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Festival Outgrows Venue

By Michael Crane

If music is medicine for the soul, then it makes sense for the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival of Eastern North Carolina to perform their next concert at the Brody School of Medicine

“On October 28, we’ll wrap up a week-long residency with a public performance in Brody Auditorium,” said Ara Gregorian, artistic director of the Festival.

Ara Gregorian

“I love Fletcher Recital Hall, we’ve grown the Festival there,” said Gregorian, a professor of violin at the ECU School of Music. “But I’d rather change our venue than turn away eastern North Carolinians from an opportunity to enjoy world-class chamber music.”

The second residency of the season, “Chamber Music Monuments,” will culminate with a concert Oct. 28 at 8:00 p.m.

The Festival’s concerts are typically sold out. Fletcher Recital Hall holds 258 audience members in fixed seats, compared to 460 available seats in Brody Auditorium.

“With construction at the School of Music, we’ve temporarily lost parking spaces and will lose our lobby area,” Gregorian noted. “The move to Brody will allow us to continue expanding in a comfortable venue without interfering with progress on the main campus.”

With the move, season ticket sales have been reopened at a prorated discount. New rates for three concerts are $52.50 for general admission, $42 for ECU faculty and staff, and $11.25 for ECU students and youth. The series includes the October 28 concert, as well as “The Genius of Mozart and Brahms” on Friday, Jan. 13, and the season finale on Friday, April 28. Ticketholders for the Oct. 28 concert will also receive an invitation to a pre-concert reception.

For tickets, call the ECU Central Office at 328-4778, 1-800-ECU-ARTS or 328-4736 (V/TTY), at, or at Mendenhall Student Center.



This page originally appeared in the Oct. 14, 2005 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at