The North Carolina Symphony launched its opening weekend of the 2022-2023 season with new music director designate Carlos Miguel Prieto Thursday night in Chapel Hill's Memorial Hall and Friday in its home venue at Meymandi Concert Hall. The program, titled "Pictures at an Exhibition," featured Spanish-inspired works to honor Prieto's Spanish and Mexican heritage, and served to showcase a huge battery of percussion instruments and a very deep bench of talented players. Prieto brought a breath of fresh air to this orchestra, performing with an infectious joyful enthusiasm that brought the audience to their feet even before the final notes stopped ringing.
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