North Carolina Symphony to Perform Ravel’s Rhapsodie espagnole Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, in Meymandi Concert Hall
RALEIGH, NC September 30, 2013 — The North Carolina Symphony, led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn, will perform Maurice Ravel’s magnificent Rhapsodie espagnole Friday, Oct. 4, and Saturday, Oct. 5, at 8 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh. The program also features Dukas’ “Fanfare and Poème Dansé from La Péri, and pianist Joyce Yang playing Franck’s Symphonic Variations for Piano and Orchestra and De Falla’s Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
In program notes for the concert, Joseph and Elizabeth Kahn write that “Ravel came from a musical family who encouraged his abilities from a young age. He gained admission to the Paris Conservatoire at age 14, but he and his teachers never got along. His free spirit and unconventional musical ideas ran counter to the school’s conservatism. By the time he graduated in 1903, he was already a well-established composer, but five attempts to win the coveted Prix de Rome – the obligatory passport to success with the French musical establishment – came to naught, creating a scandal when it was revealed during his last attempt that all the finalists were composition students of a single professor.”
Critically acclaimed as “the most gifted young pianist of her generation” with a “million-volt stage presence,” pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences around the globe with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity. She has established herself as one of the leading artists of her generation through her innovative solo recitals and notable collaborations with the world’s top orchestras. In 2010 she received an Avery Fisher Career Grant – one of classical music’s most prestigious accolades.
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. On Saturday, Oct. 5, Dr. Jonathan Kramer of N.C. State University will give a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in the Swalin Lobby of Meymandi Concert Hall.
Tickets to the Raleigh Classical Series performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 4-5, range from $18 to $65. Student tickets are $15. Concert tickets at all performances are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time.
Subscriptions to any of the Symphony’s 2013/14 concert series in Raleigh, Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington are currently 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.
Partners for the 2013/14 Raleigh Classical Series include Clancy & Theys Construction; Duke Medicine; Smith Anderson; and Marriott Raleigh City Center.
The N.C. Symphony is a unit of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. For more information on North Carolina arts, history and culture, visit Cultural Resources online.