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Holiday Magic

Each year, the North Carolina Symphony celebrates the holidays with a wide range of music, and our performances over the next couple of weeks highlight that versatility.

This weekend, Meymandi Concert Hall will come alive with the magical “A Pink Martini Christmas.”  Joining forces with Associate Conductor David Glover and the Symphony, Pink Martini band leader Thomas Lauderdale, vocalist Storm Large, and the “Little Orchestra” will offer the jumping blend of  classical, jazz, Latin, samba and good, old-fashioned pop that has made them one of the hottest acts in music. I was at rehearsal this afternoon, and I can safely say that Little Drummer Boy has never sounded so good!  You can click here to see some photos from rehearsal, and click here to read a preview in the Indy Week.  There are a few seats remaining for performances tonight at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., but don’t wait too long. 

Come help the North Carolina Symphony ring out the old and bring in the new at our annual New Year’s Eve concert.  In our final performance of 2014 on Wednesday, December 31, at 8 p.m., the Symphony, led by David Glover, will present unforgettable melodies from Vienna, plus fantastic music from Sinatra-style singer and pianist Tony DeSare. In addition to the music, it is a stellar chance to see the fireworks downtown following the concert!

The orchestra finished its run of statewide Holiday Pops programs on Thursday, December 18 with a performance in Jacksonville.  Other Holiday Pops appearances included Goldsboro, New Bern, Tarboro, High Point, Louisburg, and Raleigh, plus a wonderful seasonal offering of The Snowman with narrator Elizabeth Gardner from WRAL and Boy Soprano Benjamin Farlow.  At that concert, and the Raleigh Holiday Pops concerts, audience members brought cans of Soup-to-Go to donate to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies Program.  We collected 256 pounds of food for the cause – thanks to everyone for their generosity.

Happy Holidays!

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