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The North Carolina Symphony

Raleigh Performing Arts

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The North Carolina Symphony is focused on spreading the joy of classical music across the state. Its year-round home is Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC with a second outdoor summer home at Regency Park in Cary, NC.

Under the leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn, the NC Symphony shows incredible dedication to education and outreach. Many of its 175 annual performances take the orchestra out of the capital to NC communities large and small. Additionally, about 40 performances per year are done free within the auditoriums of North Carolina's public schools.

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In recent years the group has been known for innovative performances and collaborations. Explorations have included similarities and differences between American and British composers, comissioning new works from North Carolina composers and showcasing the rich musical tradition of North Carolina including gospel, blues, mountain and Native American.

Whether you're new to classical music or a long-time fan, the symphony's Meet the Artist program is a great way to learn more. It provides an opportunity to hear from the guest artists or musicians about how a concert is put together. There's even a chance for the audience to ask questions. It's held at 6:30 p.m. (before the show) on select concert nights.

For the Duke Medicine Classical Raleigh Series shows, faculty from NC State engage in pre-concert talks about the performances. Similar talks are hosted by faculty from UNC-Chapel Hill before the Duke Medicine Classical Chapel Hill Series shows that take place in Gerrard Hall on the UNC campus.

Here is a link to more information on all the NC Symphony pre-concert activities.

The NC Symphony divides its performances into series, most of them with 6 or 7 concerts. There are specific series tickets for performances outside of Raleigh including Chapel Hill, Fayettville, Southern Pines, New Bern, and Wilmington. If you're looking to introduce your children to the symphony, there is a special 3 concert series designed just for them. Click here for the NC Symphony's series and ticket information.

If you can't get to a performance, you can hear the symphony monthly on National Public Radio's WUNC 91.5.

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