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North Carolina Symphony to Perform Beethoven's 'Emperor' Concerto

Concerts in Chapel Hill on January 14, and Raleigh on January 15-16 Feature Conductor Marcelo Lehninger and Pianist Inon Barnatan

Marco Borggreve

Inon Barnatan


Event  Information

Chapel Hill -- ( Thu., Jan. 14, 2016 )

North Carolina Symphony: Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto
Performed by North Carolina Symphony (Marcelo Lehninger, conductor); Inon Barnaton, piano
$ -- Memorial Hall , (919) 733-2750 , http://www.ncsymphony.org/ -- 7:30 PM

Raleigh -- ( Fri., Jan. 15, 2016 - Sat., Jan. 16, 2016 )

North Carolina Symphony: Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto
Performed by North Carolina Symphony (Marcelo Lehninger, conductor); Inon Barnaton, piano
$ -- Meymandi Concert Hall at Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts , (919) 733-2750 , http://www.ncsymphony.org/

January 14, 2016 - Raleigh, NC:


Preview provided by North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony, led by conductor Marcelo Lehninger, will perform Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto Thursday, Jan. 14, at 7:30 p.m. in Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, at 8 p.m., in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. In addition to the "Emperor" concerto, which features pianist Inon Barnatan, the program will include Brahms "Tragic Overture" and "Suspend," by Andrew Norman.

Brazilian-born Marcelo Lehninger is Music Director of the New West Symphony Orchestra in Los Angeles. For his work there, he was awarded the Helen M. Thompson Award for Emerging Music Director in 2014 by the League of American Orchestras. He recently concluded an appointment as Associate Conductor of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. As a guest conductor Mr. Lehninger has led numerous orchestras in the United States including Chicago, Houston, Baltimore, Seattle, the National Symphony, and Rochester Philharmonic. Orchestras abroad include Lucerne Symphony, Lausanne Chamber Orchestra, and the Orchestre National de France.

Celebrated for the unique approach, probing intellect, and consummate artistry that he brings to a broad range of repertoire, Israeli pianist Inon Barnatan currently serves as the first Artist-in-Association of the New York Philharmonic. This unprecedented three-season appointment sees him appear as soloist in subscription concerts, take part in regular chamber performances, and act as ambassador for the orchestra. Awarded the Avery Fisher Career Grant in 2009, Mr. Barnatan has performed extensively with many of the world's foremost orchestras, including those of Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco.

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 Jan. 14, 2016, Dr. Letitia Glozer of UNC will give a pre-concert talk at 6:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall. Before the evening performance on Friday, Jan. 15, 2016, Catherine Brand will host a Meet the Artists session in the Swalin Lobby at 6:30 p.m. Before the evening performance in Raleigh on Jan. 16, 2016, Dr. Jonathan Kramer of N.C. State University will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the Swalin Lobby.

Tickets to the Chapel Hill Classical Series performance on Jan. 14, 2016 and the Raleigh Classical Series performances on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 15-16, 2016, range from $18 to $75. Tickets to the Student tickets are $10. Concert tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time.

Other 2015-16 season highlights include Stravinsky's Firebird on Valentine's weekend, and Beethoven's Triple and Brahms Double in April, featuring Grant Llewellyn conducting cellist Zuill Bailey, violinist Philippe Quint, and pianist Awadagin Pratt.

Subscriptions to all of the Symphony's concert series are available online at www.ncsymphony.org/subscriptions or by calling the North Carolina Symphony Box Office at 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. Memorial Hall is located at 114 East Cameron Ave., on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The Concert Sponsor for the Jan. 14, 2016 concert in Chapel Hill is Carol Woods Retirement Community.

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 Natural and 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.

Jan. 14-16, 2016 Concert/Event Listings:

North Carolina Symphony
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto
Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Friday-Saturday, January 15-16, 2016, 8 p.m.
Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
Raleigh, North Carolin

Jan. 14-16, 2016 Program Listing

North Carolina Symphony
Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto
Marcelo Lehninger, conductor
Inon Barnatan, piano

BRAHMS:  Tragic Overture in D minor, Op. 81

NORMAN:  Suspend, a fantasy for piano and orchestra

BEETHOVEN:  Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major, Op. 73, "Emperor"
    Inon Barnatan, piano