Grant Llewellyn Conducts Mahler’s 7th Symphony in Raleigh Classical Season Finale Concerts 2015/16 Raleigh Classical season closes weekend of May 13/14

Raleigh

The North Carolina Symphony and Music Director Grant Llewellyn will perform the final concerts of the 2015-2016 Classical season in Raleigh with a program featuring Mahler’s 7th Symphony. The performances will be in Meymandi Concert Hall in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. and Saturday, May 14 at 8 p.m.

These performances are part of the “Grant Conducts Mahler” cycle which began in 2004 with the first concerts of Llewellyn’s first season as Music Director.

Maestro Llewellyn says of conducting this work, “Mahler’s 7th Symphony has been on my bucket list ever since a conducting class at the Royal College of Music at which my Professor, Norman Del Mar, announced that it is Mahler’s most problematic work (a red flag to an aspiring conductor). Sure enough I have struggled with it ever since and now feel ready to engage in combat. The 80 or so minutes are packed full of Mahler’s hallmark themes and symphonic characteristics, plus a few truly original ideas and colors – a tenor tuba such as you’ll never hear anywhere else, and guitar and mandolin to give a lighter touch.”

Special events, sponsors and ticket information

Pre-concert events include talks by Associate Conductor David Glover, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7 p.m.

Tickets to the performances range from $18 to $56. Student tickets are $10. For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony’s website at www.ncsymphony.org, or call 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.

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