The Piedmont Wind Symphony presents Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition at SECCA

By Staff

matthew troy
matthew troy

The Piedmont Wind Symphony, celebrating its 26th season, is proud to present Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” under the direction of new Artistic Director & Conductor, Matthew Troy. The concert, on Thursday, March 17 at 7:30pm at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, will feature Mussorgsky’s “Pictures at an Exhibition” as well as Symphony No. 2, a rare gem by composer John Barnes Chance.

A moving and powerful tribute to the art of Viktor Hartmann, “Pictures at an Exhibition” is a suite in 10 movements interspersed with a recurring “Promenade” theme. Each movement was inspired by a different piece from Hartmann’s sketches, stage designs, and architectural studies.

Of the 10 Mussorgsky movements, only six of the Hartmann pieces remain. Local composer and watercolorist Kenneth Frazelle has created four new paintings for the missing Hartmann works. These newly commissioned pieces will be on display and up for auction at the concert. Kenneth Frazelle, a UNC School of the Arts and Juilliard graduate, is a member of the UNC School of the Arts School of Music faculty. His music has been commissioned and performed by numerous prominent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Dawn Upshaw, Emmanuel Ax, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Paula Robison, John Adams, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.

There will be a post-concert reception for the audience and musicians to enjoy a complimentary sneak peak of the “Watercolor Martini” that will be unveiled at SECCA’s upcoming gala.

Tickets are available at the door, online HERE or by contacting the Box Office at 336-721-1945. Adult tickets are $40, and student tickets are $20.