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Tribute To Django Reinhardt At North Carolina Symphony's "Night In Paris," July 7


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The North Carolina Symphony whisks its audience away to the City of Love in a Summerfest finale to remember. Conductor Mischa Santora, vocalists Robb Asklof and Kersten Rodau, guitarist Robert Bell and accordionist Patrick Harison all join the orchestra for a colorful concert event, “A Night in Paris.”

The final performance in the 2012 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series, the concert takes place at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, July 7 at 7:30 p.m. Children 12 and under are admitted free for lawn seating.

Concertgoers will delight in the music of Parisian favorites Django Reinhardt, Edith Piaf, Michel Legrand, Charles Dumont and many more. Their evocative and romantic music is paired with popular melodies from across the musical landscape.

The orchestra, aided by singers Robb Asklof and Kersten Rodau, performs favorites from the films Funny Face and Moulin Rouge. The evening also features several orchestral highlights, including Claude Debussy’s singularly beautiful Clair de lune and George Gershwin’s rapturous ode to a night on the town, An American in Paris.

Joining the Symphony for this finale Summerfest performance is conductor Mischa Santora. Currently the music director of the Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, he has conducted many of the leading orchestras in North and South America, Europe and Australasia. He won the 1998 Aspen Conducting Prize, as well as a UBS Culture Award and Presser Foundation Career Grant, and was a student of Otto-Werner Mueller at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia.

Symphony Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks will also be on hand as the evening’s emcee and guide through the program, which she produced with Lilly Schwartz.

As part of the concert festivities, couples and families who display the biggest and boldest culinary skills can win prizes. The Whole Foods Market of Cary Picnic of the Week contest selects the weekend’s best picnickers to receive a $100 gift basket from Whole Foods. Two honorable mention $20 gift cards will also be awarded.

Become a fan of the North Carolina Symphony on Facebook to see photos of the winners after each Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concert.

The North Carolina Symphony’s popular Instrument Zoo will also be featured at this concert. Kids can try out the orchestra’s instruments for themselves. Symphony musicians and staff members provide expert tips as kids bow or blow their first notes on violins, trumpets, trombones and more.

General admission lawn seating to “A Night in Paris” is $28 in advance, $33 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $33 in advance, $38 at the door. Children 12 and under are admitted free for lawn seating at all Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts.

For tickets, visit the North Carolina Symphony website at or call the Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750 or toll free 877.627.6724.

Booth Amphitheatre is located at 8003 Regency Parkway, just past the intersection of US-1 and US-64/Tryon Road, in Cary. Food and beverages, including wine and beer, are allowed on the grounds. Gates open at 5:00 p.m.

The series is presented by Rex Healthcare and co-sponsored by First Citizens Bank and the Town of Cary. Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series partners are ABB, CaptiveAire, Crabtree Valley Mall and The Umstead Hotel and Spa. The media partner is Cary Magazine.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony performs over 175 concerts annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 67 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry and Associate Conductor Sarah Hicks.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.

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