North Carolina Symphony Continues 80th Anniversary Season with Performances Feb. 1-2

William Henry Curry Conducts Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” Op. 32 Program Also Features High Definition Images from NASA, Plus Works by Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., John Williams.

Raleigh, NC, January 31, 2013 --( Resident Conductor William Henry Curry will lead the North Carolina Symphony in a 2012-2013 classical season orchestra highlight of Gustav Holst’s “The Planets,” Op. 32, accompanied by beautiful, high definition images of planets of the solar system on a giant screen, and the voices of the women of the N.C. Master Chorale, Alfred E. Sturgis, Music Director.

The performances take place on Friday, Feb. 1, and Saturday, Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. in downtown Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The program also features works by Richard Strauss, Johann Strauss, Jr., John Williams, and music of “Star Trek Through the Years,” arranged by Calvin Custer.

The images taken by NASA provide a proud new approach to Holst’s symphonic powerhouse. The New York Times said of the HD presentation, “The images in the movie… were often astonishing. Photographs from rovers and satellites, radar images and computer-generated graphics were combined to give the audience the impression of circling individual planets and sometimes ­flying over their awesomely barren landscapes.”

Tickets to the performances of “The Planets: An HD Odyssey,” range from $44 to $74. Concert tickets are also available at the door one hour prior to concert start time.

To purchase tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh.

Partners for the 2012/13 Raleigh Classical Series include Clancy & Theys Construction; Duke Medicine: Smith Anderson Blount Dorsett Mitchell & Jernigan, LLP; The Freelon Group; and Piedmont Investment Advisors, LLC.

Statewide support provided by Progress Energy.

About the North Carolina Symphony
Founded in 1932 and subsequently made an entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the North Carolina Symphony employs 65 professional musicians under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry. Every year, this orchestra performs over 175 concerts in more than 50 North Carolina counties, with some 60 of those concerts offered in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill metropolitan area.

The Symphony boasts two spectacular home venues: Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh and Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C. The Symphony also travels 12,000 miles each year to present concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington; individual concerts in communities across the state; and one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

Concert/Event Listings:
North Carolina Symphony

Feb. 1-2, 8pm
Meymandi Concert Hall, Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh

Program Listing:
North Carolina Symphony
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor

Fanfare from Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)

On the Beautiful Blue Danube Waltz, Op. 314
Johann Strauss, Jr. (1825-1899)

The Battle from Star Wars
John Williams (b. 1932)

Star Trek Through the Years
Arr. Calvin Custer (1939-1998)

The Planets, Op. 32
I. Mars, the Bringer of War
II. Venus, the Bringer of Peace
III. Mercury, the Winged Messenger
IV. Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity
V. Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age
VI. Uranus, the Magician
VII. Neptune, the Mystic
-- Women of the North Carolina Master Chorale
Alfred E. Sturgis, Music Director

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