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North Carolina Symphony to perform at the Village Green at Southern Village

Posted Monday, June 21, 2010

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Chapel Hill, NC - 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.
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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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