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Two Violins vs Violin/Viola duos
Saturday, April 20, 2024 at 3:00pm
The Norvell Theatre, Salisbury

Two Violins or Violin Viola duo - which combination is your favorite? Composers have been writing for these two combinations of instruments for hundreds of years, many of which are very famous. We will be alternating between pieces for two violins and pieces for violin and viola. We are sure that you will recognize a few, and hear a few new ones along the way, ranging from Bach to Shostakovich.

Dmitri Shostakovich: 5 pieces for 2 Violins and Piano
Bela Bartok: 44 Duos for Two Violins
Johann Sebastian Bach: Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor DVW 1043 – I. Vivace
Pablo de Sarasate: Navarra Op. 33
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Sinfonia Concertante in E flat Major for violin and viola K 364 – I. Allegro moderato
Handel-Halvorson: Passacaglia for violin and viola op. 20, no. 2

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Musical Inspirations
Conductor: Kalena Bovell
Saturday, April 27, 2024 – 7:30pm
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Kalena Bovell takes the podium to lead an evening of music inspired by friends, family, and colleagues opening with Samuel Coleridge-Taylor’s Ballade in A minor written while still a student at the Royal College of Music. The piece premiere came after Elgar’s introduction of Coleridge-Taylor at the Three Choirs Festival which helped to launch his career. We are then treated to the Violin Concerto in A minor by Czech composer Antonin Dvorak whose melodic genius shows affection for the folk music of his homeland. We then hear George Walker’s beautiful Lyric for Strings, a work inspired by and dedicated to his grandmother. Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations is a true testament to friendship with each movement written for a close friend. Beginning with a love song to his wife and ending with a rousing finale symbolic of the beloved composer.

Samuel Coleridge-Taylor: Ballade in A minor
Antonin Dvorak: Violin Concerto in A minor
George Walker: Lyric for Strings
Edward Elgar: Enigma Variations

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Hope & Lifting
Conductor: Daniel Wiley
Saturday, May 18, 2024 – 7:30pm
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

“This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before” are the famous words by Leonard Bernstein after the assassination of JFK. In that spirit, Hope and Lifting features the voices of artists who foster a sense of hope and community in the face of tragedy and adversity. From Omar Thomas’ bluesy and brash work Of Our New Day Begun to Tchaikovsky’s fate driven Symphony No. 4, we will celebrate how we as a community can come together through music.

Omar Thomas: Of Our New Day Begun
Felix Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

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Mandolin Madness
Sunday, June 9, 2024 at 6:00pm
Hedrick Theatre, Catawba College

Get ready to be swept away by the enchanting sounds of mandolins in an extraordinary serenade concert! Immerse yourself in the rich musical heritage associated with this captivating instrument, as melodies from various genres come to life with the pluck of strings. Join us for an unforgettable evening of pure musical magic!

Unaccompanied Bach on mandocello, mandolin, and violin
It Is Well With My Soul, arranged for violin and cello
Done with Bonaparte by Mark Knopfler, arranged for mandolin/violin/mandocello trio
Foggy Mountain Breakdown
selections from Vivaldi Mandolin Concerto

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