N.C. Symphony to perform ‘Pinehurst’ piece in Sanford

Mar. 12, 2014 @ 05:00 AM

The North Carolina Symphony will visit Sanford next Tuesday, performing several orchestral pieces including one that a symphony member wrote as an ode to a nearby town.

Terry Mizesko, a trombonist who has been with the symphony since 1971, wrote “Sketches from Pinehurst” in 2005. The symphony is reprising it for the upcoming visit, along with more well-known compositions from Ralph Vaughan Williams and Antonin Dvorak.

The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center. Tickets range from $6 to $24 and can be purchased at the civic center on the night of the show, or beforehand from the symphony at (919) 733-2750 or ncsymphony.org. Tickets will also be available in advance locally at Temple Theatre, the Steele Street and Horner Boulevard branches of Capital Bank, and the Enrichment Center.

“I think it’s special that a piece, ‘Sketches from Pinehurst,’ was composed by one of the musicians,” said Martha Oldham, a local supporter of the Symphony. “I think it’s wonderful that musicians can be composers ... and that we can see him play and know he wrote what he’s playing.”

Oldham first saw the N.C. Symphony as an elementary school student in Lee County on a field trip. Many years later, the field trips are still held annually.

But for anyone who hasn’t been on one of those trips, or who has but wants to learn more, Carolina Trace will hold an introduction to the orchestra class just before the concert, at 4:30 Tuesday afternoon at the clubhouse. Oldham said it’s free and open to anyone who wants to come, but people who don’t live in Carolina Trace must call the clubhouse beforehand to put their names on a visitors’ list.

Oldham also noted that she’s happy to see Grant Llewellyn will be conducting the symphony on Tuesday. The symphony recently renewed his contract through 2018, and she said he’s a wonderful conductor.

And just like Oldham enjoys the symphony’s emphasis on education, the symphony’s board of directors cited Llewellyn’s focus on education as one reason why they want to keep him.

“One of the wonderful things about the North Carolina Symphony is the breadth of the orchestra’s mission, especially around education across our state,” Jeff Corbett, chairman of the symphony board, said in a written statement. “Through Grant’s amazing ability to connect with people, young and old, and in every walk of life, he has helped to take this cultural treasure of our state and make it a real part of our communities.”


WHAT: N.C. Symphony concert

WHERE: Dennis A. Wicker Civic Center in Sanford

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. March 18

TICKETS: Can be purchased from the symphony at (919) 733-2750 or ncsymphony.org, or in Sanford at Temple Theatre, the Steele Street and Horner Boulevard branches of Capital Bank, and the Enrichment Center, or at the civic center on the night of the show. Prices range from $6 to $24.