This preview has been provided by Chamber Music Raleigh.

For 75 years, Chamber Music Raleigh (formerly the Raleigh Chamber Music Guild) has been a mainstay of classical music in the Triangle. Starting in 1941 as an organization for local musicians to gather and present chamber music, it soon expanded in 1949 to present some of the most prominent ensembles in the world.  In 2000, CMR inaugurated the Sights and Sounds on Sundays series of concerts featuring groups from around North Carolina, often in programs coordinated with art in the North Carolina Museum of Art.

For its 75th season CMR opens with two October concerts highlighting two widely diverse world cultures.

On Sunday, October 2, pianist Anatoly Larkin will perform a century of Russian piano music. North Carolina-based Larkin has gained national attention for his recreation of performances of great pianists from their historical acoustical recordings. Larkin presents a chronological survey of a century of Russian solo piano music, providing a chance to hear music history develop before your ears. From Glinka and Tchaikovsky to Prokofiev and Stravinsky, the survey captures not only the development of Russian music, but also of the dynamic history of Western music of the mid nineteenth to the mid twentieth century. The concert takes place at the SECU auditorium in the East Building of the NC Museum of Art at 3:00. A docent tour at 1:45 will coordinate an in-depth look at related works in the museum’s permanent collection.

On Sunday, October 9, the acclaimed Sphinx Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra will perform a concert of South American music at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church at 3:00 pm.. The Sphinx Virtuosi, led by the Catalyst Quartet, is one of the nation’s most dynamic professional chamber orchestras. Comprised of 18 of the nation’s top Black and Latino classical soloists, these alumni of the internationally renowned Sphinx Competition come together each fall as cultural ambassadors to reach new audiences. This unique ensemble earned rave reviews from The New York Times during its highly acclaimed debut at Carnegie Hall in December 2004. Allan Kozinn described their performance as “first-rate in every way” and “the ensemble produced a more beautiful, precise and carefully shaped sound than some fully professional orchestras that come through Carnegie Hall in the course of the year.”

Latin Voyages: Viajes Latinos takes the listener on a journey, a quest from the tantalizing Argentine tango to the nocturnal imagery of Mexico, along with a tribute to the great Piazzolla.  We invite you to explore the exciting palette of the string medium through the prism of renowned composers of Latin heritage as well as those heard more seldom.  Celebrate the intricate mosaic of sounds and colors that pay homage to our vastly diverse heritage through music!

Fulfilling its mission, Sphinx will spend three days performing and working with music students of all ages and levels in the Wake County Public Schools. The Sphinx residency has been made possible through a generous grant to Chamber Music Raleigh and Kidznotes by PNC Bank.