This preview has been provided by the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, a performance-based organization serving the Triangle community, continues its 31st concert season with a performance on Saturday March 22, 2014 at the Cary Arts Center, Cary, N.C. (7:30 pm) and repeated again on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at the Carolina Theatre in Durham, N.C. (3 pm ).

The concert, titled “A Touch of Neo-Classicism” with Guest Artists: Concert Singers of Cary, will feature the performance of:  A. Honegger, Le Roi David (King David), conducted by Lawrence Speakman.  It will be narrated by Ira David Wood III, with the following soloists: Patty Phillips, Soprano, Tamsin Simmill, Mezzo Soprano, Wade Henderson, Tenor, and Fran Cloke, Soprano (Angel). Sung by the Concert Singers of Cary, Arthur Honegger’s Le roi David tells the story of the Bible’s King David from his time as a lowly shepherd to his bold career move to king.

Patty Phillips – Soprano         Tamsin Simmill – Mezzo Soprano

Wade Henderson – Tenor       Fran Cloke – Soprano (Angel)

Ira David Wood III –Narrator

This performance is supported in part by a grant from the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources, with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Guest Conductor, Lawrence Speakman: Lawrence Speakman has had a long and distinguished career as choral and orchestral conductor, professional singer, church musician and private voice teacher. He is a graduate of Westminster Choir College and holds a Master’s Degree in choral and orchestral conducting from East Carolina University. He is the founding director of the Concert Singers of Cary, formed in 1991. Mr. Speakman is a long time professional singer and currently performs on a national stage with groups such as Conspirare, a 30 voice professional choral ensemble based in Austin, TX which has been nominated for five Grammy awards. He was a member and soloist with the Philadelphia Singers for nearly ten years and has sung with notable orchestras such as the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony and the Pittsburgh and Atlanta Symphony orchestras. He has also appeared as a soloist in concert and operatic productions at the Spoleto Festivals in Spoleto, Italy and Charleston, South Carolina.

Concert Singers of Cary:  An auditioned choral organization that provides a professional experience for musicians and audiences alike. It is highly acclaimed for the unique and varied repertoire it performs, the collaborations it promotes and the learning opportunities available to its members. The Concert Singers 125 voice Symphonic Choir is frequently heard with The North Carolina Symphony. The 70 Voice Chorale collaborates with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and the 35 voice Chamber Choir provides high level small ensemble work for experienced singers.  Their repertoire is unmatched in depth and breadth. The Concert Singers have performed unique and powerful works such as William Grant Still’s And They Lynched Him on a Tree, Richard Einhorn’s Voices of Light/The Passion of Joan of Arc as well as classical oratorio, Baroque with period instruments, and traditional Broadway favorites. They were featured in Pandemonium: The Lost and Found Orchestra produced by the creators of Stomp. The Concert Singers of Cary regularly collaborates with other organizations such as The Triangle Wind Ensemble, The Durham Symphony Orchestra, The Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra and The Cary Ballet Company.

In addition to the March 22nd and 23rd concerts, The COT will also host a final concert on:

  • May 11, 2014 – “The Past Meets The Present” 3pm at Carolina Theatre of Durham

Guest Artist: Louis Schwizgebel-Wang, piano

We are so confident in this orchestra, we provide any new-comer a complementary ticket because we know they will return as happily paying patrons.  In the past ten years our audiences have grown from an average of 100 to an average of 600–an extraordinary statement about the quality of music created by this outstanding ensemble guided by the effervescent Lorenzo Muti.

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.

MARCH 22, 2014 – CARY ARTS CENTER – 7:30 PM

Tickets: $20 Adults, $18 Seniors 60 and UP


Tickets available in person at the Cary Arts Center Box Office, online at, or by phone through eTix at 800-514-3849



Tickets: $20 Adults,


Tickets are available in person at the Carolina Theatre box office or by calling



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 2012-2013 series marks its 30th concert season. For more information, visit or call 919.360.3382.

Endowment Campaign Announcement:

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle’s Robert Ward Endowment for the performance of 20th and 21st Century Music is now accepting donations!  Our goal is $50,000.  This season the Chamber Orchestra unanimously decided to create an endowment in Bob Ward’s memory to continue the performance of 20th and 21st Century Music that has become increasingly difficult to secure.  All donations may be made to The Robert Ward Endowment for the Performance of 20th and 21st Century Music in care of The Triangle Community Foundation or The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, 1213 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.