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The North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, will perform orchestra bass trombonist Terry Mizesko’s “Sketches from Pinehurst” and Antonín Dvořák’s Symphony No. 7, on Friday, March 21, at noon in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh, as part of the 2013/14 Friday Favorites series.

The world premiere of Mizesko’s orchestral work, “Sketches from Pinehurst,” was performed in April 2005 by the North Carolina Symphony. A compact disc featuring this piece was released by the orchestra in September 2005.  Mizesko received a Bachelor of Music degree in Theory/Composition from East Carolina University where he studied composition with Martin Mailman and Gregory Kosteck, and trombone with Eugene Narmour. He has played bass trombone with the North Carolina Symphony since 1971.  He also taught trombone for many years at Duke University, UNC-Chapel Hill and St. Augustine’s College.

In addition to his performing duties with the North Carolina Symphony, Mr. Mizesko has also conducted education and holiday pops concerts, and has arranged and composed for the orchestra since 1989. His original compositions and arrangements have been played by several orchestras including Atlanta, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Louisville, Fort Worth, Syracuse, Buffalo, Virginia and his own North Carolina Symphony. His latest composition, “Tuscarora,” was premiered by the Triangle Youth Philharmonic in November 2013.

Tickets to the Raleigh Friday Favorites Series performance on Friday, March 21, are $27.  Student tickets are $10. To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.  Tickets are also available one hour prior to the concert.

In addition to stellar performances, North Carolina Symphony concertgoers can enjoy pre-concert talks, post-concert discussions, and “Meet the Artists,” which feature interactive conversations with guest artists and select orchestra members, at many Symphony events.  Prior to the Friday, March 21, concert in Raleigh, Dr. Jonathan Kramer from N.C. State University will give a talk at 11 a.m. in the Swalin Lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall. 

Partners for the 2013/14 Raleigh Friday Favorites Series include Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, SearStone, and The Cypress of Raleigh.

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 and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

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.

March 21 Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
“Sketches from Pinehurst”

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Friday, March 21, Noon
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C.

March 21 Program
North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Sketches from Pinehurst
Terry Mizesko (b. 1946)

  1. The Dream
  2. Building the Community
  3. Intermezzo: The Golden Years
  4. Rumble On the Back Nine
  5. Lament and Finale

Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70
Antonín Dvořák: (1841-1904)  

  1. Allegro maestoso
  2. Poco adagio
  3. Scherzo: Vivace
  4. Finale: Allegro