Brad Richter studied at The Royal College of Music. He’s performed around the world, gaining critical acclaim along the way, and is by all accounts a guitar virtuoso.
One musical question, though, seemed to stump him: What wellknown artist or group does his collaboration with cellist Viktor Uzur most closely resemble?
“That’s tough to say,” Richter said after a long pause last week. “What we do is a mix of so many things. The core is classical, but we do mash-ups with rock and roll. An example is one we do with Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue.’ We do a mash-up of that with ‘Teen Spirit’ by Nirvana, ‘Sweet Dreams’ by the Eurythmics and ‘Seven Nation Army’ by the White Stripes. I don’t think there’s a chamber group out there that does what we do.”
Music enthusiasts in Western North Carolina have an opportunity to experience the Richter Uzur Duo’s unique stylings when they perform next month at the Burrell Building on Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus in Sylva. Scheduled for 7 p.m. on Oct. 15, Richter and Uzur’s concert will mark SCC’s celebration of the North Carolina Community College System’s 50th anniversary.
Admission to the concert at SCC is free, but donations will be accepted to support the SCC Foundation’s Student Success Campaign – an effort to bridge the gap between scholarship demand and supply.
“I am fortunate to have experienced Brad and Viktor's music on several different occasions and am confident when I say that everyone in the audience will feel like their ears were served a five-star meal and dessert,” said Cheryl Contino-Conner, SCC’s executive director of Student Success and co-coordinator of the event. “This performance epitomizes the teaching and learning which takes place every day at SCC and I don't know of a better duo to highlight our student success campaign.”
Describing the Richter Uzur Duo, Wes Brustad, president and CEO of The State Theater of New Jersey, said, “These guys are the real deal. ... Each (is) a soloist capable of holding (his) own on a symphony orchestra stage or matching licks with a road house band. From Led Zeppelin to Bartok ... from the Beatles to Rimsky-Korsakov ... from Gershwin to their own unique tunes ... the music sashays all over the planet and back again, satisfying audiences all the while.”
Richter said he and Uzur have been to SCC’s service area several times and always enjoy the region.
“It’s one of the most beautiful parts of the country, isn’t it?” Richter said. “With the trees, the hills and the mountain streams. And there’s an air of sophistication in those little towns all through there. We always have great crowds for our concerts there, too.”
For more information about the Richter Uzur Duo, go to richteruzurduo.com. To learn more about SCC and its programs, visit southwesterncc.edu.
Brad Richter (left) and Viktor Uzur will perform at 7 p.m. on Oct. 15 at Southwestern Community College’s Jackson Campus.