This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
The North Carolina Symphony begins its three-concert 2014-15 NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts series on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts with “Phantoms of the Orchestra.” Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the Symphony in this program of spine-tingling music and hair-raising fun that is sure to entertain and delight children (and adults) of all ages. These concerts are made possible in part by The Drs. James and Mary Susan Fulghum Fund.
The “Phantoms of the Orchestra” return to haunt the concert hall, and the conductor and his assistant must use the baton to control this ghoulish orchestra and lead them in concert. The music of the Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas is brought vividly to life in this eye-catching family-friendly concert program that also features Zoltan Kodaly’s Dance of the Dragons and Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain.
Also featured are guest artists Magic Circle Mime Company who will join in the fun and act out the story on stage as the musicians play. Magic Circle Mime Company is regarded as one of today’s premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. They have performed with virtually every major orchestra in North America and many other arts organizations world-wide as well.
Audience members are encouraged to celebrate the Halloween weekend by dressing up in costumes and entering the pre-concert costume contest. One hour before each concert, the Symphony will host the MetLife Instrument Zoo. This hands-on activity allows young concert-goers the opportunity to try out an instrument.
Other concerts in the NCS Kids series include “Peter and the Wolf” on Jan. 3, 2015, and “Mozart’s Magnificent Voyage” on March 7, 2015. Subscriptions to the series are available, at a cost of $42 for all three concerts. All NCS Kids performances in Raleigh take place on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. This concert series is a wonderful way to introduce children to classical music and makes for great innovative family outings.
Tickets to “Phantoms of the Orchestra” are $23. For more information, go to the North Carolina Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.
The 2014-15 NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts sponsor is WakeMed.
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.