Diligent listeners can arrange to hear most of the wonderful concerts on the schedules this week, though there is a little crunch on Sunday afternoon and a bigger one Tuesday night.
Two outstanding university-based orchestras strut their stuff this week: In Baldwin Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m., the Duke Symphony Orchestra hosts guest artist Darrett Adkins for Shostakovich's Cello Concerto No. 1 plus the "Festive Overture" and Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony. (This is the 100th anniversary of Shostakovich's birth and the 250th of Mozart.)
The other orchestral concert of the week is in Memorial Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. by the mighty (as in big) UNC Symphony Orchestra. It features faculty artist Lynn Glassock as soloist in the premiere of his Percussion Concerto, plus Mussorgsky's famous "Night on Bald Mountain" and Shostakovich's Symphony No. 6.
A semi-staged version of Mozart's Don Giovanni will be presented by the Opera Company of N.C. in Meymandi Concert Hall on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m. English supertitles are included.
If vocal music's your preference but opera's too rich for your blood, check out Eleganza (Rhiannon Giddens, soprano, and Cheryse McLeod, mezzo-soprano) at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 8 at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Durham.
This Sunday's chamber music program involves the French Quatuor Stanislas and two fine Greensboro artists (John Fadial, violin/viola, and Beth Vanderborgh, cello) in a 3 p.m. concert at the N.C. Museum of Art. The program includes music by Ravel and an encore performance of Brahms' String Sextet in G, Op. 36.
Two piano recitals are on the books, too. On Friday, for the William S. Newman Artists Series, John Perry performs music by Brahms, Debussy and Schubert in UNC's Hill Hall. And, on Tuesday, in Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith faculty artists James Fogle, Kent Lyman, Tom Lohr, Karen Allred and Frank Pittman play for the formal dedication of the college's Robert H. Lewis Steinway grand piano.
If talk about music (the NPR method) is your thing, Peace College presents a lecture by N.C. Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn on Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m.
Rediscovering Performance Practices by Joe Kahn
The dissertation of Samuel Breene, an established Baroque violinist, concerns the performance practices of Mozart's time as expressed in his violin sonatas.... He demonstrated the results in his performance of four sonatas and in certain "body language" that he has determined from various treatises and descriptions from the period.
Charlotte Symphony's 75th Anniversary Season: Beethoven's Ninth Powerful by William Thomas Walker
Music Director Christof Perick chose Beethoven's monumental Symphony No. 9 to open the 75th anniversary season of the Charlotte Symphony. Its theme of mankind's brotherhood is appropriate for an ever-troubled world, and it is an apt celebration of a valued cultural institution's survival since its founding during the Depression.
Wednesday, October 4
Darrett Adkins, cello, and the Duke Symphony Orchestra, Harry Davidson, conductor. Shostakovich: Festive Overture, Op. 96, and Cello Concerto No. 1, Op. 107; and Mozart: Symphony No. 41 in C, K.551 ("Jupiter"). Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. 8 p.m. Free. 660-3333 or music.duke.edu.
Thursday-Friday, October 5-6
Opera Company of N.C. Mozart: Don Giovanni (in concert) (in Ital. with Engl. supertitles). Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. $75-$20. 783-0098 or operanc.com.
Friday, October 6
John Perry, piano. Music by Brahms, Debussy and Schubert. Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. $15, UNC students/ faculty/ staff $10. 962-1039.
Sunday, October 8
Quatuor Stanislas with John Fadial, violin/viola, and Beth Vanderborgh, cello. "Across the Atlantic: A French-American Connection": Ravel: String Quartet and Sonata for Violin and Cello; and Brahms: String Sextet, Op. 36. N.C. Museum of Art, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $10, students $8. 821-2030 or rcmg.org.
Eleganza (Rhiannon Giddens, soprano, and Cheryse McLeod, mezzo-soprano). St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham. 4 p.m. Free, donations. 493-5451 or st-stephens-episcopal.org/cass.html.
Tuesday, October 10
Grant Llewellyn (conductor). Lecture: "Symphony Essentials." Auditorium, Peace College, Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. Free. 508-2000.
Lynn Glassock, percussion, and the UNC Symphony Orchestra, Tonu Kalam, conductor. Mussorgsky: "Night on Bald Mountain"; Lynn Glassock: Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra (premiere); and Shostakovich: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54. Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 7:30 p.m. $15, UNC students/ faculty/ staff $10. 962-1039 or music.unc.edu.
James Fogle, Kent Lyman, Tom Lohr, Karen Allred and Frank Pittman, pianists. Music by Mozart, Lohr, Lyapunov and Chopin. Carswell Concert Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh. 8 p.m. Free. 760-8536.