The regular season wanes, and more and more groups present their last offerings of 2005-06. The N.C. Symphony winds down with performances of one fine program in three Triangle cities--the reliable William Henry Curry conducts. The Chapel Hill Community Chorus concludes its 25th anniversary season with a Memorial Hall concert that involves a world premiere. In Raleigh, the N.C. Master Chorale teams up with the N.C. Wind Orchestra for a rare performance of a Mass by Anton Bruckner. Artsplosure brings jazz, visual art and more to the capital over the weekend. And two superior church-based choirs--the estimable Hillyer Community Chorus and Edenton Street United Methodist's Chancel Choir--offer Sunday evening programs that, alas, overlap.... (Readers who'd planned to take in the Fletcher Opera Institute's performances of Offenbach's Orpheus in the Underworld should note that the run has been cancelled due to the May 9 death of Joshua Hudson, who was to have sung Pluto.)
Thursday, May 18
Duke Summer Music: The David D Trio (David DiGiuseppe with Beverly Botsford, percussion, and Robbie Link, bass)--Accordion Nouveau. Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University, Durham. 7:30 p.m. $5, Duke students with I.D. free. 684-4687 or duke.edu/web/dukeperfs.
Thursday, May 18, Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
John Ilika, trombone, and the N.C. Symphony, William Henry Curry, conductor. Vaughan Williams: Overture to The Wasps; Delius: A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden; Tomasi: Trombone Concerto; and Brahms: Symphony No. 3. May 18: Carolina Theatre, Durham. 8 p.m. May 20: Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. May 21: Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $25. 733-2750 or ncsymphony.org.
Friday, May 19
Chapel Hill Community Chorus, Sue Klausmeyer, director, with Carolina Brass (Greensboro).
25th Anniversary Spring Concert: Mack Wilberg: Tres Cantus Laudendi: Jubilate Deo; Randall Thompson: A Feast of Praise; Stephen Paulus: An American Medley; Gwyneth Walker: How Can I Keep From Singing; John Work: This Little Light of Mine; William Dawson: Ev'ry Time I Feel the Spirit; and Gwyneth Walker: Together in Song (premiere, commissioned by the Chapel Hill Community Chorus). Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. $12, students $6. 929-4104 or chapelhillcommunitychorus.org.
Saturday, May 20
N.C. Master Chorale, Alfred E. Sturgis, director, and N.C. Wind Orchestra, Michael Votta Jr., conductor. Bruckner: Mass in E Minor; Wagner: Lohengrin: Act III: Elsa's Procession; and Samuel Adler: Rogues and Lovers. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 8 p.m. $25-$5. 856-9700 or ncmasterchorale.org.
Saturday and Sunday, May 20 and 21
27th Artsplosure Festival. Downtown Raleigh. Various times. Free. 832-8699 or artsplosure.org.
Sunday, May 21
Meg Risinger, soprano, Nancy Brenner, tenor, Lewis Moore, bass, Hillyer Community Chorus and Orchestra, Paul B. Conway, conductor. Cherubini: Mass in F. Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 718 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh. 7 p.m. Free. 787-9458.
Sunday, May 21
Edenton Street UMC Chancel Choir and members of the N.C. Symphony, William J. Weisser, director. Mozart: Requiem. Edenton Street United Methodist Church, 228 W. Edenton St., Raleigh. 7:30 p.m. Free. 832-7535.
A Handel Assembly--the Choral Society of Durham Presents Jephtha, by Joe Kahn
At the frenetic rate G.F. Handel composed, he frequently was constrained to beg, borrow and steal from himself and others in order to meet deadlines. In 1751, the composer embarked on the oratorio Jephtha. He fleshed it out with reworkings of his own music and "borrowings" from a set of masses by F.J. Habermann.
Young Artists Soar--Raleigh Symphony & Others Present Young Musicians, by John W. Lambert
Benjamin Kilgore Gibbs had a piano student in his family a score of years ago, and there was no place for his keyboardist--or any other young artist--to go play a concerto with an orchestra. A partnership with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra ensued, and now the RSO offers concerto competitions.
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