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This preview has been provided by The Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle.
After its tenth anniversary and Ten Years of Terrible concert, what's next? The RTOOT has carefully chosen a program just for you of both classical music and film themes. Can you name that film? Join us for an evening of unexpected humor and delightful music as we attempt to play a great selection of movie songs (e.g., My Fair Lady, West Side Story, and Henry Mancini hits such as Pink Panther….) that everyone is sure to love. We're also throwing in a few favorite classics (Sibelius's Finlandia and Holtz's First Suite). And not to be missed is our traditional sing along-a surprise movie soundtrack that everyone knows and loves.
About the Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle
The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle exists to encourage those who have been prevented from playing music together with others, either through lack of talent or some other factor, to rehearse and perform in an ensemble of similarly afflicted players. From a humble beginning in May 2008, we have grown into a 50-piece symphony orchestra worthy of its role as one of the premiere cultural gems of the Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill NC (USA) region known as the Research Triangle. Except that we're pretty terrible. Terrible, in the French sense of Des Enfants Terribles... in that while we haven't made fun of Bach or Mozart yet, we certainly have had a naughty excursion or two with Strauss and Tchaikovsky.
We acknowledge as our musical heritage the world-famous Really Terrible Orchestra (RTO) of Edinburgh, Scotland, which was founded by the eminent Scottish author Alexander McCall Smith. Similar to the RTO, the primary goal of The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) is to involve competent musicians in the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area who are not quite competent enough to play with the Durham Symphony, the Raleigh Symphony, or the Chapel Hill Philharmonia. Our passionate mission is to reach out to the entire music community, irrespective of individual expertise, in order to underline our commitment to accessibility and relevance. Accessibility, because we provide a unique opportunity for musicians of any age, gender, persuasion, political affiliation, race, who want to play with a group, regardless of their level of competence. Relevance, since our bizarre performances tend to attract the entire community (including particularly those on the fringe) who enjoy a good show and may never otherwise be lured inside a symphonic concert hall.
About Conductor Bob Petters
Bob Petters, after attending high school and the Lawrence Conservatory of Music in Wisconsin, taught in public schools in Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin and attended graduate school at The University of Michigan. After teaching conducting and music education class and conducting the Campus Orchestra and the Michigan Youth Symphony at The University of Michigan, he came to North Carolina State University to teach classes and conduct a concert band and orchestra. He served as the head of the Music Department before retiring and continues to teach "An Introduction to Musical Experience" as an adjunct instructor.