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Recent Raves for your North Carolina Symphony

"An exciting, vibrant reading, emphasizing the orchestra’s brilliant percussion section...In the grandest moments, with all the brass section ablaze, the hall’s rafters seemed to shake."
--Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer, May 13, 2012

"Orchestra and conductor shone in bright, tightly rhythmic playing."
--Barry Salwen, CVNC, Nov. 4, 2011

"Many of our children will never see an orchestral symphony outside of this...I think everyone is enriched by fantastic art and fantastic music."
--North Carolina elementary school music teacher Mary Way, about the North Carolina Symphony's education concerts; quoted in Eastern Wake News, Nov. 2, 2011

"Three cheers for our orchestra's accomplishments and [Resident Conductor William Henry] Curry's superb preparations and guidance!...We've learned over time that we cannot take performance art like this for granted. To help undergird the future, support the arts organizations you care about today!"
--John W. Lambert, CVNC, Oct. 28, 2011

"To memorialize the events of Sept. 11, 2001, the N.C. Symphony programmed 18th and 21st century vocal works whose reverence and dignity made gratifying appropriate gestures...The orchestra, with a special nod to the trombones, played gloriously...There will be many speeches and testimonies in the next few days, but none are likely to have more effect than this evening's fine tribute."
--Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer, Sept. 10, 2011

"This was one of the most glorious, impassioned, and technically impressive performances of this or any work that I have heard in recent memory...I have been pondering some variation of the question, “Just what is the purpose of a conductor?” it is Grant Llewellyn’s masterful leading of Mozart’s Requiem that answers that. His entire physical presence and demeanor imbues everyone facing him with the spirit of the composer, and he elevates what you think are your limits to levels previously dormant."
--Jeffrey Rossman on the North Carolina Symphony's performance of Mozart's Requiem, CVNC, Sept. 9, 2011

"The North Carolina Symphony is the equal of any orchestra in the Southeast, including the vaunted Atlanta Symphony."
--Bob Workmon, Wilmington StarNews, August 17, 2011

"I know what I like and what I don't, and I loved the Symphony. I loved the music, I loved the atmosphere!  I loved the evening!"
--Discovering the Southern Part of Heaven, June 14, 2011

"Sometimes the best Triangle moments happen every year. That's the case for me when it comes to the North Carolina Symphony Fourth of July concert at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. It's free, it's fun and it feels like home."
--WRAL reporter Cullen Browder, in Independent Weekly, June 8, 2011

Past Acclaim

“The performance was luminous and moving, another feather in Llewellyn’s cap and a great benchmark in the Triangle’s musical life.”
--Roy C. Dicks, The News & Observer

“ [Meymandi Concert Hall is} a warm and living sound environment…the kind of space for which so much of the symphonic repertory was intended and where it thrives.”
--The New York Times

“ an unsung cultural resource…music lovers all over the state have a new reason to travel to the capital.”
--The Charlotte Observer

“Llewellyn’s intense focus was reflected in the orchestra’s superbly attuned response to every nuance he communicated.”
--Roy C. Dicks, News & Observer

”I think we all feel [the N.C. Symphony] is growing tremendously artistically…It’s hard to quantify, but it’s the kind of thing you just feel in the air—it’s on the way up.”
--Tony Kalam, president of the national Conductor’s Guild

“This is a phenomenal orchestra; you should be very proud of every person on this stage.”
--Leonard Slatkin, music director of the National Symphony Orchestra

“We are so very grateful to you for providing for our children to attend the last children’s concert in the beautiful Meymandi Concert Hall. What a marvelous introduction to the performing arts!”
--Sharon Bright, Growing Together Preschool

“I like the music. They was playing so good. It was fun.”
--Jamante, age 4

“ [Meymandi] is spectacular…[the orchestra] sounded well-balanced…the sound carried beautifully…”
--The Spectator

"You can only imagine the excitement of approximately 1,500 students in Tarboro High School auditorium singing and playing recorders with the North Carolina Symphony. These children wouldn't get the opportunity to hear the North Carolina Symphony otherwise."
--Rose Ann Madalozzo, The Daily Southerner

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