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Lynn Harrell Brings His Strength and Energy to the North Carolina Symphony | Feb. 18-20

LynnHarrellWorld-renowned cellist Lynn Harrell joins Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony for a breathtaking classical showcase, “Bach and Brahms.” The concerts begin at Pinecrest High School’s Lee Auditorium in Southern Pines, Thursday, Feb. 18. They continue at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20. All three performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

Known for his forceful personality and towering stage presence, Harrell will be featured during one of the evening’s three blockbuster selections, Shostakovich’s Cello Concerto No. 1. Praising Harrell as “an unusually talented communicator,” Llewellyn says, “Harrell is perfectly suited for this work. It requires a soloist of enormous strength and energy.”

Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D Major and Brahms’s magnum opus, the vaunted Symphony No. 4, are also featured on the program. “Although the pairing of Shostakovich and Brahms may seem unusual on paper, it’s absolutely perfect,” says Llewellyn. Bach opens the performance, setting the stage for the uncommon, stimulating coupling that follows. The lyrical, lush feel of the Fourth Symphony combines with the rhythmic, driving Cello Concerto to surprise and excite the audience.

A frequent guest of orchestras around the world, Lynn Harrell has released more than 30 classical music recordings, many of which have received widespread critical acclaim. He served as the head of the Royal Academy in London and most recently taught cello at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music.

Regular tickets to the Raleigh Classical Series performance of “Bach and Brahms” on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 19-20, range from $30 to $45. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh, NC, 27601.

Regular tickets to the Moore County Series performance on Thursday, Feb. 18, range from $25 to $40. Lee Auditorium is located in Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane, Southern Pines, NC 28387.

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

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Bach and Brahms
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Lynn Harrell, cello
Feb. 18, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines, N.C.
Feb. 19-20, 2010, 8:00 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, N.C.

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Bach and Brahms
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Feb. 18-20, 2010

Suite No. 4 in D Major for Orchestra, BWV 1069 (1717-1723)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
I. Overture
II. Bourrées I and II
III. Gavotte
IV. Minuet
V. Rejouissance

Concerto No. 1 in E-flat Major for Cello and Orchestra, Op. 107 (1959)
Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975)
I. Allegretto
II. Moderato
III. Cadenza
IV. Allegro con moto
Lynn Harrell, cello

Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98 (1884-1885)
Johannes Brahms (1833-1897)
I. Allegro non troppo
II. Andante moderato
III. Allegro giocoso
IV. Allegro energico e passionato

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