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NC Symphony and Shara Worden 

When: April 23-25 2015

NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY & SHARA WORDEN

MEMORIAL HALL, CHAPEL HILL & MEYMANDI CONCERT HALL, RALEIGH

THURSDAY, APRIL 23–SATURDAY, APRIL 25

The North Carolina Symphony's next season has earned early praised for its emphasis on works by living composers. This season's penultimate concert, featuring pieces by Judd Greenstein and Sarah Kirkland Snider, is a sign of things to come. The pair cofounded the genre-bending label New Amsterdam Records, a prominent syndicate among a younger generation of composers. Here, Greenstein contributes a world premiere orchestration of his 2009 chamber work, Change. The piece builds around a burbling melody and shifting rhythmic patterns, like Michael Torke's Yellow Pages for the indie rock era. But the highlight will be three excerpts from Snider's Unremembered, a 15-song-cycle of poems by Nathaniel Bellows for multiple singers and orchestra. The work is dark and luscious, sounding like the logical next step for Steve Reich and David Lang's neo-Renaissance polyphony. Soprano Shara Worden, better known as My Brightest Diamond, will sing lead; her performance of the insistent, esoterically sultry "The Witch" should be thrilling. For the more traditional-minded, the symphony will also play warhorses by Samuel Barber and Aaron Copland. The program returns next weekend, but without Snider and Worden, so go now. 7:30 p.m., Thursday, April 23, 208 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill; 8 p.m., Friday, April 24Saturday, April 25, 2 E. South St., Raleigh. $18$75, 919-733-2750, ncsymphony.org. —Dan Ruccia

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