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|North Carolina Symphony Opens Raleigh Concert Season with Ambitious Lineup, Sept. 23-25; Perlman/Schmidt/Bailey Trio Performs Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto|
|Posted: September 16, 2010|
The North Carolina Symphony is back in Meymandi Concert Hall with an ambitious season-opening lineup. The orchestra, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, pairs Schubert’s renowned “Unfinished” Symphony with a movement from Mahler’s Tenth, before a world-class trio of guest artists joins the Symphony to present Beethoven’s extraordinary “Triple” Concerto.
The performances begin at Lee Auditorium in Southern Pines’s Pinecrest High School, Thursday, Sept. 23. The orchestra then opens its new season at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25. All three performances begin at 8:00 p.m.
The trio, made up of pianist Navah Perlman, violinist Giora Schmidt and cellist Zuill Bailey, has earned widespread acclaim for energetic chamber performances in venues including Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and the Ravinia Festival and with the symphonies of Chicago, Toronto, Phoenix, Louisville and the National Orchestra of Cuba. With sparkling chemistry, the performers have become first-rank interpreters of Beethoven’s mesmerizing “Triple” Concerto, a one-of-a-kind—and rarely performed—work within the classical music repertoire.
Also included in the lineup is the probing, deeply moving “Unfinished” Symphony by Franz Schubert, a younger contemporary of Beethoven. Begun in 1822 as what he called his “Grand Symphony,” the piece is unquestionably among the finest works in a celebrated and extensive career, but he mysteriously set it aside and never returned to it before his death at the age of 31. Llewellyn marries it with the only movement Gustav Mahler completed as part of his Tenth Symphony, a performance that will be mirrored by the Symphony’s final concert of the season, a complete performance of Mahler’s Ninth.
“The first movement of the Tenth comes from the same tormented emotional world that Mahler completes and fully explores in the Ninth,” says Llewellyn. “I feel it’s important to give some complete structure to a season. I always try to put together a season assuming that every audience member is going to come to every concert, and if they do that, I think that they’ve got a fantastical musical journey over the course of a year.”
On Sept. 24-25, in celebration of the launch of the 2010/11 season, the Symphony invites audience members to enjoy an evening of “Classical Cocktails” at downtown Raleigh restaurants The Mint, La Volta and Duck & Dumpling. Audience members who present their Symphony tickets or ticket stubs will receive 10% off of a meal that can include a special Symphony-inspired cocktail.
Regular tickets to the Duke Medicine Classical Series Raleigh performances of “Beethoven’s ‘Triple’ Concerto” on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25, range from $30 to $45. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
Regular tickets to the Southern Pines Series performance on Thursday, Sept. 23, range from $25 to $40. Lee Auditorium is located in Pinecrest High School, 250 Voit Gilmore Lane.
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