In support of her high-decibel new album, Rihanna kicks off her hotly anticipated LOUD tour with emphatic gusto and a sizzling roster of special guests. Like an art show at a sundae bar, the LOUD tour floods the senses, enchanting audiences with lavishly designed sets, myriad costume changes, move-busting dancers, and Rihanna's songbook of Grammy magnets. Crooner Cee Lo Green augments the songful offerings with his own vocal talents, and Roc Nation rapper and rhythm scientist J. Cole further helps resuscitate ear drums traumatized by the outside world's blaring car horns and shrill howler monkeys.
The Greensboro Symphony’s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings—its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.
As North Carolina's oldest continuously running orchestra, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has garnered international acclaim through an overseas tour and a visit from Queen Noor of Jordan on the orchestra's 50th anniversary. Watch the enthusiastic gestures of conductor Fouad Fakhouri as he leads the symphony through a musical cornucopia of classic symphonies. Treble-clef devotees can savor the sounds of the romantic era on February 5, 2011, at the Seabrook Auditorium, featuring Brahms's Symphony no. 1 and Strauss's Oboe Concerto, or swim through the sound waves of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto no. 1 on March 12, 2011, at Reeves Auditorium. The orchestra will conclude its season on April 30, 2011, at Reeves Auditorium, when it will perform Debussy's harmonic achievement "Afternoon of a Faun" and Bartók's Concerto for Orchestra, a piece written while the early-twentieth-century Hungarian composer was experimenting with parachute pants and keytars.