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Azalea Festival Pops
March 29 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm$25
The North Carolina Azalea Festival and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra are collaborating for the first time ever in the second Pops concert of the 2019-2020 Reed M. Wallace Wilmington Symphony Pops Series. AZALEA FESTIVAL POPS, conducted by Dr. Steven Errante, will pop on Sunday, March 29, 2020, 5:00 pm at the Wilson Center (703 N. 3rd St.). The concert will feature light classics, film scores, and the premiere of Azalea Suite commissioned by the North Carolina Azalea Festival and composed by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Dr. Steven Errante.
A pre-concert social hosted by the North Carolina Azalea Festival and the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra will be held on the Grand Tier of the Wilson Center from 3:45 pm to 4:45 pm. Tickets for the pre-concert social are $73 and include two drink tickets per guest and complimentary bites. Tickets can be purchased for the social through the Wilson Center Box Office.
Inside the Music
During the social, Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Dr. Steven Errante will give a pre-concert talk about his new commissioned work, Azalea Suite. The pre-concert talk is designed to enhance your enjoyment of the concert by providing insights into Azalea Suite — bringing you “inside” the music. You must purchase a Pre-Concert Social ticket to attend the pre-concert talk.
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Conduct The Stars and Stripes Forever with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra at the March 29, 2020, Azalea Festival Pops concert! The winner of this auction item will receive complimentary Priority seats and of course the great opportunity to conduct the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra on the Wilson Center stage!
Dr. Steven Errante has been Conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra and a member of the UNCW Department of Music faculty since 1986. He is also founding conductor of the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra and the accompanist for the Girls’ Choir of Wilmington. Dr. Errante has degrees from the University of Michigan and the Juilliard School and has previously taught at the University of Michigan, Northern Michigan University, and the University of Richmond.About Azalea Suite
Azalea Suite, commissioned by the North Carolina Azalea Festival and composed by the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s conductor, Dr. Steven Errante, is comprised of five movements. Four of the movements are each a musical reflection on one specific azalea variety, with the final movement suggesting the profusion of a whole bank of azaleas. The four varieties reflected musically include the big and showy Formosa, the delicate Kurume variety, the petite and understated Coastal, and the brilliant color of the Flame.