The Arts Council of Moore County and season sponsor Parsec Financial Wealth Management have announced the artists for the 38th season of the Classical Concert Series.
This series offers four extraordinary musical experiences by some of the world’s best music artists.
The series opens Monday, Sept. 30, with Grammy-award winning violinists Mark and Maggie O’Connor, as they present the songbook of America as you have never heard it before. Mining a huge body of music that has made its impact on American music, the selected tunes represent stylistic importance and timeless appeal. Their concert will offer a broad collection of American music through violin/fiddle solos and duos, with additional music by Mark O’Connor on guitar.
Sponsored by Sandhills Community College’s Fine Arts Department, Pablo Sáinz Villegas will perform next in the series, Monday, Oct. 21. Praised as the successor of classical guitarist Andrés Segovia, Sáinz is known for his passionate, emotive and open-hearted playing. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic, he has played in over 40 countries and with orchestras such as the Israel Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic and National Orchestra of Spain.
The third concert, on March 9, 2020, will feature Nathan Lee, who began playing the piano at the age of 6 and made his orchestral debut at age 9. At 15, he won first prize in the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions. Since then, he has performed with the Cleveland Symphony, Buffalo Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Minnesota Orchestra, and participated in Musicfest Perugia in Italy and Verbier Festival Academy in Switzerland.
By popular demand and sponsored by the Sunrise Theater, the series finale on April 6, 2020, features the return of Mélange, a sextet of all-star virtuosos that is shaking up the concert experience. Their concert is reformatted as a musician’s party game: After each piece, members of the audience are chosen to pick the next piece from an extensive menu of music organized by style, nationality and time period.
“Whether you’re 8 years old or 80, you’ll leave charmed and punch-drunk on a piece you didn’t know you were going to love,” says a spokesman.
A subscription for all four concerts is $110 per person ($90 for Arts Council members). If you can’t attend all four concerts, try the option to “Pick 3” concerts in the series for $90 per person ($75 for Arts Council members) or “Pick 2” concerts in the series for $62 per person ($52 for Arts Council members). A ticket to a single concert is $35 ($30 for Arts Council members).
CCS tickets can be purchased at the Arts Council offices (Campbell House, 482 E. Connecticut Ave., Southern Pines) or by calling (910) 692-2787. All concerts are presented at 8 p.m. at the Sunrise Theater. For additional information and questions about the Arts Council or the Classical Concert Series, visit www.MooreArt.org.