Up Close and Personal with the Experts!

Artist Ambassadors in Residence

Each year, the North Carolina Symphony brings some of the world’s most renowned artists to our state. The Symphony has the joy of collaborating with these musicians and composers, and our audience has the joy of experiencing their extraordinary performances and works.

And this season it gets even better, as audience members have the opportunity to get up close and personal with three of these distinctive guest artists—pianist Michelle Cann, known for her commitment to the rediscovered work of African-American composer Florence Price; cellist Zuill Bailey, a Grammy Award winner who will record his third album with NCS this year; and composer Caroline Shaw, a North Carolina native and the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music.

Echoing our music education mission, the Symphony has invited these exceptional musical artists to serve as Artist Ambassadors in North Carolina this season, sharing their talents and expertise in a wide range of community offerings during their performance weeks with the Symphony. Michelle Cann will be in residence for a week in November leading up to her performances of Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement; and Zuill Bailey and Caroline Shaw will each be with us for weeklong residencies in May—when Zuill performs and records Don Quixote with NCS, and Caroline sees the Symphony present the world premiere of her Piano Concerto.

Partnering with these Artist Ambassadors and fellow community organizations, we look forward to presenting meaningful programs and activities for students and lifelong learners alike.

Join us for events with Michelle Cann during her residency week,
November 12-18, 2018.

Open Rehearsal and Q&A | November 15 at 10am

Students will have the opportunity to observe Michelle in rehearsal with the North Carolina Symphony as we polish the artistic details and work through the nuances of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement. They’ll see first-hand the collaborative process that creates a performance of the highest artistic quality. Following the rehearsal, Michelle will take questions from the audience.
If you have a school group interested in attending, please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5461.

Performance at The Governor Morehead School | November 16

Michelle will give a special, informal performance at The Governor Morehead School in Raleigh, the flagship school in North Carolina serving the needs of visually impaired students.
Open to students enrolled at The Governor Morehead School.

Master Class at Meredith College | November 17 | 10am

Student pianists from Meredith College will have the opportunity to refine their repertoire with Michelle’s expert guidance in this public coaching session. Hear Michelle’s thoughts and advice—and the transformations in the students’ playing!
Free by reservation; please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5461 to request a reservation.

Concerts and “Meet the Artists” | November 15-17

Conducted by Joshua Weilerstein, NCS and pianist Michelle Cann give the North Carolina premiere performances of Florence Price’s Piano Concerto in One Movement, in Raleigh and Chapel Hill. Before the Raleigh performances of this long-lost concerto, audience members are invited to a “Meet the Artists” talk with Michelle. Learn about everything from Michelle’s own career journey, to the fascinating life and work of Florence Price — the first black woman in history to be recognized as a symphonic composer.
Open to ticket-holders; for details and tickets, visit the concert’s page or call 919.733.2750.

Stay tuned for the latest details on events with our Artist Ambassadors—including events this May with Zuill Bailey and Caroline Shaw.