Classical Picks

CorrespondentJune 19, 2009 

  • Saturday: N.C. Symphony with conductor William Henry Curry -- classical music from the movies, including "2001," "Fantasia" and "Apocalypse Now." Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary. 733-2750; www.ncsymphony.org.

    Saturday: Long Leaf Opera: Elizabeth Grayson & Rick Piersall -- American arias and songs by Moore, Weill, Bernstein, Floyd & Argento. Stewart Theatre, NCSU, Raleigh. 515-1100; www.longleafopera.org.

Long Leaf Opera's second week of its summer festival is highlighted by performances of three one-act operas tonight and Sunday afternoon in N.C. State University's Stewart Theatre. Area composer J. Mark Scearce offers his first opera, "A Tree-a Rock-a Cloud," based on a Carson McCullers short story about old age and new love. New York-based composer Chandler Carter is on hand for the premiere of "Mercury Falling," about the last night of Parisian sculptor Jean-Louis Brian. Julia Child is the subject of Lee Hoiby's "Bon Appétit," one of her TV cooking shows put to music. (See a review Saturday afternoon at www.newsobserver.com/life); 515-1100; www.longleafopera.org.

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