North Carolina Symphony Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks makes her Classical Series debut with “Old World Elegance,” a challenging and engaging mix of works by three romantic masters: Liszt, Mahler, and Dvořák. The evenings will feature solos by acclaimed baritone Randall Scarlata.
The concerts are held at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Jan. 22-23, and at Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Sunday, Jan. 23. All concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
Praised by The New York Times as a part of “the next generation of up-and-coming American conductors,” Sarah Hicks joined the North Carolina Symphony as Associate Conductor in fall 2009. She has led the orchestra in educational and holiday Pops performances across the state.
Her first classical program boldly unites the poetic and pastoral, beginning with three heartfelt explorations of interpersonal connection and vitality: Liszt’s triumphant symphonic poem “Les Préludes,” Mahler’s evocative “Songs of a Wayfarer,” and Dvořák’s fiery “Gypsy Songs.” It concludes in grand style, as Dvořák’s charming Symphony No. 8 celebrates nature, symmetry, and old world contentment.
Featured soloist Randall Scarlata is firmly installed among the United States’s most sought-after vocal soloists. A Fulbright Scholar who has won multiple international awards, he has performed with more than a dozen symphonies and opera companies worldwide and serves on the faculty of West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
For tickets and more information, please visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at www.ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750, Monday-Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
North Carolina Symphony – Old World Elegance
Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor
Randall Scarlata, baritone
Jan. 22 & 23, 2010, 8pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 East South Street, Raleigh, NC
Jan. 24, 2010, 8pm
Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina
Campus Box #3233 UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Ticket price range: $30 – $45, Students $10