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|North Carolina Symphony Offers an Intimate View of “Art in Music;" Afternoon Concert in Raleigh, Oct. 15; Additional Performances in New Bern, Whiteville and Fayetteville|
|Posted: October 04, 2010|
The performance is presented as the first concert in the Symphony’s popular Friday Favorites series in Meymandi Concert Hall at downtown Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Friday, Oct. 15, at 12:00 p.m. This season’s three-part series offers an intimate and engaging look at the influence of other art forms on classical music. The Symphony will present Dance in Music in February and Shakespeare in Music in April.
The North Carolina Symphony also takes “Art in Music” on the road, opening the concert at New Bern Riverfront Convention Center in New Bern on Thursday, Oct. 14, at 7:30 p.m. Performances follow at Bowers Auditorium in Whiteville on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 7:30 p.m., and Reeves Auditorium on the campus of Methodist University in Fayetteville on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 8:00 p.m.
Stella Sung is a composer, pianist, and professor of music at the University of Central Florida. Inspired by five Rockwell paintings, she composed the ambitious Rockwell Reflections to coincide with a groundbreaking survey or the artist’s life’s work, on view at Raleigh’s North Carolina Museum of Art from Nov. 7, 2010, to Jan. 30, 2011.
“I was struck by Rockwell’s use of color and light to portray the noble and optimistic outlook of the youth of America,” she said in reference to Rockwell’s Peace Corps (JFK’s Bold Legacy), the painting that concludes the composition. “I reflect on what Rockwell might have sought to portray in [the] illustration, and see in it a sense of pride, of justice, of peace, of forward-looking hope.”
Also in the lineup is Aaron Copland’s Western-infused Suite written to accompany the film version of Steinbeck’s The Red Pony, as well as the elegiac The Banks of the Green Willow, an beautiful entry helping to outline one of the great tragedies in British music. George Butterworth, an inspired musical talent, was only 31 years old when he was killed by enemy fire at Pozières during World War I. Finally, the concert concludes with Debussy’s colorful La Mer, inspired by a dramatic, storm-tossed voyage he took along the coast of Brittany when he was 27.
“Now there’s a type of passionate feeling that I have not before experienced—Danger!,” he said afterward.
Regular tickets to the Friday Favorites performance of “Art in Music” on Friday, Oct. 15, are just $20. Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
Regular tickets to the concerts in New Bern on Thursday, Oct. 14, and Fayetteville on Sunday, Oct. 17, range from $25 to $40. New Bern Riverfront Convention Center is located at 203 S. Front St. in New Bern. Reeves Auditorium is located on the campus of Methodist University, 5400 Ramsey St., in Fayetteville.
For tickets to the Saturday, Oct. 16, concert in Whiteville, call Southerneastern Community College at 910.642.7141, ext. 317.
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