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Great music for a great cause. Check out the following from the press release:

The North Carolina Symphony will help support victims of the state’s April tornados by partnering with the Triangle Area Chapter of the American Red Cross during its upcoming statewide tour.

Donations to American Red Cross Disaster Relief will be accepted on-site at free outdoor North Carolina Symphony concerts in Tarboro, New Bern, Chapel Hill and Jacksonville. They will also be accepted during a ticketed performance as part of the Symphony’s Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series in Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre.

The performance, titled “Around the World in Eighty Minutes,” features Music Director Grant Llewellyn and guest vocalist Rhiannon Giddens Laffan, lead singer of the Grammy Award-winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, in a musical tour of the U.K., Austria, Italy, Russia, the Far East and the United States.

The performances take place at:

  • Town Common, Tarboro, Tuesday, May 31
  • Tryon Palace, New Bern, Thursday, June 2
  • Market Square at Southern Village, Chapel Hill, Friday, June 3
  • Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary, Saturday, June 4
  • Riverwalk Crossing Park, Jacksonville, Sunday, June 5

All five concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

The performances are free except for the Saturday, June 4, concert, part of the Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series in Cary. General admission lawn seating in Cary is $25 in advance, $30 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free to all Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts.

Donations enable the American Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disasters. On those rare occasions when donations exceed Red Cross expenses for a specific disaster, contributions will be used to prepare for and serve victims of other disasters.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children. The orchestra travels extensively throughout the state to venues in over 50 North Carolina counties. Under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It also regularly holds concerts in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, Wilmington and many other North Carolina communities.

For more, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at

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