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North Carolina Symphony Concludes its Spring Concert Season with “Romantic Inspirations” | May 20-21

The North Carolina Symphony’s spring concert season comes to a dramatic close with performances in Fayetteville and Durham, May 20-21. Maestro William Henry Curry conducts a concert of bold gestures featuring Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, “Romantic,” and a rarely performed masterwork by Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 3, “Polish.”

The concert takes place at Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University in Fayetteville on Thursday, May 20. The Symphony then performs its final scheduled Durham concert in Page Auditorium at Duke University on Friday, May 21. Both programs begin at 8:00 p.m.

William Henry Curry

Famous for its commanding trumpet theme, Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man was composed during World War II for a series of grandiose, patriotic fanfares and has since been adopted as one of the most popular openers to any orchestral performance. It finds a perfect complement in the expansive strains of the Romantic Symphony, by one of the 20th century’s most well-rounded American musicians, longtime Eastman School of Music Director Howard Hanson.

The concert concludes with Tchaikovsky’s triumphant Third Symphony, written in six weeks during a bout of depression so deep he was advised to leave Russia and temporarily give up music. He ignored the advice, resulting in an inventive five-movement musical exploration that laid the groundwork for Tchaikovsky’s unquestioned mastery of the symphony form.

Regular tickets to the Fayetteville series performance on Thursday, May 20, are $28, with $5 student tickets. Reeves Auditorium is located on the campus of Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., Fayetteville, NC 28311.

Tickets to the Duke Medicine Classical Series Durham concert on Friday, May 21, are $25, with $10 student tickets. Page Auditorium is located beside Duke Chapel on the Duke University campus, 402 Chapel Drive, Durham, NC 27708.

For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750.

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Romantic Inspirations

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

May 20, 2010
Reeves Auditorium, Methodist University, Fayetteville

May 21, 2010
Page Auditorium, Duke University, Durham

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Romantic Inspirations
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor
May 20-21, 2010

Fanfare for the Common Man (1942)
Aaron Copland (1900–1990)

Symphony No. 2, Op. 30, “Romantic” (1930)
Howard Hanson (1896–1981)
I. Adagio–Allegro moderato
II. Andante con tenerezza
III. Allegro con brio

Symphony No. 3 in D Major, Op. 29, “Polish” (1875)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
I. Introduzione ed allegro: Moderato assai (Tempo marcia funebre)
II. Alla tedesca: Allegro moderato e semplice
III. Andante elegiaco
IV. Scherzo: Allegro vivo
V  Finale: Allegro con fuoco (Tempo di polacca)

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