This preview provided by North Carolina Symphony.

North Carolina native and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw is one of four brilliant composers whose works will be played by a small ensemble of North Carolina Symphony Musicians. Shaw’s piece, “Entr’acte,” will be accompanied by an original dance created and performed by Ronald West and Amanda Porterfield Randall of the dance Company Black Irish; the concert also includes “…Possessed by the Devil” by Shulamit Ran, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, Paul Hindemith’s “Duo for Viola and Cello,” and “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by Osvaldo Golijov, written for string quartet and klezmer clarinet.

North Carolina Symphony musicians for the evening are Elizabeth Phelps, violin; Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin; Samuel Gold, viola; Nathaniel Yaffe, cello; and Samuel Almaguer, clarinet.

Reviewing a performance by Black Irish in January of this year, CVNC reviewer Andrea McKerlie Luke called the young company “a distinctive group that simply cannot be compared to anything else.” Black Irish founder Ronald West describes the company’s work as “contemporary hip hop,” and says their developing style includes “continuously exploring movement as well as adapting traditional genres to enhance and define the evolving dance genre.”

Composer and violinist Caroline Shaw, who has performed as a guest soloist on violin with the North Carolina Symphony and written music co-commissioned by the Symphony, became in 2013 the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize. She has also won a Grammy® Award with her vocal group, Roomful of Teeth. Caroline Shaw will return to perform with the North Carolina Symphony in the 2016-2017 season, including performances in Raleigh and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The Kennedy Center concerts will be part of the inaugural SHIFT Festival, featuring four American orchestras selected from across the country.

Ticket information

This special event concert will be presented at Kings Barcade, 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601. Tickets are $9 in advance, or $12 at the door on the night of the show. For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony’s website at or the venue’s website at, or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

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.

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 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.