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North Carolina Symphony Soloist Noriko Ogawa Holds Master Class Alongside This Week’s Concerts

Prize-winning pianist Noriko Ogawa joins the North Carolina Symphony next month to help Music Director Grant Llewellyn realize a professional dream in “Musical Destinations.”

Noriko Ogawa

RALEIGH, N.C.—A few local piano students will receive a rare opportunity to take to the piano bench beside one of the world’s most celebrated performers this week. North Carolina Symphony guest artist Noriko Ogawa will hold a master class session with several local high school students at Ruggero Piano’s recital hall in Raleigh on Saturday, April 9, beginning at 1:00 p.m.

Among the students currently participating are Stephanie Wang, working on Mozart’s Piano Sonata No. 5 in G Major, K.283; Richard He, with Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat Major; and Eliana Fishbeyn, with Bach’s Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C minor. The session is closed to the general public, though educators may inquire with North Carolina Symphony Education Manager Jessica Nalbone (jnalbone@ncsymphony.org; 919.789.5461) for access.

Ogawa, winner of the prestigious Leeds International Piano Competition and the Japanese Ministry of Education’s Art Prize, has become one of classical music’s most sought-after guest artists. Praised by London’s Telegraph for her “ravishingly poetic playing,” she has toured Japan with the Berlin Philharmonic; premiered works by Gram Fitkin; collaborated with piano notables Kathryn Stott, Steven Isserlis, Isabelle van Keulen and Peter Donohoe; and launched a groundbreaking recital series that features the piano alongside traditional Japanese instruments.

She is in the Triangle to join Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony for “Musical Destinations,” featuring transporting works by Butterworth, Saint-Saëns and Vaughn Williams. The concert debuts at Memorial Hall, on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Thursday, April 7. Weekend performances follow at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, April 8-9. All three concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

Pre-concert discussions on the works and artists featured in “Musical Destinations” will be held with Dr. Letitia Glozer in UNC-Chapel Hill’s Gerrard Hall on Thursday, April 7, at 7:10 p.m. and with Dr. Tom Koch in the lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at 7:00 p.m.

Regular tickets to the Duke Medicine Classical Series Raleigh performances on Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, range from $30 to $60, with $30 tickets for seniors and $10 tickets for students. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

Regular tickets to the Duke Medicine Classical Series Chapel Hill performance on Thursday, April 7, range from $30 to $45, with $30 tickets for seniors and $10 tickets for students.  Memorial Hall is located on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on E. Cameron Ave.

For tickets, program notes, podcasts—or just to get to know your Symphony’s musicians—visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at www.ncsymphony.org. Call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

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