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Despite Stranded Conductor, the North Carolina Symphony’s Show Goes On

William Henry Curry

The effect of the volcanic eruption in Iceland that has canceled flights across Europe has made it across the Atlantic. No, don’t look for ash in the North Carolina sky. The trouble is what has been grounded. North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn, currently at home in Cardiff, Wales, will not arrive in time for several Symphony events this week.

The show will go on. North Carolina Symphony Resident Conductor William Henry Curry will take the podium in Llewellyn’s place for the performance of “German Masters” at Vance-Granville Community College Civic Center in Henderson, Tuesday, April 20, at 8:00 p.m. Curry will also conduct the Symphony’s education concerts in Raleigh on Wednesday, April 21, and Kill Devil Hills on Friday, April 23.

“It’s just one more indication of how interconnected and interdependent our world is today,” says North Carolina Symphony President and CEO David Chambless Worters. “With a music director with such a busy conducting calendar, it’s not hard to imagine how a travel disruption of this magnitude effects Grant’s ability to be where he needs to be when he needs to be there.”

Pending a change in weather, Llewellyn is expected to arrive in North Carolina on Friday, in time for engagements in Southern Pines, New Bern, and for the re-opening of the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh.

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