CVNC-ReviewThe Auspicious Debut of the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra  (4/20/18)

The birth of a newly organized chamber orchestra is always eagerly anticipated. Music director Paul Manz introduced the premiere concert of the North Carolina Chamber Orchestra as being the result of nearly a year’s careful planning. For this concert, it consisted of four first violins, four second violins, three violas, three cellos, one double bass with the nimble John Fair on an electronic keyboard as the harpsichord continuo. Fellowship Presbyterian Church, on New Garden, provided fine acoustics for the musicians. Two works by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685- 1750) sandwiched a rare treat by Gustav Holst (1893-1934) before intermission. A rich work by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-93) left the audience in a good mood... (Full Review)

… Manz led a superb performance with wonderfully sprung rhythms, precis attacks, and a wide tapestry of string tone. The several prominent violin solos were superbly played by concertmaster Dan Skidmore. More than one violin solo reminded me of the flavor of the orientalism of those in the Scheherazade, Op. 35 of Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakoff… (Full Review)