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N.C. Symphony: The Firebird

When: Feb. 12-13, 8 p.m. 2016

N.C. SYMPHONY's FIREBIRD

Fire and blazes, fireworks and firebirds: The theme for this weekend's N.C. Symphony concerts, which span 250 years in four pieces, is hard to miss. Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks is perhaps the most on-topic, written at the behest of King George II for a firework display in 1749. By all accounts, the music went far better than the pyrotechnics. Haydn's "Fire" Symphony, on the other hand, has absolutely nothing to do with combustibles. The nickname refers to its roaring first and smoldering last movements. Sean Shepherd's Blue Blazes, from 2012, is a furious concert overture that contemplates all the meanings of "blue blazes." And The Firebird was the ballet that launched Stravinsky's career. From the surreal low rumble at the beginning to the incendiary glow of the finale, it sounds like nothing else happening in 1910. —Dan Ruccia

MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL & MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL, RALEIGH

Various times, $41–$66, www.ncsymphony.org

Price: $18-$66

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