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Symphony Orchestras

Britten’s War Requiem, Op. 66

Weather Update 3/5/15 3:30pm Tonight's performance will go on as scheduled. If weather conditions prevent you from attending, please call Ticket...

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British composer Benjamin Britten’s huge and tremendously powerful War Requiem was acclaimed as a masterpiece from its inception. Dedicated to four friends who were killed during World War I and interspersing the Latin Mass for the Dead with nine poems by English poet Wilfred Owen – a World War I foot soldier killed a week before the Armistice – Britten’s anti-war sentiment is drenched in the senseless brutality inflicted on youth in battle. Four-time Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey returns to Memorial Hall with fellow opera stars Christine Goerke – a Grammy-winning soprano – and bass-baritone Nathan Gunn, performing with our very own students in the UNC Symphony Orchestra led by Tonu Kalam and UNC’s Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers, along with special guests, The Raleigh Boychoir led by Susan Klebanow. Past Carolina Performing Arts collaborations with UNC’s Music Department include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

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Anthony Dean Griffey

Christine Goerke

Nathan Gunn

UNC’s Department of Music

The Raleigh Boychoir


PERFORMANCE DETAILS

Performance Length: 85 minutes

No intermission

Late Seating Policy: Limited


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Monteverdi – Vespers of 1610 – English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir featuring Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

“If there were a Nobel prize for choirs, the Monteverdi Choir should be its laureate.” ~ Le Monde, France Under the patronage of HRH...

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“If there were a Nobel prize for choirs, the Monteverdi Choir should be its laureate.” ~ Le Monde, France

Under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales, the English Baroque Soloists – a section of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – have long been established as one of the world’s most beloved period instrument orchestras. Throughout their repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, they are equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire and the distinctive sound of their warm and incisive playing is instantly recognizable. Famous over the past 45 years for its virtuosic singing, The Monteverdi Choir has consistently been acclaimed as one of the best choirs in existence, noted for its ability to switch composer, language and idiom with complete stylistic conviction. Here, they perform the exquisite Vespro della Beata Vergine by the late Renaissance composer Claudio Monteverdi.

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Monteverdi


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Recitals

Boulez: The Piano Works // Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos

Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to Memorial Hall with his protégé, Tamara Stefanovich, in a very special two-piano performance of works by French...

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to Memorial Hall with his protégé, Tamara Stefanovich, in a very special two-piano performance of works by French composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, winner of 26 Grammy Awards and one of the most important contributors to the development of 20th-century music. A key figure in the music of our time and a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career that transcends traditional boundaries. Bristling with dexterous wizardry and colossal energy, Stefanovich performs at the world’s major concert venues and frequently takes part in performance projects with dancers, actors and DJs. Aimard and Stefanovich appear together on the Grammy-nominated recording of Bartók’s Concerto for Two Pianos, Percussion and Orchestra with Pierre Boulez and the London Symphony Orchestra.

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard

Tamara Stefanovich


Program

PIERRE BOULEZ

Douze notations
Piano Sonata No. 1
Piano Sonata No. 2
Piano Sonata No. 3
   Constellation-Mirror Trope
Incises
Une page d’éphéméride
Structures, livre II


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Brooklyn Rider

The game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Memorial Hall with eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of...

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The game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Memorial Hall with eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world music and rock critics alike. Equally at home in clubs and concert halls and hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the quartet’s visionary programming, global collaborations and informal stage presence “demystify contemporary classical music and invite everyone into the tent.” (Time Out New York). National Public Radio credits Brooklyn Rider with “recreating the 300-year-old string quartet form as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,” Vice likens its members to “motocross daredevils,” and the Los Angeles Times dubs the group “one of the wonders of contemporary music.”

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Brooklyn Rider


PROGRAM TO INCLUDE

“John Steinbeck” by Bill Frisell – inspired by American writer John Steinbeck
“Morris Dance” by Ethan Iverson – inspired by American choreographer Mark Morris
“Dig the Say” by Vijay Iyer – inspired by American singer James Brown
“Maintenance Music” by Dana Lyn – inspired by American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles
“Gaps and Gorges” by Padma Newsome – inspired by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira
“Quartet, Parts One & Two” by Greg Saunier – inspired by American composer Christian Wolff
“Untouched” by John Luther Adams – a world premiere

 

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

 

In the News:

New York Times: Brooklyn Rider Joins String Quartets Exploring the Nonclassical

 

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Mitsuko Uchida, piano and Dorothea Röschmann, soprano

The sublime Mitsuko Uchida and opera star Dorothea Röschmann return to Memorial Hall with impassioned love songs by Robert Schumann and Alban Berg....

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The sublime Mitsuko Uchida and opera star Dorothea Röschmann return to Memorial Hall with impassioned love songs by Robert Schumann and Alban Berg. Grammy Award winner and Metropolitan Opera favorite Röschmann’s rich, velvety voice, pure tone and compelling stage presence have made her one of today’s most admired singers, embodying music, poetry and art in her performances. Grammy Award winner Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. Performing with the world’s finest orchestras and musicians, she is renowned for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven and has illuminated the music of Berg, Schoenberg, Webern and Boulez for a new generation of listeners.

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Dorothea Röschmann

Mitsuko Uchida


Program

Schumann             Liederkreis, Op. 39

Berg                        Seven Early Songs

Schumann             Frauenliebe und -leben, Op. 42

 


Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Global Connections

Hans Raj Hans – Songs from the Land of Five Rivers

“One of the biggest names in Punjabi folk music and Sufiana Kalam” - India Today This performance replaces the Sanam Marvi performance...

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“One of the biggest names in Punjabi folk music and Sufiana Kalam” – India Today

This performance replaces the Sanam Marvi performance scheduled for the same date. Patrons with tickets to Sanam Marvi were automatically transferred to the Hans Raj Hans performance. If you would like to discuss exchange or refund options, please contact the Memorial Hall Box Office at 919-843-3333.

A national treasure in India and renowned across the globe, Hans Raj Hans is among the finest performers in the Sufi tradition, presenting this genre of music in its truest form. His significant contributions to the field of music extend to Punjabi folk music and movies as well as Indian classical music and Bollywood. Beloved among the most prestigious musicians and film personalities, he was invited by the legendary Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan to perform for the film Kachche Dhaage.

In appreciation of his contribution to Sufiana singing, San Jose University in California appointed him a visiting professor of Sufism. Numerous awards include the Padam Shree Award; Punjab State Singer Award; Lifetime Fellowship at Punjabi University, Patiala; and the Sangeet Natak Academy Award.

Along with President Bill Clinton, Hans Raj Hans helped raise 2.5 million dollars for the Gujarat earthquake victims through the Indo-American Foundation. He is an active participant in fundraising initiatives around the world for humanity, peace and Save a Girl Child causes.

Dedicating his life to Sufism and promoting his message of love, peace and brotherhood through his music, he considers it his responsibility to pass along the teachings of the great Sufi saints. With his desire to see music as non-commercial education, his lifetime dream is to establish a Sangeet Ashram for the preservation of traditional tunes and Sufism.

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Breakthrough

SOLD OUT – Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer – The Great War

Please note: This performance is SOLD OUT as of Dec 1, 2014. To be added to the wait list, please call the Memorial Hall Box Office at...

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Please note: This performance is SOLD OUT as of Dec 1, 2014. To be added to the wait list, please call the Memorial Hall Box Office at 919-843-3333

“An astonishingly inventive and unbearably touching production.” – BBC Radio

1914-1918. Millions of soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones from the trenches. Millions died in the fire and mud. Millions came home with stories that could not be told or heard. In this startlingly original live animation performance, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer delve into the brutal trench warfare of World War I to address the timeless horrors of combat. Performers roam staggeringly convincing miniature worlds created from household paraphernalia, armed with tiny video cameras and projecting scenes onto a giant movie screen as World War I testimonies and soldiers’ letters are read aloud, capturing the heartbreaking realities of war.

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Hotel Modern

 

 

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Dance

Martha Graham Dance Company

Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of...

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Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” the Martha Graham Dance Company returns to Memorial Hall with choreographer Nacho Duato’s Carolina Performing Arts-commissioned Rust. Modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, who founded the company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism, revolutionizing the dance world with her unorthodox movement language and socially charged exploration of spiritual and emotional themes. Showcasing masterpieces and newly commissioned works, this superb company inspires generations of choreographers and dance lovers.

PROGRAM

STEPS IN THE STREET

RUST

THE SNOW FALLS IN THE WINTER

INTERMISSION

LAMENTATION VARIATIONS

ECHO

 

 

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Martha Graham Dance Company


This program is sponsored by an anonymous benefactor.

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Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature

“America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.” ~ The New York Times In high demand as performer, collaborator and muse, Wendy Whelan...

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“America’s greatest contemporary ballerina.” ~ The New York Times

In high demand as performer, collaborator and muse, Wendy Whelan has captivated audiences of New York City Ballet for more than 25 years with her vivid individuality and breathtaking technique, with a repertory spanning great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Balanchine’s neo-classical masterpieces and works by contemporary choreographers. The spectacular Restless Creature is her collaboration with four young choreographers – Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo – to create a suite of duets performed by Whelan and each of the choreographers in turn. Set to music ranging from Max Richter and Philip Glass to Hauschka and Hilder Guðnadóttir, Restless Creature explores each artist’s particular movement style and aesthetic while capturing the essence of Whelan’s artistry.

 

In the news:

The New York Times on Kyle Abraham >>


This performance is sponsored by Jane Ellison.

The presentation of Wendy Whelan’s Restless Creature is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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