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North Carolina Symphony Takes Show on the Road | June 20-25

William Curry conducts the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra

Can’t make it to Summerfest in Cary? No problem: the North Carolina Symphony has your summer live music experience covered with four free performances throughout the state, June 20-25. Resident Conductor William Henry Curry leads the orchestra in a concert of fan favorites, including Mendelssohn’s Wedding March, selections from Porgy and Bess, Robert Wendel’s patriotic From Sea To Shining Sea and more.

The outdoor performances begin in Roanoke Island Festival Park in Manteo, Sunday, June 20, at 8:15 p.m. The Symphony then presents concerts at the historic Town Common in Tarboro, Monday, June 21; Tryon Palace in New Bern, Tuesday, June 22; and the Village Green at Southern Village in Chapel Hill, Friday, June 25. The June 21-25 concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Picnics are welcome.

The first half of the concert offers audiences a taste of theatrical music hallmarks, from Mendelssohn’s famous Wedding March (originally incidental music for A Midsummer Night’s Dream) to celebrated compositions from Wagner’s Lohengrin and Verdi’s Aida. After intermission, the Symphony turns to popular American fare with selections from Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Grofé’s Mississippi Suite, Leroy Anderson’s Belle of the Ball and more. The result is a wide-ranging lineup that is both a perfect introduction to classical music for children and a festive night out for family and friends.

These free concerts are part of the Symphony’s mission to bring the highest levels of live music performance to communities and listeners across the state. It cannot do so alone. The organization, founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, continues working toward its goal of raising $8 million in community support by June 30. The Symphony is more than 85% of the way toward the goal, which will earn an additional $1.5 million challenge grant from the State of North Carolina.

For more information about the June 20 concert in Manteo, call 252.475.1500, 252.473.2138 or visit roanokeisland.com.

For more information about the June 21 concert in Tarboro, call 919.733.2750.

For more information about the June 22 concert in New Bern, call 252.514.4900 or visit tryonpalace.org.

For more information about the June 25 concert in Chapel Hill, call 919.969.7301 or visit southernvillage.com.

For information about the North Carolina Symphony, visit ncsymphony.org.

Learn more about the Symphony’s efforts toward meeting the state’s challenge grant at ncsymphony.org/challenge.

Concert/Event Listings

North Carolina Symphony
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

  • June 20, 2010
    Roanoke Island Festival Park, Manteo
  • June 21, 2010
    Town Common, Tarboro
  • June 22, 2010
    Tryon Palace, New Bern
  • June 25, 2010
    The Village Green at Southern Village, Chapel Hill

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor
June 20-25, 2010

“Wedding March” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61
Felix Mendelssohn

Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor
Otto Nicolai

Prelude to Act III and Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin
Richard Wagner

“Triumphal March” and Ballet Music from Aida
Giuseppe Verdi

Selections from Porgy and Bess
George Gershwin/arr. Robert Russell Bennett

Mardi Gras from Mississippi Suite
Ferde Grofé

Belle of the Ball
Leroy Anderson

From Sea To Shining Sea
Robert Wendel

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