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North Carolina Symphony’s Summerfest Opens May 29

NC Symphony-Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The North Carolina Symphony kicks off Summerfest 2010 with a blockbuster classical program and a few very special guests. Felix Chen, winner of the 2009 Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, takes center stage for a special performance of Tchaikovsky, while local musicians join the Symphony for an annual favorite, Play with the Pros. Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director William Henry Curry leads the orchestra—professionals and homegrown talents alike—in masterworks by Beethoven, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sibelius and von Suppé.

The concert takes place at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary’s Regency Park, Saturday, May 29, at 7:30 p.m.

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

The program opens with violinist Felix Chen performing the first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Concerto in D Major. A recent graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Chen made his orchestra debut with the Taipei Philharmonic Orchestra at 13 years old and has since performed with the Philharmonia Moment Musical, Taipei Century Symphony and the Taiwan Strings Academy.

He earned this solo by winning the senior division of the North Carolina Symphony’s Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition in 2009. Chen will attend the New England Conservatory of Music this fall.

Three boisterous classics follow, as musicians from around the Triangle join the Symphony for Rimsky-Korsakov’s Procession of the Nobles, von Suppé’s Light Cavalry Overture and Sibelius’s stirring Finlandia. The Symphony alone rounds out a first-rank lineup with one of the most dynamic and influential works in the classical canon, Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony.

“The Seventh Symphony, perhaps more than any of the others, gives us a feeling of true spontaneity,” wrote British composer and pianist Antony Hopkins in his comprehensive analysis, The Nine Symphonies of Beethoven. “The notes seem to fly off the page as we are borne along on a floodtide of inspired invention. Beethoven himself spoke of it fondly as ‘one of my best works.’ Who are we to dispute his judgment?”

Tickets to “Tchaikovsky and Beethoven featuring Play with the Pros” are $20 and $25. Koka Booth Amphitheatre is located at the Tryon Road exit off US-1, at 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary, NC 27518.

For tickets and more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at ncsymphony.org or call 919.733.2750. New to Summerfest this year, audience members can win prizes in the Symphony’s Picnic of the Week contest. Learn more at www.ncsymphony.org/picnic.

Concert/Event Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Tchaikovsky and Beethoven featuring Play with the Pros

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director
Felix Chen, violin
May 29, 2010
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Tchaikovsky and Beethoven featuring Play with the Pros

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director
May 29, 2010

Concerto in D Major for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 35 (1878)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
I. Allegro moderato
Felix Chen, violin

Cortège (Procession of the Nobles) from Mlada (1889/90)
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov (1844–1908)

Light Cavalry Overture (1866)
Franz von Suppé (1819–1895)

Finlandia, Op. 26 (1899)
Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

Symphony No. 7 in A Major, Op. 92 (1811/12)
Ludwig Van Beethoven (1770–1827)
I. Poco sostenuto–Vivace
II. Allegretto
III. Presto
IV. Allegro con brio

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