Fall preview: Mallarmé opens with ‘American Mavericks’
The Mallarmé Chamber Players open their 2014-15 season with “American Mavericks,” at 3 p.m. Sept. 7 in PSI Theatre at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.
This opening event will feature music for strings, clarinet and piano by composers Aaron Copland, Karel Husa, Charles Ives and John Duffy. The ensemble for this concert will be Mimi Solomon, piano; Dovid Friedlander and Jackie Wolborsky, violin; Suzanne Rousso, viola; Bonnie Thron, cello; and Fred Jacobowitz, clarinet. David Harman will narrate the Duffy composition, “We Want Mark Twain.”
On Oct. 9, Mallarmé and chamber group Pan Harmonia will get together for “eHarmonious,” with music from composers Franz Schubert, Walter Piston and others. This performance will be at The Pinhook, 117 W. Main St. in Durham. The finale for the fall season will be “Down to the Depths,” which bills itself as “music mixed with humor for cello and bass.” This concert will be at 3 p.m. Nov. 23 in Kirby Horton Hall in Sarah P. Duke Gardens at Duke University.
For ticket information, visit mallarmemusic.org/concerts.
Andrew McAfee, French horn, will be the guest artist for the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s opening concert of its 2014-15 season. This concert, titled “America through English Eyes,” will feature music of Antonin Dvorak, Benjamin Britten and other composers at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. Pianist Andrew Tyson will be the guest artist for the Nov. 9 concert, “The Pinnacle of Piano Concertos.” Tyson will perform Ludwig van Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G.
All concerts are at 3 p.m. in the Carolina Theatre. For tickets, visit www.ticketmaster.com or call the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030.
Pianist Awadagin Pratt will be among the guest artists who will perform with faculty members and student groups during the Duke University Department of Music’s fall series. Pratt will perform Sept. 20 with the Ciompi Quartet. Other guest artists will be pianist Arturo O’Farrill, performing with the Duke Jazz and Djembe ensembles Oct. 24; the Amernet String Quartet, performing with the Ciompi Quartet Nov. 1; and pianist Clara Yang, performing Nov. 14. For a full calendar, visit music.duke.edu/performances. Many concerts are free, but for tickets, call 919-684-4444 or visit tickets.duke.edu.
The UNC Etude Festival is among the fall highlights of the UNC Music Department’s fall series of concerts. This festival, to be held Oct. 26-Nov. 2, will explore the etude tradition through a wide variety of performances by UNC faculty and students, including the premiere of African-American composer Leslie Adams' “Piano Etudes.”
The season will include five performances (Nov. 20–24) of Kurt Weill and Paul Green's musical play “Johnny Johnson” as part of the campus-wide event, "A Year-Long Conversation: World War I - The Legacy."
For a full calendar, visit music.unc.edu.
-- Cliff Bellamy