Surf and Sounds music series returns to Outer Banks

Published 11:35 pm Wednesday, August 24, 2022

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The joy and beauty of classical music returns as the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series and the Dare County Arts Council welcome the 8th Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series to the Outer Banks.

Four performances are scheduled and all performances will feature violinist Siwoo Kim, violist Luke Fleming and music director Jake Fowler on cello.

The first two performances will take place on Tuesday, August 23 at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores and Wednesday, August 24 at St. Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head. Both performances are scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public.

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Dr. Amanda Halstead, who has performed in the past with Surf and Sounds Chamber Music, will accompany the strings. She is a gifted pianist whose understanding and love of the music allows her to play even the most difficult compositions and helps bring the music to life.

Flutist Debra Cross will perform with Fowler and Halstead in the first composition of the evening, Phillipe Gaubert’s Trois Aquarelles for Flute, Cello and Piano. Cross is the principal flutist for the Virginia Symphony Orchestra with a string of other credits to her name.

The Southern Shores and Nags Head concerts will feature the more modern compositions of Gaubert and Nadia Boulanger. The performance will also feature Robert Schumann’s Piano Quartet in E-flat major, op. 47.

Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton will host the series on Thursday, August 25 with a final Outer Banks performance at the Dare County Arts Council Galley in Manteo on Friday, August 26. The concerts will begin at 7:30 p.m. and admission is free for all.

Oboist Jaren Atherholt will accompany Fleming, Fowler and Kim in program that will feature two selections from Mozart. His Divertimento for Violin, Viola and Cello K.563 is a string trio. His Oboe Quartet in F major K.370. Benjamin Britten’s Phantasy Quartet, op. 2 will also be performed. Atherholt is assistant professor of oboe at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Atherholt spends her summers performing in the Grand Teton Music Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming and has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, Verbier Festival Orchestra, Music Academy of the West and Spoleto Festival USA.

The musicians of Surf and Sounds have well-deserved international reputations for their creative skill, performing before audiences throughout North America, Europe and Asia. An evening spent with the musicians of the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series brings the beauty, artistry and genius of great composers to life. Performed by world-class musicians, it turns an Outer Banks evening into a time of magic.

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