The Arts Council of Moore County this week announced the artists for the 2013-14 Classical Concert Series, a chamber music series that strives to present the world’s best classical music artists. For its 32nd season, the council said it plans to live up to that lofty goal by bringing in these four acclaimed artists.
The series’ opening concert will feature the Grammy Award-winning Parker Quartet on Oct. 28, 2013, at the Sunrise Theater in Southern Pines. This string quartet has rapidly distinguished itself as one of the preeminent ensembles of its generation, gaining international acclaim by winning the Concert Artists Guild Competition and the Bordeaux International String Quartet Competition in 2005. In 2009, Chamber Music America awarded the group the prestigious Cleveland Quartet Award. The quartet’s members earned graduate degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music and were part of the Conservatory’s prestigious Professional String Quartet Training Program.
The series’ second concert will feature pianist Valentina Lisitsa on Nov. 18, 2013, at Sunrise Theater. With her multi-faceted playing described as “dazzling,” Ms. Lisitsa is at ease in a vast repertoire. Her orchestral repertoire alone includes more than 40 concerti. She has performed with the Chicago Symphony, Seoul Philharmonic, Helsinki Philharmonic, and presented recitals in Ravinia, Teatro de Colon in Buenos Aires, and the Casals Festival. With more than 30 million YouTube channel views, Ms. Lisitsa is one of the most sought-after classical musicians on the web.
Trio Solisti will perform next on Feb. 24, 2014, at the Sunrise Theater. This piano trio is comprised of three brilliant instrumentalists — violinist Maria Bachmann, cellist Alexis Pia Gerlach, and pianist Jon Klibonoff — who have made critically acclaimed debuts at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., Lincoln Center in New York City, Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts. They have also been guests of The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Seattle’s Meany Hall, and the La Jolla’s Revelle Series.
The series will conclude with the up-and-coming violinist Bella Hristova on March 17, 2014, at the Sunrise Theater. Born in Bulgaria, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. She attended The Curtis Institute of Music and also earned an Artist Diploma from Indiana University. In 2008, Ms. Hristova became a winner in the Young Concert Artists (YCA) International Auditions, which garnered her debut concerts at Merkin Concert Hall in New York, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and at the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston.
Seats for this series are still available. The subscription price for all four concerts is $84 per Arts Council member ($99 per nonmembers). All concerts are presented at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater.
Prior to each concert, The Jefferson Inn is offering a Pre-Concert Dinner to complete the musical evening. Located less than a block from the Sunrise Theater and costing $38 per person (tax and gratuity included), you will receive a meal and your choice of prime, downtown parking. Dinner reservations are required and can only be made by calling the Arts Council at 910-692-2787.
Classical Concert Series brochures are available at the Arts Council offices — Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines — or call 910-692-2787 to receive a brochure by mail. For additional information about the Arts Council or CCS, visit www.MooreArt.org.