Raleigh Civic Symphony & Chamber Orchestra

Based at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the non-profit organization Raleigh Civic Symphony Association (RCSA), the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra are amateur orchestras comprised almost equally of volunteer community musicians and college students. The orchestras are unique in their ongoing commitment to perform contemporary and traditional classical music presented in a thematic context, connecting orchestral repertoire to larger ideas in creative ways.

The Raleigh Civic Symphony

The Raleigh Civic Symphony is a 75-member full symphony orchestra performing two concerts yearly. Area professionals serve as principal strings and section coaches, providing high-level instruction and leadership to community and student players.

Repertoire

Recent concerts have included: “Be Kind, Rewind…” featuring works by Clyne, Copland, and Dvorak; and “Dance, Dance…Revolution!” featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek, Glass, Sibelius, and Strauss, Jr.

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 2000, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra explores repertoire for a smaller orchestral force. The Chamber has the same high artistic standards as the Symphony, performs two programs yearly, and uses professional leaders as coaches for the ensemble.

Repertoire

Recent concert have included: “London, Argentina, Infinity… and Beyond!” featuring works by Hayden, Jalbert, and Ginastera; and “Once Upon a Time: Legends, Fairy Tales, and Fantasies” featuring works by Dvorak, Askim, and Ravel.

Our Conductor

Dr. Peter Askim

Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the newly appointed conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition.

Visit his website www.peteraskim.com and follow him on Twitter @PeterAskim

Events

  • Sun
    05
    Nov
    2017
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    Pastorales: Music Inspired by Landscape and the Countryside

     

    Delvyn Case: Pneumenon (World Premiere)
    Lou Harrison: Seven Pastorales
    Ludwig von Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)
     

    Ahhhh… Life in the country….

     

    The desire to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life goes back at least as far as Ancient Greece. The literary, artistic and musical Pastoral traditions include idealized scenes of rural life: babbling brooks, frolicking nymphs, wise wandering shepherds and a “pure" connection to the land that eludes the harried city dweller. (Take that, Athens!)

     

    In this musical look at the lure of the countryside, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra performs music’s most beloved example of pastoral music, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (“Pastorale”). Know for its gently wandering melodies, its depiction of birdsongs and its thrilling storm scene, the Symphony was made even more famous by Walt Disney’s Fantasia.

     

    The concert includes two more recent takes on the Pastorale tradition. Lou Harrison’s Seven Pastorales presents a unique contemporary view of nature: Virgil filtered through Bali, all with a North Carolina twist. Harrison's lyrical music unites his readings of ancient literature and his explorations of Asian musical traditions with his residency at North Carolina’s legendary Black Mountain College, where he composed parts of the piece.

     

    The concert also includes Pneumenon, a World Premiere composition by Boston composer Delvyn Case III. Using  musical material from Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, Case transforms Beethoven’s music it into a living, breathing (literally!) and original new musical  world” one where the sounds of the performers breaths and bodies create a new sonic “landscape."

     

    Special Guest John Morillo, NC State English Department faculty, joins the orchestra to give an overview of the Pastorale tradition throughout time.

    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free.

    Three ways to order tickets:
    - in person: main floor lobby, Thompson Hall
    - by phone: (919) 515-1100
    - online: click here

     

    Map to Talley Student Union: http://maps.ncsu.edu/#/buildings/tsu

  • Sun
    19
    Nov
    2017
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    Rhapsody in (Red, White and) Blue: Celebrating American Composers

    Aaron Copland: Outdoor Overture
    George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Clara Yang, Piano
    Christopher Theofanidis: Rainbow Body
    Jessica Meyer: Actions Speak… (World Premiere)

    Where else but in America could a gay Jewish composer from Brooklyn (Aaron Copland) create the “American" sound of cowboys and the Wild West?

    The Raleigh Civic Symphony explores the diverse voices, influences and backgrounds that make American music truly unique. From traditions as diverse as jazz, country, rock ’n’ roll and Greek folk music, the concert is a cross-section of the wealth and breadth of the American experience.

    The program includes George Gershwin’s beloved Rhapsody In Blue (performed by UNC faculty pianist Clara Yang), Aaron Copland’s spacious Outdoor Overture and the neo-Romantic lyricism and power of Christopher Theofanidis’s Rainbow Body.  In an “up to the minute” reflection of American music and life, the orchestra performs the World Premiere of Actions Speak… by Jessica Meyer, a breathtakingly visceral look at the human condition in today’s America.


    Tickets:
    $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free.

    Three ways to order tickets:

    - in person: main floor lobby, Thompson Hall
    - by phone: (919) 515-1100
    - online: click here

    Available for purchase at the door or in advance through Ticket Central 919-515-1100.

    Map to Talley Student Union: http://maps.ncsu.edu/#/buildings/tsu

'Bright lights on the music scene in Raleigh.'
- Spectator,
'Askim has a fine podium manner, devoid of histrionics: he clearly knows what he is seeking, musically, and how to obtain it from his players.'
- John W. Lambert,
'... this energetic young conductor and the committed musicians are all set to carry on in the first-rate tradition set by their honored predecessors'
- Paul D. Williams,

Support/Donate

Contribute

Your tax-deductible contributions to the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association help support the orchestra programs and their educational mission through music purchase and rental, compensation for coaches and guest artists, marketing, and administrative support.

Contributions from individuals and business are welcomed. If you would like to make a donation to the RSCA in support of the orchestras, you can send a check, or donate through PayPal.

Checks can be made payable to: RCSA

Mail to:
RCSA
Box 7311, NCSU – Music
Raleigh, NC 27695

For PayPal or credit card donations:


 

Sponsors

The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County with funds from the Grassroots Arts Council, a state agency, Wake County and the United Arts Campaign.

This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

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Price Music Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC