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The North Carolina Symphony's 2016 UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series continues at Cary's Booth Amphitheatre this weekend with a phenomenal young artist on Friday. The concert will be conducted by Associate Conductor David Glover.
On Friday, June 3, at 7:30 p.m., the first half of the program includes two original works from Joey Alexander’s acclaimed debut album My Favorite Things, as well as "Criss Cross," by NC-born jazz legend Thelonious Monk, arranged for piano and orchestra; the second half of the program brings the Joey Alexander Trio to the stage, and closes with the orchestra playing George Gershwin's An American in Paris.
Born in 2003 on the island of Bali in Indonesia, Joey Alexander started playing piano by ear at the age of six, picking out melodies from the works of Thelonious Monk and others; his skill and reputation increased so swiftly that by the age of 10 he was playing at international jazz festivals, taking first prize at the international improvisation contest in Odessa, Ukraine—besting over 200 professional players from 17 countries—and sharing the stage at major gala events in venues including Lincoln Center and the Apollo Theater.
After the release of his debut album in 2015, Joey Alexander became the youngest Grammy® nominee of 2016 and the youngest ever in a jazz category, with nominations for Best Improvised Jazz Solo and Best Instrumental Jazz Album. He performed both at the Grammy® Premiere Ceremony and the live national awards broadcast; in the past month, he played at the White House in a star-studded concert celebrating International Jazz Day.
The Joey Alexander Trio also includes two rising stars of the New York jazz scene: 21-year-old bassist Dan Chmielinski, a student at The Juilliard School's Jazz Studies program under Wynton Marsalis who has already been on world tour, and drummer Kyle Poole, who moved to New York at 17 and in the five years since has been named one of the 12 best young jazz drummers in the world.
The North Carolina Symphony's popular UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest concerts bring great music for relaxed listening to Cary's Booth Amphitheatre through July 9. While concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., concertgoers may bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the striking natural surroundings before the music begins. Children 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn, and the Symphony’s Instrument Zoo will be at both this weekend's concerts, so kids of all ages can experience symphony instruments for themselves.
Summerfest 2016 is presented by UNC REX Healthcare, co-sponsored by First Citizens Bank, and hosted by the Town of Cary. Summerfest Instrument Zoos are sponsored by MetLife Foundation. Media sponsors are Cary Magazine, FOX 50, WRAL.com/TV5, and MIX 101.5/WRAL-FM. This year's UNC REX Healthcare is also included in VisitRaleigh.com's "Artify: The Arts in Parks, a convergence of arts organizations celebrating 100 years of parks, the art that happens in them and the art inspired by them."
Booth Amphitheatre is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary, N.C.
The 11-concert UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series offers music lovers a perfect family outing, and once again, concertgoers who display the biggest and boldest culinary skills can win prizes. The Whole Foods Market of Cary Picnic of the Week contest returns for the seventh year. Throughout the summer, groups of concertgoers selected as the most impressive picnickers of that weekend’s concert will receive a $100 gift basket from Whole Foods Market of Cary. Two honorable mentions in the form of $25 gift cards will also be awarded. Select UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts also feature other pre-concert activities, including Summerfest Instrument Zoos sponsored by MetLife Foundation for kids of all ages.
Tickets and Subscriptions
General admission lawn seating for either of this weekend's concerts is $28 in advance, $30 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $30 in advance, $33 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free for lawn seating at all UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts.
Flex tickets on the lawn and reserved seating for covered tables are also available for the entire series, on sale through June 10. Flex tickets allow music lovers the easiest access to the UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series, for savings of up to 40% when compared to single-concert ticket prices. For more on becoming a series subscriber, visit the UNC REX Healthcare Summerfest Series page at www.ncsymphony.org/subscriptions.
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 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director 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.
About the Town of Cary and Koka Booth Amphitheatre
The Town of Cary focuses every day on enriching the lives of its citizens by creating an exceptional environment and providing exemplary services that enable the community to thrive and prosper. Cary has more than 20 public parks, 20 miles of trails, cultural arts programs and facilities as well as concerts and other special events throughout the year.
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, the Town's state-of-the-art performance center venue nestled in the trees by Symphony Lake, is the summer home for the North Carolina Symphony. Celebrating its 16th season, in addition to Summerfest, patrons can look forward to another exciting season of national touring acts, outdoor movie series, weekly jazz, country and bluegrass concerts and its many cultural, food and beverage fun festivals.
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Gershwin & Jazz with Joey Alexander
David Glover, conductor
The Joey Alexander Trio
Joey Alexander, piano
Dan Chmielinski, bass
Kyle Poole, drums
Friday, June 3, 2016, 7:30 p.m. (Gates open at 5:30 p.m.)
Booth Amphitheatre, Cary
GERSHWIN/Arr. MCBRIDE: Overture to Girl Crazy
JOEY ALEXANDER/Arr. KITSOPOULOS: City Lights
Joey Alexander, piano
JOEY ALEXANDER/Arr. KITSOPOULOS: Sunday Waltz
Joey Alexander, piano
MONK/Arr. KITSOPOULOS: Criss Cross
Joey Alexander, piano
Selections by Joey Alexander and his trio will be announced from the stage
GERSHWIN: An American in Paris