Author: Emmeline MacMillan

North Carolina Symphony Opening Weekend

Friday evening marked the beginning of “A New Era” for the North Carolina Symphony as newly appointed Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto led the ensemble in an engaging and contrasting concert. Appointed in July, Prieto’s enthusiasm for art and life was apparent from the podium, and the orchestra matched his energy throughout the performance. The program included Franz Joseph Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto in E-flat, Paquito D’Rivera‘s Concerto Venezolano, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36. Soloists Pacho Flores and Héctor Molina demonstrated technical and musical prowess, and the audience was on their feet by the end of the first piece.

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NC Opera Ends Outstanding Season with Mozart’s Magic Flute

This past Friday night, the North Carolina Opera opened its production of W. A. Mozart’s The Magic Flute. The beautiful Memorial Auditorium at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts was bustling with anticipation prior to the start of show, and this energy remained in the hall throughout the performance. The season’s finale had been originally scheduled for April 2020, but had to be postponed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. However, NC Opera has reported that this has been their most well-attended season, indicating how needed the return of live theatre has been for everyone. This excitement was palpable, especially amongst the many young families in attendance.


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