North Carolina Symphony Summerfest Series: A Summer Tradition at Booth Amphitheatre

• NC Symphony returns to its summer home May 26-July 21
• Concerts include Blind Boys of Alabama, Glen Miller to Gershwin and The Music of Tom Petty
• Tickets on Sale April 20 at the Booth Amphitheatre Box Office

The North Carolina Symphony will return to its summer home at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre for another glorious season of popular outdoor concerts under the stars. The 2017 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series brings great music for relaxed listening, May 26 through July 21. For more than 30 years the Symphony has performed on the banks of its namesake lake and this is the 18th year of great music in the stunning performance pavilion built by the Town of Cary, a long-time partner and major sponsor of the Summerfest Series. Don’t miss the annual Independence Day celebration FREE concert which culminates in the Town of Cary’s official fireworks display.

Prices range from $17 for a student ticket to $40 for an adult ticket purchased the day of the show.
Tickets can be purchased at Booth Amphitheatre (Monday – Friday, noon – 6 p.m.), through etix.com, or by phone at (800) 514-3849. Etix phone hours: Monday-Friday/ 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. EST Saturday/10 a.m. – 8 p.m. EST & Sunday/noon – 8 p.m. EST. For complete concert information go to www.boothamphitheatre.com or call (919) 462-2025.

NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY SUMMERFEST CONCERT LINE UP

PICTURES AT AN EXHIBITON
AND “PLAY WITH THE PROS”
SAT, MAY 26, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
Mary Eyre, viola

No work combines poignant emotion with sheer excitement quite like Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Also, see your friends and neighbors on the stage as “citizen musicians” performs with the North Carolina Symphony during “Play with the Pros.”

A RODGERS AND HAMMERSTEIN
CELEBRATION
FRI, JUNE 1, 2018 | 7:30PM
Christopher James Lees, conductor
Lindsay Kesselman, soprano
Scott MacLeod, baritone
The best of Rodgers and Hammerstein is coming to the Booth. Come hear selections from Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and more—sure to get you smiling and humming along with your favorite tunes.

FAMILY FUN EVENT!
SUPERHEROES SAVE SUMMERFEST
SAT, JUNE 2, 2018 | 7:30PM
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Whether high-flying, wall-crawling, or Batmobile-driving, superheroes always get the coolest capes, the coolest cars—and the coolest theme songs! Everyone wins when we bring you some of the most memorable superhero themes from blockbusters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Supergirl—plus, you can meet and take pictures with costumed characters from the all-volunteer 501st Legion!

BLIND BOYS OF ALABAMA
SAT, JUNE 9, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
The unique sound and spirit of the Blind Boys of Alabama have landed them multiple Grammy awards, a Lifetime Achievement Grammy, and induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame, as well as performances in the White House for three different presidents. This is an event you won’t want to miss!

CLASSICS UNDER THE STARS
SAT, JUNE 16, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
The Symphony shares great moments in classical music, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Eine kleine Nachtmusik, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival Overture.

SUMMER NIGHTS IN SPAIN
SAT, JUNE 23, 2018 | 7:30PM
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor
Ana Vidović, guitar
Flamenco Dancer
The delicate warmth of the classical guitar and the passion of flamenco dancing transport you to Spain with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, three dances from de Falla’s The Three-Cornered Hat, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, and more!

GLENN MILLER TO GERSHWIN
SAT, JUNE 30, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Concert Sponsor: Galloway Ridge at Fearrington
Concert Sponsor: Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown
The big band meets the orchestra with hits by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter, along with Gershwin’s timeless An American in Paris. Dance your way through swing, boogie-woogie, and jump blues with the Symphony and the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

FREE CONCERT WITH FIREWORKS
INDEPENDENCE DAY
WED, JULY 4, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
A Triangle tradition! Join us for a salute to the red, white and blue as we honor the U.S.A. on its birthday with patriotic favorites, high-spirited classics, and a fireworks display over Symphony Lake.

ROMANTIC RUSSIAN NIGHTS
SAT, JULY 7, 2018 | 7:30PM
Ruth Reinhardt, conductor
Daniel Hsu, piano
Twenty-year-old piano virtuoso Daniel Hsu joins the Symphony to perform a fiery showpiece, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto—plus, tour the landscape of Russian music with rousing dance music by Borodin and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.

THE MUSIC OF TOM PETTY
SAT, JULY 14, 2018 | 7:30PM
Wesley Schulz, conductor
Concert Sponsor: RGA Investments
Celebrate the life and music of rock icon Tom Petty with a singer and full rock band joining the Symphony to perform favorites like “Learning to Fly,” “Free Falling,” “American Girl,” and “You Wreck Me.”

ANNUAL BEACH PARTY
SAT, JULY 21, 2018 | 7:30PM
Concert Sponsor: Raleigh Windows & Siding
This Summerfest tradition brings the legendary North Tower Band to the stage to make the whole family smile, sing along, and dance on the lawn until the stars come out.

PRIMARY CONTACTS: Teresa Franzen, Publicist, T. Franzen, Inc., (919) 210-5150
Liz McDonald, General Manager, (919) 462-2024
Lyman Collins, Cultural Arts Manager, (919) 462-3861
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908

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