Weaving Olden Dances performed by the Western Piedmont Symphony April 9

My Weaving Olden Dances: Concerto for Chamber Orchestra will be given its North Carolina Premiere performance by the Western Piedmont Symphony, John Gordon Ross, Music Director and Conductor, on Saturday, April 9 – 8 PM at P.E. Monroe Auditorium on the campus of Lenoir-Rhyne University, 625 7th Avenue NE in Hickory, North Carolina. Other works on this Masterworks V program will be Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35, with soloist Stefani Collins and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade.

Weaving Olden Dances was commissioned by a consortium consisting of the Westchester Chamber Orchestra (NY), Barry Charles Hoffman, Director, Western Piedmont Symphony (NC), John Gordon Ross, Director, San José Chamber Orchestra (CA), Barbara Day Turner, Director and Appalachian State University Orchestra (NC), James Allen Anderson, Director. The four-movement version was premiered in May 2008 by Barry Hoffman and the Westchester Chamber Orchestra at Iona College in New Rochelle, NY. Much more about the piece, including sample pages of the score, at http://charlesgriffin.net/archives/204.

Tickets for the April 9 concert are $15, $30 and $40, and can be ordered online here. For more information, call the Symphony 828-324-8603.

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CBG2_WPRKOriginally from New York, Charles Griffin returned to the U.S. in 2010 to take a position at Florida's Full Sail University as course director of Advanced Music Composition in their MPBS program, after spending 5 years living and working in Latvia. His compositions and arrangements have been performed at festivals and concert halls throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, Brazil, Cuba, and Puerto Rico.

He is also a radio show host on 91.5 WPRK FM. His show Zero Crossings incorporates live interviews with composers, conductors and performers with a focus on the local contemporary art music scene.

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