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North Carolina will be the site of the National Symphony Orchestra's 2005 American Residency. Between March 8 and 19, 2005, the members of the Orchestra will participate in approximately 150 education and performance activities in all regions of the state.

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts selected North Carolina at the invitation of the North Carolina Arts Council. The Residency is funded by the Kennedy Center through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, as it has been since 1992. There will be a total of nine orchestral concerts, including three concerts for young people, in the state. Dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events are being planned. Proceeds from all concerts remain in the state to benefit presenting organizations.

Watch and Listen

American Residencies: Testimonials play video

American Residencies: Education: Accessibility play video

American Residencies: Education: Brass Quintet play video

American Residencies: Education: Fiddling Around play video

Meet the Musician: Daniel Foster on American Residencies play video

Understanding the Music: Gershwin - An American in Paris play video

Understanding the Music: Haydn - Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise" play video

Understanding: Friedman - The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly play video

Understanding: Dvorak - Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70 play video

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The Orchestra will travel on March 8 and will return on March 19, 2005. Between those dates, there will be a total of nine orchestral concerts, including three concerts for young people, in the state. Dozens of educational and outreach activities and other events are planned. Proceeds from all concerts remain in the state to benefit presenting organizations.

"Music has the ability to entertain, educate and change lives," said North Carolina Arts Council Executive Director Mary B. Regan. "We look forward to the exciting possibilities when the National Symphony Orchestra and music-loving North Carolinians come together."

"From our very first meeting we were impressed with the commitment and enthusiasm of the North Carolina Arts Council," responded National Symphony Orchestra Executive Director Rita Shapiro. "And after experiencing three Residencies firsthand, I can attest to the artistry and dedication that the individual musicians of the NSO bring to every Residency activity. We look forward to the synergy that will be created here in North Carolina during March 2005."

"As the nation's center for the performing arts, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a mandate to showcase our country's finest artists here in Washington, D.C., and also to reach out across the country," explained Kennedy Center President Michael M. Kaiser. "The National Symphony Orchestra exemplifies both aspects of this mission: to be one of the world's finest orchestras, based in the nation's capital; and to travel across the country to serve and support local arts organizations."

The North Carolina Arts Council nurtures and supports excellence in the arts and provides opportunities for every North Carolinian to experience the arts. A division of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, the Arts Council further serves as a catalyst for the development of arts organizations and facilities throughout the state as it makes grants and offers technical assistance. The North Carolina Arts Council receives funding from the state of North Carolina and from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The North Carolina Arts Council is working with local symphony orchestras, arts councils and organizations, educational institutions, music groups and others throughout the state. For more information, please see www.ncarts.org or call (919) 733-2111.


[Residency Follow-up Activities]
Watch and Listen

Students and coaches talk about the Summer Music Institute play video

Nelson Dougherty, 2004 Teaching Fellow play video
American Residencies: Commissioning chamber music play video

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The 2005 American Residency does not end when the National Symphony Orchestra leaves North Carolina on March 19.

Summer Music Institute . Since 1992, the Kennedy Center/NSO National Trustees' Summer Music Institute -- a training program for young orchestral musicians (ages 14-21) from across the country -- has welcomed students annually for four weeks of study, rehearsal and coaching sessions. As part of the American Residency, up to six students from North Carolina will be chosen to receive scholarships to the 2005 Summer Music Institute. Students are selected by taped audition.

Teacher Fellowship . A North Carolina music teacher will be selected for an individually designed program to further the teacher's professional development. The program will take place in Washington, D.C., under the auspices of the National Symphony Orchestra and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Chamber Music Commission. A North Carolina composer will be selected to create a chamber music work to be premiered at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The in-state coordinator for all three projects is Stephanie Russell, touring and presenting coordinator for the North Carolina Arts Council. Project descriptions can be found on line at www.ncarts.org later this summer.


[Schedule Highlights]
SCHEDULE
Tues., March 8  
Travel from Washington, DC to Fayetteville, NC
Wed., March 9  
Outreach activities in Fayetteville and surrounding areas

Full Orchestral Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Emil de Cou, conductor
Cumberland County Auditorium/Coliseum Crown Theater, Fayetteville

Thurs., March 10  
Travel to Greenville

Full Orchestral Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Emil de Cou, conductor
Wright Auditorium, Greenville
Fri., March 11  

Young People's Concert, 11:00 a.m.
Emil de Cou, conductor
Wright Auditorium, Greenville

Travel to Raleigh
Outreach and Chamber Activities in Raleigh area

Sat., March 12  
Outreach in Raleigh and surrounding areas
Sun., March 13  
Outreach and Community Service

Full Orchestral Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Meymandi Hall, BTI Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh
Mon., March 14  
Travel to Greensboro

Outreach in Greensboro
Chamber Music Concert, Fayetteville
Tues., March 15  
Outreach in Greensboro and surrounding areas

Full Orchestral Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
War Memorial Auditorium, Greensboro
Wed., March 16  
Travel to Boone

Outreach in Boone and surrounding areas
Chamber Music Concert, Asheville
 
Thurs., March 17  

Young People's Concerts, 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
Emil de Cou, conductor
Farthing Auditorium, Boone

Full Orchestral Concert, 8:00 p.m.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Farthing Auditorium, Boone

Fri., March 18  
Full Orchestral Concert, 7:30 p.m.
Leonard Slatkin, conductor
Isothermal Community College, Spindale
Sat, March 19  
Travel to Washington, DC

Young People's Concert Program - Emil de Cou, conductor
GOULD, Morton (1913-1996)
American Salute
SCHUMAN, William (1910-1992) "Chester" from New England Triptych
HANDY, W.C. (1873-1958) St. Louis Blues, March
CARLSON, David (1952-) Bear Dance from Dreamkeepers
O'FARRILL, Chico (1921-2001) Conga from Three Cuban Dances
COPLAND, Aaron (1900-1990) "Hoedown" from Rodeo
HINDEMITH, Paul (1895-1963) March from Symphonic Metamorphosis on Themes of Carl Maria von Weber
GERSHWIN, George (1898-1937) Excerpt from An American in Paris


Full Orchestral Concert Program - Emil de Cou and Leonard Slatkin, conductors
HAYDN, Franz Joseph (1732-1809)
Symphony No. 94 in G major, "Surprise"
FRIEDMAN, Jefferson (1974-) The Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millennium General Assembly
DVORÁK, Antonin (1841-1904) Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70

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