The ocean has provided inspiration for countless great composers, leading to some of their most dramatic music. The North Carolina Symphony brings evocative, sensuous works to Southern Pines on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 pm, with Music Inspired by the Sea.  

Wide-ranging works on this program—Debussy’s La Mer, Sibelius’ The Oceanides, and Britten’s Four Sea Interludes, depict the sea’s extremes of absolute calm to total chaos—calling to mind the interplay of light on waves, the majestic sight of an endless seascape, and the menacing power of stormy surf.

 “Debussy’s La Mer is to me one of the most perfectly constructed and beautiful pieces about the sea,” says Joseph Peters, Associate Principal Oboe and English Horn. “It is full of both power and subtle beauty, like the ocean itself.”

Principal Tuba Seth Horner describes the genius of Britten’s Four Sea Interludes. “From its first glinting note, ‘Moonlight’ from the Four Sea Interludes transports you to a salty, cold shore somewhere in the night,” he says. “Inclining your gaze up into the vastness of space on a starry night to breathe in the wonder and mystery of the moonlight is a feat of artistry that few composers ever dared to capture.”

The program also features the cheerful, lively D’un matin de printemps (“Of a Spring Morning”) by early 20th century composer Lili Boulanger; and Chausson’s Poème, a free-flowing and expressive work for violin and orchestra, with NCS Concertmaster Brian Reagin as soloist.

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North Carolina Symphony
Debussy La Mer: Music Inspired by the Sea

Tuesday, April 23 at 8pm

Robert Lee Auditorium, Pinecrest High School (Southern Pines)

North Carolina Symphony
Grant Llewellyn, conductor
Brian Reagin, violin

Sibelius: The Oceanides
Chausson: Poème
L. Boulanger: D’un Matin de Printemps
Britten: Four Sea Interludes
Debussy: La Mer

TICKETS start at $18



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