Lauded Czech composer Karl Husa is turning 90 years old. To celebrate this local resident and international star, the N.C. Symphony and Peace University are throwing a party—classical style. Violinist Maria Evola, a symphony member and Husa's granddaughter, will lead a septet of Symphony players in a heartwarming turn through some of his best-loved works. Sunday's 3 p.m. program features four compositions, including Husa's Third String Quartet, for which he won a Pulitzer Prize in 1969. Husa's career is riddled with impressive appointments (Kappa Alpha Professor at Cornell University); honorary degrees and other awards (a Guggenheim Fellowship, among others); but there's sure to be no milestone quite like turning 90 surrounded by family, friends and classical music fans.
If you'd feel strange crashing a nonagenarian birthday party, take heart: Another septet of Symphony musicians returns to the same venue Monday at 7:30 p.m. for a Manning Chamber Music Series performance of works by Beethoven and Brahms. Admission to both concerts is free, but tickets are required for Sunday's performance; call 919-733-2750 or 877-627-6724 to reserve a seat. –Ashley Melzer