The Outer Banks Voice – Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival promises an evening of talent and artistry

APRIL 8 at 7 p.m.

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival promises an evening of talent and artistry

By Story submitted on March 31, 2022

Thomas Sauer, Ara Gregorian and Alan Kay will perform on Friday, April 8 for a 7:00 p.m. concert at All Saints Church in Southern Shores. Sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, this year’s Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival.

Friday, April 8 at 7 p.m. at | All Saints Church in Southern Shores
Tickets cost $15.00 and are available online at the Bryan Cultural Series websiteor locally at Gray’s department store in Kitty Hawk, Sea Green Gallery, Nags Head and Downtown Books, Manteo.

For more than twenty years, the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival has brought some of the world’s most extraordinary musicians to North Carolina and performed nationally and internationally. In residence at East Carolina University School of Music, their performances have included concerts at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall and a six-concert tour of Israel.

And now, this exceptional group of musicians returns to the Outer Banks on Friday, April 8 for a 7:00 p.m. concert at All Saints Church in Southern Shores. Sponsored by the Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series, this year’s Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival will feature music for a clarinet trio, featuring Thomas Sauer on piano, Alan Kay on clarinet and Four Seasons founding violinist Ara Gregorian.

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival has become an annual feature of classical music performance on the Outer Banks. The ensemble has always performed its selections with hard-to-find nuance and musical understanding, but this year’s program will tackle some of the most challenging music the ensemble has presented to date.

The evening will begin with “Romanian Folk Dances”, Sz. 56 by Bela Bartok. Fascinated by the intricacies and melodic beauty of Transylvanian folk music, Bartok’s 1915 composition is a relatively short piece of music, but the beauty of the melodies has the power to transport listeners to another time and place.

The trio will also perform another Bartok selection—“Contrasts for Violin, Clarinet and Piano,” Sz. 111.

More traditional classical music will also be included with renditions of Beethoven’s ‘Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major’, Op. 12 #2 and the Finale: Presto non tanto from “Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor” by Frédéric Chopin, op. 58.

One of the most interesting compositions of the evening will be “Suite for clarinet, violin and piano” by Alexander Arutiunian. Composed in 1992, the music is a remarkable blend of traditional classical music motifs with the atonality often used in modern music.

The musicians who will come to the Outer Banks are among the few who can organize such a varied musical evening and present it with talent and artistry.

Ara Gregorian, the founder and artistic director of Four Seasons, has performed at venues internationally from Finland to Hong Kong and is Emeritus Professor of Music at East Carolina University where he has been on the faculty since 1998.

Pianist Thomas Sauer, who is on the faculty of music at Vassar College and has a career that includes performances at Carnegie Hall, on stage in Europe in Amsterdam and Berlin and in the United States from the east coast to Philadelphia to Seattle on the West Coast .

Clarinetist Alan Kay teaches at Juilliard, the Manhattan School of Music and Stony Brook University in New York State. He is a solo clarinetist for several orchestras and has participated in numerous recordings over the years.

The 2022 Don and Catharine Bryan Cultural Series Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival promises to be an exceptional musical evening. Tickets cost $15.00 and are available online at the Bryan Cultural Series websiteor locally at Gray’s department store in Kitty Hawk, Sea Green Gallery, Nags Head and Downtown Books, Manteo.

The show will take place at All Saints Church in Southern Shores on Friday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.

Masks will be mandatory for all spectators.

For more information on the Bryan Cultural Series and to find more information about the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival event, visit bryanculturalseries.org.

Substantial support for this cultural offering of events is provided by Towne Bank of Currituck, OBX Chevrolet Buick, Ramada Plaza Hotel of Kill Devil Hills and Hilton Garden Inn of Kitty Hawk.

The Bryan Cultural Series is a non-profit organization established in 2012. The Board of Directors is made up of nine community leaders dedicated to providing a series of high quality cultural events. These events will include a variety of visual, literary and performing arts. The board strives to glean talent that has achieved regional and national recognition to maintain a high standard.


All Saints Church of Southern Shores is located at 40 Pintail Trail, Southern Shores.



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