Open Rehearsals

An Open Rehearsal is a fascinating opportunity to watch the North Carolina Symphony at work and see how a piece of music is shaped and polished by the conductor and the musicians.

Students in grade six and above are invited to observe the dress rehearsal for a performance of the North Carolina Symphony in Meymandi Concert Hall. Open Rehearsals begin at 10am (except where noted) and end at approximately 12:30pm. One adult chaperone is required for every ten students. When available, conductors and artists may speak with your students during the break (approx. 11:15am), or following the rehearsal.  Please confirm your interest in participating in a Q & A session, and have your students prepared with questions to ask. Rehearsal times are subject to change.

Open rehearsals are available at no charge to educators, but reservations are required. To make a reservation, complete the reservation form.

2023/24 Open Rehearsal Schedule

Friday, November 17, 2023 | 10am-12:30pm
An American in Paris, Classical Series

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Aubree Oliverson, violin

Copland: Billy the Kid
Reena Esmail: The Blue Room Violin Concerto
Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

Thursday, January 25, 2024 | 10am-12:30pm
Dvořák Cello Concerto , Classical Series

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Alban Gerhardt, cello

Dvořák: Cello Concerto
Brahms: Symphony No. 4

Friday, February 25, 2024 | 10am-12:30pm
Saint-Saëns Piano Concerto No. 1, Classical Series

Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Jean-Yves Thibaudet, piano

Errollyn Wallen: Mighty River
Saint-Saëns: Piano Concerto No. 5, “Egyptian”
Respighi: Roman Festivals
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Thursday, April 25, 2024 | 10am-12:30pm
Mendelssohn Violin Concerto, Classical Series

Kazem Abdullah, conductor
Sirena Huang, violin

Humperdinck: Prelude to Hansel and Gretel
Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto
Sibelius: Symphony No. 5

The opportunity for non-educators to attend Open Rehearsals is an exclusive benefit of contributing to the North Carolina Symphony Annual Fund. Please note that non-educator guests attending Open Rehearsals must present their Patron Card upon entry. To learn more about giving levels and benefits, please visit our Support the Symphony page or call 919.733.2750.