Author: John Lambert

Wild Contrasts from the Harlem String Quartet

The Harlem Quartet was back in North Carolina over the weekend and stretching into Monday, February 21, playing concerts in Greensboro, Charlotte, and Raleigh, and offering outreach programs for a retirement community and two educational organizations as their visit came to a close. Some of the music was familiar, as the ensemble has been performing here and there in our state for well over a decade. Thus some chamber music enthusiasts in cities where they’ve been often heard have developed both affection and enthusiasm for the vibrant foursome and the programs they offer with such passion and incisiveness. With generous support from the Hon. Mary J. C. Cresimore, Chamber Music Raleigh presented two back-to-back Sunday concerts in the NC Museum of Art‘s SECU Auditorium, a space that sounds better than ever since its not-too-long-ago renovation.

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Duke Symphony Orchestra Returns to Baldwin for In-Person Concert

The Duke Symphony Orchestra returned to Baldwin Auditorium, its lovely home on the University‘s East Campus, for a live-in-person concert under the leadership of Harry Davidson, now in his 23rd season there. The attendees were all masked and reasonably well socially distanced. The orchestra is a component of Duke’s Department of Music.

It was an altogether admirable program of the meat-and-potatoes variety, Classical-era style – music by Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven with composition dates spanning just thirteen years – but with artistic results miles and miles apart.

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