This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony will perform Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition in concert in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Thursday, March 27, at 7:30 p.m., and in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29 at 8 p.m.  The orchestra will also perform Perú Negro by Jimmy López and the Der Rosenkavalier Suite by Richard Strauss. Miguel Harth-Bedoya will conduct.

In program notes, Joseph and Elizabeth Kahn write, “In July 1873, Mussorgsky’s close friend, the young architect and painter Victor Gartman, died suddenly. The following year a posthumous showing of his drawings, paintings and designs was presented in St. Petersburg. The fantastic and bizarre elements of much of Gartman’s work fascinated Mussorgsky, who set out to create a musical memorial to his friend in the form of a suite of piano pieces. He depicted his impressions of ten of the pictures, portraying himself as the observer in the Promenade that introduces the work and serves as connector between the tableaux.”

Grammy-nominated and Emmy Award-winning conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya is Chief Conductor of the Norwegian Radio Orchestra. Currently in his 14th season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he is also the Founder and Artistic Director of Caminos del Inka, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing and promoting the music of the Americas. Recent guest conducting appearances include the BBC Scottish Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, New Zealand Symphony, Prague Symphony, and the Sydney Symphony, among others. Festival appearances include Aspen, Grand Teton and Grant Park. Highlights of his 2013-14 season include invitations to the Atlanta Symphony, Chicago Symphony and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl, as well as the Aarhus Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, and National Symphony of Madrid.  

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.  Before the Chapel Hill performance on Thursday, March 27, Dr. Letitia Glozer of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will host a pre-concert talk at 6:40 p.m. in Gerrard Hall, adjacent to Memorial Hall.  Before the Friday, March 28, performance in Raleigh, Catherine Brand of WUNC will host a “Meet the Artists” session at 6:30 p.m. in the Swalin Lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall.  Prior to the Saturday, March 29 performance in Raleigh, Dr. Jonathan Kramer of N.C. State University will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the Swalin Lobby. 

For the Chapel Hill performance, the Symphony provides a free shuttle service from two locations:

  • University Mall between Dillards and Wells Fargo Bank
  • Southern Village near the Village Green Stage on Aberdeen Drive.

The shuttle service departs between 6:15 and 6:20 p.m.

Tickets to the Chapel Hill Classical Series performance on Thursday, March 27 range from $18 to $72. Tickets to the Raleigh Classical Series performances on Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, range from $18 to $75.  Student tickets in both locations are $15.  Concert tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time.

Memorial Hall is located at 114 East Cameron Ave., on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. 

Partners for the 2013/14 Chapel Hill Series include Carol Woods Retirement Community, Harrington Bank, and The Businesses of Market Street, Southern Village.

Partners for the 2013/14 Raleigh Classical Series include Clancy & Theys Construction; Duke Medicine; Smith Anderson; and Marriott Raleigh City Center.

Statewide partner is Duke Energy.

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 27-29 Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
“Pictures at an Exhibition”
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Thursday, March 27, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Friday, March 28, and Saturday, March 29, 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh, N.C.

March 27-29 Program
North Carolina Symphony
“Pictures at an Exhibition”
Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor

Perú Negro
Jimmy López (b. 1978)

  1. Pregón I
  2. Toro Mata
  3. Ingá
  4. Le kije a papa
  5. Pregón II
  6. Son de los Diablos

Suite from Der Rosenkavalier, Op. 59
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)  

  1. Attire of the Rose Cavalier and Duet
  2. Ochs-Walzes
  3. Tenor Aria
  4. Breakfast Scene
  5. Terzett
  6. Closing Duet

Pictures at an Exhibition
Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881)
Orch. Maurice Ravel

      Introduction:  Promenade<
       I.  Gnomus
      II.  Il vecchio castello
     III.  Tuileries
    IV.   Bydlo
     V.   Ballet of Little Chicks in their Shells<
    VI.   Two Polish Jews
   VII.   Limoges
  VIII.   Catacombae – Cum mortius in lingua mortua
    IX.   Baba-Yaga – The Hut on Hen’s Legs
     X.   The Great Gate of Kiev