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The NC Symphony and the NC Museum of Natural Sciences pair up for their fourth concert collaboration
This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.
The North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences have built a strong partnership, collaborating since 2016 on multimedia concert experiences. On Thursday, June 6 at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, a joint presentation of Vivaldi's Four Seasons paired with stunning video footage and still images of North Carolina State Parks will mark their fourth collaboration.
Vivaldi's set of four violin concertos, The Four Seasons, is not only one of the most popular works in the classical repertoire, but is also delightfully evocative – lending itself perfectly to a visual multimedia program. Vivaldi quite literally captures the sounds of the world's natural wonders through each of the seasons – singing birds in springtime, raging summer thunderstorms, autumnal countryside scenes, and the icy beauty of winter. The Museum has selected imagery to complement and enhance each section of the music.
The multimedia experience will also help guide audience members in what to listen for, by projecting real-time, close-up footage of the Symphony's musicians when they have key moments in the music. The projections will also capture close-ups of guest conductor Joshua Gersen, who is Associate Conductor of the New York Philharmonic, and violin soloist Jennifer Frautschi, a Grammy nominee.
The program opens with Mendelssohn's evocative Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream, which echoes Vivaldi's talent for musical storytelling, and Handel's graceful Suite No. 1 from Water Music.
For additional details and tickets, click here.
North Carolina Symphony Vivaldi's Four Seasons
Thursday, June 6 at 7:30 pm
Meymandi Concert Hall
Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
North Carolina Symphony
Joshua Gersen, conductor
Jennifer Frautschi, violin
Mendelssohn: Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream
Handel: Suite No. 1 from Water Music
Vivaldi: The Four Seasons
TICKETS start at $67 https://www.ncsymphony.org/events/202/vivaldis-four-seasons/
About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) is a vital and honored component of North Carolina's cultural life. Each year, the North Carolina Symphony's 300 concerts, education programs, and community engagement events are enjoyed by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties – in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony's full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
NCS's state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Symphony's service across the state includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, as well as the Summerfest series at its summer home, the outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. NCS brings some of the world's greatest talents to North Carolina and embraces home-state artists from classical musicians to bluegrass bands, creating live music experiences distinctive to North Carolina.
Committed to engaging students of all ages across North Carolina, NCS leads the most extensive education program of any symphony orchestra – serving nearly 70,000 students each year. In alignment with the curriculum set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Symphony provides training and resources for teachers, sends small ensembles into classrooms, and presents full-orchestra Education Concerts that bring the fundamentals of music to life. Music Discovery for preschoolers combines music with storytelling, and at the middle and high school levels, students have opportunities to work directly with NCS artists and perform for NCS audiences.
NCS is dedicated to giving voice to new art, and has presented 49 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In 2017, NCS appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of four orchestras chosen for the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras – an honor that recognized the Symphony's creative programming and innovative community partnerships.
The first state-supported symphony in the country, NCS performs under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. To learn more, visit ncsymphony.org.