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Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony will take on Life and Death at the Classical Series Opener | Sept 25-26

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The North Carolina Symphony opens its 2009-10 Classical Series with performances on September 24 at Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and on September 25 & 26 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three concerts begin at 8pm.

Music Director Grant Llewellyn looks forward to a program that will both challenge his orchestra and excite audiences. “The themes of life and death,” he says, “are eloquently expressed through the compelling and timeless works of Brahms, Wagner, Liszt and Strauss.”

The concert will feature Wagner’s Siegfried Idyll, Liszt’s Mephisto Waltz No. 1, Brahms’s Tragic Overture and Richard Strauss’s eloquent tone poem, Death and Transfiguration.

grant_balcony2This season, Llewellyn plans to give his audience a unique balance of modernism and classicism, oftentimes beginning concerts with Bach and concluding them with more contemporary artists. The pieces showcased in this first performance – particularly those by Wagner – are “firmly based in the harmonic and artistic fundamentals of the Baroque,” says Llewellyn.

The season’s natural progression will help audiences appreciate all of Bach’s subtleties as they are explored and celebrated by his successors. “Although conveying the emotive and intimate tone of Siegfried Idyll, or capturing the vulnerability of death in Strauss’s Death and Transfiguration will be difficult,” says Llewellyn, “we welcome the challenge of Life and Death, and plan to capture the spirit and vibrancy of the pinnacle of the Romantic era.

For tickets and more information, please visit the North Carolina Symphony website at www.ncsymphony.org or call Audience Services at 919.733.2750, Monday-Friday, 10am- 5pm.

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