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NC Symphony: Blues in the Night 

When: Fri., May 6, 8 p.m. and Sat., May 7, 8 p.m. 2011
Price: $30-60

In a sort of grand experiment, the North Carolina Symphony pairs for two nights with bluesmen Corey Harris and Phil Wiggins, as well as sopranos Rozlyn Sorrell and Tina Morris-Anderson. Gershwin is among the American composers who have been influenced by jazz and the blues, but can "real" blues fit with classical music? Wiggins' bending, puffing harmonica is no clarinet, and the percussive twang of Harris' acoustic guitar is no cello. The juxtaposition of Mozart-driven intellectualism and whiskey-fueled emotion will do its best to break down genre stereotypes. Considering Harris' previous genre bending helped him win a MacArthur "genius grant," there's reason to be optimistic about the results here. —Andrew Ritchey

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