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Wolfeboro Friends of Music Concert on January 16th

Press Releases - January 6, 2011





The fourth program celebrating Wolfeboro Friends of Music’s 75th Season will be The Richter Uzur Duo, featuring classical guitarist Brad Richter and cellist Viktor Uzur.  The performance will be held at Brewster Academy’s Anderson Hall, 205 S. Main Street, Wolfeboro, on Sunday, January 16, 2011 at 2:00 p.m.and is sponsored by Bigelow & Ashton. PA, a Certified Public Account firm, Wolfeboro.

With  their first album, String Theory, already nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award for “Best Crossover Classical Album,” the Richter Uzur Duo’s Sunday afternoon performance for Wolfeboro Friends of Music promises to be a concert tailor made to chase away those early winter blues! Since October of 2008 the duo has also appeared regularly on NPR broadcasts of American Public Media’s Performance Today.

Brad Richter and Viktor Uzur met in 2005 when Brad was commissioned by Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, where Viktor is cello professor, to write a concert length chamber piece (Navigating Lake Bonneville). The piece prominently featured cello and guitar and as it developed so too did a close friendship and a deep mutual respect that became the foundation for this collaboration.

Viktor and Brad are each classical musicians of the highest caliber with successful international solo careers and intensive training from two of the world’s most lauded musical institutions: The Moscow Conservatory and The Royal College of Music respectively. Their musical interests and abilities, however, are far broader than classical music. In their teens and twenties, while developing into classical virtuosi, they cut their teeth in rock bands – Viktor as an electric guitarist and Brad as a guitarist and singer. They also delved into folk and world music but eventually put those interests aside as they pursued their classical concert careers.

The Richter Uzur Duo may be unique in the way in which they combine classical, rock and folk music and themes into truly original new compositions as well as in the way in which they collaborate. Because they live almost 1,000 miles apart they do a great deal of composing over the phone and internet and write parts separately, combining and re-developing them while on concert tours together.  It is rare that two successful classical composers come together to co-write music of such distinction. The fun and friendship Viktor and Brad share in this partnership are obvious on stage and in their music.   Join Wolfeboro Friends of Music on January 16 to hear these close friends and rising stars live!

This is the fourth of eight programs presented by Wolfeboro Friends of Music to people of the greater Lakes Region during its season, which runs from September through May.  Season tickets are available for the four remaining concerts of the season for $80.00, or single concert tickets are available for $20 at the door, at Black’s Paper Store and Avery Insurance in Wolfeboro or at Innisfree Bookshop in Meredith; by calling (603) 569-2151 or by visiting the website:  www.wfriendsofmusic.org.

For any additional media questions contact:   Don Holm, (603) 569-3096 or dfholm@gmail.com

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