Nov
18
3:00 PM15:00

Music, Religion, and Philosophy

Barber - Prayers of Kierkegaard
Rota - Bassoon Concerto
Dvorák - Symphonic Variations

featuring UNC's Carolina Choir and Christopher Ulffers - bassoon

Joining The COT in a performance of Samuel Barber’s demanding Prayers of Kierkegaard is UNC’s Carolina Choir. The COT’s own Christopher Ulffers performs the Bassoon Concerto by Nino Rota, the Italian giant mostly recognized for his scores to the movies of Fellini and The Godfather Trilogy. And what better way to finish than with Dvorák’s charming Symphonic Variations?!

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Jan
13
3:00 PM15:00

The Three Viennese Masters

Haydn - Symphony No. 95
Beethoven - Piano Concerto No. 1
Mozart - Symphony No. 41

featuring Panos Karan - piano

In an ode to classicism, The COT presents the father of the symphony at his peak, the colossus at the beginning of his epic journey, and the genius who made it all seem so easy. Haydn, Beethoven, AND Mozart... how much would you love to have lived in 18th century Vienna? Don’t miss the conclusion of The COT’s cycle of Beethoven piano concertos with British pianist Panos Karan.

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Feb
17
3:00 PM15:00

An Homage to Handel

Handel        Ariadne Overture
                    Concerto a Due Cori n. 3
                    Cantata “Crudel, tiranno amor”
                    Aria from Giulio Cesare

Recognized today primarily for his Water Music and Hallelujah Chorus, George Frideric Handel was one of the most versatile composers to ever live. With a combination of vocal and instrumental compositions, this concert is dedicated entirely to the works of this highly underrated baroque composer.

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Mar
24
3:00 PM15:00

A Program of Pure Delights

Rossini - La Gazza Ladra Overture
Mozart - Clarinet Concerto
Brahms - Serenade No. 2

featuring Alexander Fitterstein - clarinet

Returning to the Carolina Theatre for a third time, clarinetist Alexander Fiterstein performs one of the greatest concertos ever written. Paired with a scintillating Rossini overture and Brahms’ emotionally charged 2nd Serenade, this program is The COT’s annual Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Memorial Concert.

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May
5
3:00 PM15:00

Masks and Fairytales

Fauré Masques et bergamasques
Mendelssohn - Psalm 42
Debussy La Damoiselle élue
Stravinsky Le baiser de la fée

featuring The Concert Singers of Cary

Closing out the season is an extremely eclectic program featuring the Concert Singers of Cary, joining The COT for Debussy’s The Blessed Damsel and Mendelssohn’s ravishing Psalm 42. Giving the program its name is the charming Masques et bergamasques by Gabriel Fauré, and concluding it all is Stravinsky’s The Fairy’s Kiss.

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Oct
7
3:00 PM15:00

A Toast to Women!

Farrenc - Overture No.1
Piazzolla - Aconcagua Concerto for Bandoneon and Orchestra
Price - Symphony No.1

featuring Hanzhi Wang - accordion

Opening the season is a concert dedicated entirely to the woman musician, both as a composer and performer. Highlighted by Chinese accordion player and winner of the 2017 International Young Concert Artist Auditions Hanzhi Wang, this program features a dramatic overture by the French virtuoso Louise Farrenc, and a symphony by little known African- American composer Florence Price.

Preceding the concert, The COT will host a seminar entitled Challenges Facing Women Musicians.

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May
6
3:00 PM15:00

A Touch of French Elegance

O. Knussen                 Scriabin Settings

J. Ibert                        Divertissement

C. Gounod                  Symphony n. 2

C. Griffes                    Poem

Chaminade                  Concertino

Mimi Stillman – flute

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Feb
18
3:00 PM15:00

Resplendent Gems

O. Golijov                   Tenebrae for strings

A. Dvorak                   Notturno for strings

A. Dvorak                   Serenade for winds

F. Mendelssohn          Octet

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Nov
19
3:00 PM15:00

Masters of the 19th Century

G. Walker               Lyric for Strings

J. Brahms                Variations on a theme by Haydn

A. Dvorak               Violin concerto           

                             Tim Fain – violin

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May
7
3:00 PM15:00

Italian Opera and the Sacred

G. Verdi                      Stabat Mater

G. Rossini                   Stabat Mater

Concert Singers of Cary

From the Juilliard School of Music and the

opera stages of the world:

                                                   Felicia Moore  – Soprano soloist

                                                   Samantha Hankey  – Mezzo soloist

                                                   Gerard Schneider – Tenor soloist

                                                    Andrew Munn  -- Bass soloist

 

 

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Mar
26
3:00 PM15:00

A Viennese Trio

Soloist: Olivier Stankiewicz - oboe

J. Massenet                Meditation from Thaïs (Conducted by Guest Conductor/Gala Auction Winner, Gayla Halbrecht)

F. J. Haydn                  Symphony n. 49 “La Passione”

R. Strauss                   Oboe Concerto in D major

W.A. Mozart               Symphony n. 38 “Prague”

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Feb
19
3:00 PM15:00

A Journey Along the Rhine, Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Memorial Concert

Soloist: Samuel Hasselhorn-baritone

R. Wagner                  O du mein holder Abendstern from Tannhauser

F. Schubert                 An die Musik” (orch. Reger)

W. A. Mozart              “Vedro mentr'io sospiro” from Nozze di Figaro

F. Schubert                 “Der Erlkönig” (orch. Reger)

R. Schumann                Symphony n. 3 in Eb ("Rhenish"), op.97

 

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Oct
9
3:00 PM15:00

The Dawn of German Romanticism

soprano Susannah Rhodes Stewart and the Concert Singers of Cary

C. M. von Weber        Overture to Der Freischütz

R. Schumann              Overture to Genoveva

F. Schubert                 Rosamunde, Princess of Cyprus (complete incidental music)

 

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May
8
3:00 PM15:00

The last concert of the 2015-2016 season: “A Surprise from the Classical Period”

Guest Soloists from the COT

 

J.C.Arriaga                             Symphony in D major

W.A. Mozart                          Sinfonia Concertante in Eb, K.297b

L. van Beethoven                    Symphony No. 4 in Bb, op. 60

 

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Mar
20
3:00 PM15:00

“Love and Tragedy”

Guest Artist: David Hammond, narrator

G. Fauré                                  Pelléas et Mélisande Suite, op. 80

A. Dvořák                               Othello Overture, op. 93

H. Berlioz                               Romeo and Juliet (Part II)

A. Khachaturian                     Adagio from Spartacus

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Feb
21
3:00 PM15:00

“The Magic of the Flute”

Guest Artist: Mimi Stillman, flute

P. Mascagni                           Intermezzo from “Cavalleria Rusticana”                                       Guest Conductor: Dr. Shaun Matthews (Gala Auction Winner)

W.A. Mozart                         Overture to Don Giovanni, K. 527

          Flute Concerto No. 2 in D, K.314

Zhou Tian                           "Viaje" for flute and strings, World Premier

A. Dvorak                            Czech Suite, op. 39

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Jan
17
3:00 PM15:00

“Voices Across the Centuries”

Guest Conductor: Joseph Flummerfelt

Guest Artists: Concert Singers of Cary

Conductor: Larry Speakman

W.G. Still                                 From a Lost Continent

R. Vaughan Williams            Toward the Unknown Region

F.J. Haydn                               Lord Nelson Mass

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Oct
11
3:00 PM15:00

“Bach and His Children, Old and New”

J.S. Bach                                  Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C, BWV 1066

C.P.E. Bach                              Symphony in Eb, Wq 179

J.C. Bach                                  Sinfonia in Bb, op.18/2

S. Jaffe                                     HIP Concerto (Chamber Concerto No. 3)

(conducted by the composer, Stephen Jaffe, MDBT & JH Semans Professor of Music, Duke University)

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May
24
3:00 PM15:00

MUSIC AND THE BIZARRE

Lorenzo Muti, Artistic Director/Conductor

Guest Artists: Concert Singers of Cary

David Hammond, Narrator

Susannah Rhodes Stewart, Soprano

Piedmont Youth Orchestra

Michael Malone (Gala Guest Conductor Winner!)

   Overture to South Pacific

Octet from KidZNotes 

A.Ponchielli            Dance of The Hours From “La Gioconda”

E.Grieg                    Peer Gynt (complete incidental music)

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Apr
26
4:00 PM16:00

FRANK HAWKINS KENAN MEMORIAL ORGAN RECITAL

St. Stephen's Concert Series presents: A Program for Organ and Strings

Conductor: Lorenzo Muti

Featured Work: Concerto for Organ, Strings, and Timpani by Francis Poulenc  

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Strings will join the renowned organist Dongho Lee

*An annual event featuring the church’s Flentrop organ.*

Tickets ($25) will be available at the door or can be reserved in advance by calling the church (919-493-5451).  The concert is FREE for those 18 or under.

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Feb
15
3:00 PM15:00

TRAGEDY AND HOPE

Guest Artist:  Niccoló Muti, violin

L van Beethoven            Leonora Overture III, op. 72

R.Vaughan Williams      The Lark Ascending

F.Schubert                     Symphony no.4 in c “Tragic”

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Nov
9
3:00 PM15:00

THE PINNACLE OF PIANO CONCERTOS

Guest Artist: Andrew Tyson , piano

G. ROSSINI        OVERTURE to “La Cambiale di Matrimonio”

G. ROSSINI        OVERTURE to “La scala di seta”

F.J. HAYDN         SYMPHONY No.100 in G “Military”

L. van BEETHOVEN        PIANO CONCERTO No. 4 in G, op. 58

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Feb
16
3:00 PM15:00

Romantic European Riches

Guest Artist: Paul Huang, violin
J. Strauss                         Die Fledermaus Overture, Op. 362
L. Dallapiccola                Piccola Musica Notturna (1954)
A. Dvorak                        Carnival Overture, Op. 92
F. Mendelssohn             Violin Concerto in e, Op. 64

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