“Ice Counterpoint,” a new composition by North Carolina Symphony musician and composer Terry Mizesko, premieres this month at the FedEx Global Education Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The performance will be held during a reception for the center’s new multimedia artistic collaboration, Ice Counterpoint: Encounters in Antarctica and the Arctic, on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 7:00 p.m.
Commissioned for the exhibit and inspired by its Arctic imagery, “Ice Counterpoint” is a five-movement blending of natural sounds and melodies for soprano, flute, viola and harp. On-screen photography and videography by one of the exhibit’s featured artists, Brooks de Wetter-Smith, complement the musical performance. De Wetter-Smith will also be playing flute. Florence Peacock, Jonathan Bagg and Jacquelyn Bartlett round-out the ensemble.
Mizesko, a graduate of East Carolina University, has played bass trombone with the North Carolina Symphony since 1971. His arrangements and compositions have been a favorite with the Symphony’s audiences since they were first featured in 1989. The Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Louisville, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Buffalo and Virginia symphonies have also performed his pieces.
The North Carolina Symphony premiered Mizesko’s large-scale orchestral work “Sketches from Pinehurst” in April 2005. It is the centerpiece of one of the Symphony’s most popular CDs, available at ncsymphony.org/store/.