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NC Symphony Classical Series: Rhapsody in Blue

When: Fri., Jan. 9, 8 p.m. and Sat., Jan. 10, 8 p.m. 2015

N.C. SYMPHONY: RHAPSODY IN BLUE | UNC'S MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL THURSDAY, JAN. 8

It's called a glissando—that long, wavering, ascendant wail of a single clarinet that opens Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Soloist Andrew Lowy takes on that task for the North Carolina Symphony's performances of this uniquely American piece of music. Largely written on a train trip from New York to Boston, Rhapsody describes the driving rhythm of a locomotive and the constantly changing landscape seen through its windows. Gershwin's thematic collage style offended some classical critics upon its 1924 debut, but others saw it as a metaphor for the lively, interwar melting pot that this country had become. And hey, it swings. In addition to Gershwin's other best-loved piece, An American in Paris, the program also features works by notable younger American composers Mason Bates, Timo Andres and Derek Bermel. The symphony reprises the show at Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m. 7:30 p.m., $10–$75, 114 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill, 919-843-3333, www.ncsymphony.org. —Chris Vitiello

Price: $45-$75

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