Brilliant Pianist Stephen Hough Joins the N.C. Symphony for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

The N.C. Symphony's performance of Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 2 features pianist Stephen Hough

AUTHOR’S NOTE: This review was prepared with assistance from Ian Von Wald.— DRL Grant Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony’s latest gift to the classical music lovers of the Triangle is billed as the perennial favorite, Piano Concerto No. 2 by Johannes Brahms (1833-97), but it’s much more than that. It’s an evening with a… Continue reading Brilliant Pianist Stephen Hough Joins the N.C. Symphony for Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2

Lost Bayou Ramblers and N.C. Symphony Spiced Up Beasts of the Southern Wild at Duke

Nine-year-old Quvenzhané Wallis earned an Oscar® nomination for playing Hushpuppy in Beasts of the Southern Wild

A conductor stands at attention. Before him are 25 of the North Carolina Symphony’s finest. To his right sits a row of six musicians that look more like Mumford & Sons than Stravinsky. Silence. On the film screen behind the orchestra bursts a cityscape, with a golden beam of light streaking across it. Duke Performances… Continue reading Lost Bayou Ramblers and N.C. Symphony Spiced Up Beasts of the Southern Wild at Duke

The N.C. Symphony’s Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Was a Feast for the Eyes, Ears, and Soul!

The North Carolina Symphony’s presentation of the Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular, conducted by David Glover and performed on Dec. 18th and 19th in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts’ Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh, played to a nearly full house. The short version of this review: the music was spectacular, the acrobatic feats… Continue reading The N.C. Symphony’s Cirque Musica Holiday Spectacular Was a Feast for the Eyes, Ears, and Soul!

Local Talent Performs the “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” Soundtrack Live

A few seasons ago, I mentioned to a local artistic director that a concert production of Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler, performed in Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater and backed by the North Carolina Symphony, would be a sure-fire hit. While that production never came to fruition (and now can’t happen for some… Continue reading Local Talent Performs the “Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring” Soundtrack Live

North Carolina Symphony 2015-16 Season

Great Music Awaits You! Buy Your Tickets Now for the Concerts You Want to Hear This Season Highlights of the season on sale now include Sept 24-26 – Opening Weekend: Jean-Yves Thibaudet Plays Gershwin Oct 1 – Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 Oct 2 – Russian Spectacular Oct 24 – An Evening with Jeffrey &… Continue reading North Carolina Symphony 2015-16 Season