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North Carolina Symphony Takes “A Journey Down the Rhine” with guests Timothy Myers and Kurt Nikkanen, March 18-20

Timothy Myers, principal conductor and artistic advisor of the Opera Company of North Carolina, leads the North Carolina Symphony on “A Journey Down the Rhine,” March 18-20. Virtuoso violinist Kurt Nikkanen also headlines a program highlighting three popular German masters: Bach, Mendelssohn, and Schumann.


The concerts begin at Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thursday, March 18, followed by two weekend performances at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, March 19-20. All performances begin at 8:00 p.m.

Hartford-native Kurt Nikkanen has been firmly established within the first-tier of international violinist for over two decades, beginning with his Carnegie Hall debut at the age of 12. He takes center stage with the Symphony for Mendelssohn’s exquisitely crafted Violin Concerto, a piece he performed “bewitchingly,” wrote Munich’s Suddeutsch Zeitung of his appearance with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at Gasteig, with a “deliberately vital, genuine tone.”

“A Journey Down the Rhine” also includes Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 and Schumann’s Third Symphony, “Rhenish,” a transformative masterwork born out of the composer’s life in Rhineland during a three-year appointment in Düsseldorf.

“It’s very much inspired by the Rhine,” says North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn of a work perfectly evoking the “sensibilities of that part of the world.”

Though still early in his career, guest conductor Timothy Myers has made significant contributions to the arts community in the Triangle by cultivating new collaborations and helping to direct the long-term vision of opera and the arts in North Carolina. His striking technical skill, combined with a youthful panache, bring fresh artistry to a lineup of charming works influenced by the ancient River Rhine.

Regular tickets to these Classical Series performances in Raleigh and Chapel Hill 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. Memorial Hall is located on E. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

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
A Journey Down the Rhine
Timothy Myers, conductor
Kurt Nikkanen, violin
March 18, 2010, 8pm
Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, N.C.
March 19-20, 2010, 8pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh, N.C.

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
A Journey Down the Rhine
Timothy Myers, conductor
March 18-20, 2010

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major, BWV 1068 (1729–1731)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
I. Overture
II. Air
III. Gavottes I and II
IV. Bourrée
V. Gigue

Concerto in E minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 64 (1844)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809‑1847)
I. Allegro molto appassionato
II. Andante
III. Allegretto non troppo‑Allegro molto vivace
Kurt Nikkanen, violin

Symphony No. 3 in E-flat Major, Op. 97, “Rhenish” (1850)
Robert Schumann (1810–1856)
I. Lebhaft
II. Scherzo: Sehr mässig
III. Nicht schnell
IV. Feierlich
V. Lebhaft

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