Photo: Michael Zirkle courtesy of NC Symphony
Conductor Grant Llewellyn is in North Carolina this week to open his final season as the orchestra’s Music Director, a post he has held since 2004. Featuring a programme of Williams’ Sea Sketches and Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Llewellyn is joined for two performances by pianists Alessio Bax and Lucille Chung to play Poulenc’s Concerto for two pianos in D minor on 20th and 21st September. These follow the first successful sensory-friendly concert which Llewellyn conducted last week alongside presenter Andy Pidcock. The start of the season also sees the release of a new disc by cellist Zuill Bailey featuring the North Carolina Symphony and Grant Llewellyn; this includes the Brahms’ Double Concerto in A Minor with violinist Philippe Quint.
Next week Llewellyn is in Rennes to open the new season with Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, conducting a programme to include Glinka’s Ruslan & Ludmilla Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No.4 and Shostakovich’s Piano Concerto No.2, where Llewellyn is joined by pianist Alexandre Tharaud. In memory of the orchestra’s Composer in Residence, Julien Gauthier, the orchestra will also play extracts from his work Symphonique australe, a work commissioned by the OSB. The concerts take place in Rennes on 26th and 27th September, and following this, Llewellyn conducts the OSB in performances in Saint-Brieuc (28th), Quimper (30th) and Lorient (1st).
To find out more about Llewellyn’s concerts with the North Carolina Symphony, please click HERE.
To find out more about Llewellyn’s sensory-friendly concert, please click HERE.
To listen to Llewellyn’s new recording, please click HERE.
To find out more about Llewellyn’s concerts with the Orchestre Symphonique de Bretagne, please click HERE.