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North Carolina Symphony Celebrates “Ten Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre” | June 19

NC Symphony-Koka Booth Amphitheatre

The North Carolina Symphony and Concert Singers of Cary join forces under the pines at Cary’s Regency Park for a rousing celebration of the orchestra’s tenth year of summer performances in Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Saturday, June 19, at 7:30 p.m. Maestro William Henry Curry conducts both classical music staples and show-stopping highlights from past Summerfest seasons, culminating in a finale performance of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, always an unforgettable live music experience.

“I’ve sensed the audience’s commitment and devotion to Summerfest redouble over the years since the move to Koka Booth Amphitheatre,” says Curry, currently in his 14th season as the Symphony’s Resident Conductor and Summerfest’s Artistic Director. “They can tell it is one of the best bargains in town.”

First held at Meredith College in 1984, Summerfest enjoyed more than a decade of concerts held beneath temporary shelter in Cary’s Regency Park. The Symphony performed its first concert in the newly built Koka Booth Amphitheatre on June 9, 2001, when Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann conducted selections from Verdi’s Aïda, the prelude to Wagner’s Die Meistersinger, North Carolina radioman Mike Cross’s Whiskey ‘Fore Breakfast and Sousa’s masterpiece, Stars and Stripes Forever.

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

The move “brought an increased devotion in the Symphony to reaching the same high standards in the summer as they reach indoors during the rest of the year throughout the state,” says Curry, who has successfully managed the unique demands placed on an outdoor series, including adverse weather and acoustical challenges, to create a summer tradition revered by countless Triangle families. “The audiences have sensed the high quality of the product now available. It’s a great space. Especially at night, it’s very atmospheric.”

The June 19 celebration opens with Mendelssohn’s timeless Wedding March and features some of theatrical music’s most accomplished compositions: the Overture to Otto Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor and selections from Verdi’s Aïda, Wagner’s Lohengrin and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess. Also adding an American flavor to the evening are performances of Johnny Comes Marching Home and America the Beautiful.

Tickets to “Ten Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre” 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
Ten Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director
Concert Singers of Cary
June 19, 2010
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Ten Seasons at Koka Booth Amphitheatre

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director
June 19, 2010

“Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61 (1842)
Felix Mendelssohn (1809–1847)

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor (1841–49)
Otto Nicolai (1810–1849)

Prelude to Act III and Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin (1846/47)
Richard Wagner (1813–1883)

“Triumphal March” and Ballet from Aïda (1870/71)
Giuseppe Verdi (1813–1901)
Concert Singers of Cary

Symphony No. 4 for Orchestra and Chorus, “Folk Song Symphony” (1939/40)
Roy Harris (1898–1979)
VII. Johnny Comes Marching Home
Concert Singers of Cary

Selections from Porgy and Bess (1935)
George Gershwin (1898–1937) / arr. Bennett

America the Beautiful (1910)
Katharine Lee Bates (1859-1929) / arr. Dragon
Concert Singers of Cary

Overture from The Year 1812, Op. 49 (1880)
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840–1893)
Concert Singers of Cary

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