NC Symphony Affiliation
Over our history, the PA has enjoyed the support of the North Carolina Symphony’s artistic staff. Our young musicians of the PA have been privileged to perform under the direction of many of the conductors of the North Carolina Symphony.
In 1993, TYP performed Wagner’s Rienzi Overture under the direction of North Carolina Symphony Artistic Director, Gerhardt Zimmermann. TYP performed on a North Carolina Symphony Young People’s Concert directed by Jackson Parkhurst in 1994 and was conducted by Michael Jimbo, North Carolina Symphony Assistant Conductor, in the finale of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8. North Carolina Symphony Associate Conductor, William Henry Curry, led TYP in the North Carolina Premier of his composition Eulogy in 1997.
Coaching & Adjudication
Since 1988, young musicians of the PA have had the annual opportunity to work with numerous members of the Symphony as coaches and adjudicators. The North Carolina Symphony began funding the 21 coaches used for sectional rehearsals for our three orchestras in the spring of 2008. With these close ties it naturally followed that in 1993 our Triangle Youth Philharmonic became the official youth orchestra of the North Carolina Symphony.
In 2000, Mr. Curry again led TYP in Still’s Fanfare for American Heroes and provided the narration for Copland’s A Lincoln Portrait. That same year, Maestro Zimmermann conducted TYS in a performance of Sibelius’ Finlandia. In 2006, TYP performed Elgar’s Enigma Variations with the North Carolina Symphony’s Music Director, Grant Llewellyn. Maestro Llewellyn returned in 2008 to conduct Vaughan Williams A London Symphony. NCS Assistant Conductor, Joan Landry, conducted TYS in the finale of Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony in Spring of 2009.
Over the years, musicians in PA orchestras have been enriched by the collaboration with other arts and community organizations.
From 1993 – 1998, TYP performed an annual North Carolina Bach Festival concert. Two of these concerts were in combination with The Raleigh Boychoir.
In 1996, 1997, and 1999 the PA joined forces with the Town of Cary and presented innovative children’s concerts in which members of the audience could sit within the orchestra. The PA also provided music for the ground breaking of the Town’s facility for the NCSO at Regency Park.
Perhaps the most memorable collaboration has been through Sister Cities of Raleigh. In 1994, the PA hosted The City of Hull Youth Symphony Orchestra (Raleigh’s Sister City in the UK) in a combined concert in Memorial Auditorium.
In 1995 and 2000, members of the Triangle Youth Philharmonic and Triangle Youth Symphony traveled to the UK and represented Raleigh in joint concerts in Hull (shown left). The 2000 trip followed the footsteps of Felix Mendelssohn and included visits to Edinburg, Loch Lomond, and Fingals Cave.
In 1996 and 1998, TYP represented the Triangle on two invitational concerts for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
TYP performed concerts with the Martin Luther King All-Children’s Choir as part of the 2003 and 2004 celebrations honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (shown left). TYJE has continued this tradition, performing on this concert in 2005, 2006, and 2007.
In 2004, Carolina Ballet Principal Conductor, Alfred E. Sturgis, led TYP in two performances of Robert Ward’s Lady Kate danced by the Raleigh Dance Theatre (shown left).
TYP was honored to be the orchestra performing for the Inaugural Gala of Governor Michael Easley in 2005 and again for his second Inaugural Gala in 2009.
The Cary High School Concert Chorus, directed by Edward Yasick, appeared on the TYS Fall Concert in 2008.
In February 2009, with support from the National Endowment for the Arts, City of Raleigh Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County, members of TYP joined forces with Enloe Chamber Choir and Raleigh Dance Theatre in a memorable performance of Telemann’s opera Don Quixote at the Wedding of Comacho.
In the spring of 2010, the Capital City Girls Choir Cantabile Singers, directed by Dr. Fran Page, sang with TYP in Holst’s “Neptune” from The Planets.
TYP has collaborated on several occasions with the International Ballet Company of Cary. In 2011 and 2012, excerpts from The Nutcracker were performed by their lead dancers for the PA’s Holiday Concert. In 2012, two performances of “Summer” and “Autumn” from Glazunov’s The Seasons were given in the Cary Arts Center Theatre.
The Philharmonic Association was presented with the 2011 Business Support of the Arts Award in the Arts Education category by the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County. We were cited for “extraordinary commitment to improving education through the arts since 1988.” Thanks to numerous positive reviews written by participants, parents, and music professionals, the PA made the Top-Rated Arts Nonprofits list in 2011 and 2014 on the Great Nonprofits website.
THE PHILHARMONIC ASSOCIATION was extremely honored to be recognized by the City of Raleigh, North Carolina Arts Commission, as a 2012 recipient of the Medal of Arts.
The Triangle Youth Philharmonic performed for the ceremony on October 3, 2012.
In celebration of our 25th year, the Philharmonic Association commissioned works from local composers Craig Hanemann, Robert Nosow, Tom Lohr, and Terry Mizesko for TYSO, TYO, TYS and TYP to premiere.
All our groups, as well as an orchestra of PA alumni, performed for a grand celebration at Booth Amphitheatre, Cary, on June 2, 2013.
Other Medal of Arts Recipients Affiliated With the Philharmonic Association:
Founding Artistic Director Hugh Partridge was a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in recognition of his “extraordinary achievement in the Arts” in 2003.
McCrae Hardy, conductor of our Triangle Youth Symphony from 2011 to present, was a recipient of the Raleigh Medal of Arts in 1994.