Asides: News of Triangle arts, in brief

June 28, 2014 

Free symphony concerts

The N.C. Symphony celebrates our nation’s birthday in free concerts Thursday and Fridayin Garner and Cary.

Thursday’s concert begins at 8:30 p.m. at Lake Benson Park, 921 Buffaloe Road in Garner.

The symphony performs at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary at 7:30 p.m July 4. Gates open at 3 p.m. David Glover will lead the orchestra through patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics. A fireworks display is also planned.

Booth Amphitheatre is at 8003 Regency Parkway.

Both concerts are free.

Info: 919-733-2750 or

Landscape paintings

During July, Mike Rooney will display his landscape paintings at ArtSource of North Hills in Raleigh. Rooney is a plein air artist, and considers the outdoors his studio.

His oil paintings are inspired by his favorite places on the coasts of North Carolina and Florida.

See his art 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday at 4351-107 The Circle at North Hills St. Admission is free.

Info: 919-787-9533 or

Sunlit nature paintings

Artist Sonia Kane will display her work Tuesday through Aug. 28 at Bond Park Community Center in Cary.

Kane’s paintings capture sunlit moments in nature. She said she also seeks to capture the fleeting magic that occurs when ordinary scenes are transformed by the sun.

View her paintings 9 a.m.-10 p.m. weekdays; and 9 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday at 150 Metro Park Dr.

Info: 919-469-4061 or

Classical recital

Classical Voice of N.C. hosts “Critics, Musicians, Audience: Who Knows Best?” at 3 p.m. Sunday. The recital features Bonnie Thron, principal cellist of the N.C. Symphony, and Frank Pittman, a piano teacher at Meredith College in Raleigh. The program will include Robert Schumann’s 5 Stücke im Volkston and other selections announced by the artists at the event.

A discussion and light hors d’oeuvres will follow the performance. Costs are $25 per person or $45 per couple. The event takes place at Ruggero Piano, 4720 Hargrove Road No. 120 in Raleigh.

Info: 919-480-2286 or

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