2019-2020 Season

150 years of the music of poland: collaboration with the paderewski festival

Sunday October 20 2019

8:00 PM

Jones Auditorium

Meredith College

Raleigh NC  27607

Our October concert represents both a new collaboration and an important part of our 40th season. The 5th Annual Paderewski Festival honors the musical life and legacy of acclaimed Polish pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski, whose contributions to music included several concerts in North Carolina between 1905 and 1939.

Jim Waddelow has curated a program that draws a consistent throughline of Polish influence and accomplishment – from the mid-1800’s to the 21st Century. Our guest piano soloist is Hubert Rutkowski, who has been described as a “sensitive poet of sound” by Gramophone Magazine.

Fantasie Polonaise, Op. 19

Ignacy Jan Paderewski

 Andante Spianato/Grand Polonaise in E-flat major, Op. 22

Frederic Chopin

Three Pieces in Old Style

Henryk Gorecki

Spanish Dance, Opus 12: No. 2 & 5

Moritz Moszkowski

rising stars

Saturday March 7 2020

8:00 PM

Jones Auditorium

Meredith College

Raleigh NC  27607

As part of our mission to support and showcase young and upcoming musical talent, we celebrate the 20th season of Rising Stars in March 2020.  Winners from our auditions (scheduled for early January 2020) will perform a challenging and masterful solo from one of the great classical and orchestral works, backed by the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Full details are coming shortly, but be sure to get your tickets in advance.

voices of spring

Saturday May 2 2020

8:00 PM

Jones Auditorium

Meredith College

Raleigh NC  27607

While each season of the year has its unique place in music and literature, Spring is the one that inspires artists and listeners alike. The selections that Jim Waddelow has chosen weave an arresting tapestry of seasonal works from a full orchestral treatment, to a concerto, to a waltz, and finally to a song.

Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68

Ludwig van Beethoven

Horn Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 11

Richard Strauss

Voices of Spring Waltz, Op. 410

Johann Strauss II

On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

Frederick Delius

collaborative music in the rose garden

Saturday May 16 2020

8:00 PM

Sunday May 17 2020


Scottie Stephenson Amphitheatre

Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh NC  27607

Our 40th Season ends as it started – sharing the stage with our partners with the Raleigh Little Theatre. Like last season, we are creating a symphonic and vocal performance of the musical stage that will showcase our local singers and actors in front of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Specifics of the play, selections and singers will be determined in the Fall of 2019 and we’ll share this with you very soon.



Sunday September 15 2019

3:00 PM

Cantey V. Sutton Theatre

Raleigh Little Theatre

Raleigh NC  27607

This marks the beginning of the second season of our exciting partnership with the Raleigh Little Theatre – blending the artistry of local vocal and stage talent with our accomplished musicians. Imagine the sound and majesty of some of the greatest works of opera and the stage, presented almost as a musical review.   

Overture to William Tell

Gioachino Rossini

Carmen: Suite 1

Georges Bizet

Highlights from Showboat

Music from Evita

Sound of Music Selections

Chicago Medley