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What to Know | April 14-16
11 Apr 2011
North Carolina Symphony Blog
What to know about this weekend's concerts: Once Upon a Time...

We're telling tales this weekend: Mother Goose, nursery songs, Sleeping Beauty and Petrouchka, all in works by Ravel, Dohnanyi, Tchaikovsky and Stravinsky.

Pianist Stewart Goodyear mans the keyboard for Dohnanyi's brilliant Variations on a Nursery Song. Based on Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, it's a virtuosic romp of a piece with the theme repeating throughout in various guises: left, right, upside down and backwards. Requires a fireball pianist, which we most definitely have in Goodyear.

In the second half of the program, we'll hear Tchaikovsky's Pas de Deux from Sleeping Beauty as re-orchestrated by Stravinsky into a slightly outsized version of the original. Next, we hear Stravinsky himself and one of his three great ballet scores from the Ballet Russes in Paris, Petrouchka (the other two are The Firebird and The Rite of Spring). It's a musical story about a puppet theater at Shrovetide. Petrouchka is both a highly descriptive piece and a huge workout for our musicians. See if you can spot them wiping their brows.

Don't miss our pre and post-concert activities surrounding this concert program: Pre-concert talk at 7pm in Southern Pines on Thursday, April 14. Meet the Artists with Catherine Brand at 6:30pm in Raleigh on Friday, April 15. Pre-concert talk at 7pm and post concert Q&A with Stewart Goodyear and Sarah Hicks in Raleigh on Saturday, April 16. Also, look for our musicians in the lobby during intermission for Ask A Musician at all of these concerts.

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