Cellist Amanda Forsyth, Saxophonist Adam McCord, And Guitarist William Tyler
Canadian Juno Award-winning Amanda Forsyth has long been regarded as one of North America's most dynamic cellists. She’s one of those rare musicians who has achieved that recognition as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral performer. Since 2008 she’s been principal cello of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra. She’s got this incredibly rich sound, fingers to die for, plus she’s a musician’s musician. She really goes for it, both in live performances, and recordings. Today we sample from her 2015 recording of the Brahms Concerto for Cello and Violin which was recorded live with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Amanda is joined in this performance by her husband, world-renowned violinist, Pinchas Zukerman. They’ll be teaming up with Maestro Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony for two concerts next week featuring the Brahms Double. It’s a remarkable, relatively late work by the great German composer. His final work for orchestra was originally composed, at least in part, as a gesture of reconciliation towards his old, but estranged friend the violinist Joseph Joachim. Little did Brahms know that more than a century later, this very same piece of music would pave the way for a very different relationship.
On Thursday, January 28th and Saturday the 30th, Amanda and violinist Pinchas Zucherman will join violinist/conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky and the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra for two performances of the Brahms Double. Audience members will double their pleasure, double their fun, when Dmitry exchanges his baton for his violin and a performance with Pinchas Zukerman of Bach’s famous Double Concerto for 2 Violins. Concerts start at 8:00pm in Dana Auditorium in Greensboro.
Alto saxophonist Adam McCord is a UNC at Greensboro alumnus who recently received his Doctor of Music degree at Indiana University. He’s performed with the National Symphony Orchestra as well as international saxophone conferences and congresses from San Jose to Slovenia. The Yamaha Performing Artist is also a respected educator, having served on the faculties of the prestigious Indiana University Jacob’s School of Music, and Miami University among others, and he currently teaches at Wake Forest University.
Adam McCord’s velvety sound, impeccable, supple technique and his supreme musicianship will be on full display next weekend, when he’ll perform two recitals, one in Greensboro and one in Winston-Salem. He recently stopped by to talk about the music on the program and the instrument he’s loved since he was a boy: the saxophone.
On Friday, January 29th, you can hear him in recital in Organ Recital Hall on the UNC at Greensboro School of Music. Then on Sunday, the 31st, Winston-Salem audiences will be treated to the same program beginning at 3:00 in Brendle Recital Hall in the Scales Fine Arts Center on the Wake Forest University campus.
Nashville solo guitarist William Tyler is coming to the Triad this weekend and you don’t want to miss this show. WFDD’s own Eddie Garcia, who performs as 1970s Film Stock will be opening, and in today's Triad Arts Weekend, you'll hear the two guitar masters talk shop.