Chamber Orchestra to celebrate Muti’s 30th season

Lorenzo Muti will celebrate his 30th year with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle during its 2017-18 season.
Lorenzo Muti will celebrate his 30th year with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle during its 2017-18 season. Submitted

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will celebrate the 30th anniversary of Artistic Director and Conductor Lorenzo Muti during its 2017-18 concert season. The orchestra will perform six concerts for the season, according to a release.

A resident of Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, South Carolina, Muti originally came to Duke University where he served on the music faculty for many years as well as conducting in London, Paris, Amsterdam and other American and European opera houses and concert halls. In 1978 he took over the baton of the St. Stephen's Chamber Orchestra. Muti has led the orchestra to an expanded season, a new name, cooperative leadership in cross-genre work, and in its role of introducing newly discovered young soloist stars.

In November Tim Fain rejoins the orchestra for the third time performing the Dvorak Violin Concerto. Fain was the musical star of the movie “Black Swan,” performer and co-arranger of the onscreen music for “12 Years a Slave” and for the soundtrack “Free State of Jones.” Fain also worked closely with Nicholas Britell on the Oscar and Golden-Globe-winning film “Moonlight.”

In May 2018 the season concludes with the return of flautist Mimi Stillman, making her fourth appearance since her debut with The COT at age 17. Stillman will introduce the 1918 “Poem” by Charles Griffes. The concert also includes the Flute Concertino by the French composer Cécile Louise Stéphanie Chaminade.

Nathan Lee will be 16 by next March when he performs Beethoven's Piano Concerto No. 5 (”Emperor”) bookending a concert with Symphony No. 3 (“Eroica”). Lee's budding career has already earned critical praise as well as standing ovations. Lee won First Prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.

Concert dates are listed below. Except where noted, all concerts will be at the Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham. For tickets, visit www.thecot.org or call 919-560-3030.

▪  Oct. 1. “The Timeless Power of Genius,” W.A. Mozart Posthorn Serenade; D. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 1.

▪  Nov. 19. “Masters of the 19th Century,” Tim Fain, violin.

▪  Jan. 14, 2018. “20th Century Luminaries,” J. Corigliano, “Voyage” for string orchestra; A. Copland, “Appalachian Spring”; A. Schoenberg, Chamber Symphony No. 2.

▪  Feb. 18. “Resplendent Gems,” concert at St Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. A. Dvorak, Notturno for strings; A. Dvorak Serenade for winds; F. Mendelssohn, Octet.

▪  March 25. Nathan Lee, piano.

▪  ​May 6. Mimi Stillman, flute.

Cliff Bellamy: 919-419-6744, @CliffBellamy1