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Andrew von Oeyen Performs with North Carolina Symphony, Sept. 30-Oct. 2

The North Carolina Symphony announced today that celebrated pianist Andrew von Oeyen will join the orchestra for concerts in Raleigh and Chapel Hill, Sept. 30-Oct. 2. He replaces Pascal Rogé, who said in a statement that he "sincerely regrets that due to unexpected and unforeseen health matters he must cancel his appearances with the North Carolina Symphony this week."

"He sends his good wishes to everyone and hopes to be able to return to perform there again very soon," the statement concludes.

Von Oeyen joins Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the Symphony for a program of lighthearted masterworks in Raleigh's Meymandi Concert Hall, in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1. The performances continue at Memorial Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on Sunday, Oct. 2. All three concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.

Commanding an extensive and diverse repertoire, von Oeyen has performed the major concertos of the piano literature with ensembles from across the world, including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Berlin Symphony and Ravinia Festival Orchestra. On July 4, 2009, the American pianist performed at the U.S. Capitol with the National Symphony in "A Capitol Fourth," reaching millions worldwide in the multi-award-winning PBS live telecast.

He joins the Symphony to perform Ravel's jazz-infused Piano Concerto in G Major, as well as an additional solo work to be announced. The concert also includes Haydn's Symphony No. 83, "The Hen," a humorous entry from the composer's beloved "Paris" Symphonies, and Carmen composer Georges Bizet's energetic Symphony in C, written when he was only 17.

Regular tickets to the Duke Medicine Classical Series Raleigh performances on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, and Chapel Hill Series performance on Sunday, Oct. 2 range from $33 to $63, with $30 tickets for seniors and $10 tickets for students.

Meymandi Concert Hall is located in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., in Raleigh. Memorial Hall is located on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, at 208 E. Cameron Ave.


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