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Conductor Karina Canellakis enjoyed a dynamic chemistry with North Carolina Symphony musicians and earned widespread praise from audience members when she conducted NCS in two programs featuring works by Mozart in 2017; now the fast-rising conductor returns to Raleigh for a program of Mozart and Shostakovich this January.
Canellakis, a violinist-turned-conductor, has seen her career take off since winning the Sir Georg Solti Conducting Award in 2016. She is the newly-appointed Chief Conductor of the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra in Amsterdam – a position she will take up in the 2019/20 season – and she has appeared with numerous first-rank orchestras this season, including the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
Under her baton, NCS will perform Mozart's Symphony No. 40, one of the three crowning jewels of his orchestral output. Composed at the end of his tragically short life, the symphony looks forward to the passionately charged music of the 19th century's Romantic era, while epitomizing the structural elegance of the Classical era. From the urgent murmurs of its opening theme to the irrepressible energy of the finale, this symphony was unlike any other that came before it.
The second half of the program features Shostakovich's Symphony No. 10, a work that also broke new ground. Composed and premiered shortly after Stalin's death in 1953, this symphony allowed Shostakovich to express his unrestrained response to Stalin's regime with an impassioned outpouring of emotion. The subject of scathing denunciations by the Soviet party for many years, Shostakovich opened his soul to the world with the Symphony No. 10, which evokes tragedy and struggle, but ultimately resilience and strength. (Plus, it has been suggested that the terror-filled second movement is a portrait of Stalin himself.)
This dramatic program is performed in Chapel Hill on Thursday, January 10, and in Raleigh on Friday and Saturday, January 11 and 12. For tickets and more information, please visit https://www.ncsymphony.org/events/136/mozart-shostakovich/.
North Carolina Symphony Mozart & Shostakovich
Thursday, January 10 at 7:30 pm Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill Chapel Hill, NC
Friday & Saturday, January 11 & 12 at 8 pm Meymandi Concert Hall Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts Raleigh, NC
Mozart: Symphony No. 40 Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10
PERFORMERS North Carolina Symphony Karina Canellakis, conductor
TICKETS start at $18 https://www.ncsymphony.org/events/136/mozart-shostakovich/
About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Each year, the North Carolina Symphony's 300 concerts, education programs, and community engagement events are enjoyed by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties – in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony's full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
NCS's state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Symphony's service across the state includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, as well as the Summerfest series at its summer home, the outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. NCS brings some of the world's greatest talents to North Carolina and embraces home-state artists from classical musicians to bluegrass bands, creating live music experiences distinctive to North Carolina.
Committed to engaging students of all ages across North Carolina, NCS leads the most extensive education program of any symphony orchestra – serving nearly 70,000 students each year. In alignment with the curriculum set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Symphony provides training and resources for teachers, sends small ensembles into classrooms, and presents full-orchestra Education Concerts that bring the fundamentals of music to life. Music Discovery for preschoolers combines music with storytelling, and at the middle and high school levels, students have opportunities to work directly with NCS artists and perform for NCS audiences.
NCS is dedicated to giving voice to new art, and has presented 49 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In 2017, NCS appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of four orchestras chosen for the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras – an honor that recognized the Symphony's creative programming and innovative community partnerships.
The first state-supported symphony in the country, NCS performs under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. To learn more, visit ncsymphony.org.