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The North Carolina Symphony will welcome Assistant Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, Joshua Gersen, to take the podium for the final concert of the 2018/19 Friday Favorites season. The one-hour noon performance takes place Friday, June 7 at downtown Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Symphony will perform Latin and Latin-inspired selections full of playful rhythms, fiery passion, and, especially, familiar dance forms.
Mexican composer José Pablo Moncayo mixes indigenous music with the Spanish fandango in his Huapango, a work that has become the unofficial anthem of Mexico; Arturo Márquez, also of Mexico, blends the Caribbean salsa and Afro-Cuban music in his popular Danzón No. 2; and Argentinian composer Osvaldo Golijov evokes the tango in an homage to his countryman Piazzolla in Last Round.
Copland was inspired by Mexican folk music after several visits to Mexico in the 1930s. His El Salón México was premiered in Mexico City to great acclaim, and his Three Latin American Sketches brought complex, modern rhythms and harmonies to traditional Mexican and Venezuelan tunes.
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North Carolina Symphony Latin Classics
Friday, June 7 at 12:00 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
North Carolina Symphony
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Copland: El Salón México
Osvaldo Golijov: Last Round
Copland: Three Latin American Sketches
Arturo Márquez: Danzón No. 2
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.