” features the winners of Davidson’s 2014 Concerto Competition. All of the college symphony’s concerts are free, with donations accepted for local charities. The Davidson College Music Department presents more than 50 events annually, many of them free and open to the public, including frequent faculty recitals and concerts. Ticketed classical concerts this season include performances by the Davidson Trio playing chamber music by Dohnanyi, Mozart and Winthrop University professor Mark Lewis; cellist Deborah Pae and international concert pianist Dana Protopopescu; pianist Phillip Bush; and the Marinus Ensemble, presenting music by Mendelssohn, Piazzolla and Ravel.
Date: Nov. 14-15, 2014
The most important work of Brahms’ career, the seven-part Requiem for orchestra, chorus and soloists established the composer as a major player on the 19th century music scene. Soprano Anna Devin, baritone Russell Braun and the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte join conductor Christopher Warren-Green and the Charlotte Symphony for this presentation, part of the symphony’s Classics Series. The series continues with “Don Quixote” by Strauss, plus concerts featuring the works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Barber, Copland, Bernstein, Chopin, Dvorak and more. The Charlotte Symphony also offers a Pops Series, the KnightSounds Series at Knight Theater and the Lollipops Series designed to inspire the love of music in children.
Date: Nov. 16, 2014
Part of the UNCC Department of Music Faculty and Friends Concert Series, this performance of the Madison Park String Quartet features classical works for violin, viola and cello. UNCC’s associate professor of cello Mira Frisch leads the group. Kirsten Swanson plays viola with Charlotte Symphony musicians Jenny Topilow and Kari Giles on violin. Other classical performances on the UNC-Charlotte calendar this fall include performances by the university’s Wind Ensemble on December 1, and the University Chorale and Chamber Orchestra performing Mozart’s “Litaniae de venerabili altaris” on December 3, 2014.
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