North Carolina Symphony
The North Carolina Symphony is an indispensable part of North Carolina’s cultural narrative. Founded as America’s first statewide orchestra in 1932, and traveling 18,500 miles throughout the state to engage 250,000 people each year, NCS is committed to presenting artistically excellent performances that delight and inspire.
Under the direction of Grant Llewellyn, the North Carolina Symphony returns to the Schaefer Center to present a program featuring the Cherokee Chamber Singers, soprano Eliza Bagg and the Hayes School of Music’s Appalachian Symphony Orchestra. The program includes works by Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and William Brittelle.
The Symphony and the Singers will perform selections from a brand-new work by Brooklyn-based composer and Western North Carolina native William Brittelle—a work reflecting Cherokee identity through the perspectives and poetry of its youth. This project was undertaken with the support of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, with the goals of engaging Cherokee youth in cultural conversations, preserving and sharing the Cherokee language, and providing extensive orchestral music education opportunities for Cherokee students.
Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Eliza Bagg, soprano
Cherokee Chamber Singers
Overture to Candide - Leonard Bernstein
Quiet City – Aaron Copland
Si Otsedoha (We're Still Here) – William Brittelle
Suite from Appalachian Spring (1945 orchestration) – Aaron Copland
About the North Carolina Symphony
The North Carolina Symphony was founded in 1932 as America’s first statewide orchestra. Each year, the Symphony performs 175 concerts and events, traveling 18,500 miles throughout the state and engaging 250,000 people. The Symphony’s 66 full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
The Symphony’s headquarters venue is the Mymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. Across the state, the Symphony’s service includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington. The North Carolina Symphony brings some of the world’s greatest talents to North Carolina through collaboration with performers ranging from artists, to banjo players, to jazz bands.
The North Carolina Symphony is also dedicated to providing music education to build the next generation of musicians and music lovers. Each year, the Symphony serves more than 55,000 North Carolina students of all ages, providing training and resources for teachers.
About the Cherokee Chamber Singers
The Cherokee Chamber Singers are the premier vocal ensemble from Cherokee High School in Cherokee, North Carolina, under the direction of Michael Yannette. As representatives of both their school and the Cherokee community, their unique and varied programs offer audiences not only a traditional and modern glimpse of Native American music, but also performances of traditional choral, classical, musical theatre, and pop/rock genres.
They have performed at various venues around the country including Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Institution, and Disney World. The Singers are especially proud to represent their community for the world premiere of this work by William Brittelle, collaboratively commissioned by the North Carolina Symphony and the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, which was derived from the thoughts and feelings of the Cherokee Chamber Singers themselves and their fellow students at Cherokee Central schools.