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More shows and more stars with the Grammy®-winning Steep Canyon Rangers,
A Space Spectacular, Beethoven, Broadway, the music of U2, and much more!


SUMMERFEST WEEKENDS MAY 27 - JULY 15

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Enjoy all of the family fun these performances have to offer, including great music, contests,
Instrument Zoos, picnics and more! Join the state’s premier orchestra for extraordinary concerts
and turn your weekends into summer fun.


Plus, kids 12 & under are always admitted FREE on the lawn!
 
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SUMMERFEST 2017 LINEUP:


OPENING NIGHT: NEW WORLD SYMPHONY & "PLAY WITH THE PROS"
SAT, MAY 27 | 7:30PM
David Glover, conductor
Jonah Krolik, cello


Memorial Day weekend, hear Dvořák’s take on American music in his ever-popular “New World” Symphony and Sibelius’ pride in his own native Finland. Experience a rousing overture by Verdi and witness the exceptional talent of our 2016 Youth Concerto Competition winner in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. You might even see friends and neighbors on stage! We welcome citizen musicians to perform with us in the 20th annual “Play with the Pros.




ROMANTIC BROADWAY
SAT, JUNE 3 | 7:30PM
David Glover, conductor
Austin Colby, voice
Aundi Marie Moore, soprano

Let us whisk you off to Broadway! Guest singers join the Symphony for timeless love stories told through some of the most romantic music ever written—including songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and more.






CLASSICS UNDER THE STARS

FRI, JUNE 9 | 7:30PM
David Glover, conductor


Hum along to familiar tunes from ballet and opera like Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours. Tap your toes with the racing rhythms of Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo, a Dvořák Slavonic Dance, and Leroy Anderson’s extravaganza for strings, Fiddle Faddle. This evening is a real crowd-pleaser, with some of the most fun and recognizable moments in classical music.






A SPACE SPECTACULAR

SAT, JUNE 10 | 7:30PM
David Glover, conductor


Hear how composers across generations and genres have imagined the mysteries of space in their music. From John Williams’ memorable music for Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to selections from Holst’s powerful suite depicting the planets, this is the perfect family fun program to enjoy under a star-filled sky.






AN EVENING IN FRANCE

SAT, JUNE 17 | 7:30PM
Pablo Rus Broseta, conductor
George Fu, piano

French music and cuisine come together as we celebrate the Triangle’s sister cities in France, Le Touquet and Compiegne. Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah will dazzle you, and works by Impressionist composers Ravel and Debussy—including the ravishing Claire de Lune—create an evocative, magical atmosphere. Visit the food trucks for French-inspired treats.





A NIGHT OF BEETHOVEN

SAT, JUNE 24 | 7:30PM
Nicholas Hersh, conductor
Gilles Vonsattel, piano

Enjoy a beer garden, German food, and fun—a preview of Cary’s Oktoberfest Celebration—while you experience the impeccable musical craftsmanship of Beethoven. We begin with the stormy Egmont Overture and the lighthearted, bubbly Symphony No. 8. Then, pianist Gilles Vonsattel—praised for bringing a sense of adventure to everything he plays—is featured in Beethoven’s final piano concerto, nicknamed the “Emperor” for its grandeur.





STEEP CANYON RANGERS

FRI, JUNE 30 | 7:30PM


The Grammy award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers—based in the North Carolina mountains—take the stage with the North Carolina Symphony! The Rangers showcase smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and jaw-dropping harmonies in this not-to-be-missed concert.







APPALACHIAN SPRING

SAT, JULY 1 | 7:30PM
Gemma New, conductor
Paul Huang, violin

Just before Independence Day celebrations, hear depictions of our country in music by American masters. Copland’s Appalachian Spring conjures the simple pleasures of life in the Pennsylvania countryside; John Williams’ The Cowboys calls to mind the Wild West; and dances from Bernstein’s opera On the Town tell the adventures of sailors on leave in New York City. The lyrical Barber Violin Concerto is a perfect match for guest violinist Paul Huang, known for his rich, luscious tone.




INDEPENDENCE DAY
TUES, JULY 4 | 7:30PM
David Glover, conductor
Scott MacLeod, baritone

FREE CONCERT as part of the Town of Cary Independence Day celebration!
Gather the whole family, grab your blanket and picnic basket, and celebrate the birthday of the U.S.A. with patriotic favorites including Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. Fantastic fireworks cap off an Independence Day celebration to remember!






THE MUSIC OF U2

FRI, JULY 7 | 7:30PM
Brent Havens, conductor


Experience the music of U2 like never before—with the powerful sound of a full rock band backed by your North Carolina Symphony. Hear four decades of the band’s uplifting and captivating hits, including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One,” and many more.






Annual Beach Party with
JACKIE GORE AND NORTH TOWER BAND
SAT, JULY 15 | 7:30PM
Concert Sponsor: Raleigh Windows and Siding

Dance to the best in Carolina beach music performed by local legends: North Tower Band and Jackie Gore will keep you grooving all night at this annual beach bash! The North Carolina Symphony presents these guest artists and will not perform at this concert.




 


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