This preview has been provided by the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association.
Joined by special guest narrator Harry Shearer (The Simpsons, This Is Spinal Tap, Saturday Night Live), the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra (conducted by Peter Askim) performs one of the most loved compositions of all time, Peter and the Wolf. In a special new version created especially for NC State – Peter and the WolfPack! – Shearer (the voice of 23 of the characters on The Simpsons, including Mr. Burns, Smithers and Ned Flanders) tells the tale of Peter’s encounter with the Wolf, with the instruments of the orchestra representing the characters. This afternoon of compelling storytelling, laughter and great music is perfect for the whole family.
In keeping with the Wolfpack theme, the concert also includes works featuring two NC State faculty. The concert will include a performance of Dohnanyi’s lyrical Konzertstuck for Cello and Orchestra by Music Department faculty Dr. Jonathan Kramer and the World Premiere of Dr. Rodney Waschka III’s "Raleigh Overture." Written especially for the occasion, the "Raleigh Overture" is part of the Raleigh Civic Orchestras’ season-long focus on the music of our time. For each concert of the 2015-6 season, both the Raleigh Civic Symphony and the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra are performing the World Premiere of a newly-commissioned work on every concert.