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North Carolina Symphony to Perform Symphonie Fantastique

Friday Favorites Series Concert, Friday, April 10 at Noon; Raleigh Classical Series Friday, April 10 and Saturday April 11 at 8 p.m.

Courtesy of the NC Symphony

Brian Reagin

Event  Information

Raleigh -- ( Fri., Apr. 10, 2015 - Sat., Apr. 11, 2015 )

North Carolina Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique
Performed by North Carolina Symphony (Michael Francis, conductor); Brian Reagin, violin
$. -- Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts , (919) 733-2750 , http://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&detailid=1100&eid=1924

Raleigh -- ( Fri., Apr. 10, 2015 )

North Carolina Symphony: Symphonie Fantastique
Performed by North Carolina Symphony (Michael Francis, conductor); Brian Reagin, violin
$ -- Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts , (919) 733-2750 , http://www.ncsymphony.org/events/index.cfm?view=details&detailid=1100&eid=1936 -- 12:00 PM

April 10, 2015 - Raleigh, NC:

This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony, led by conductor Michael Francis, will perform Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz in three performances in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall – Friday, April 10, at noon as part of the Friday Favorites lunchtime series, and again Friday, April 10 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, April 11 at 8 p.m., as part of the Raleigh Classical Series.

The evening programs will also include Olivier Messiaen’s Les offrandes oubliées [The forgotten offerings], and Henri Vieuxtemps’ Violin Concerto No. 5, featuring North Carolina Symphony Concertmaster Brian Reagin.  The noontime Friday Favorites concert will feature selections from Symphonie Fantastique, and the Vieuxtemps concerto.

As scholar Richard E. Rodda writes, “Berlioz was still nursing his unrequited love for Harriet Smithson in 1830 when, full-blown Romantic that he was, his emotional state served as the germ for a composition based on this “Episode from the Life of an Artist,” as he subtitled the Symphonie fantastique.”  Of Les offrandes oubliées, Rodda says, “It is the earliest of Messiaen’s important orchestral scores; he wrote it when he was 21, the year of his graduation from the Conservatoire.”  About Henri Vieuxtemps, composer of the violin concerto that will be performed by Brian Reagin, Rodda writes, “Vieuxtemps was among the reigning virtuosos of the mid-19th-century, regarded as “le roi [king] du violon” and as successor to Paganini by no less a figure than Robert Schumann.”

Now in his third season as Chief Conductor and Artistic Advisor to Sweden’s Norrköping Symphony Orchestra, Michael Francis has quickly established himself internationally conducting in Asia, North America, Europe and Russia. North American concerts include returns with the Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Cincinnati, Toronto, New World, and Ottawa symphonies as well as concerts with the New York Philharmonic, and the Houston, Seattle, Milwaukee, Quebec and Vancouver symphonies. European concerts include a recent London Symphony engagement with Anne-Sophie Mutter and upcoming engagements with the Royal Philharmonic and the BBC Philharmonic as well as with the orchestras of Dresden, Madrid, Belfast, Wales, Helsinki, Lausanne and Munich to name a few. In Asia he has has worked with the National Taiwan Symphony, the Japan Philharmonic, Tokyo City Philharmonic, and Hong Kong Philharmonic, with upcoming returns to the Malaysia and Seoul Philharmonics, and a debut with NHK Symphony Orchestra at Suntory Hall.

A Chicago native, Brian Reagin is in his 27th season as Concertmaster of the North Carolina Symphony, and will return this summer to the Chautauqua Symphony for his 20th season as Concertmaster of that prestigious summer festival orchestra.  Before joining the North Carolina Symphony, Mr. Reagin was Assistant Concertmaster with the Pittsburgh Symphony under Music Directors André Previn and Lorin Maazel. Since 1990 Mr. Reagin has appeared as soloist with the North Carolina Symphony more than 100 times, making him the most frequent soloist in the history of the orchestra.  Highlights of his extensive performing career include a televised performance of the Brahms B Major trio with André Previn and Yo-Yo Ma, the world premiere recording of the George Frederick McKay Violin Concerto, and stepping in for the stranded Itzhak Perlman two days after the 9/11 attacks to perform the Mendelssohn Violin Concerto with the North Carolina Symphony.  Mr. Reagin performs on a Lorenzo and Tomasso Carcassi violin made in Florence, Italy in 1763.

Tickets to the Friday Favorites noon concert are $28.  Tickets to the Friday and Saturday evening concerts range from $18 to $75. Student tickets for all performances are $10.  To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at www.ncsymphony.org or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724. 

In addition to stellar performances, North Carolina Symphony concertgoers can enjoy pre-concert talks, post-concert discussions, and “Meet the Artists,” which feature interactive conversations with guest artists and select orchestra members, at many Symphony events.  Associate Conductor David Glover will host a pre-concert talk at 11 a.m. in the Swalin Lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall before the noontime Friday Favorites performance. Before the evening performances on April 10 and April 11, Glover will host pre-concert talks at 7 p.m., also in the Swalin Lobby.

Partners for the 2014/15 Friday Favorites series include Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, The Cypress of Raleigh, and SearStone.  Partners for the 2014/15 Raleigh Classical Series include Clancy & Theys Construction; Duke Realty; Smith Anderson; Duke Medicine; Marriott; and 18 Seaboard. 

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. 

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Headquartered in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington — as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
Michael Francis, conductor
Brian Reagin, violin

April 10, 2015, noon
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

April 10-11, 2015, 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Michael Francis, conductor
Brian Reagin, violin  

MESSIAEN  Les Offrandes Oubliées*

VIEUXTEMPS  Concerto No. 5 in A minor for Violin and Orchestra, Op. 37
I.       Allegro non troppo
II.      Adagio
III.     Allegro con fuoco
    Brian Reagin, violin

BERLIOZ &mbsp;Symphonie fantastique, Op. 14 
I.      Reveries and Passions: Largo - Allegro agitato e appassionato assai **
II.     A Ball: Waltz - Allegro non troppo **<
III.    In the Country: Adagio
IV.    March to the Scaffold: Allegretto non troppo
V.     Dream of the Witches' Sabbath: Larghetto – Allegro **

* Evening performances only

** Movements performed at noontime performance