North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn will be a featured speaker at the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Grand Opening Festival the last weekend of April. Llewellyn will participate in one of several Creative Conversations, a series of talks with some of the state’s most accomplished creative minds. Admission is free to the talk and all festival events.
In “Art in Performance: To Create or Re-create,” Llewellyn explores the elusive nature of the conductor’s role in interpreting a composer’s musical creation. “Charlatans in the history of conducting have often taken it upon themselves not just to interpret, but to re-interpret, in a very cavalier way, the composer’s intentions,” he says. “What is fascinating to me as a conductor is trying to strike a respectful balance.”
Llewellyn will use audio recordings to demonstrate historical extremes of interpretation and considers to what extent recent research may make it possible to rediscover and reproduce the original spirit of a work.
Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony since 2004, Llewellyn has been praised by audiences and critics alike for his ‘transcendent performances” and “graceful and expressive direction.”
Dick Gordon, host of WUNC-FM’s The Story will moderate the discussion at 1pm on Saturday, April 24, in the E-Level Auditorium of the East Building on the NCMA campus. Beverly Abel, WUNC producer and announcer serves as Master of Ceremonies.
The two-day celebration includes practitioners of nearly every art form from hip-hop and gospel to fashion, drumming, pottery, glass-blowing and jazz. The North Carolina Museum of Art is located on Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh; information www.ncartmuseum.org.