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Garrick Ohlsson joins the North Carolina Symphony for a Night of Classics | Nov 5-7

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Pianist Garrick Ohlsson will join the North Carolina Symphony and Music Director Grant Llewellyn for a delightful evening of classic selections from Mozart, Weber, Schubert, and Bach on November 5, 2009 at Kenan Auditorium on the UNC-Wilmington campus and on November 6 & 7 at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three performances begin at 8pm.

Ohlsson, praised by The New York Times as a “clear-thinking, collegial, and inventive musician,” will bring freshness, clarity and excitement to Mozart’s Concerto No. 14 in E-flat Major and Von Weber’s Konzertstück in F minor. Op. 79.  Also featured on the program are Bach’s Suite No. 2 in B minor and Schubert’s Symphony No. 5 in B-flat Major. “In this program,” says Llewellyn, “you can trace an obvious progression from Bach to Mozart, Weber and Schubert. It’s incredibly exciting to come back to these works.”

Ohlsson earned international acclaim in 1970 when he became the first American to take first prize at the International Frederick Chopin Piano Competition. Ever since, he has performed with orchestras across the world, including the symphony orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Cincinnati, Houston, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles, Seattle, Washington D.C., the London Philharmonic, and many more. He has been a frequent guest of the North Carolina Symphony, as well.

Ohlsson is famous for his romantic era prowess – particularly with the works of Mozart and Schubert. His expertise in the genre makes him the ideal choice for such a performance, which Llewellyn describes as one dedicated to “elegance and a certain sort of classical brilliance.”

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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