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The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle Receives $10,000 Grant

N.C. Arts Council Provides Funding to Support 2011-2012 Concert Season

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle (www.thecot.org), a performance-based organization in Durham County, announces today it has been awarded a $10,000 grant from the North Carolina Arts Council (www.ncarts.org). The grant will help fund the orchestra’s season-ending, all-Spanish concert with “El retablo de maese Pedro” (Master Peter’s Puppet Show) as its centerpiece. This is the second consecutive year The COT has received a grant from the NCAC.

“It is exciting to stage such an important musical event in Durham’s historic Carolina Theatre and to do so with this strong financial endorsement by our State,” says David Lindquist, COT board chairman. “We are honored that once again the North Carolina Arts Council has stepped forward to help expand our audience throughout the Triangle region, and continue to build on the successes initiated by their grant last season.”

“El retablo de maese Pedro” is a one-act puppet-opera featuring a prologue, epilogue and a Spanish libretto based on an episode from Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. Manuel de Falla composed this opera to pay homage to Miguel de Cervantes. The puppet-opera is not a children’s performance, but is for audiences of all ages. It is believed that neither the staged puppet-opera nor the music have ever been performed in North Carolina.

The opera will be performed in Spanish with translations provided for the audience. Paperhand Puppet Intervention (www.paperhand.org), based in Saxapahaw, N.C., will provide dramatic puppetry. Paperhand is known for its innovative creation of puppets and has had commissions by the North Carolina Museum of Art, the Carolina Ballet and the NC Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores, among others.

Prior to the concert, Maestro Lorenzo Muti, in his 23rd Season as conductor and artistic director for The COT, will provide a 30-minute lecture, exploring the opera and the music of de Falla. Also on the program will be Rodion Shchedrin’s “Carmen Suite for string orchestra and percussion” – an exciting Russian take on a French piece about Spanish life. These dramatic juxtapositions of music and introduction of little known works to the Triangle have been the hallmarks of Muti’s tenure with The COT.

The N.C. Arts Council awards grant money each year to provide diverse arts experiences for citizens in all 100 counties of North Carolina. More than 8.7 million people participated in N.C. Arts Council-funded projects last year in schools, senior centers, museums, concert halls and community centers. Nearly 2.9 million of these were children and youth. In fiscal year 2011–12, the Arts Council is expected to distribute $6.4 million in state and federal grant funds to arts organizations, schools and other nonprofit organizations that sponsor arts programs.

“The support of our grants program by the General Assembly during these economically challenging times demonstrates the role the arts play in our economy and our quality of life,” said Mary B. Regan, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council. “Nonprofit arts organizations employ workers, stimulate commerce, generate tax revenues and help communities retain their vibrancy.”

Last year, The COT provided programming for more than 3,000 citizens, including students.  The COT poured more than $207,000 into the local economy, an investment significantly spurred by the prestige of a $5,000 NCAC grant to the orchestra last season.

This final concert of a five concert season will take place on May 20, 2012 at 3 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, 309 West Morgan Street, Durham, N.C. 27701.  Tickets may be purchased at the box office or by calling 919.560.3030. To emphasize its commitment to engaging young people with great classical music, the orchestra provides free seating at every concert to students of all ages.

About the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle:
Since 1982, The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle has been received with genuine respect and enthusiasm by music critics and the community. Today, it is considered one of the finest professional ensembles in North Carolina and the Southeast. With its elite corps of musicians, the orchestra continues to present a well-chosen and unusual repertoire that delights audiences and evokes high praise from critics. That standard of excellence has become the hallmark of the orchestra and has distinguished each succeeding season. The 2011-2012 series marks its 29th concert season. For more information, visit www.thecot.org or call 919.360.3382.

About the North Carolina Arts Council:
The N.C. Arts Council is a division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the state agency with the mission to enrich lives and communities and the vision to harness the state’s cultural resources to build North Carolina’s social, cultural and economic future. Information on Cultural Resources is available at www.ncculture.com.

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