This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The Yellow Brick Road will wind its way to the Capital City for three performances of the classic film “The Wizard of Oz,” with the soundtrack performed live by the North Carolina Symphony, Friday and Saturday, Nov. 23 and 24, at Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.

Constantine Kitsopoulos will conduct the performances, which will take place Friday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 24, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  Kitsopoulos spans the worlds of opera and symphony, where he conducts in such venues as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall and Royal Albert Hall, and musical theater, where he can be found leading orchestras on Broadway.

“Watching the Wizard of Oz is a shared memory for many families, and this production on the big screen, combined with the North Carolina Symphony, will be a great one to add to the memory book,” said Linda Charlton, Vice President of Marketing and Audience Development.  “We are adding to the fun by having a ‘cOZ-tume’ contest, where we invite kids to dress as their favorite Wizard of Oz character!”

Costumed kids can stop by the costume contest table to enter for a chance to win a prize pack including a Family 4-Pack of tickets to the Tales of Enchantment Young People’s Concert, a gift bag of books from Quail Ridge Books & Music and more!  One winner will be chosen at each concert.

Concert-goers are also urged to bring food items to donate to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle BackPack Buddies Program.  To find a list of suggested food items click here.

Media Partners for the performance are WRAZ Fox 50 and Our State Magazine.  Statewide partnership and support provided by Progress Energy.

Tickets to the “Wizard of Oz” on Friday, Nov. 23, and Saturday, Nov. 24, range from $18 to $50.  A Family 4-Pack is also available for the Saturday night performance for $100. 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.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. 

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 67 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 Progress 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.