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The Carolina Symphony Players to Perform ‘A Musical Paprikash’ at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum

Aug. 20, 2013. On Sunday, Aug. 25, the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players will perform “A Musical Paprikash” at the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum at 5:30 p.m. as part of the Museum’s Sunday Music Series.

Celebrating its twenty-first season in 2012-2013, the Carolina Chamber Symphony Players (CCSP), also known as the Carolina Chamber Symphony, was founded in 1992 by Robert Franz and a group of fellow musicians from the North Carolina School of the Arts. According to the CCSP, “A Musical Paprikash: features great classical chamber music inspired by Hungarian and Romanian folk traditions, with festive dance rhythms and soaring melodies played on the piano, violin and cello. The program will include a variety of lively selections such as Haydn’s “Gypsy Rondo” and works by composers Rozsa, Bartok and Enescu.

The three musicians traveling to Blowing Rock for the concert are Jacqui Carrasco, Elizabeth Anderson and James Douglass.

Jacqui Carrasco, violinist and co-artistic director, has performed as a soloist and chamber musician all over the world. Carrasco has appearned with cellist Yo-Yo Ma in concert and on television, as soloist with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and with the New York Buenos Aires Connection at Lincoln Center’s Midsummer Night Swing. She has also been active as a jazz violinist, and her versatile skills have been featured in commercial, film and theater music. Having previously taught at Princeton University, she is now an associate professor of music at Wake Forest University.

Elizabeth Anderson, cellist, is currently performing with the New York City Opera and as cellist of the Carolina Piano Trio, the Hikari Trio and the Magdalene Ensemble. Formerly cellist of the Naumburg Award-winning Meliora Quartet, she was also associate professor of cello at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Anderson studied with August Heilbron, Wallace Rushkin, Leonard Rose, Paul Katz, Steven Doane, Yo-Yo Ma and Jacqueline Du Pre.

James Douglass, assistant professor of collaborative piano and auditions coordinator for applications to the Accompanying and Chamber Music Degree Program, has been involved in diverse genres including chamber music, vocal arts, opera, choral arts, symphonic repertoire, jazz, cabaret and musical theater. Performances as a collaborative pianist have included recitals and television/radio broadcasts across the United States and in Europe (France, Germany, Austria and Hungary).

Tickets are $20 per person and may be purchased at the door or by calling the Blowing Rock Art and History Museum at 828-295-9099. A reception will follow.