UNC Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Tonu Kalam, said that the quality of the players sets the London Philharmonic apart from the rest.
“London is one of the most important musical capitals of the world,” he said. “I think it is a great opportunity for our students and the local population to go hear a world-class orchestra.”
Chapel Hill’s inclusion on this prestigious tour indicates a surge in Carolina Performing Arts’ global reputation.
Carolina Performing Arts marketing director Harry Kaplowitz said that the program’s burgeoning reputation has built on successes of the past to attract prominent artists from around the world.
“Carolina Performing Arts is a growing presence in the global field,” Kaplowitz said. “We’ve played host to a lot of great orchestras, and that speaks to our global reputation. We’re working hard to build up a positive reputation.”
Tonight’s performance will include well-known pieces by Ludwig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms.
Kalam predicts that Wednesday night’s program, which samples from 20th century pieces by Maurice Ravel and Dmitri Shostakovich, will attract a very different audience.
“The second night will probably attract a younger, more adventurous audience because that program is out of the mainstream,” he said.
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski will lead the orchestra, and tonight’s show will feature violinist Yossif Ivanov. Wednesday’s show will feature Alexander Toradze on the piano.
The London Philharmonic Orchestra is drawing a significant amount of student interest.
“This and ‘The Nutcracker’ are the two most popular performances of the year,” Kang said. “It seems bizarre, doesn’t it?”
More than 1,000 student tickets have been sold. A limited number of tickets are still available.
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