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North Carolina Symphony Summerfest

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Tickets On Sale: Tuesday, April 6, 12:00 p.m.

The North Carolina Symphony’s popular outdoor concerts return on May 29, as Summerfest 2010 brings great music for relaxed outdoor listening to Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park. This summer marks the 24th anniversary of the performances at Regency Park and the orchestra’s tenth season in the gorgeous lakeside pavilion built by the Town of Cary.

Summerfest visitors can bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5:00 p.m. to enjoy the beautiful surroundings before the baton drops at 7:30 or 8:30 p.m. Children twelve and under are admitted free, providing both a beautiful entertainment bargain and an evening of fun for everyone in the family.

Summerfest 2010 begins with Play with the Pros and a program that includes two blockbuster works—Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto featuring Felix Cheng, the Symphony’s 2009 Youth Concerto Competition winner, and Beethoven’s inventive Symphony No. 7. The orchestra also joins forces with some of the area’s finest amateur musicians for an enjoyable annual celebration of homegrown music.

On June 5, Summerfest hosts the final concert in the five-night Red, White and Blue Tour, which includes stops at four North Carolina military bases. The concert pays tribute to the men and women who have kept America safe for generations, as well as some of the distinctive places that make our country great. U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Christal Rheams, a North Carolina native, joins Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the orchestra in songs including the World War II hits “Rosie the Riveter” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Aaron Copland’s unforgettable Fanfare for the Common Man opens the program, and audiences will hear the orchestra at full throttle in the Finale from Antonin Dvořák’s Symphony No. 9, “From the New World.”

The Town of Cary and the North Carolina Symphony welcome Tiempo Libre for a night of Latin fire, June 12. This joyful and vibrant Cuban jazz ensemble headlines a spicy program of music from Spain and Central and South America. Fall under the spell of their irresistible energy and high-voltage vibe, but don’t forget your dancing shoes. You’re going to need them. Muy caliente!

Ten years already? On June 19, the Symphony celebrates Ten Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre by performing favorites from past Summerfest repertoire. The festive program features 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 spirited and innovative Ahn Trio takes the stage on June 26. Born in Seoul, Korea, and educated at Juilliard, sisters Maria, Lucia and Angella are redefining the art and architecture of chamber music, breathing new life into classical standards. Playing piano, violin and cello, the Ahns are among the hottest arts in classical and crossover music today. Their program features composer Kenji Bunch’s Hardware Concerto. Intrigued? Join the orchestra for a night of groundbreaking compositions.

On July 4, the Symphony and Regency Park play host for all the excitement and fireworks of the Triangle’s best Independence Day celebration. Free and open to the public, this patriotic program features all the stirring music you love to hear on the nation’s birthday, along with the first-class pyrotechnical display provided by the Town of Cary.

Then pack a picnic basket for a trip down the Yellow Brick Road as you experience The Wizard of Oz like never before. On July 10, watch one of the most beloved films of all time on the Amphitheatre’s big screen while the North Carolina Symphony plays the soundtrack live on stage. Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain, just come and enjoy the show. The film rolls at 8:30 p.m.

Summerfest closes with two powerhouse works, Beethoven’s Emperor and Saint-Saëns’s Organ Symphony, July 17. Guest soloist Antonio Pompa-Baldi joins the Symphony for the Emperor Concerto, one of Beethoven’s biggest statements, making for an unforgettable finale and a perfect night of music under the stars.

Regular tickets to Summerfest performances range from $20 to $35. Children under twelve admitted free. Summerfest tickets go on sale online on Tuesday, April 6, at 12:00 p.m.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre is located in Regency Park (at the intersection of US 1 and US 64 W), Cary, NC 27518.

For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at or call 919.733.2750.

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