William Henry Curry to step down as resident conductor of North Carolina Symphony

Posted on: February 29, 2016

“Twenty years is a long time to be at any job these days. William Henry Curry has reached that impressive milestone as resident conductor of the N.C. Symphony,” writes Roy C. Dicks in Saturday’s (2/27) News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.). His March 4-5 concerts in Raleigh and Chapel Hill “mark the last ones he’ll conduct in that position on the orchestra’s classical series in the Triangle. After finishing his duties with the orchestra’s Summerfest series in Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre in July, Curry is stepping down to concentrate on his job as music director of the Durham [N.C.] Symphony Orchestra and to have more time for composing.” His upcoming Triangle series program “reflects his abiding love for Tchaikovsky’s compositions and his deep respect for the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” Dicks interviews Curry about his King-inspired composition Eulogy for a Dream, about his interpretation of Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, and about what he sees as his mission as a conductor. Says Curry, “I look at all my programming, whether pops or classical, as an opportunity to educate. There should always be something wonderful on each program that people don’t know, along with recognizable favorites.”

Posted February 29, 2016