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Beethoven’s 5th

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Andrew Tyson, piano; North Carolina Master Chorale

Presenting Sponsor: Elliott Davis
Berlioz: Le Corsaire Overture
Liszt: Les préludes
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol
Brahms: Violin Concerto

Four fateful notes begin what has become one of the most important and iconic works in classical music—Beethoven’s stormy and victorious Fifth Symphony. Together with the free-wheeling Choral Fantasy and a perky rondo for piano and orchestra, this season-opener reveals Beethoven at his best: bold, expressive, brilliant.

FRI-SAT, SEPT 21-22, 2018 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $74)


Rhapsody in Blue

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Makoto Ozone, piano; Eliza Bagg, soprano; Cherokee Chamber Singers

Saturday Concert Sponsors:
Galloway Ridge at Fearrington
Hampton Inn & Suites Boone
Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
William Brittelle: “Si Otsedoha” (We’re Still Here)
Copland: Appalachian Spring

Gershwin captures the soul of the Roaring 20s in his sweeping Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra, while Copland evokes idyllic country life in Appalachian Spring. The Cherokee Chamber Singers join NCS to share music reflecting the Cherokee culture, making this program an unforgettable tribute to America’s rich heritage and future.

FRI-SAT, OCT 12-13, 2018 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $74)


Mozart Mass “The Great”

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Joélle Harvey, soprano; Anya Matanovic, soprano; Nicholas Phan, tenor; Federico De Michelis, bass-baritone; North Carolina Master Chorale

Schubert: Rosamunde Overture
Schubert: “Nacht und Träume” (Night and Dreams)
Schubert: “Die Forelle” (The Trout)
Schubert: “Gretchen am Spinnrade” (Gretchen at the Spinning Wheel)
Mozart: Mass in C Minor

Experience the expressive power of the human voice when spectacular vocal soloists and the North Carolina Master Chorale join NCS for the purely magnificent Mozart Mass. Three favorite art songs by Schubert reveal a more intimate side of vocal music, and a warm-hearted symphonic overture starts this program in high spirits.

FRI-SAT, NOV 30-DEC 1, 2018 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $66)


The Firebird

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Augustin Hadelich, violin

Sibelius: Valse triste
Sibelius: Violin Concerto
Stravinsky: Pulcinella
Stravinsky: The Firebird

Stravinsky made his name with the opulent, dazzling score to The Firebird, based on the legend of a prince and a magical creature who break an evil spell. Just a decade later, he ushered in an era of simplicity and elegance with Pulcinella. These colorful ballet suites are paired with the breathtaking Sibelius Violin Concerto, featuring Grammy winner Augustin Hadelich.

FRI-SAT, JAN 25-26, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $74)


Carmina Burana

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor; Karen Strittmatter Galvin, violin; Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin; Ying Fang, soprano; Vale Rideout, tenor; Stephen Powell, baritone; North Carolina Master Chorale; Capital City Girls Choir

Gabriela Ortiz: Hominum
Anna Clyne: Prince of Clouds
Orff: Carmina Burana

Powerful and hypnotic, Carmina Burana brings the orchestra and chorus together in a grand spectacle—you won’t want to miss the chance to hear it live. Introduced by the snappy rhythms of Hominum, by Gabriela Ortiz, and Anna Clyne’s ethereal Prince of Clouds, this program will captivate you from start to finish.

FRI-SAT, MAY 3-4, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $74)


New Year’s Eve

Wesley Schulz, conductor; North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra

Welcome the New Year with the North Carolina Symphony when we present an evening of unforgettable Viennese waltzes and Big Band classics with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

MON, DEC 31, 2018 | 8PM

Tickets only $43! (reg. $75)



Pink Martini

Wesley Schulz, conductor

Weekend Sponsor:

Pink Martini is part big band, part classical ensemble, part salsa troupe, and all fun! The lush sounds of the Symphony back this popular group in a dynamic, vibrant show—with the silky, sultry voice of singer China Forbes featured front and center.

SAT, MAY 11, 2019 | 3PM

Tickets only $54! (reg. $104)



“Star Wars: A New Hope” in Concert

Weekend Sponsor: CEI – The Digital Office

Experience Star Wars like never before! Sit back and cheer on Luke and Leia in their first epic battle with the Galactic Empire—the iconic 1977 film Star Wars: A New Hope plays on the big screen as the Symphony performs the heart-thumping John Williams score live.

SUN, OCT 7, 2018 | 7PM

Tickets only $64! (reg. $104)



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Holiday Family 4-Packs

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The Merry Elf!

Concert Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

A playful elf, sent by Santa to confirm the naughty and nice list, stumbles upon the best place to find holiday cheer—the North Carolina Symphony! While in the concert hall he gets…distracted by the sights and sounds of the season. Don’t miss this family fun concert of holiday classics including music from The Grinch and Frozen, plus a reading of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas. Come early to visit with Santa in the lobby, get festive face-painting, and check out the Instrument Zoo.

WED, NOV 21, 2018 | 3PM

Tickets only $22 each! (reg. $30)


Holiday Pops Extravaganza

Wesley Schulz, conductor

Holiday Pops returns bigger and better than ever! Gather together for this fun-filled, heartwarming spectacular featuring seasonal favorites plus a sing-a-long, falling snow, and a chorus line of dancing Santas.

FRI, NOV 23, 2018 | 7:30PM
SAT, NOV 24, 2018 | 3PM

Tickets only $32 each! (reg. $61)



Holiday Cirque Spectacular

Wesley Schulz, conductor

An audience favorite returns: the circus meets the symphony! Stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions, and jaw-dropping juggling acts will take your breath away—and with these awe-inspiring acrobatics accompanied by your favorite festive music, this show is sure to fill you and your family with the wonder of the season.

SAT, DEC 22, 2018 | 3PM

Tickets only $38 each! (reg. $78)


A Candlelight Christmas

Wesley Schulz, conductor; North Carolina Symphony Children’s Chorus

Back by popular demand! In the glow of candlelight, this one-hour program will warm your heart at the height of the holiday season. Share an evening of classical music with the North Carolina Symphony, uplifted by the voices of the NCS Children’s Chorus.

SUN, DEC 23, 2018 | 7:30PM

Tickets only $32 each! (reg. $67)


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The Music of Billy Joel
featuring Michael Cavanaugh

Wesley Schulz, conductor; Michael Cavanaugh, singer

One of Broadway’s best joins the Symphony for an evening devoted to the legendary Billy Joel. Hand-picked by the “piano man” himself for the starring role in the Broadway musical Movin’ Out, Grammy- and Tony-nominated Michael Cavanaugh performs Billy Joel’s biggest hits—“She’s Got a Way,” “New York State of Mind,” “Uptown Girl,” “Only the Good Die Young,” and more!

FRI-SAT, JAN 18-19, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $36! (reg. $72)


Valentine’s Romantic Classics

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Dovid Friedlander, violin

Weber: Invitation to the Dance
Strauss Jr: On the Beautiful Blue Danube
Kodály: Dances of Galánta
Tchaikovsky: Two Selections from Swan Lake
Thomas Adès: Dances from Powder Her Face
Ravel: La valse

On Valentine’s Day weekend, be seduced by the art and passion of the dance. From the grace and charm of Strauss’ most famous waltz, to selections from Tchaikovsky’s picturesque Swan Lake, to the wild and whirling energy of Ravel’s La Valse, the Symphony brings you music guaranteed to set your heart in motion.

FRI-SAT, FEB 8-9, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $33! (reg. $66)


Valentine’s Weekend
The Music of Whitney Houston

Brent Havens, conductor; Rashidra Scott, singer

Weekend Sponsor: Grubb Ventures
Saturday Concert Sponsor: Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC

Whitney Houston was a diva of rare talent with a powerhouse voice that touched our hearts and souls. Join the Symphony and vocal sensation Rashidra Scott for a Valentine’s weekend show celebrating the Whitney songs you know and love, including “How Will I Know?,” “Where Do Broken Hearts Go?,” and of course, “I Will Always Love You.”

FRI-SAT, FEB 15-16, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $36! (reg. $72)


Broadway by Request

Wesley Schulz, conductor

Your Broadway dreams come true as the Symphony invites you to choose the hits you want to hear! Vote for your favorite romantic, fun-filled, and inspiring songs made famous on the Great White Way—from Wicked to Les Misérables, from The Phantom of the Opera to Chicago, and many more. We bring the Broadway voices; you make your voice heard!

FRI, MAR 8, 2019 | 8PM
SAT, MAR 9, 2019 | 3PM & 8PM

Tickets only $36! (reg. $72)


Debussy’s La Mer

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Brian Reagin, violin

Saturday Concert Sponsor: The Cypress of Raleigh
Sibelius: The Oceanides
Chausson: Poème
Boulanger: D’un matin de printemps
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Debussy: La mer

Sometimes glimmering and inviting, sometimes billowing and ominous, the majestic sea has captured the imaginations of composers for centuries. Masterpieces from Debussy, Sibelius, Boulanger, and others will transport you to the watery realm—made even more powerful with projected imagery of North Carolina seascapes and waterfalls, captured by the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.

FRI-SAT, APR 12-13, 2019 | 8PM

Tickets only $37! (reg. $74)



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UNC REX Healthcare Presents SUMMERFEST 2019
10 Lawn Flex Passes only $188—guaranteed LOWEST price!

We’re already looking forward to more fun in the sun next summer…Get ready to pack your picnic and claim your space on the lawn now, with big savings for the 2019 UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary—and remember, kids 12 and under are admitted FREE on the lawn!


10 passes for ONLY $188! (reg. $226)

These tickets for next year’s Summerfest will be mailed in April, 2019



Friday Favorites

Friday Favorites concerts allow you to hear some of the best music from our Classical and Pops series in one-hour, noontime programs. This season’s six concerts include masterpieces like Beethoven’s 5th Symphony and guest soloists like pianist and Chopin expert Ingrid Fliter.

All Six Concerts ONLY $83! (reg. $110)





Family Concerts—Young People’s Subscriptions!

Series Sponsor: WakeMed Children’s

Our “Halloween Spooktacular” sells out every year! This year, a cunning and comical sleuth investigates a concert where major suddenly became minor in Mystery at the Symphony. Come early and enter our costume contest! In January, A street musician and her prankster friend confront dilemmas and opportunities that show them The Mozart Experience. Larger-than-life puppets from Paperhand Puppet Intervention bring the animal kingdom to life in March for Saint-Saëns’ The Carnival of the Animals. Your family can enjoy all three concerts for less than the price of two—these interactive performances are perfect for children ages three to 12, and include free pre-concert fun like the Instrument Zoo, face-painting, and other hands-on activities.

Halloween Spooktacular | SAT, OCT 27, 2018 | 1PM
The Mozart Experience | SAT, JAN 5, 2019 | 1PM
Carnival of the Animals | SAT, MAR 30, 2019 | 1PM

All Three Concerts for ONLY $43! (reg. $53)


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