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First of Three Free Chamber Music Concerts Highlights Beethoven and Tchaikovsky, Oct. 24

(Triangle Arts & EntertainmentA Triangle music tradition, the Manning Chamber Music Series launches its 2011/12 season next week with masterworks by Tchaikovsky and Beethoven. The series-opening performance takes place at Kenan Auditorium on the campus of William Peace University on Monday, Oct. 24, at 7:30 p.m.

Manning Chamber Music Series concerts are free and open to the public.

North Carolina Symphony violins David Kilbride and Jeremy Preston and cello Elizabeth Beilman join with viola Xi Yang for the charming violin-and-cello version of the Duet No. 3 in B-flat Major—a popular chamber piece attributed to Beethoven, though its authorship is uncertain—followed by Tchaikovsky’s spirited and playful Album for the Young, Op. 39. There’s no doubting the creative force behind the program’s headliner: Beethoven’s bold and technically demanding String Quartet No. 7 in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1.