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The North Carolina Symphony, led by Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director William Henry Curry, will join once again join forces with Cirque de la Symphonie to present classical masterpieces and high-flying aerialists and acrobatic feats of wonder at the 2014 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series on Saturday, June 14, at 7:30 p.m. at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre.  Gates open for the concert series at 5:30 p.m.  Children 12 and under are free on the lawn.

Cirque de la Symphonie, which brings the magic of cirque to the concert stage, is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque performances witnessed anywhere, and it showcases many of the best artists in the world. The concert features aerial flyers, acrobats, contortionists, dancers, jugglers, balancers and strongmen. These are some of the most accomplished veterans of exceptional cirque programs from across the globe. They include world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians and some of the most original talent ever seen.

This year’s series lineup also includes:

·       A two-night Mozart Festival that features two different programs of the master composer’s greatest works. Friday, June 20 features the Overture to Don Giovanni, the Concerto No. 25 in C Major for Piano and Orchestra, the beloved “Eine Kleine Nachtmusik” and Symphony No. 29 in A Major.  Saturday, June 21 features the Overture to The Magic Flute, the Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra, and Symphony No. 41 in C Major, “Jupiter.”

·       Beach Music with Jackie Gore and Legends of Beach and members of the North Tower Band, Saturday, June 28;

·       The Symphony’s free “Independence Day” concert on Friday, July 4, with fireworks (gates open at 3 p.m. for this event);

·       And the North Carolina Symphony presents “Around the World with the Von Trapps,” featuring the great-grandchildren of Captain and Maria Von Trapp in a solo performance, Saturday, July 12. (The North Carolina Symphony will not be performing at this concert.)

This summer marks the 29th anniversary of performances in Cary and the orchestra’s fourteenth season in the stunning lakeside pavilion built by the Town of Cary. While performances begin at 7:30 p.m., concertgoers may bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the striking natural surroundings before the music begins. Thanks to Golden Corral, children ages 12 and under are free on the lawn, so attending a North Carolina Symphony concert at Booth Amphitheatre is a wonderful summer bargain for families.

The Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series offers music lovers a perfect family outing, and once again, concertgoers who display the biggest and boldest culinary skills can win prizes. The Whole Foods Market of Cary Picnic of the Week contest continues for the fifth year. Throughout the summer, groups of concertgoers selected as the best picnickers of that weekend’s concert will receive a $100 gift basket from Whole Foods Market of Cary. Two honorable mentions in the form of $25 gift cards will also be awarded. Select Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts also feature other pre-concert activities, including MetLife Instrument Zoos for kids of all ages.

Tickets and Subscriptions

General admission lawn seating for “Cirque de la Symphonie” is $33 in advance, $35 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $35 in advance, $37 at the door.  

Children 12 and under are admitted free for lawn seating at all Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts.

Summerfest 2014 is presented by Rex Healthcare and co-sponsored by Town of Cary’ First Citizens Bank, Golden Corral (free admission for children 12 and under), MetLife (Instrument Zoo Sponsor), Lord Corporation, Crabtree Valley Mall, and CaptiveAire.

Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series partners are Enrigo Italian Bistro and The Umstead Hotel & Spa. Picnic of the Week partner is Whole Foods Market of Cary. Media partners are Fox 50, Cary Magazine, Mix 105/WRAL FM and 5.

Booth Amphitheatre is located at 8003 Regency Parkway, just past the intersection of US-1 and US-64/Tryon Road, in Cary. Food and beverages, including wine and beer, are allowed on the grounds.  For tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call North Carolina Symphony Audience Services at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Cirque de la Symphonie
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Cirque de la Symphonie
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director

Festive Overture, Op. 96
Dmitri Shostakovich   (1906-1975)  

Danse macabre, Op. 40  
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)  

Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve  
Manuel De Falla (S. Charpelier)   (1876-1946)  

“Dance of the Tumblers” from Snow Maiden  
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov  (1844-1908)  

Emmanuel Chabrier   (1841-1894)  

“Ritual Fire Dance” from El amor brujo  
Manuel de Falla   (1876-1946)  

“Bacchanale” from Samson and Delilah  
Camille Saint-Saëns (1835-1921)  

Overture to Ruslan and Ludmila
Mikhail Glinka  (1804-1857)  

Tico Tico  
Zequnha de Abreu (1914-1984)  
Arr. Carmen Dragon  

Cappriccio espagnol, Op. 34
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov   (1844-1908)  
   IV.  Scena e canto gitano
    V.  Fandango asturiano

La Boutique fantasque  
Ottorino Respighi   (1879-1936)  
   II.  Tarentella

“Dance of the Comedians” from The Bartered Bride
Bedrich Smetana  (1824-1884)  

Overture to Colas Breugnon, Op. 24
Dmitri Kabalevsky   (1904-1987)  

Waltz from Swan Lake  
Piotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky  (1840-1893)  

“Les Toréadors” from Suite No. 1 from Carmen
Georges Bizet   (1838-1875)