MALLARMÉ CHAMBER PLAYERS TEAMS UP WITH THE GREENSBORO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA TO CELBRATE RICHARD WAGNER’S 200TH BIRTHDAY
Durham, NC – Mallarmé and the Greensboro Symphony Chamber Players will present a concert program of music by three German composers, including Richard Wagner, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated this year.
The Mallarmé Chamber Players, in collaboration with the Greensboro Symphony and music director/violinist Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will present two concerts:
- Friday, March 1, at 8:00 pm at the UNC-G School of Music Recital Hall in Greensboro
- Sunday, March 3, at 7:30 pm at Kirby Horton Hall at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens in Durham.
The program will feature what is Wagner’s only piece of chamber music, the beautiful Siegfried Idyll for 13 players. The composer wrote this piece as a birthday present for his second wife, Cosima, after the birth of their son Siegfried in 1869. The program will also include the Nonet by Louis Spohr and a light-hearted arrangement of Richard Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Prank. This chamber work is called Till Eulenspeigel einmal anders! (literally “Till Eulenspiegel another way”) is arranged for violin, double bass, clarinet, horn and bassoon by Franz Hasenöhrl.
Greensboro Symphony music director Dmitry Sitkovetsky will conduct the Wagner and play violin in the Strauss work. Mr. Sitkovetsky has built up an active and successful career as a violinist, conductor, arranger, chamber musician and festival director. He has performed as a violin soloist with a number of the world’s leading orchestras including the Berlin, New York and LA Philharmonic Orchestras, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the Concertgebouw Orchestra, all of the major London orchestras and the Chicago, Philadelphia and Cleveland orchestras.
A combination of musicians from the Greensboro Symphony and the Mallarmé Chamber Players will complete the concert roster, including the GSO’s guest artist for the week, young virtuoso violinist Stefani Collins.
Stefani Collins, Emi Hildebrandt* and Dmitry Sitkovetsky – violin
Suzanne Rousso* – viola, Nathan Leyland* – cello, John Spuller – bass
Debra Reuter-Pivetta – flute, Ashley Barret – oboe
Kelly Burke and Jimmy Gilmore* – clarinet
Rachael Elliott* – bassoon
Robert Campbell and Andrew McAfee* – horn
Anita Cirba – trumpet
*denotes Mallarmé Chamber Player musician
- Friday, March 1, 2013, 8:00 pm, Recital Hall, UNC-G School of Music, Greensboro
- Tickets: $30/$5 for students with ID www.greensborosymphony.org
- Sunday, March 3, 2013, 7:30 pm, Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Durham
Tickets: $18 in advance/$20 at the door/$5 for students with ID www.mallarmemusic.org
- Richard Wagner – Siegfried Idyll
- Louis Spohr – Nonet in F major, Op. 31
- Richard Strauss (arr. Hasenöhrl) – Till Eulenspiegel einmal anders!
Ticket info, artist bios and programs may be found at www.mallarmemusic.org
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLES
The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra (GSO) extends back to the 1920s when a group of musicians at Woman’s College (now UNC-G) banded together under the direction of Henry Fuchs. The GSO is now a thriving regional orchestra with a budget of $1.4 million and over 60 contracted musicians. The ensemble has been led since 2003 by renowned violinist and conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky who serves as their seventh music director. More than 50,000 Triad residents annually attend the Greensboro Symphony’s offerings, which include the Masterworks Series, the Chamber Series, the POPS Series and the Holiday Concerts. The GSO’s annual educational programs serve more than 50,000 students in five counties. In its 40th season, the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestras comprise six ensembles of the area’s most talented young musicians. Adult Education Programs include Music at Midday, a music appreciation series held in area retirement communities; Concert Preludes, pre-concert lectures by guest speakers, open to all classical concertgoers and Postludes, an after-concert conversation with the Music Director and guest artists. www.greensborosymphony.org
The Mallarmé Chamber Players are a flexible ensemble of professional musicians based in Durham, North Carolina, whose mission is to enrich the lives of their community through outstanding chamber music. The ensemble distinguishes itself by its innovative educational programs, its commitment to creative collaboration with other organizations, its creation of significant new work and its dedication to serve a diverse population.
Mallarmé is a nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501(c)3 organization; Suzanne Rousso is the ensemble’s artistic director. The 2012-13 concert season is made possible in part by grants from the Durham Arts Council’s Annual Fund, The North Carolina Arts Council, The National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation. www.mallarmemusic.org