COT to honor music of Robert Ward

Jan. 02, 2014 @ 10:42 AM

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will perform a concert Jan. 12 honoring composer Robert Ward, who died in April. Ward won the Pulitzer Prize for his opera “The Crucible.” He also composed choral works, chamber music and works for other ensembles. He was a former chancellor of the N.C. School of the Arts, and a longtime Duke University music professor.
Andrew Tyson, pianist, will be the guest artist for this 3 p.m. concert at the Carolina Theatre. The orchestra will perform Ward’s Symphony No. 6. 
Paul Huang, violinist, will be the guest artist for the orchestra’s Feb. 16 concert titled “Romantic European Riches,” with music by Strauss, Dvorak and Mendelssohn. The Concert Singers of Cary will join the orchestra for the March 23 concert titled “A Touch of Neo-Classicism.”  Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, pianist, will be the guest artist for the orchestra’s final concert of the season May 11, titled “The Past Meets the Present.”
Lorenzo Muti is the music director and conductor. All concerts are at 3 p.m. in the Carolina Theatre. For tickets and information, visit www.chamberorchestraofthetriangle.org, or call 919-560-3030.
Here are other concerts planned from local music organizations.
-- The Durham Symphony will begin its spring season with a concert dedicated to Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. at the Durham Armory. The symphony, directed by William Henry Curry, will perform with students from North Carolina Central University, and the NCCU Alumni Chorus.
The symphony also will perform music by North Carolina composers March 2 at 3 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre, and music from the movies April 6 at 3 p.m. at Riverside High School.
The symphony will perform with students from Kidznotes April 12 at 3 p.m. at the Emily Krzyzewski Center. Two free outdoor concerts also are on the symphony’s calendar – May 17 at 5 p.m. in Trinity Park, and May 18 at 3 p.m. in Cameron Park in Hillsborough.
For tickets and more information, visit www.durhamsymphony.org or call 919-491-6576.
-- Duke University’s music department has a busy season of concerts from faculty and guest artists. The Red Clay Saxophone Quartet will celebrate its 10th anniversary in a concert at 3 p.m. in Baldwin Auditorium Jan. 26. Vocalist and pianist Diane Schuur will perform with the Duke Jazz Ensemble in Baldwin Auditorium at 8 p.m. April 11.
The Duke Symphony and Duke Chorale will join for a performance of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony at 8 p.m. April 5 in Baldwin Auditorium. For a complete list, and for ticket information, visit music.duke.edu.
-- UNC’s Department of Music will present the Richard Luby Memorial Concert, at 3 p.m. Feb. 2 in Hill Hall Auditorium. Luby, who died last year, was a longtime teacher of violin and chamber music at UNC. A memorial fund was established in his name to help future music students.
On March 21 and 22, sopranos Marquita Lister and Louise Toppin will perform
New Art Songs on African-American Themes, at 8 p.m. in Hill Hall Auditorium. The University Chamber Players will present a Mini Chamberfest April 5 at 8 p.m. and April 6 at 2 p.m. Both concerts will be in Person Recital Hall.
For information about tickets, and a complete list of concerts, visit music.unc.edu.