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N.C. Symphony adjusts Nov. 19 concert time so families can attend Christmas Parade

Posted November 3, 2011

The N.C. Symphony has moved its 11 a.m., Nov. 19, Young People's Series performance to 1:30 p.m. so families can attend both the WRAL Raleigh Christmas Parade and the concert. The parade starts at 9:40 a.m.

The hour-long performance of "Beethoven Lives Upstairs" also is scheduled for 4 p.m. that day. Tickets for the 11 a.m. concert will be honored at the 1:30 p.m. show. You can also exchange them for the 4 p.m. concert if you need to by using the Ticket Exchange Form at

The concert, designed for kids ages 4 to 12, takes place at the Progress Energy Center for Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The concert features the works of Beethoven and two actors on stage for a performance based on a children's book by Barbara Nichol.

Here's a description: "'Beethoven Lives Upstairs' follows young Christoph as he writes his uncle about the 'madman' who has moved in above his house. Through a touching correspondence based on real events from the Beethoven’s life and dramatically underscored by excerpts from his most beautiful music, Christoph comes to understand both the composer’s genius and the torment of his deafness."

The concert features selections from more than 25 compositions, including many of Beethoven’s most famous works: Moonlight Sonata, Für Elise, the Fifth and Ninth Symphonies and more.

Ticket holders are encouraged to get there after the parade or an hour before the 4 p.m. concert for activities. They include crafts provided by Marbles Kids Museum and Sympson’s Instrument Zoo, offering children the chance to try out the orchestra’s instruments for themselves and get a photo with the Symphony’s NCS Kids mascot.

General admission tickets to either concert on Nov. 19 are $20. Click here for more information about the Nov. 19 concert and the other Young People's Series concerts.

Nov. 19 is going to be a busy one for many families with the parade, the concert and the grand opening of Pullen Park. The park's grand opening celebration begins at 10 a.m. when the park and rides open. There's also a dedication at 2 p.m. and entertainment and music from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

A huge thank you to the symphony for making the change. Apparently I wasn't the only one trying to figure out how to squeeze it all in in one day!


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