Raleigh, NC – Music Director Grant Llewellyn will lead the North Carolina Symphony in a 2012-2013 classical season orchestra highlight of Handel’s Messiah. The performances take place on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 8 p.m., in Lee Auditorium in Southern Pines, and on Friday, Nov. 30 and Saturday, Dec. 1, at 8 p.m., and again on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m., in downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts.
Written by George Frideric Handel in 1741, and orchestrated by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1789, scholar Dr. Richard E. Rodda says that “the Handel-Mozart Messiah is a fascinating stylistic gloss by one of the 18th-century’s greatest masters on the best-known creation of another, which allows us to hear anew this thrice-familiar music.”
Llewellyn and the North Carolina Symphony will be joined by soprano Jodi Burns, mezzo-soprano Jennifer Holloway, tenor Benjamin Butterfield, bass Robert Pomakov, and the North Carolina Master Chorale, under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis.
In addition to stellar performances, North Carolina Symphony concertgoers can enjoy pre-concert talks and “Meet the Artists,” which feature interactive conversations with guest artists and select orchestra members, at many Symphony events. For the Southern Pines performance on Nov. 29, Timothy Haley, of Sandhills Community College, will conduct a pre-concert talk in the Pinecrest High School band room at 7 p.m. For the Raleigh performances, Jonathan Kramer of N.C. State University will give a pre-concert talk on Nov. 30, and Kristen Turner, of N.C. State University, will give a pre-concert talk on Dec. 1. Both talks will take place at 7 p.m. in Swalin Lobby at Progress Energy Center. There will be “Ask A Musician” opportunities in front of the stage at intermission in Southern Pines, and in the lobbies at intermission at the Raleigh performances.
Tickets to the Southern Pines Series performance of Messiah on Thursday, Nov. 29, range from $40 to $60. Tickets to the Raleigh Classical Series performance of Messiah on Nov. 30, and Dec. 1-2 range from $40 to $60. Student tickets are $15 in both locations.
To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website or call the Symphony Box Office at (919) 733-2750 or toll free (877) 627-6724.
Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. Lee Auditorium is located at 100 Pinecrest School Road, on the campus of Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines.
Raleigh concert-goers are also urged to bring food items to donate to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle BackPack Buddies Program. To find a list of suggested food items click here.
Partners for the 2012/13 Southern Pines Series include Pinehurst Auto Mall, Quail Haven Village, and St. Joseph of the Pines.
Partners for the 2012/13 Raleigh Classical Series include Clancy & Theys Construction; Duke Medicine: Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP; The Freelon Group; and Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC. Media partners are WRAZ Fox 50 and Our State Magazine.
Statewide partnership and support is provided by Progress Energy.
The North Carolina 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.