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The North Carolina Symphony, led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, will bring the beloved children’s story The Snowman to life in a special concert and film on Wednesday, Nov. 26 at 3 p.m.  The program features the orchestra performing Howard Blake’s stunning soundtrack live while the film is displayed on a giant screen in Meymandi Concert Hall. Emmy Award-winning WRAL meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner narrates the performance, and boy soprano Benjamin Farlow will also perform.

In the story, a snowman comes to life and shares his frozen secrets with a little boy, taking him along for the ride of his life. The Snowman is perfect for families with children.  The Symphony will also hold a MetLife Instrument Zoo prior to the concert at 2 p.m.

Emmy Award-winning meteorologist Elizabeth Gardner has been bringing the weather to Triangle viewers on WRAL since 1998. She is a Certified Meteorologist by the American Meteorological Society and has the National Weather Association Seal of Approval. Ms. Gardner is a native of Raleigh, and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Geosciences from Mississippi State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Journalism. She is a member of the Junior League of Raleigh and the Carolina Canoe Club, and is a board member for the Raleigh Parks and Recreation System Plan. Married with two children, she enjoys reading, mountain biking, whitewater kayaking, hiking and snowboarding.

Benjamin Farlow has sung with the Raleigh Boychoir for just over four years and has benefitted from the instruction and support of the organization’s current and former leaders. He is a frequent guest soloist and ensemble singer in the Raleigh area. Mr. Farlow has performed in many North Carolina churches and venues with the Raleigh Boychoir. This past spring for the Hayes Barton United Methodist Lenten service, he was the soprano soloist in Dan Forrest’s “Requiem for the Living.” He has sung at the Baltimore Boychoir Festival as well as the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, and has performed with the North Carolina Symphony and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts Orchestra at the Stephens Center in Winston-Salem.   A 7th grade student at Grace Christian School in Raleigh, Mr. Farlow plays the piano and clarinet and enjoys singing and making music with his family.

The Symphony is asking that patrons bring Soup-to-Go to the concert to support the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s Backpack Buddies program, which provides healthy weekend meals for schoolchildren.  Patrons can also bring Soup-to-Go to the Symphony’s State Headquarters, 3700 Glenwood Ave., Suite 130, in Raleigh.  Go to to learn more. 

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About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances 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, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Headquartered 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 individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year — and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.