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.

This season, North Carolinians are getting up close and personal with three of these distinctive guest artists through our new Artist Ambassadors program. Echoing our music education mission, and supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Symphony has invited exceptional musical artists to share their talents and expertise in a wide range of community and educational offerings during their visits to North Carolina. The initiative began in the fall, with pianist Michelle Cann presenting a master class at Meredith College, an informal recital for visually impaired students at The Governor Morehead School, and more.

In April and May, NCS presents residencies with Grammy Award-winning cellist Zuill Bailey, soloist in Strauss’ Don Quixote; and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw, whose works have been appeared on numerous NCS programs—including the May performances of her new piano concerto, Watermark.

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

Zuill Bailey

Open Rehearsal and Q&A | April 4 at 10am

Students will have the opportunity to observe Zuill in rehearsal with the North Carolina Symphony as we polish the artistic details and work through the nuances of Don Quixote. They’ll see first-hand the collaborative process that creates a performance of the highest artistic quality. Following the rehearsal, Zuill will take questions from the audience.
If you have a school group interested in attending, please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5462.

Concerts and “Meet the Artists” | April 5-6 at 8pm

Zuill joins violist Roberto Díaz and NCS for performances of Don Quixote in Raleigh. Before each concert, audience members are invited to a “Meet the Artists” talk. Learn about Zuill’s career journey and his personal approach to performing Strauss’ charming musical vignettes.
Open to ticket-holders; for details and tickets, visit the concert’s page or call 919.733.2750.

Master Class with Kidznotes | May 7

Zuill will visit and work with students at Kidznotes, an intensive instrumental instruction program in Durham designed to transform children’s lives and the community through music.

Coaching with Youth Orchestras | May 8

Student cellists from the Philharmonic Association’s youth orchestras will have the opportunity to refine their technique and work on orchestral repertoire with Zuill’s expert guidance.
Open for public observation; please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5462 to RSVP.

Caroline Shaw

Talk at the Governor Morehead School | May 16

Blind and visually impaired students will learn about music and composing from the youngest-ever winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music, when Caroline makes a visit to The Governor Morehead School.
Open to the public; please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5462 to RSVP.

Lecture at UNC-Chapel Hill | May 17

Caroline will be a guest lecturer at the UNC-Chapel Hill summer class “Women in Music,” discussing her path as a female composer and the ways in which gender has influenced her music and career.

Workshop with the North Caroliona Chamber Music Institute | May 18

Two student string quartets from the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute will work closely with Caroline, rehearsing one of her own compositions as well as a composition by an NCCMI student.
Open for public observation; please call the NCS education department at 919.789.5462 to RSVP.

Concerts and “Meet the Artists” | May 17 at noon | May 17-18 at 8pm

Pianist Jonathan Biss and NCS perform Caroline’s new piano concerto, Watermark, co-commissioned by the Symphony. Before each performance, audience members are invited to a “Meet the Artists” talk. Hear from Caroline about her composition process and how Watermark connects to Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3, which shares the program.
Open to ticket-holders; for details and tickets, visit the pages to select a matinee or evening concert or call 919.733.2750.

Our spring Artist Ambassador residencies are made possible in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.