NCS musicians Christopher Caudill and Rachel Niketopoulos
NCS musicians Christopher Caudill and Rachel Niketopoulos bring their experience in authentic Baroque performance to Baroque Masters
This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
At the beginning of December, Baroque Masters and Music for a Winter's Eve offer classical music just right for the holiday season. On December 1 and 2, Baroque Masters, conducted by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, features selections from Bach's Christmas Oratorio and Choruses from Bach's Christmas Cantatas, as well as his buoyant and brilliant Brandenburg Concerto No. 1; Buxtehude's In dulci jubilo ("In Quiet Joy"); and Vivaldi's Selections from Gloria. NCS French horn players Christopher Caudill and Rachel Niketopoulos, experts in Baroque performance practice, will perform Vivaldi's Concerto for Two Horns in F Major on natural horns – instruments without valves – from the early 18th century.
Following NCS's successful first performance in Raleigh's new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in November, which CVNC acclaimed for acoustics "impressive in their expansiveness and presence," the Symphony will return to the cathedral on December 9 for Music for a Winter's Eve, which offers a wide range of classical repertoire that embodies the holiday spirit and evokes the winter season. The program features everything from Arvo Part's ethereal Fratres; to Wagner's tender Siegfried Idyll, a gift for his wife, first performed in their home on Christmas morning; to Buonamente's Sonata for Brass, which will provide a surround-sound experience with brass players positioned throughout the cathedral space.
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. Its 180 concerts and 120 community engagement events annually are greeted with enthusiasm 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 47 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In March 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.