See the N.C. Symphony at Keppel

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 23, 2014

The North Carolina Symphony, led by Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, will perform Beethoven’s immortal “Fifth Symphony” in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus.
The orchestra will also perform Gluck’s “Dance of the Blessed Spirits” and “Dance of the Furies” from the opera “Orfeo ed Euridice.”
Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante in B-flat Major” will showcase the talents of North Carolina Symphony Associate concertmaster Dovid Friedland, principal cello Bonnie Thron, principal oboe Melanie Wilsden and principal bassoon John Pederson.
This year marks Curry’s 18th season with the North Carolina Symphony.
A native of Pittsburgh, Curry started conducting and composing music at age 14.
In 1988, he was named winner of the Leopold Stokowski Conducting Competition and performed in Carnegie Hall.
Friedlander, violin, has been a member of the North Carolina Symphony as associate concertmaster since 2005.
He is also an active chamber musicians in the Raleigh area and maintains a full teaching studio.
Thron joined the North Carolina Symphony as principal cellist in 2000.
She currently is a member of the piano quartet Quercus and frequently plays with the Mallarme Chamber Players.
Wilsden began her position as principal oboist with the North Carolina Symphony in 1989.
She came to North Carolina from the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, where she was acting associate principal oboist.
Serving as principal bassoonist since 1971, Pederson is a native of Milwaukee.
He is currently a faculty member in the Music Department at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Who: North Carolina Symphony
What: Concert featuring Beethoven’s “Fifth Symphony.”
Where: Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College
Cost: $22 for adults, $6 for students and $4 for children age 8 and younger. Balcony For a Buck seats will be offered for $1 each the day of the show.
Buy tickets: Online at or by calling 704-637-4314. Advance tickets are also available at the Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sidewalk Deli, Green Goat Gallery, Corriher Springs Florist and Crescent Pharmacy.