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Rob Kapilow Joins North Carolina Symphony for “Green Eggs and Ham,” Jan. 7

NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Symphony welcomes all Whos, Things and Sam-I-Ams to Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh for a family-friendly musical spin on Dr. Seuss’s “Green Eggs and Ham,” Saturday, Jan. 7, 2012, at 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

Part of conductor/composer Rob Kapilow’s celebrated FamilyMusik series, presented with resounding success with orchestras across the country, “Green Eggs and Ham” is “a merry, whiz-bang romp,” says the Newark Star-Ledger

Kapilow hosts the Symphony’s performances and leads the orchestra in a Mozart-inspired take on the picture book classic. Blending symphonic music with direct interactions with young audience members, he expands on the book’s message of acceptance and trying new things.

“Kapilow offers a breath of fresh air,” continues the Star-Ledger, “perky theater music, spiky, piquant modernism a la Stravinsky’s Petrouchka, silly quotes from pop and classics alike (in this piece, “Heart and Soul” meets Chopin’s Funeral March), jazz bits, soul bits, you name it. Every time you turn around, Kapilow is pulling another rabbit out of another hat…Musically, the score stands up marvelously well—it’s clever and bright, there’s never a dull moment.”

For more than a decade, Kapilow has brought the joy and wonder of classical music to audiences of all ages and backgrounds. Characterized by his unique ability to create an “aha” moment for his audiences and collaborators, whatever their level of musical education, Kapilow’s work brings music into people’s lives: opening new ears to musical experiences and helping people to listen actively rather than just hear.

As The Boston Globe wrote, “It’s a cheering thought that this kind of missionary enterprise did not pass from this earth with Leonard Bernstein. Rob Kapilow is awfully good at what he does. We need him.”

General admission tickets to either NCS Kids performance of “Green Eggs and Ham” on Saturday, Jan. 7 are $20. For tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at www.ncsymphony.org or call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

“Green Eggs and Ham” is the second of the Symphony 2011/12 NCS Kids concerts, held in Raleigh and designed for families and children ages four to 12. On March 10, 2012, the orchestra imitates the sounds of the greatest musicians in the bug world, including a performance of Flight of the Bumblebee, in “Bug Songs.”

Learn how to save on these exciting children’s concerts, and find links to some of the wonderful online opportunities for children to engage in orchestral music, at the Symphony’s NCS Kids webpage: www.ncsymphony.org/kids.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony

NCS Kids presents

Young People’s Concerts

Green Eggs and Ham

Rob Kapilow, conductor, composer and host

Sat, Jan 7, 2012, 11am and 4pm

Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

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