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North Carolina Symphony Blog
Welcome to the North Carolina Symphony blog! We encourage you to share and exchange ideas, stories and commentary in this space. You'll also hear from Grant Llewellyn, William Henry Curry, and Joan Landry, as well as our musicians and members of the staff. We hope our blog will be both entertaining and enlightening and that you will visit us often and contribute your thoughts.
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In her program with the North Carolina Symphony, titled "Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda," legendary Broadway star Patti LuPone performs songs from hit Broadway musicals which she could have played, should have played, did play and will play. The musicals include Hair; Bye, Bye Birdie; Funny Girl; West Side Story and Peter Pan and, of course, from her Tony Award-winning performances in Evita and Gypsy.

In recent interviews, Ms. LuPone talks about how she is looking forward to performing with the North Carolina Symphony.  When she spoke with the News & Observer's Roy Dicks, she also shared memories about the last time she appeared in Raleigh in 1976.  During a chat this week with WPTF's Brian Freeman, she talked about Broadway, singing, and about being in the Carolinas. 

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We sat down with North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn after rehearsal today to talk about his collaboration with guest artist Rhiannon Giddens and arranger Aaron Grad.  That work will culminate in performances this weekend that feature the singing of the Grammy Award-winning Giddens and special guests the Carolina Chocolate drops, along with Grad's orchestrations of three songs by Black Broadway pioneer Will Marion Cook, and orchestral works by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and William Grant Still.

How did this weekend's concerts come about?
As is the case with so many successful artistic collaborations, it came about from already making music and being in the concert hall on another project, called the Gathering (pictured at left), a few years ago. 

That gets the juices flowing and ideas start springing forth.  And, when you have Rhiannon Giddens and Aaron Grad in town, they play off each other.  Then, you throw me into the mix and the orchestra, and the sky's sort of the limit, although it took a bit of working out... 

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One of the powerful things about pairing a mime company and a symphony orchestra is that both demonstrate universal languages, and the Magic Circle Mime Co. is here this weekend to make some noise (albeit quietly) with the North Carolina Symphony.

Company founder Doug MacIntyre and fellow mime Sara Mountjoy-Pepka are looking forward to Saturday's NCS Kids productions of Music, Noise & Silence at 1 p.m. and again at 4 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall in downtown Raleigh.  This is their third collaboration with the North Carolina Symphony.

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One of the wonderful things about the North Carolina Symphony is that it speaks so many different musical languages. In the space of just one week, the orchestra will have performed Swan Lake, a Children's concert with Magic Circle Mime Co. (mime being, of course an unspoken language), and tonight's concert with the legendary Irish group, The Chieftains.

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When audiences this weekend in Raleigh experience the music and movie magic that is Singin' in the Rain with the North Carolina Symphony, they can thank John Goberman.  The creator of the famed television program Live from Lincoln Center, Goberman some years ago focused his creative lens on Symphonic Cinema, a new form of film/concert presentation that uses a full Symphony to play the soundtrack to iconic 20th century films.  The winner of multiple Emmy Awards, Goberman was named by Symphony Magazine as one of the 50 most important people who have made a difference in the history of American music.

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forum
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1. a place, meeting, or medium where ideas and views on a particular issue can be exchanged.

As of this weekend, Mr. Webster can add one more definition of forum to the dictionary, as a brand-new cello quartet joins the ranks of music in North Carolina.

The Cello Fourum, which features North Carolina Symphony cellists Peng Li, David Meyer, and Nathaniel Yaffe, along with their musical friend and collaborator Marc Moskovitz, will make its debut Sunday, February 16, at 3 p.m. at Fullsteam Brewery in Durham.  Admission is free.

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Everyone always looks forward to Super Bowl commercials because they are so much fun to watch.  On Sunday, February 2, while you are taking a break from rooting for either the Broncos or the Seahawks (we aren't taking sides) around halftime, stick around for the unveiling of the latest television commercial by locally owned CEI -- The Digital Office.


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The Britten: Cello Symphony and Sonata CD, recorded by soloist Zuill Bailey and the North Carolina Symphony under the baton of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, debuted this week on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart at No. 1. The CD, released January 14 on the Telarc label, is available in the CD section of the Symphony's Web site.



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A chance meeting with famed saxophonist Kenny G following his concert with the North Carolina Symphony last year has provided a local high school band with the chance to raffle off an instrument donated by the man himself.  During his concert Kenny G shared recollections of his high school band years. In fact, several of his band members are his high school band friends. 
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In a word, the production of "Here To Stay: The Gershwin Experience" that is being performed tonight and tomorrow night at Meymandi Concert Hall by the North Carolina Symphony and its special guests?

S'Wonderful!

The brilliance of George and Ira Gershwin's music is made to shine even brighter through the talents of pianist/vocalist/narrator David Snyder, pianist Jeffrey Biegel, vocalist Sylvia McNair, and vocalist and tap dancer Ryan VanDenBoom, along with inspired playing by the Symphony, all under the direction of Resident Conductor William Henry Curry.

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