N.C. Symphony reveals star-studded schedule
Soprano Renee Fleming, violinist Itzhak Perlman and pop legend Johnny Mathis headline the N.C. Symphony’s 2015-16 season. The just-released schedule of Raleigh-based concerts offers a variety of musical selections.
Grant Llewellyn, now in his 12th season as music director, anchors the 15 two-night classical series concerts, running from Sept. 25, 2015, to May 14, 2016. He helms music ranging from Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F (with soloist Jean-Yves Thibaudet) and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto (with cellist Zuill Bailey) to Mahler’s Symphony No. 7 and Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons.”
Six guest conductors add to the mix, along with resident conductor William Henry Curry, one of four composers with commissioned works on the season.
The orchestra’s popular Friday Favorites series has six noontime concerts, including a Baroque Christmas program and an afternoon of classical music love stories. Four special off-series concerts bring Fleming for the first time and Perlman for the sixth, along with the annual Holiday Pops and New Year’s Eve programs.
In addition to Johnny Mathis, the pops series offers evenings of movie music, Beatles hits, a Rodgers and Hammerstein celebration and songs from Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack. The young people’s series includes a Halloween night with Harry Potter and a Lemony Snicket mystery.
For information about subscription options, dates, times and ticket prices, call 919-733-2750 or visit ncsymphony.org.
Writers’ reading series, workshops come to Raleigh
Southern Recitations is a workshop and reading series being held in Raleigh by Raleigh Review, a national nonprofit magazine for poetry, short fiction and art.
The schedule includes:
• A reading at 7 p.m. Feb. 14 featuring short story writer Marjorie Hudson and fiction workshops from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 14 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 15.
• A reading at 7 p.m. March 14 by Joseph Bathanti, the state’s seventh poet laureate, and narrative poetry workshops from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. March 14 and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 15.
The workshops, which require registration and cost from $187 to $250, are at the Raleigh Review offices, 410 N. Boylan Ave., Raleigh. The readings are at Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3422 Wade Ave., Raleigh. Info: nando.com/uj
Weird Al to perform at
Cary’s Booth Amphitheater
Ready for some “Word Crimes”? Or maybe you’re just ready to experience an “Amish Paradise.”
No matter which song of Weird Al Yankovic’s is your favorite, your attendance at his concert will be mandatory.
At least the king of pop parodies would like it that way. The singer announced Tuesday that his “Mandatory World Tour” will kick off May 12 with five nights of shows at Las Vegas’ Planet Hollywood.
The tour includes a stop at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre Thursday, June 18, at 8 p.m. The Yankovic concert is the first major concert announced by the amphitheater as it kicks off its 15th season.
Yankovic has been in top form this past year.
His album, “Mandatory Fun,” was released in July with a string of eight consecutive videos, helping him earn his first No. 1 album in 32 years, not to mention considerable social media buzz. The album, featuring parodies of songs from Pharrell Williams, Robin Thicke and Lorde, also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Comedy Album.
Since then, he’s popped up on the Emmy Awards, with a medley of theme songs, and ABC’s farcical series, “Galavant.”
Tickets go on sale Friday at 10 a.m. Tickets are $35 for lawn seats and general admission seats and $45 for reserved tables. VIP packages, which include a premium seat, a meet-and-greet with Yankovic and pre-show party, are $129 to $260.
For tickets, go to boothamphitheatre.com or call 919-462-2025.
Yankovic also will perform in Charlotte – at Ovens Auditorium on June 19.