RALEIGH -- North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn and Sandi Macdonald, President and CEO of the North Carolina Symphony today announced programming for its 2015/16 season, the orchestra’s 83rd season and Llewellyn’s 12th season as Music Director.
Llewellyn has programmed a season that features the superb talents of the musicians of the North Carolina Symphony, with concerts in 2015/16 that showcase great music ranging from some of the most beloved works in the classical repertoire, to vibrant new works, and collaborations with world-renowned composers and artists.
“This season explores threads of inspiration from Ludwig van Beethoven that extend from some of his most monumental works, to music by other composers – from his time up to the present day.” Llewellyn said. “The range of repertoire, gifted guest artists and our own highly skilled musicians will come together to showcase an extraordinary cross-section of talent at its best.”
Noontime Concert on Jan. 30 Led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry
RALEIGH, N.C. – Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and the North Carolina Symphony will perform an all Tchaikovsky program on Friday, Jan. 30, at noon in Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. The concert will feature Tchaikovsky’s Cossack Dance from Mazeppa, his Symphony No. 4, as well as a world premiere orchestration by Curry of Tchaikovsky’s Military March.
William Henry Curry enters his 19th season with the North Carolina Symphony in 2014/15. He serves as the artistic director for the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, and has also served as music director of the Durham Symphony Orchestra since 2009. A native of Pittsburgh, Maestro Curry started conducting and composing music at age 14. His first major appointment was at age 21, when he was named assistant conductor of the Richmond Chamber Orchestra. He also served as resident conductor with the Baltimore Symphony and Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Maestro Curry was appointed associate conductor of the Indianapolis Symphony in 1983, a post he held until 1988, the same year he was named winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall. He has conducted over forty orchestras, including appearances with the Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, National, Detroit, Denver, American, Atlanta, Shreveport and San Diego Symphonies, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Israel Camerata Jerusalem Orchestra, as well as the orchestras of Indianapolis, New Jersey, Bangkok and Taiwan and with the New York City Ballet in their famed Balanchine production of The Nutcracker.
BEAUFORT, N.C. -- Blackbeard returns to the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort as a newly expanded exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, January 24. The exhibit includes new artifacts from Blackbeard's ship, Queen Anne's Revenge and a new Conservation Laboratory.
Staff members from the Queen Anne's Revenge Conservation Lab in Greenville will be at the Museum conducting lab demonstrations on the conservation of artifacts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
One of the highlights of the new exhibit is a Conservation Laboratory where visitors can view and interact with conservators as they prepare QAR artifacts for eventual exhibition. The lab will provide visitors with a better understanding of the work that goes into preparing these- artifacts as they come from the "ocean floor to the museum door."
RALEIGH -- The 33rd Regiment North Carolina State Troops first saw battle at New Bern on March 14, 1862. There the unit lost 32 men and 28 were wounded. Union Brig. Gen. John G. Foster reported the capture of the 33rd Regiment’s commander, Col. Clark M. Avery, and 150 of his men during the battle. It is likely that the regiment’s flag, a standard wool bunting flag of North Carolina, was captured at the same time.
This historic banner is part of the Confederate flag collection, one of the nation’s largest, at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh. Conservation of these banners requires expensive, specialized textile treatment. To help fund this need, the museum has formed a partnership with the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, Reactivated, the state’s largest Civil War re-enactment group.
During a Dec. 13, 2014, presentation at the Museum of History, the 26th Regiment unveiled the newly conserved colors of the 33rd Regiment North Carolina State Troops. The flag will be featured in a future exhibit.
Fundraising Event Supporting Tryon Palace to be Held Friday, Jan. 30
NEW BERN -- The Tryon Palace Foundation will host its annual fundraising event, “WinterFeast: Oysters, Brews and Comfort Foods,” on Friday, Jan. 30. This indoor/outdoor event will be held at the North Carolina History Center from 5:30-8:30 p.m. and tickets are limited.
WinterFeast began as a traditional oyster roast in 2012, but has since expanded to also include a variety of dishes prepared by area restaurants. This year’s offering includes North Carolina oysters, Eastern North Carolina barbecue with all the fixins’, shrimp and grits, jambalaya, macaroni and cheese, and soups.
“Last year we sold out of tickets about two weeks before we had the event,” said Mary Silver, Tryon Palace Foundation board member and committee chair for WinterFeast. “I really think the word is getting out that this is a fun event with a lot of great food. We’re going to have twice as many oysters as we did last year and a couple more restaurants are participating, so I fully expect us to keep growing in the years to come.”
Festival of art and flowers features floral masterpieces, classes, demonstrations, and more
RALEIGH -- This March the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA) presents Art in Bloom, its inaugural festival of art and flowers. The four-day event, March 19–22, features 45 floral masterpieces inspired by the NCMA’s permanent collection and created by world-class floral designers. The festival includes master classes, floral demonstrations, presentations by the floral designer for the Royal Family, family activities, a wine tasting, and many other events.
“We are always looking for different ways to present exceptional art and create memorable experiences for our visitors, and Art in Bloom is the perfect opportunity,” says NCMA Director Lawrence J. Wheeler. “This festival will not only highlight work by some of the best floral designers in North Carolina and beyond, but it will also allow visitors to view the works of art in our permanent collection in a new way.”
Designers featured in Art in Bloom include members of the American Institute of Floral Design (AIFD), the Judges Council of the Garden Club of North Carolina (GCNC), and professional and independent floral designers.
RALEIGH -- Celebrating 86 years of service in 2015, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol remains dedicated to fulfilling its primary mission — promoting a safer state. A new exhibit at the North Carolina Museum of History in Raleigh will highlight the organization’s history and showcase vehicles, firearms, uniforms and more from 1929 to the present. The exhibition North Carolina State Highway Patrol: Service, Safety, Sacrifice will open Saturday, Jan. 31, and run through Aug. 2, 2015. Admission is free. The exhibit was produced in conjunction with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol and the Highway Patrol Hall of History.
“This exhibit will provide insight into a law enforcement organization that always strives for excellence,” said Col. Bill Grey, commander of the State Highway Patrol. “Since 1929, with its rich tradition and remarkable members, the State Highway Patrol has provided outstanding service to North Carolina citizens.”
The State Highway Patrol was established on March 18, 1929, to address the increase in motor vehicle traffic on the state’s highways and the resulting increase in fatalities. Today, 1,759 state troopers continue a strong legacy of policing and protecting the state’s highway system and promoting highway safety. The element of risk is continuous: 62 troopers have died in the line of duty in service to North Carolina.
KINSTON -- A gift for the New Year will be presented to the CSS Neuse Civil War Interpretive Center Jan. 20 at 2 p.m., in the form of a cannon carriage crafted by students at Lenoir Community College. The wooden carriage has been reconstructed based on original drawings and will be placed in the casemate, a fortified structure where the cannon would be located. It is part of the Civil War 150th anniversary commemoration administered by the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
N.C. Division of State Historic Sites Director Keith Hardison approached Lenoir Community College (LCC) President Brantley Briley about collaboration on this effort. Briley immediately agreed and students in the computer-integrated machining, sustainable technologies and welding technology classes completed the project. The effort demonstrates the practical value of education and also is a gift to the city's citizens and visitors.
"We are reminded of the value of cooperation between state agencies and community colleges," observes Hardison. "Through efforts of the staff and students at Lenoir Community College, visitors to the CSS Neuse Center will see a factual rendering of the forward portion of the Neuse."
NEW BERN -- The FOX TV series “Sleepy Hollow” will be filming on location at Tryon Palace this Tuesday, Jan. 20. This visit marks the third time that “Sleepy Hollow” has used the Tryon Palace grounds as a filming location.
“Ever since the first season wrapped, we’ve been keeping our fingers crossed that ‘Sleepy Hollow’ would want to use Tryon Palace again during Season Two,” said LeRae Umfleet, interim assistant director for Tryon Palace. “They are a tremendous group of people to work with and they bring a level of excitement to the site that’s truly contagious.”
Crews are expected to arrive at Tryon Palace on Sunday, Jan. 18, and remain in the city through Jan. 21. The Stanly and Dixon houses will be closed for filming, but visitors will still be able to purchase discounted tickets that include tours of the Palace and gardens, as well as access to the North Carolina History Center. Although tours of the Governor’s Palace will still be available, access to the Palace courtyard and Stable will be limited during filming.
RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Arts Council 2015-2016 grant guidelines for organizations are now available at www.ncarts.org. The deadline for submitting applications is Monday, March 2.
The Arts Council's grant programs are designed to sustain and advance the state's arts industry, to enhance the education of the state's children and youth, and to ensure that all North Carolina citizens have access to a wide range of high quality arts programs.
Grants from the N.C. Arts Council are catalysts for public private partnerships, helping arts organizations leverage the required matching funds.
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