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THE NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES 2010-2011 CONCERTS

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We Celebrate Ten Years at Meymandi Concert Hall!

Extraordinary Artists: Peter Donohoe, Noriko Ogawa, Jean-Philippe Collard, Navah Perlman, Giora Schmidt, Zuill Bailey, Marvin Hamlisch, The Broadway Tenors, Pink Martini and more…

Acclaimed Guest Conductors: Andrea Quinn, Alexander Mickelthwate, Carlos Miguel Prieto

Exceptional repertoire: Beethoven, Brahms, Adams, Shostakovich, Liszt, Prokofiev, Ginastera, Wagner, Rachmaninoff, Stravinsky, Bruch, Elgar, Britten and more

Four Composer Portraits: Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and Adams

Pops: Summerfest Favorite Cirque de la Symphonie Returns for a

Spectacular Indoor Concert at Meymandi Concert Hall

Friday Favorites: A Norman Rockwell Collaboration with the NC Museum of Art, pianist Valentina Lisitsa, Shakespeare in Music

Outstanding Special Events: The Incomparable Lang Lang, a Benefit for the Symphony with Branford Marsalis and Friends, plus our unrivaled New Year’s Eve Celebration

Summerfest: The Wizard of Oz, Tiempo Libre, The Ahn Trio, a Salute to America’s Armed Forces, Our Annual Independence Day Concert with Fireworks

Best Young People’s Concerts Ever: Halloween Magic, Magic Circle Mime Company and Peter and the Wolf

Ambitious programming, incomparable guest artists and repertoire that displays the brawn and talent of the orchestra in a generous span of colors, textures and moods mark the North Carolina Symphony’s outstanding 2010-11 season. “We’re taking a bold view, examining the orchestral canon in big, broad strokes,” says Music Director Grant Llewellyn. “Our intent is to take the audience on a fantastic musical journey over the course of the year. Offering a balanced musical diet is what we strive for as the season unwinds.”

The Duke Medicine Raleigh Classical Series opens September 24-25, 2010 with a powerful program featuring iconic works by Schubert, Mahler and Beethoven. “Mahler is bookending the season as perhaps only Mahler can,” says Llewellyn. “There is probably no other single composer for symphony orchestras who has so stretched the medium. By programming the first movement of Mahler’s last symphony, the Tenth, at the top of the season and ending the season with his Ninth Symphony, we mean to make a powerful statement.” Because Mahler never finished his Tenth Symphony, Schubert’s Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished,” makes a perfect concert companion. Beethoven’s joyful Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, “Triple,” rounds out this first offering and features an exciting trio of emerging young artists: Navah Perlman, piano; Giora Schmidt, violin; and Zuill Bailey, cello.

A focal point of the season will be four composer portraits: a deeper examination of Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Mahler and John Adams. “We’ll investigate these masters and really get to know them,” says Llewellyn. The Tchaikovsky program includes two well known works: the Overture from the Romeo and Juliet Fantasy and Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra, featuring the Symphony’s exquisitely gifted principal cellist, Bonnie Thron. Likely new to audiences will be the composer’s Symphony No. 7, compiled by Russian musicologist Semyon Bogatiryov using several sources from among Tchaikovsky’s works.  It has all the characteristic symphonic sweep that listeners adore.

For the Mozart portrait, the Symphony will collaborate with PlayMakers Repertory Theatre Company and director Joseph Haj in a semi-staged production of Sir Peter Shaffer’s popular play Amadeus. We’ll take a look at Mahler through the lens of his magnificent Symphony No. 9. The John Adams portrait will explore three works that represent the spectrum of his career: Eros Piano, Short Ride in a Fast Machine and Harmonium. Setting up these pieces will be works by Britten and Ives, as well as Beethoven’s rarely heard Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage. Pianist Christopher Baylor and the North Carolina Master Chorale will join the Symphony for this program.

Other highlights from the season’s repertoire include some of the most celebrated works of the orchestral canon including Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, “Eroica;” Brahms’s Symphony No. 3; Haydn’s Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La passion;” Elgar’s Symphony No. 1; Dvořák’s Symphony No. 5; Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 10; and Vaughan Williams’s Symphony No. 2, “London.” Audiences will hear piano concertos by Rachmaninoff, Liszt and Saint-Saëns, as well as concertos for violin, violin and oboe, and the aforementioned Beethoven “Triple” Concerto. Among the season’s featured soloists will be several North Carolina Symphony musicians: Brian Reagin, concertmaster; Bonnie Thron, principal cello; Dovid Friedlander, associate concertmaster; and Melanie Wilsden, principal oboe.

Extraordinary guest artists on the 2010-11 Duke Medicine Classical Series include several who will be introduced to North Carolina audiences for the first time. In addition to Navah Perlman and Giora Schmidt, violinist Baiba Skride and pianists Peter Donohoe, Jean-Philippe Collard and Christopher Taylor make their North Carolina Symphony debuts next season. Returning to the Symphony will be exceptional pianists Noriko Ogawa and Stewart Goodyear as well as cellist Zuill Bailey.

Highly-praised guest conductors Alexander Mickelthwate, Andrea Quinn and Carlos Miguel Prieto will lead the orchestra in November, January and February. Widely considered one of classical music’s great emerging young talents, Mickelthwate is music director of the Winnipeg Symphony while Carlos Miguel Prieto is the dynamic young music director of the Louisiana Philharmonic. North Carolina Symphony audiences will remember British conductor Andrea Quinn as a finalist in the 2002-04 music director search.

The Fidelity Investments Pops Series will open October 1-2 with Cirque de la Symphonie, a smash hit at the 2009 Summerfest series. Featuring the breathtaking acrobatic feats of some of the world’s top circus performers combined with some of the greatest classical music ever written, this performance will be fun and exciting for the entire family. The Series will also feature Motown legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes, as well as the delightfully entertaining Marvin Hamlisch presenting the Barbra Streisand Songbook with vocalist Julie Budd. Back by popular demand will be the little orchestra that rocked the music world in a big way. Pink Martini, with their mix of Paris café orchestra, classical wizardry and Brazilian samba, bring an unstoppable electric energy to their performances that always leaves us wanting more. The annual Holiday Pops concert in Raleigh celebrates the season with The Broadway Tenors, three outstanding performers who will team up with the orchestra and the Concert Singers of Cary to bring audiences the best of the musical holiday spirit. The Pops season concludes with Blues in the Night, a riveting journey through the history of jazz and blues in America featuring blues duo Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris and sopranos Tina Morris-Anderson and Rozlyn Sorrell.

Friday Favorites, the Symphony’s popular weekday series, again includes three 75-minute daytime concerts. North Carolina Symphony conductors will offer insight from the stage into the music they love.

Resident Conductor William Henry Curry’s October Friday Favorites concert features composer Stella Sung’s Rockwell Reflections, in collaboration with the North Carolina Museum of Art’s planned Norman Rockwell exhibition. In February, pianist Valentina Lisitsa will join Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks for Saint-Saëns’s Piano Concerto No.2, along with by works Borodin, Debussy and Stravinsky. May brings Grant Llewellyn’s Shakespeare-themed look at works by Mendelssohn, Berlioz, Dvořák, Delius and Nicolai.

Chapel Hill, Durham, Southern Pines, Fayetteville, New Bern and Wilmington offer performances that include the same great programs and artists that make up the Duke Medicine Classical Series and Friday Favorites Series, as well as some programs and guest artists heard only in those communities.

Performing in communities around the state continues to be one of the North Carolina Symphony’s most central missions,” says Llewellyn. “Meeting North Carolinians and taking our music to them is enjoyable to us, and it is hoped, to them.”

Summerfest, the Symphony’s popular open-air concerts under the pines at Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre, gets underway on May 29, 2010 for Play with the Pros, featuring area musicians of all ages. June 5 finds the Symphony honoring our troops in Red, White and Blue: A Salute to America’s Armed Forces. On June 12, fiery Cuban jazz ensemble Tiempo Libre will join Resident Conductor William Henry Curry for a night of hot rhythms from Spain, Central and South America. Everyone is invited to an anniversary party on June 19 when we celebrate our 10th season at fabulous Booth Amphitheatre. We’ll perform favorite repertoire from our wonderful decade under the stars. On June 26, we’ll share the stage with the Ahn Trio, one of classical/crossover’s hottest acts in music, featuring three talented sisters performing Kenji Bunch’s Hardware Concerto. Heading down the Yellow Brick Road on July 10, we’ll see the beloved and iconic film The Wizard of Oz on the big screen while the orchestra plays the soundtrack live. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, just enjoy the music! We’ll finish out the Summerfest season on July 17 with two great and powerful works: Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto and Saint-Saëns’s titanic “Organ” Symphony. And as always, we’ll be at Regency Park and on July 4 for all the excitement and fireworks of the Triangle’s best Independence Day celebration.

Special Events for the 2010-11 season includes Branford Marsalis and Friends: A Benefit for the North Carolina Symphony. For one special night only, saxophonist and Symphony trustee Branford Marsalis will collaborate with amazing performers from across the musical spectrum, including gospel vocalist Tina Morris-Anderson, old-time string band Big Medicine and blues harmonica genius Phil Wiggins. Grant Llewellyn serves as host for this once-in-a-lifetime event. All proceeds support North Carolina Symphony statewide and education programs. Also on offer is a concert with the incomparable pianist Lang Lang on January 31. Following his appearances at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Lang Lang has truly become a global icon as well as an electrifying performer. With the North Carolina Symphony, he’ll play Tchaikovsky’s superb Piano Concerto No. 1. And of course, we’ll welcome in the New Year with Grant Llewellyn, who promises his distinctive mix of fun and surprises to ring in 2011. Concertgoers agree: the North Carolina Symphony’s New Year’s Eve Celebration is the Triangle’s best party!

Young People’s Series concerts are designed to delight children of all ages and their favorite adults. The series opens October 30 with Halloween Magic! A magician will perform mysterious and astounding illusions while the orchestra plays spooky and chilling music including Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette. Kid favorite Magic Circle Mime Company will return to Meymandi Concert Hall on January 22 for The Mozart Experience, a lively show designed to lead the audience in experiencing Mozart’s life as a very human story as well as a great musical adventure. Finally, on March 12, Prokofiev’s thrilling musical story Peter and the Wolf will come to life with actors and dancers to help tell the tale of bravery and teamwork.

Information about subscription options, dates, times and ticket prices is available on the Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org, through the season brochure, by calling Audience Services at 919.733.2750, 10am-5pm,

Complete 2010-11 Season Concert Listing by Series:

2010-11 Duke Medicine Raleigh Classical Series

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

All concerts start at 8pm

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

September 24-25, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Navah Perlman, piano

Giora Schmidt, violin

Zuill Bailey, cello

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

Mahler: Symphony No. 10, Movement I

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, “Triple”

Elegant and Elemental

October 8-9, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

Sibelius: Tapiola

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

Composer Portraits: Tchaikovsky

October 22-23, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Bonnie Thron, cello

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky/ed. Bogatïryov: Symphony No. 7

From Brahms to Bach – and Back Again

November 5-6, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Dovid Friedlander, violin

Melanie Wilsden, oboe

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Haydn: Divertimento in B-flat

Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Orchestra Showcase: Beethoven’s” Eroica”

November 19-20, 2010

Alexander Mickelthwate, conductor

Brian Reagin, violin

Strauss: Don Juan
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Composer Portraits: Mozart

December 3-4, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

PlayMakers Repertory Company,

Joseph Haj, Producing Artistic Director

A semi-staged production of Sir Peter Shaffer’s beloved play Amadeus, complete with the North Carolina Symphony playing Mozart’s incomparable music.

Orchestra Showcase: Wagner and Elgar

January 14-15, 2011

Andrea Quinn, conductor

Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman

Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La passione”

Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Slavic Drama

January 28-29, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Baiba Skride, violin

Karel Husa: Music for Prague 1968

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Dvorak: Symphony No. 5

A Festive Anniversary: Celebrating 10 Years at Meymandi Concert Hall

February 11-12, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Peter Donohoe, piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Orchestra Showcase: Copland and Rachmaninoff

February 25-26, 2011

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor

Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes

Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Composer Portraits: John Adams

March 25-26, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Christopher Taylor, piano

North Carolina Master Chorale

Beethoven: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

Britten: Young Apollo

Ives: The Unanswered Question

Adams: Eros Piano

Adams: Short Ride in a Fast Machine

Adams: Harmonium

Musical Destinations

April 8-9, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Noriko Ogawa, piano

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, “London”

Once Upon a Time…

April 15-16, 2011
Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Dohnányi: Variations on a Nursery Song for Piano and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky/orch. Stravinsky: Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty

Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Composer Portraits: Mahler

May 13-14, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

2010-11 Fidelity Investments Pops Series

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

All concerts start at 8pm

Cirque de la Symphonie

October 1-2, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Witness the acrobatic feats of some of the world’s top circus performers with some of the greatest classical music ever written. A smash hit at our Summerfest series in July 2009, Cirque de la Symphonie is fun and exciting for the whole family!

Holiday Pops with the Broadway Tenors

November 26-27, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

The Broadway Tenors

Concert Singers of Cary

We light up the holidays with all the glitz and glamour of the Great White Way. Three wonderful Broadway regulars team up with the Symphony and the Concert Singers of Cary for blazing renditions of your yuletide favorites.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes

January 21-22, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

The Supremes, the most famous female trio in music history, had twelve No. 1 songs in the 1960s. Mary Wilson continues to perform and touch countless lives as a goodwill ambassador around the globe. She joins the Symphony for an evening of soulful numbers from Motown’s golden era.

Pink Martini

March 4-5, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Back by popular demand, Pink Martini is a mix of equal parts Paris café orchestra, classical wizardry, and Brazilian samba band. They bring an electric energy that you won’t want to miss.

Marvin Hamlisch presents: The Barbra Streisand Songbook

April 1-2, 2011

Marvin Hamlisch, conductor

Julie Budd, vocalist

Broadway legend and Pops icon Marvin Hamlisch presents this tribute to one of the greatest entertainers of all time, Barbra Streisand. Featuring the show-stopping vocal talents of Julie Budd.

Blues in the Night

May 6-7, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Phil Wiggins and Corey Harris, blues duo

Tina Morris-Anderson, soprano

Rozlyn Sorrell, soprano

Resident Conductor William Henry Curry leads you on a compelling journey through the history of jazz and blues in America.

2010-11 Friday Favorites Series

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

All concerts start at 11:30am

Art in Music

Friday, October 15, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Copland: Suite from The Red Pony

Stella Sung: Rockwell Reflections

(in conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Art’s Norman Rockwell exhibition)

Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow

Debussy: La Mer

Dance in Music

Friday, February 4, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Shakespeare in Music

Friday, April 29, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice et Benedict

Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dvorak: Othello Overture

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet

Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

2010-11 Duke Medicine Chapel Hill Classical Series

Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

All concerts start at 8pm

Ceremonial Splendor

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Walton: Orb and Sceptre

Handel: Suite from Water Music

Gareth Glyn: Enduring City (World Premiere)
Copland: Outdoor Overture

Terry Mizesko: Sundays at Shackleford Banks

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Elegant and Elemental

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Jean-Philippe Collard, piano

Sibelius: Tapiola

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 1

Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

From Brahms to Bach – and Back Again

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Dovid Friedlander, violin

Melanie Wilsden, oboe

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Haydn: Divertimento in B-flat

Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Orchestra Showcase: Beethoven’s “Eroica”

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Alexander Mickelthwate, guest conductor

Brian Reagin, violin

Strauss: Don Juan
Bruch: Violin Concerto No. 1

Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, “Eroica”

Orchestra Showcase: Wagner and Elgar

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Andrea Quinn, guest conductor

Wagner: Overture to The Flying Dutchman

Haydn: Symphony No. 49 in F minor, “La passione”

Elgar: Symphony No. 1

Slavic Drama

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Baiba Skride, violin

Karel Husa: Music for Prague 1968

Prokofiev: Violin Concerto No. 2

Dvorak: Symphony No. 5

Musical Destinations

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Noriko Ogawa, piano

Butterworth: A Shropshire Lad

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”

Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 2, “London”

Shakespeare in Music

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice et Benedict

Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dvorak: Othello Overture

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet

Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

Composer Portraits: Mahler

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Mahler: Symphony No. 9

2010-11 Southern Pines/Moore County Classical Series

Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School, Southern Pines

All concerts start at 8pm

Beethoven’s Triple Concerto

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Navah Perlman, piano

Giora Schmidt, violin

Zuill Bailey, cello

Schubert: Symphony No. 8, “Unfinished”

Mahler: Symphony No. 10, Movement I

Beethoven: Concerto for Piano, Violin and Cello, “Triple”

Composer Portraits: Tchaikovsky

Thursday, October 21, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Bonnie Thron, cello

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Tchaikovsky: Rococo Variations for Cello and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky/ed. Bogatïryov: Symphony No. 7

Debussy’s La Mer

Thursday, January 6, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Strauss: Don Juan

Sibelius: Tapiola

Chabrier: Fête polonaise from Le roi malgré lui
Debussy: La Mer

Liszt and Shostakovich

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Peter Donohoe, piano

Shostakovich: Festive Overture

Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 2

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10

Orchestra Showcase: Copland and Rachmaninoff

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Carlos Miguel Prieto, guest conductor

Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes

Copland: Suite from Billy the Kid

Rachmaninoff: Symphonic Dances

Once Upon a Time…

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite

Dohnanyi: Variations on a Nursery Song for Piano and Orchestra

Tchaikovsky/orch. Stravinsky: Bluebird Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty

Stravinsky: Petrouchka

Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto

Thursday, May 19, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Mary Boone, flute

Anita Burroughs-Price, harp

Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

2010-11 Wilmington/Cape Fear Classical Series

Kenan Auditorium, UNC-Wilmington

All concerts start at 8pm

Ceremonial Splendor

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Walton: Orb and Sceptre

Handel: Suite from Water Music

Gareth Glyn: Enduring City (World Premiere)
Copland: Outdoor Overture

Terry Mizesko: Sundays at Shackleford Banks

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

From Brahms to Bach – and Back Again

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Dovid Friedlander, violin

Melanie Wilsden, oboe

Brahms: Symphony No. 3

Haydn: Divertimento in B-flat

Bach: Concerto for Violin and Oboe

Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn

Holiday Pops!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Greet the holidays with the North Carolina Symphony’s annual festive concert.

Debussy’s La Mer

Friday, January 7, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Strauss: Don Juan

Sibelius: Tapiola

Chabrier: Fete polonaise from Le roi malgré lui
Debussy:
La Mer

Passion and Fire

Friday, February 18, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Bonnie Thron, cello

Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture

Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme

Haydn: Symphony No. 49, “La passione”

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Mozart’s Flute and Harp Concerto

Friday, May 20, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Mary Boone, flute

Anita Burroughs-Price, harp

Beethoven: Consecration of the House Overture

Mozart: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major

Schumann: Symphony No. 4

2010-11 New Bern Classical Series

New Bern Riverfront Convention Center

All concerts start at 7:30pm

Art in Music

Thursday, October 14, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Copland: Suite from The Red Pony

Stella Sung: Rockwell Reflections

(in conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Art’s Norman Rockwell exhibition)

Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow

Debussy: La Mer

Dance in Music

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Shakespeare in Music

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice et Benedict

Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dvorak: Othello Overture

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet

Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

2010-11 Fayetteville/Cumberland Classical Series

Reeves Auditorium, Methodist University, Fayetteville

All concerts start at 8pm

Art in Music

Sunday, October 17, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Copland: Suite from The Red Pony

Stella Sung: Rockwell Reflections

(in conjunction with North Carolina Museum of Art’s Norman Rockwell exhibition)

Butterworth: The Banks of Green Willow

Debussy: La Mer

Dance in Music

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Valentina Lisitsa, piano

Borodin: Polovtsian Dances

Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 2

Debussy: Prelude to The Afternoon of a Faun

Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird

Shakespeare in Music

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Berlioz: Overture to Beatrice et Benedict

Mendelssohn: Intermezzo, Nocturne and Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Dvorak: Othello Overture

Delius: The Walk to the Paradise Garden from A Village Romeo and Juliet

Nicolai: Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

2010 Summerfest Series

Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

All concerts start at 7:30pm (except on July 10th – start time is 8:30pm)

Tchaikovsky and Beethoven featuring Play with the Pros

Saturday, May 29, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Two blockbuster works: Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Felix Cheng, our 2009 Youth Concerto Competition winner, and Beethoven’s inventive Symphony No. 7. We also join forces with some of the area’s finest amateur musicians for our annual Play with the Pros.

Red, White and Blue: A Salute to America’s Armed Forces

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Koka Booth Amphitheatre is the last stop on a five-night tour that includes all four of North Carolina’s major military bases. This concert will pay tribute to the men and women who have kept America safe for generations, as well as some of the distinctive places that make America great.

Tiempo Libre

Saturday, June 12, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Join us for a night of Latin fire! Cuban jazz ensemble Tiempo Libre headlines this program of music from Spain, Central America and South America.

Celebrating 10 Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

Saturday, June 19, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Concert Singers of Cary

Summerfest 2010 will be our 10th season at Cary’s wonderful Koka Booth Amphitheatre and we’re celebrating by playing some of our favorite repertoire from past Summerfest seasons. Featuring Verdi’s Triumphal March from Aida, Wagner’s Prelude to Die Meistersinger, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture complete with choral accompaniment by the Concert Singers of Cary.

The Ahn Trio

Saturday, June 26, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

With passionate artistry on piano, violin and cello, the Ahn sisters have redefined the chamber ensemble and become one of the hottest acts in classical and crossover music. They share their joy for music beneath the pines in a concert of groundbreaking compositions.

Independence Day

Sunday, July 4, 2010

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Join in the fun and celebrate our great nation with the Triangle’s largest Fourth of July festivities, including the Town of Cary’s special fireworks display.

The Wizard of Oz

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Constantine Kitsopoulos, conductor

Experience one of the most beloved films of all time as you never have before – on the big screen at Koka Booth Amphitheatre with the North Carolina Symphony playing the soundtrack live on stage!

Beethoven’s Emperor and Saint-Saëns’ Organ Symphony

Saturday, July 17, 2010

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Antonio Pompa-Baldi, piano

Summerfest 2010 closes with two powerhouse works – Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto for piano and orchestra, and Saint-Saëns’s titanic “Organ” Symphony. An unforgettable night of music under the stars.

2010-11 Special Events

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

All concerts start at 7:30pm

Branford Marsalis and Friends: A Benefit Night for the North Carolina Symphony

presented by Highwoods Properties

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Symphony Trustee Branford Marsalis invites you to a once-in-a-lifetime concert event, featuring collaborations with a North Carolina Symphony string quartet, old-time string band Big Medicine, gospel vocalist Tina Morris-Anderson, and other amazing performers from across the musical spectrum. Grant Llewellyn hosts this special benefit for the North Carolina Symphony’s statewide and music education programs.

New Year’s Eve Celebration

Thursday, December 31, 2010

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

Our popular annual celebration takes on a local flair by featuring the winners of our 2009 Triangle-wide Talent Competition. Let us plan the dinner and dancing while you ring in a happy New Year.

Lang Lang

Monday, January 31, 2011

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Charismatic global icon Lang Lang has taken his dynamic musicality from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to the ceremonies awarding the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. He joins us to perform Tchaikovsky’s incomparable Piano Concerto No. 1.

2010-11 Young People’s Concert Series

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

All concerts start at 11am and are presented in a special hour-long format.

Halloween Magic!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Timothy Myers, conductor

A magician performs mysterious and astounding illusions to the thrilling, chilling sounds of Dukas’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Gounod’s Funeral March of a Marionette, and more. Wear your costume and join in our Halloween parade.

The Mozart Experience with Magic Circle Mime Company

Saturday, January 22, 2011

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Magic Circle Mime Company

A street musician caught playing the orchestra’s grand piano is offered an on-stage role as Mozart in an upcoming performance. But the play’s not the only thing in this thrilling musical adventure, as the musician, joined by her prankster companion, soon find their world mirroring the life of music’s most famous prodigy.

Peter and the Wolf

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Sarah Hicks, Associate Conductor

A delightful favorite for the whole family, Prokofiev’s timeless story of bravery and teamwork is brought to life through music and dance. Also on the schedule: charming works inspired by classic storybook characters, including Huckleberry Finn and Sleeping Beauty.

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