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Homecoming for Evan Rogister

When acclaimed violinist Hilary Hahn comes to perform with the North Carolina Symphony on Sunday, January 19, she will be joined at the podium by one of the most talked about young conductors on the classical music scene today – Raleigh native Evan Rogister – who will be making his first appearance conducting the North Carolina Symphony.

Ms. Hahn will perform Mozart’s Concerto No. 5 in A Major for Violin and Orchestra, and the program also features Schubert’s beloved “Unfinished” Symphony, Mozart’s Overture to The Abduction from the Saraglio, and Von Weber’s Overture to Oberon.   The concert, which will be held in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

While growing up in Raleigh, Mr. Rogister was immersed in music, beginning with the Raleigh Boy Choir at age 8.  He took up trombone in middle school, but returned to singing while at Enloe High School, where he also played varsity football, and served as student body president.  While still in Raleigh, he studied voice with his grandmother, Maria Harder, who trained as an opera singer in her native Germany.  He fondly remembers attending the North Carolina Symphony growing up, particularly a performance of Mahler's Sixth Symphony that is seared in his memory.

Mr. Rogister received a prestigious Wells Scholarship to Indiana University, where he received a Bachelor of Music degree.  At Indiana, he first enrolled as a trombone major, but later switched to vocal studies.  During graduate studies in voice at The Julliard School, he became interested in conducting, which subsequently led him to Paris for training at the National Conservatory.  He also worked with legendary conducting teacher Gustav Meier at the Peabody Conservatory. 

Recent appearances for Mr. Rogister include Lyric Opera of Chicago, Washington National Opera, Houston Grand Opera, The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the San Antonio Symphony and the Bochum Symphoniker.  He served as Kapellmeister at the Deutsche Oper Berlin from 2009 to 2011.

We are proud to welcome Evan Rogister back to North Carolina, and we are delighted to have him leading the North Carolina Symphony in this special concert with Hilary Hahn.

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