The Hershey Theatre, conceived in 1933 by noted philanthropist and chocolatier Milton S. Hershey, stands as an opulent tribute to the performing arts. Taking architectural cues from Saint Mark’s Basilica in Venice, the foyer’s towering arches gleam with golden paint and crystal chandeliers. The blue-and-gold mosaic that leads to the main seating area is the masterwork of two German artists who spent two years on its construction. Once inside the theater, audiences might think they’ve stepped onto the streets of Venice thanks to the atmospheric ceiling, stonework facades, and gondoliers paddling them to their seats. ####Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Music has permeated the 800 manicured acres where the Bethel Woods Center for the Arts has stood since 1969, when farmer Max Yasgur agreed to let love, peace, and harmony grow wild at the very first Woodstock festival. These days, the renowned outdoor venue and cultural center continues to attract the biggest acts in music to its pavilion stage. The open-air design ensures ample ventilation on the natural sloping lawn, and a roof protects up to 15,000 fans from inclement weather and the prying eyes of Cessna pilots.
Continuing a musical tradition nearly 50 years old, the South Carolina Philharmonic showcases classic and contemporary works performed by some of the region's most talented musicians. For Masterworks 6, Musical Director Morihiko Nakahara has selected a lively quartet of pieces to feature the orchestra's tireless melody miners. Bach’s Concerto in C Minor for Oboe, Violin, and Orchestra will display the string-shaking and reed-rattling skills of Mary Lee Taylor Kinosian and oboist Rebecca Nagel. Rounding out the docket of dulcet tones is a suite inspired by three paintings by Sandro Botticelli, as well as a suite from Kurt Weill's The Threepenny Opera, and Mozart’s Symphony no. 35, Haffner, a technically demanding piece notorious for being written in the mysterious third clef. Sitting in grand-tier balcony seats, Groupon customers can tune their ossicles to the sweet sounds and unsweetened silence resounding through the Koger Center's acoustically designed chamber.
Evincing a history that dates back to 1881 and includes stints as a city jail and a silent-film palace, the 426-seat Newberry Opera House is a spectacle in itself. A recent multimillion-dollar renovation project modernized the institution's eclectic Victorian craftwork by adding state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems and removing the horse-drawn curtain-raising system.
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.