Mercadante’s Concerto in E Minor and Monti’s Czardas with Lorenzo Muti, conductor, and Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, are now on YouTube!
I had a wonderful time performing with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Maestro Lorenzo Muti in Durham, NC. I performed Mercadante’s Concerto for Flute and Strings in E Minor and Monti’s Czardas in a program that also included Haydn and Weber. It is very gratifying to play beautiful music with great colleagues and friends.
Rehearsing with the Orchestra
Post-concert with Maestro Lorenzo Muti
With orchestra members after the concert
Click here to see a review of my concerto performance with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and conductor Lorenzo Muti in Durham, North Carolina.
Here is an excerpt from the review by Andrea McKerlie in Classical Voice North Carolina:
“The second half of the concert featured soloist Mimi Stillman, beginning with Saverio Mercadante’s Concerto for flute and strings in E minor. Mercadante was an Italian opera composer who today is virtually unknown. The concerto had a smaller orchestration of strings underneath Stillman, who was very engaged with the rest of the ensemble as she played. She communicated very effectively with Muti when she handed off solos for tuttis, and stayed very enthusiastic throughout her entire performance. The lines were fluid and relaxed, even though at times the solo was so complicated that it sounded like two melodies at the same time.
The concert ended with Czardas for flute and strings by Vittorio Monti, a work that is, as Stillman explained, “Italian with a hint of Gypsy.” Concertmaster Niccolo Muti had intricate solos as introduction and then later as dialogue with the flute. The contrasting sections of the Czardas, named for a traditional Hungarian couples dance, alternated between slow and fast, sounding improvisatory and virtuosic. Stillman’s expression and flair carried this piece and gave it style, ending with a flourish that swept the audience onto its feet.”