Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series: A fusion of melodies and maestros across Dare County

Published 8:24 am Wednesday, August 23, 2023

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The Don Catharine Bryan Cultural Series invites the community to prepare to embark on a transcendent musical journey as the 9th Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series brings its captivating melodies to audiences across Dare County. This year’s series promises an unforgettable experience, featuring acclaimed musicians from around the nation. The Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series will weave a tapestry of harmonies and emotions that will resonate with both connoisseurs and newcomers to the world of classical music.

A piano quintet will be held Wednesday, August 23 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Andrews By-The-Sea Episcopal Church in Nags Head. The quintet also held a concert Tuesday, August 22 at 7:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Southern Shores.

Strings only concerts will be held Thursday, August 24 at 7 p.m. at Cape Hatteras Secondary School in Buxton and on Friday, August 25 at 7 p.m. at Dare Arts in Manteo.

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Admission to all concerts is free and all are invited to attend.

“The Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series presents an extraordinary opportunity to witness the synergy of outstanding musicianship and breathtaking locations,” noted a Bryan Cultural Series press release. “From the tranquil surroundings of Southern Shores to the historic charm of Nags Head, and from the vibrant energy of Buxton to the artistic hub of Manteo, this series unites communities through the universal language of music.”

Meet the Maestros

Siwoo Kim, violin: Recognized by The New York Times as an “incisive” and “compelling” violinist, Siwoo Kim is celebrated for his stylistic sensitivity and exquisite tonal nuances. His remarkable performances have graced esteemed venues worldwide, including Walt Disney Concert Hall and Lotte Concert Hall.

Katie Hyun, violin: Winner of Astral Artists’ 2016 National Auditions, Katie Hyun’s virtuosity knows no bounds. Her innovative approach blends Baroque and modern violin styles, captivating audiences and critics alike. She serves as concertmaster of NOVUS Trinity Wall Street and is dedicated to social justice through music education.

Luke Fleming, viola: Praised by The Philadelphia Inquirer for his “glowing refinement,” Luke Fleming’s viola performances are a testament to his exceptional skill and artistry. As the founding artistic director of the Manhattan Chamber Players, he is a driving force behind innovative chamber music experiences.

Jacob Fowler, cello (music director): Renowned cellist Jacob Fowler, the founding director of the Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series, is a former tenured member of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra. His captivating performances have enthralled audiences across North America, Europe and Asia.

Dr. Amanda Halstead, piano (Kitty Hawk and Nags Head concerts only): Pianist Dr. Amanda Halstead’s commanding presence and exquisite artistry have made her a sought-after soloist and collaborative musician. Her dedication to contemporary music and innovative teaching approaches make her a luminary in the musical community.

A Medley of Masterpieces

Program #1: St. Andrew’s by the Sea (August 23)

Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924) – Piano Trio in D minor, Op. 120

Antonin Dvořák (1841-1904) – Piano Quintet No. 2 in A major Op. 81

Program #2: Cape Hatteras Secondary School (August 24), Dare Arts, Manteo August 25)

Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827) – Serenade for String Trio, op. 8

Maurice Ravel (1875-1937) – String Quartet in F major

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“Join us in celebrating the 9th Annual Surf and Sounds Chamber Music Series, where world-class musicians unite to create a symphony of emotions and memories that will resonate for years to come,” invites the Bryan Cultural Series.

TowneBank of Currituck, OBX Chevrolet Buick, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk provide substantial support for this cultural offering of events.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization formed in 2012.  The board of directors is composed of nine community leaders dedicated to offering a series of high-quality cultural events.  These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. “The board strives to glean from the talent that has attained regional as well as national recognition to maintain a high standard,” noted the announcement.