IF CVNC.org CALENDAR and REVIEWS are important to you:
If you use the CVNC Calendar to find a performance to attend
If you read a review of your favorite artist
If you quote from a CVNC review in a program or grant application or press release
Now is the time to SUPPORT CVNC.org
This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
"From the very first downbeat, the grand statement of the opening measures will immediately enthrall you," says North Carolina Symphony violinist Eileen Wynne. "One can be assured of an exhilarating experience when attending a performance of Carl Orff's Carmina Burana."
The North Carolina Symphony, North Carolina Master Chorale, Capital City Girls Choir, soprano Ying Fang, tenor Vale Rideout, and baritone Stephen Powell will all join together under the baton of conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto for this musical spectacle – performed in Raleigh, Wilmington, and Chapel Hill from May 3 through May 7.
With lusty lyrics based on heady 13th-century poetry about sensual delights, Orff's setting of Carmina Burana has become ingrained in pop culture. The primal cries of the opening "O Fortuna" are immediately recognizable, used widely in movies, television, and commercials. "Some of Carmina Burana's music has become so pervasive in popular culture that we forget what a masterpiece it is, but it is one of the most thrilling pieces of all time," says Joseph Peters, Principal Oboe & English Horn.
Prieto, a Mexico-born conductor of French and Spanish descent, is Musical America's "Conductor of the Year" for 2019 and has made debuts this season with the National Symphony Orchestra and BBC National Orchestra of Wales, among others. Prieto is renowned for championing Latin American music and has conducted more than 100 world premieres of works by Mexican and American composers, many of which he also commissioned. One of these works is Hominum ("Harmony") by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz, which opens the program. Commissioned in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Political Constitution of Mexico, it is a musical reflection on four stages of evolution in human society.
Hominum is followed by another work by an active female composer, London native Anna Clyne. Her 2012 Prince of Clouds is an ethereal double-violin concerto inspired by the passing of musical knowledge and tradition from one generation to the next. It will feature two of the Symphony's own violinists as soloists, Karen Strittmatter Galvin (Assistant Concertmaster) and Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky (Principal Second Violin).
"Prince of Clouds is so unbelievably beautiful!" says Wolborsky. "I love the way the two violins are interwoven – it's hard to tell where one starts and the other finishes."
For tickets and more information, please click here.
North Carolina Symphony
Friday & Saturday, May 3 & 4 at 8:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Sunday, May 5 at 7:30 pm
Cape Fear Community College
Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30pm
Chapel Hill, NC
North Carolina Symphony
Carlos Miguel Prieto, conductor
Karen Strittmatter Galvin, violin
Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin
Ying Fang, soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor
Stephen Powell, baritone
North Carolina Master Chorale
Capital City Girls Choir
Gabriela Ortiz: Hominum
Anna Clyne: Prince of Clouds
Orff: Carmina Burana
TICKETS start at $18 https://www.ncsymphony.org/events/143/carmina-burana/
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.