North Carolina Symphony Musicians Join with Dancers to Perform “Dreams and Prayers” at Kings Innovative Series Exploring Adventurous Music and Collaboration Continues with One-Night-Only Concert on Thursday, May 19

A performance by Black Irish in January of this year.

North Carolina native and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw is one of four brilliant composers whose works will be played by a small ensemble of North Carolina Symphony Musicians.  Shaw’s piece, “Entr’acte,” will be accompanied by an original dance created and performed by Ronald West and Amanda Porterfield Randall of the dance Company Black Irish; the concert also includes “…Possessed by the Devil” by Shulamit Ran, the first woman to win a Pulitzer Prize for composition, Paul Hindemith’s “Duo for Viola and Cello,” and “The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the Blind” by Osvaldo Golijov, written for string quartet and klezmer clarinet.

North Carolina Symphony musicians for the evening are Elizabeth Phelps, violin; Jacqueline Saed Wolborsky, violin; Samuel Gold, viola; Nathaniel Yaffe, cello; and Samuel Almaguer, clarinet. 

Reviewing a performance by Black Irish in January of this year, CVNC reviewer Andrea McKerlie Luke called the young company “a distinctive group that simply cannot be compared to anything else.”  Black Irish founder Ronald West describes the company’s work as “contemporary hip hop,” and says their developing style includes “continuously exploring movement as well as adapting traditional genres to enhance and define the evolving dance genre.” 

Composer and violinist Caroline Shaw, who has performed as a guest soloist on violin with the North Carolina Symphony and written music co-commissioned by the Symphony, became in 2013 the youngest composer ever to win the Pulitzer Prize.  She has also won a Grammy® Award with her vocal group, Roomful of Teeth.  Caroline Shaw will return to perform with the North Carolina Symphony in the 2016-2017 season, including performances in Raleigh and at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.  The Kennedy Center concerts will be part of the inaugural SHIFT Festival, featuring four American orchestras selected from across the country.

Ticket Information

This special event concert will be presented at Kings Barcade, 14 W Martin St, Raleigh, NC 27601.  Tickets are $9 in advance, or $12 at the door on the night of the show.  For more information, visit the North Carolina Symphony’s website at or the venue’s website at, or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

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