Music

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle: Slavic Voices

Program

Glinka
Kamarinskaya

Dvorak
Legends

Weinberg
Clarinet Concerto

Kodaly
Dances of Galanta

About the program

Filled with music, dance, and folklore that ranges from the Balkans to Russia, Slavic Voices highlights the richness and variety of Slavic cultures. While Mikhail Glinka’s Kamarinskaya could not be more simple in form, it is considered to be the core of the entire school of Russian symphonic music. As Tchaikovsky ventured, “just as the whole oak is in the acorn.”

Like all of Antonin Dvorak’s music, his Legends transport you to enchanting and magical Bohemian settings. Likely inspired by Czech fairy tales, this charming collection of musical snapshots evokes everything from the macabre to the sublime. By no means light fare, Weinberg’s Clarinet Concerto depicts the harsh realities of Soviet life with a Klezmer twist. This is music that has truly persisted against all odds.

Chances are you’ve never heard of a small town in Slovakia called Galanta. Fortunately for us, Zoltan Kodaly spent much of his childhood there. Soaking in the incredible folk music of this colorful region in today’s Slovakia, Kodaly gave these melodies new life in his invigorating Dances of Galanta. Good luck trying not to stomp, dance, and shout to this one!

About the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

Renowned for its artistic excellence, adventurous programming, and a flair for the unorthodox, The COT is a dynamic orchestral ensemble of 40+ musicians hailing from all parts of North Carolina and beyond. Led by Artistic Director Lorenzo Muti and Principal Conductor Niccoló Muti, the COT often features classical music’s foremost up and coming talents. The orchestra is extremely excited to share this 2022-23 season, filled with new concert venues, partnerships, opera, theater, and world premieres. Visit thecot.org for more info.