Events coming up this week fall into several broad categories with some overlapping and reflect the infinite variety and richness of the Triangle’s music scene. There are offerings by several community orchestras and our big brass band, each featuring young musicians who have captured victories in concerto competitions. There are end-of-season offerings by two of our best adult choirs–a mixed program from one, and one of Handel’s great oratorios from the other. There’s a program by our world-class “historically informed” jazz band. And there are head-to-head chamber music programs of exceptional merit, one by our most eclectic local ensemble and another by a fine touring group. Thus it’s another week for coin-flippin’ in the decision-making department–or for following deep-seated musical preferences. Enjoy!
Adult groups featuring young artists
Thursday, May 4: Audrey Low, piano, and the Chapel Hill Philharmonia, Donald L. Oehler, conductor. Mozart: Die Zauberflöte: Overture; Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No 2 in g minor: first movement; and Dvorák: Symphony No. 7 in d minor. Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. Free. 942-5486 or chapelhillphilharmonia.org.
Sunday, May 7: Triangle Brass Band. Young Artists Competition Concert. Stewart Theatre, NCSU, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $10, students $5, children under 12 free. 363-8664.
Sunday, May 7: Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Alan Neilson, conductor, with winners of the 2005-06 Benjamin Kilgore Gibbs Awards. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College, Raleigh. 7 p.m. $20/$25/$10. 546-9755 or raleighsymphony.com.
Friday, May 5: Women’s Voices Chorus, Mary Lycan, conductor, with Deborah Coclanis, pianist. “Angels, Birds and Witches,” with music by Mendelssohn, Maxim Vladimiroff, Emma Lou Diemer, Ruth Watson Henderson and John Govedas. University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. $10, students and children $5. 932-5455 or womensvoiceschorus.org.
Saturday, May 6: William Hite, tenor, and the Choral Society of Durham, Rodney Wynkoop, conductor. Handel: Jephtha. Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. 8 p.m. $15, students free. 560-2733 or choral-society.org.
Friday, May 5: N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra, James Ketch, director. “Swing Fling–A Big Band Cavalcade.” Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. $15, seniors $12, students $5. 962-1449 or ncjro.org.
Sunday, May 7: Mallarmé Chamber Players: Anna Ludwig Wilson, flute, Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp, and Nathan Leyland, cello. “Musique Classique” by Jean-Michel Damase, Debussy, Carmen Petra-Basacopol and others. 1 Learned Place, Durham. 3 p.m. (Mallarmé’s annual benefit concert.) $50 ($35 tax-deductible), students and children $15 ($10 tax-deductible). 560-2788 or mallarmemusic.org.
Sunday, May 7: Daedalus Quartet. Bach: Art of Fugue:  Contrapuncti; Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op. 36 (1945); and Beethoven: String Quartet No. 15, in a, Op. 132. Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $22, full-time students $8. 821-2030 or rcmg.org.
Duke Graduate Composers Concert, by Karen E. Moorman
I heard one of the most compelling choral anthems of our time on April 19, in the Nelson Music Room. Prepared to write copious notes, I literally dropped my pencil before the close of the evening. If I were to decide upon a theme for this concert, it would be “Color, Conversations, and Humanity.” cvnc.org/reviews/2006/042006/DukeComp.html
Raleigh Civic Symphony Salutes Shostakovich and Foy, by John W. Lambert
The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association puts on mini-festivals in the spring; this year the subject is Shostakovich, in the 100th anniversary of the composer’s birth. But there’s a second reason for celebration this go-’round: It’s also the 10th anniversary of the appointment of Randolph Foy as Music Director and Conductor. cvnc.org/reviews/2006/042006/RaleighCS.html
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