The Duke Wind Symphony salutes the heritage that is British band music with works by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Grainger and Gordon Jacob on Thursday, Sept. 28 in Baldwin Auditorium. The free concert marks the debut of newly appointed Music Director David Rockefeller.
Meanwhile, The N.C. Symphony launches its yearlong 75th anniversary "Postcards..." project on Thursday in Southern Pines (repeated in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday) with the premiere of N.C. composer Kenneth Frazelle's "The Swans at Pungo Lake." Also on the program are Beethoven's Violin Concerto, with guest soloist James Ehnes, and Stravinsky's famous (or infamous?) ballet The Rite of Spring. Grant Llewellyn conducts.
On Sunday afternoon in the ballroom of NCSU's Talley Student Center, Randolph Foy leads the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra in an attractive program of "Gems for Small Orchestra" by Mozart and Wagner.
Otherwise, there's a cornucopia of variety on the music scene, starting with competing Friday performances by flamenco-and-jazz guitar duo Rodrigo y Gabriela outdoors at Duke, and, on the eve of Durham's Pride celebration, a concert featuring the Triangle Gay Men's Chorus, Common Woman Chorus and Triad Pride Chorus at Raleigh's Pullen Memorial Baptist Church.
This week also brings three competing chamber music programs to Durham on Saturday evening: members of the Durham Symphony Orchestra and Friends (7:30 p.m. in the PSI Theatre); Brooks Whitehouse, cello, and James Douglass, piano (8 p.m. in the Nelson Music Room); and Jon Manasse, clarinet, and Jon Nakamatsu, piano (8 p.m. in Reynolds Theatre).
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