WILMINGTON, NC August 21, 2014 – Opening Night of Wilmington Symphony’s 2014-15 Masterworks Season, showcases Mozart’s delightfully lyrical Concerto for Flute and Harp, featuring Christina Brier (harp), and Mary Jo White (flute), and Carl Nielsen’s Symphony No. 4, “The Inextinguishable”, on Saturday, September 20th at 8:00 pm in Kenan Auditorium. Tickets available by calling 910-962-3500.
Conductor Steven Errante says, “We’re opening the season with the delightful Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, written by the composer during his youthful Paris days. And for maximum contrast, ‘The Inextinguishable’ symphony of Carl Nielsen is a 45-minute struggle between darkness, light, and every emotion in between. In the triumphant ending, light prevails.”
A virtuosic harp performer and music educator, Christina Brier performs widely throughout the Midwest and East Coast. She holds a Master’s degree in Harp Performance from the Eastman School of Music where she earned a certification in Community Music Teaching. She currently operates a private teaching studio in Wilmington and serves as President of the Coastal Carolina Chapter of the American Harp Society. Ms. Brier says, “Performing the Mozart flute and harp concerto is a feat of dexterity and endurance for the harp, but it’s lyrical melodies, charming dialogue between flute and harp, and sheer difficulty to perform make Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp a must-see performance.”
Mary Jo White is an active performer throughout the region and Assistant Professor of Flute and Theory at UNCW. She plays regularly with the UNCW Faculty Woodwind Quintet and other faculty chamber groups. As a winner of the 2006 National Flute Association Performers Competition, Dr. White played in a concert of Newly Published Music at the National Flute Convention in Pittsburgh. When asked why she enjoys playing with the Wilmington Symphony, White says, “Because we do challenging classical repertoire, the conductor is excellent, and I enjoy collaborating with talented musicians in our community.”
Single tickets are $25-$27 (plus tax) for adults and $6 (plus tax) for students and are available by calling the Kenan Auditorium Ticket Office at 910-962-3500 or 800-732-3643 or online at www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/tickets.html. Season Subscriptions are also available at $115 (plus tax) and $100 (plus tax), and $30 (plus tax) for students and youth under 17.