The North Carolina Symphony brings a commanding concert slate to Raleigh and Wilmington with “Mozart and Tchaikovsky,” Feb. 12-13. Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks leads featured soloist Brian Reagin in three works by the two giants of classical music, whose remarkable careers, though separated by a century of turmoil and change, offer an inspiring glimpse at the perseverance of creative innovation.
The concert takes place as part of the Symphony’s popular Friday Favorites series at downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, on Friday, Feb. 12, at 11:30 a.m. The Symphony then takes the concert to Cape Fear for a Valentine’s Day weekend performance at Kenan Auditorium, University of North Carolina-Wilmington, on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 8:00 p.m.
The Russian composer held an unqualified admiration for his Austrian forebear, once confiding to his diary that “Mozart is the highest, the culminating point that beauty has attained in the sphere of music.” The Symphony passes on this enthusiasm to the audience, first with a performance of the famed Overture to Mozart’s 1787 opera, Don Giovanni. Tchaikovsky’s “Mozartiana,” an ingenious reinvention of several lesser-known short pieces by Mozart, will follow.
As Tchaikovsky wrote, “Mozartiana” is meant to “give a new impulse to the performance of these little masterpieces which, in spite of their concise form, present incomparable beauties.”
North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin is featured in the concert’s closing selection, Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major, a work for which the violinist is particularly well-known. The Chicago native is celebrating his 22nd season with the North Carolina Symphony. He has also performed with the Pittsburgh and Cleveland symphonies and toured Japan, China, Europe, and throughout the United States.
Regular tickets to the Friday Favorites performance of “Mozart and Tchaikovsky” on Friday, Feb. 12, are $20. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, N.C., 27601.
Regular tickets to the Cape Fear Series performance on Saturday, Feb. 13, range from $25 to $45. Kenan Auditorium is on the campus of the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, at 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, N.C., 28403.
For tickets and more information, please visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750.