Dec. 27, 2012 @ 03:49 PM

Kitchen to play violin recital
DURHAM – Nicholas Kitchen, violinist, and Andrew Tyson, pianist, will perform a recital Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church.
Kitchen is the first violinist and a founding member of the Borromeo String Quartet, which is in residence at the New England Conservatory of Music and performs about 100 concerts a year. Kitchen is also an internationally renowned soloist.
Tyson is presently in the Artist Diploma program at The Julliard School.  First Prize winner of the 2011 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, he will make his New York debut at Merkin Hall Jan. 22 and his Washington, D.C., debut at the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater April 30.
They will perform the second of three recitals in a cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas.  The program will include Beethoven’s Violin Sonatas No. 4, 6 and 9 (“Kreutzer”).  A pre-concert discussion of the works by the artists will be at 3 p.m.
The concert is presented by St. Stephen’s Concert Series, 82 Kimberly Dr., Durham. Tickets are $21 at the door, free under 18 years. For ticket information, call 919-493-5451 or email office@ssecdurham.org.
PlayMakers to present ‘Great Whales’
CHAPEL HILL – PlayMakers Repertory Company at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will presents actor-playwright-composer Rinde Eckert’s award-winning “And God Created Great Whales” Jan. 9-13.
“And God Created Great Whales” is a musical adventure into the psyche of a composer trying to create an opera based on the classic novel, “Moby Dick.” Desperately fighting a degenerative disease eating away at his mind, the artist must rely on a tape recorder hung around his neck and a muse born of his imagination to instruct him on his work each day.
The production is part of the theater’s PRC2 second-stage series and will be performed by original cast members Eckert and Nora Cole.
Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 9-12, with a 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 13. Tickets are available as part of the theater’s 2012-2013 season subscription packages. Individual tickets are $25-$40. For more information, call the PlayMakers box office at 919-962-PLAY (7529) or visit www.playmakersrep.org.
PRC2 shows are presented in the Elizabeth Price Kenan Theatre in the Center for Dramatic Art on Country Club Road.
—From staff reports