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North Carolina Symphony Announces Three-Concert Pops Matinee Series

Resident Conductor William Henry Curry

Resident Conductor William Henry Curry

The North Carolina Symphony announced today an all-new series of matinee Pops performances. Now all the excitement and entertainment of the Symphony’s beloved Pops concerts can be enjoyed in the daytime for less.

Tickets can be purchased today, beginning at just $90 for three blockbuster performances in Meymandi Concert Hall at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. All three performances begin at 3:00 p.m.

The 2011/12 Pops Matinee Series begins with A Carolina Christmas on Thanksgiving weekend, Saturday, Nov. 26. Join the Symphony for a celebration of the holidays, Carolina style! The concert includes the world premiere of a stirring new work for orchestra and a North Carolina string band by local singer-songwriter Laurelyn Dossett, plus “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “O Holy Night,” the popular Christmas Singalong and more.

Concertgoers will honor the season with the Symphony, Music Director Grant Llewellyn, Grammy winners Rhiannon Giddens Laffan and Mike Compton, guitar wizard Joe Newberry and the Concert Singers of Cary.

Then they can enjoy a high-energy afternoon of American rock favorites with The Music of Billy Joel, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2012. Grammy and Tony nominee Michael Cavanaugh—praised by Billboard as, “The new voice of the American rock and roll songbook”—joins the Symphony for “Just the Way You Are,” “Uptown Girl,” “It’s Still Rock ’n’ Roll” and all of the rest of Billy Joel’s greatest chart toppers.

Finally, on Sunday, April 15, 2012, the orchestra invites audience members to hop off the train in River City for a fun and lively visit with fast-talking con man Harold Hill, Marian the Librarian and the rest of Meredith Wilson’s colorful characters. The Symphony is staging favorite selections from the treasured Broadway show The Music Man, and it doesn’t need all 76 trombones to make it a musical showcase to remember.

Tickets to this entertaining matinee series are now available online at www.ncsymphony.org or by calling North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. Buy today and save!

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children. The orchestra travels extensively throughout the state to venues in over 50 North Carolina counties. The orchestra employs 67 professional musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It also holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington and individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year.

For tickets, program notes, podcasts, musician profiles, the Symphony blog and more, 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.

Series Listing:

North Carolina Symphony

2011/12 Pops Matinee Series

A Carolina Christmas

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

With Laurelyn Dossett, Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, Mike Compton, Joe Newberry and the Concert Singers of Cary

Sat, Nov 26, 2011, 3pm

Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

The Music of Billy Joel

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Michael Cavanaugh, piano and vocals

Sun, Jan 22, 2012, 3pm

Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

The Music Man

William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Sun, Apr 15, 2012, 3pm

Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

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