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Symphony to Play Free Concert at The Walt

NC Symphony Logo 201011 Raleigh has a new outdoor amphitheater, and the North Carolina Symphony will be there this September to help break it in. The orchestra, led by Maestro William Henry Curry, will wave goodbye to summer and kick off its bold new concert season with “Pops in the City,” a free concert in Raleigh Amphitheater, Sunday, Sept. 12, at 7:00 p.m.

Families and friends can bring a picnic, grab a lawn seat in the heart of downtown Raleigh and prepare for a musical world tour. First, in collaboration with the Independent ’s Hopscotch Music Festival, Minneapolis-based multi-instrumentalist Dosh opens at the performance beginning at 5:45 p.m. with his electronic blends of folk keyboard and experimental sampling. Then the Symphony takes over with a globe-trotting symphonic showcase.

The lineup first transports concertgoers to the golden age of classical music, including Handel’s joyous Overture to Music for the Royal Fireworks —a powerhouse selection to launch the Symphony’s debut in the city’s newest venue. The fireworks don’t stop there, as Curry turns to the trumpet section to bring two Latin-flavored brass showcases to life: Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona’s “Andalucia” and his legendary jazz standard, “Malagueña.” Henry Mancini’s classic serenade “Moon River” then paves the way for a charming tribute to Mancini’s legacy and selections from Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story . With a closing note by John Williams, as well as “America the Beautiful,” this free concert offers Raleigh residents an unforgettable night on the town.

The North Carolina Symphony’s 2010-11 season opens in downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall with renowned guest artists Navah Perlman, Giora Schmidt and Zuill Bailey joining the Symphony to perform Beethoven’s “Triple” Concerto on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 24-25.

  • North.Raleigh.Guy


    Thanks for posting this. I had heard something about this free concert a while back but for some reason could not find information about it online. I appreciate the heads-up as this sounds like a cool free event.

  • J Burton

    Anyone know if the event site is any more family friendly? I know the symphony website says bring a picnic basket. Last time for the kickoff event, they wouldn’t let my family come in unless we left our stroller and picnic. We spent the evening eating in the dusty, gravel parking lot adjacent to it where we could hear, but not see. We were really disappointed. We just wanted a place to sit in the back on the grass and eat our pb&j and feed our 8 month old as needed. We had already walked about a 12 blocks to get to the amphitheater. We offered to let them search things, but the answer was no, and with a little one, you really need to be able to pack food and a stroller for the first several years.

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