Superstar pianist Lang Lang and “Seinfeld” actor, Jason Alexander, are among the varied lineup of guest artists on the N.C. Symphony’s 2016-17 season. The September to May schedule includes nearly 40 programs on five different Raleigh-based series.
Grant Llewellyn, in his 13th season as the orchestra’s music director, leads two monumental works, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Britten’s “War Requiem,” and collaborates with award-winning recording artists Stephen Hough (Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 1) and Augustin Hadelich (Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto). Guest conductors lead seven programs, including an encore of Holst’s “The Planets” with HD NASA videos (Carlos Izcary) and a holiday grouping of selections from Handel’s “Messiah” and Bach’s Mass in B minor (N.C. Opera’s Timothy Myers).
The orchestra’s popular Friday Favorites series has six noontime concerts, including programs devoted to one composer (Mozart and Dvorak) and classical favorites such as Schubert’s Symphony No. 9. Special one-night concerts bring the dynamic intensity of pianist Lang Lang and make holidays bright with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve programs.
For the pops series, Tony-winning Jason Alexander reveals his musical theater chops in a biographical look at his career through song. Other pops concerts feature music from “Star Trek” and a semi-staged production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Pirates of Penzance.” Dr. Seuss and “Star Wars” are among the themes for the young people’s programs.
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