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Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts presents

A Tempo, II Soldato & Friends Concert

"'A Tempo, Il Soldato & Friends' global benefit tour will make a special stop in Raleigh for a memorable evening in support of the Columbus Children Foundation. Proceeds from the Nov. 7 concert will benefit the organization’s mission to advance effective therapies to help children suffering from ultra-rare and life-threatening neurodegenerative diseases.

Tickets are on sale at Ticketmaster or by calling: 800-745-3000.

'The Columbus Children Foundation is pleased to bring these exceptional Spanish musicians to North Carolina for a rare performance,” said Robert Long, a Trustee of the Columbus Children Foundation. “There is a harmony and universal language shared between music and medical discovery, and we are fortunate to intertwine the two in order to advance therapies for children suffering from rare diseases.'

The Raleigh performance marks the launch of the Columbus Children Foundation, the United States arm of Fundación Columbus, a global children’s charity. Raleigh is one of only three scheduled concerts in the United States for these Spanish artists, who have graciously dedicated their art to the cause. Columbus Children Foundation has local roots. Drs. Richard Jude Samulski and XiaoXiao of the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill, are scientific advisors to the foundation and serve on its scientific advisory board.

The concert begins at 7:30 PM in the A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. María José Montiel (mezzo-soprano), Ángel Luis Quintana (cellist) and Laurence Verna (lead pianist) will play alongside special guest, pianist Toni Pearson, Director of the CerebralPalsy Center at St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The artists will perform music by Spanish composers, Falla and Montsalvatge, and French music including the favorite Arias from Samson and Delilah and Carmen. Prior to the performance, there will be a Spanish Cava Reception for VIP guests, starting at 6:00 PM in Memorial Hall.

A highlight of the evening, Quintana will play the coveted Il Soldato, a magnificent cello with a rich history dating back to 1800, and now owned by Fundación Columbus. This crown jewel has been played by one master cellist after the next, passed from generation to generation. In 2016, the famous Dutch cellist Herre-Jan Stegenga awarded Quintana, first cello of the Spanish National Orchestra, as the next gifted artist to carry on this celebrated tradition.

The global benefit concert tour “A Tempo, Il Soldato & Friends” kicked off late last year inValencia, Spain and was followed by a performance in Barcelona in early 2018. Additional concert stops are planned for Moscow, Russia (September 27), Washington, DC (November 12), Naples, Florida (November 16), and San Sebastian, Spain (January 28, 2019)."

Columbus Children Foundation

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

2 East South Street

Raleigh, NC 27601

  • Wednesday, 7 November

    7:30 PM