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CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL

GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR

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“It has been my great joy to form friendships with the musicians of our orchestra, with our guest artists, and with you — our devoted community.” PERFORMING WITH AUGUSTIN HADELICH IN 2019

PERFORMING WITH SAMUEL ALMAGUER IN 2018

PERFORMING AT A CLASSICAL CONCERT IN 2007

GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR


Dear friends, For nearly 16 years, I have had the incredible honor of serving as Music Director of the North Carolina Symphony. It has been my great joy to share inspiring music throughout this state, including here in Chapel Hill — all the while, forming friendships with the musicians of our orchestra, with our guest artists, and with you, our devoted community. In crafting programs for the 2019/20 season — my final as Music Director — I feel sure that NCS will only continue to soar higher. We'll perform ambitious repertoire, reflecting our musicians' ever-growing artistry; and we'll bring remarkable guest soloists and conductors to our stage, confirming the Symphony's excellence today and going forward. PERFORMING BEETHOVEN'S 9TH

This season at Memorial Hall, we celebrate the music that moves us, the artists who bring it to life, and the future of this great orchestra — don’t miss a moment. With deep gratitude, GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY

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CHAPEL HILL MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL

ENIGMA VARIATIONS

THUR, SEPT 26, 2019 | 7:30PM Mozart: Symphony No. 31 “Paris” G. Williams: Sea Sketches Elgar: “Enigma” Variations

Opening Night begins with Mozart's grand Symphony No. 31, which made him the toast of Paris. Elgar's "Enigma" Variations share musical portraits of friends and family with humor, tenderness, and sweeping emotion. The Symphony's ongoing commitment to music by women composers continues with the gorgeous Sea Sketches by Grace Williams, depicting the Welsh coast.

BARBER VIOLIN CONCERTO

THUR, OCT 24, 2019 | 7:30PM William Hagen, violin

Barber: Violin Concerto GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR

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NEW WORLD SYMPHONY

THUR, NOV 14, 2019 | 7:30PM André de Ridder, conductor

Julia Wolfe: Big, Beautiful, Dark, and Scary Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion, and Celesta Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”

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HOLIDAY POPS

TUES, DEC 10, 2019 | 7:30PM Join the Symphony for a spectacular evening featuring beloved holiday music and an audience sing-along in celebration of the season.

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THE PLANETS

SUN, JAN 12, 2020 | 7:30PM

Gemma New, conductor Women of the North Carolina Master Chorale Salina Fisher: Rainphase Debussy: Nocturnes Holst: The Planets

Holst’s depiction of the planets is magical, awe-inspiring, and timeless — experience the ultimate trip through the galaxy! Debussy’s evocative Nocturnes paint colorful, atmospheric dreamscapes, and Salina Fisher’s prize-winning work Rainphase captures the sounds of rainfall. ncsymphony.org | 919.733.2750


TCHAIKOVSKY SYMPHONY NO. 5

BEETHOVEN SYMPHONY NO. 7

THUR, FEB 6, 2020 | 7:30PM

SUN, MAR 29, 2020 | 7:30PM

Grant Llewellyn, conductor James Ehnes, violin

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Mozart: Overture & Ballet Music from Idomeneo Jennifer Higdon: Low Brass Concerto Beethoven: Symphony No. 7

Prokofiev: Overture on Hebrew Themes Shostakovich: Violin Concerto No. 1 Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5

Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 is a journey of haunting melodies, shocking climaxes, charming elegance, and joyful abandon. Shostakovich’s Violin Concerto No. 1 — a wild ride with a nearly nonstop solo line — is performed by the impeccable 2019 Grammy winner James Ehnes. Concert Sponsor: The Forest at Duke

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RACHMANINOFF PIANO CONCERTO NO. 3

THUR, FEB 27, 2020 | 7:30PM

David Danzmayr, conductor Natasha Paremski, piano

Lera Auerbach: Icarus Strauss: Suite from Der Rosenkavalier Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 3

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SCHEHERAZADE

TUES, APR 21, 2020 | 7:30PM Michał Nesterowicz, conductor Lukáš Vondráček, piano

Fanny Mendelssohn: Overture in C Major Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2 Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

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FAMILY FUN 4 EVERYONE

SENSORY-FRIENDLY CONCERT SAT, SEP 14, 2019 | 1PM Grant Llewellyn, conductor

This concert experience is designed to be welcoming to all families — including children and adults with autism or other sensory sensitivities. At this one-hour, fun-filled performance, enjoy classical family favorites with your North Carolina Symphony. SENSORYFRIENDLY CONCERT

This concert is made possible by a grant from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. Concert Sponsor: BlueCross BlueShield of NC

One Night Only

VIDEO GAMES LIVE

SAT, OCT 5, 2019 | 8PM

Tommy Tallarico, host, creator, and producer

Experience music from the most popular video games of all time with the North Carolina Symphony, featuring MarioTM, ZeldaTM, Halo®, Warcraft®, Final Fantasy®, and more! Gamers and non-gamers alike will be dazzled by synchronized cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting, and special on-stage interactive segments. GRANT LLEWELLYN, MUSIC DIRECTOR

Thanksgiving Week

CIRQUE DE NOEL

WED, NOV 27, 2019 | 3PM FRI, NOV 29, 2019 | 3PM & 7:30PM SAT, NOV 30, 2019 | 3PM

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The circus meets the symphony! Stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions, and jawdropping juggling acts will take your breath away — and with these awe-inspiring acrobatics accompanied by musical holiday favorites, this event is sure to fill you and your family with the wonder of the season. Come early to meet Santa in the lobby! Concert Sponsor: BlueCross BlueShield of NC


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HANDEL’S MESSIAH

FRI/SAT, DEC 6-7, 2019 | 8PM Grant Llewellyn, conductor Ellie Dehn, soprano Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano

Andrew Owens, tenor Federico de Michelis, bass-baritone North Carolina Master Chorale

Handel: Messiah One of the most inspiring works of music ever written, Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion and drama — the perfect way to celebrate this holiday season. Don’t miss Handel’s exultant “Hallelujah Chorus” with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.

“STAR WARS: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK” IN CONCERT SUN, APR 26, 2020 | 7PM

The saga continues with Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. After the destruction of the Death Star, the Empire has regrouped — with Darth Vader leading the hunt for Luke Skywalker. Don’t miss one of the most popular films of all time shown on the big screen with John Williams’ unforgettable score — from the brassy and foreboding Imperial March to the noble Yoda’s Theme — performed live by the North Carolina Symphony. Presentation licensed by Disney Concerts in association with 20th Century Fox, Lucasfilm Ltd., and Warner/Chappell Music. © 2019 & TM LUCASFILM LTD. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED © DISNEY

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New Year’s Eve

VIENNA WITH A TWIST

TUES, DEC 31, 2019 | 8PM

To welcome 2020, we take you back to the Roaring ‘20s with jazzy Big Band classics that will put the swing in your New Year’s Eve! Plus, the time-honored tradition of Viennese waltzes will make this a night you’ll remember well into the New Year.

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GALA EVENING WITH RENÉE FLEMING, BRANFORD MARSALIS, AND FRIENDS

SAT, MAY 9, 2020 | 7PM Grant Llewellyn, conductor Renée Fleming, soprano Branford Marsalis, saxophone

Secure your seats for this very special one-night-only event when two superstars, Renée Fleming and Branford Marsalis, share the stage with the North Carolina Symphony under the baton of Grant Llewellyn. ncsymphony.org | 919.733.2750


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