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North Carolina Symphony Concludes its Pops Season with a few of “Our Favorite Things” | May 7-8

Music Director Grant Llewellyn leads the North Carolina Symphony in a hand-picked program of “Our Favorite Things,” May 7-8. Works by Bizet, Delius, Gershwin, Cole Porter and Steven Sondheim, among others, offer a fun and engaging evening to close out the Symphony’s 2009-2010 Pops season.

As a special treat, Symphony fans and concertgoers can go online now to ncsymphony.org/choose to select which Handel favorite will be performed by the Symphony on Friday and Saturday nights: Alla Hornpipe from Water Music Suite No. 2 or La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks. Audience members will also pick from two Rodgers and Hammerstein selections live in-concert.

The performances take place at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, on Friday and Saturday, May 7-8. The concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

Mezzo-soprano Phyllis Pancella and baritone Stephen Powell lend their considerable vocal skill to the wide-ranging program. Pancella has garnered critical acclaim for her superlative musicianship in international appearances with the Teatro San Carlo, English National Opera and New Israeli Opera, while Powell has performed with the San Francisco, New York, Washington, Arizona and Hawaii operas.

Pancella was a smash-hit at the Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert in 2006. Powell has performed with the Symphony many times, including a featured role in a 2007 performance of Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro.

Regular tickets to this Pops Series performance in Raleigh 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.

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
Our Favorite Things
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Powell, baritone
May 7-8, 2010
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Our Favorite Things

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director
Phyllis Pancella, mezzo-soprano
Stephen Powell, baritone

Excerpts from Carmen

Georges Bizet
Les Toréadors
“Votre toast, je peux vous le rendre”
“L’amour est un oiseau rebelle”

Prelude to Irmelin
Frederick Delius

AUDIENCE CHOICE

Alla Hornpipe from Water Music Suite No. 2
George Frideric Handel
OR
La Rejouissance from Music for the Royal Fireworks
George Frideric Handel

Excerpts from Sweeney Todd

Stephen Sondheim
“The Worst Pies in London”
“My Friends”
“A Little Priest”

Strike Up the Band
George Gershwin/arr. Paul

“La vie en rose”
Louis Louiguy/arr. Grad

“Non, je ne regrette rien”
Edith Piaf and Charles Dumont/arr. Grad

“Soliloquy” from Carousel
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

AUDIENCE CHOICE

“If I Loved You” from Carousel
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein
OR
“I Have Dreamed” from The King and I
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein

“Let’s Do It”
Cole Porter

Big Band Sounds
arr. Ralph Hermann

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