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Pops in the City | Sept 12

North Carolina Symphony Launches New Season with Free Concert in Raleigh Amphitheater

“Pops in the City,” Sept. 12

Raleigh has a new outdoor amphitheater, and the North Carolina Symphony will be there this September to help break it in. The orchestra, led by Maestro William Henry Curry, will wave goodbye to summer and kick off its bold new concert season with “Pops in the City,” a free concert in Raleigh Amphitheater, Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7:00 p.m.

William Curry conducts the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

Families and friends can bring a picnic, grab a lawn seat in the heart of downtown Raleigh and prepare for a musical world tour. First, in collaboration with the Independent’s Hopscotch Music Festival, Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist Dosh opens at the performance beginning at 5:45 p.m. with his electronic blends of folk keyboard and experimental sampling. Then the Symphony takes over with a globe-trotting symphonic showcase.

The lineup first transports concertgoers to the golden age of classical music, including Handel’s joyous Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks—a powerhouse selection to launch the Symphony’s debut in the city’s newest venue. The fireworks don’t stop there, as Curry turns to the trumpet section to bring two Latin-flavored brass showcases to life: Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia” and his legendary jazz standard, “Malagueña.” Henry Mancini’s classic serenade “Moon River” then paves the way for a charming tribute to Mancini’s legacy and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. With a closing note by John Williams, as well as “America the Beautiful,” this free concert offers Raleigh residents an unforgettable night on the town.

Hopscotch brings over 120 bands in more than a dozen genres—from indie rock and alternative country to free jazz and hip-hop—to ten venues in downtown Raleigh, Sept. 9-11. Complete information is available online at hopscotchmusicfest.com.

The North Carolina Symphony’s 2010-11 season opens in downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall with renowned guest artists Navah Perlman, Giora Schmidt and Zuill Bailey joining the Symphony to perform Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.

Single tickets, subscriptions or special packages to the Composer Portraits and Orchestra Showcases, two unique series within the Symphony’s 2010/11 concert season, are now on sale. Visit ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750 for more information.

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony

  • Pops in the City
  • William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor
  • Sept. 12, 2010, 7pm
  • Raleigh Amphitheater

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony

Pops in the City
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks
George Frideric Handel/arr. Baines, Markerras

“Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Felix Mendelssohn

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Otto Nicolai

Amparito Roca
Jaime Texidor

“Andalucia” from Andalucia Suite
Ernesto Lecuona/Morton Gould

Malagueña
Ernesto Lecuona/Ferde Grofé

Moon River
Henry Mancini

A Tribute to Henry Mancini
Henry Mancini/arr. Custer

Selections from West Side Story
Leonard Bernstein/arr. Mason

Superman March
John WilliamsAmerica the Beautiful
arr. Carmen Dragon

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