N.C. Symphony Gets Roge Squared — For Free!

In Raleigh NC, The Arts on November 30, 2009 at 10:50 am

In the event you were too busy preparing a feast last Wednesday, you missed a great story in the N&O about renowned French pianist Pascal Roge’s response to the N.C. Symphony saying they couldn’t pay him for a scheduled performance.

Roge who has never been here nor has ties to the area, shocked members of the N.C. Symphony by saying he’d be delighted to perform regardless! In fact, he said he’d bring his pianist wife, Ami Roge to join in on this wonderful gift he is giving Raleigh. He referred to his profession is not a profession but a pleasure. Can I get an amen?

Hats off to these generous artists who are so lovingly giving their time next week for concerts in Raleigh on Dec. 4 and 5 and Southern Pines on Dec 3. Having worked for a non-profit arts organization (The Alabama Theatre) earlier in my career, I understand how the economy can create challenges to the ongoing operations of these treasured groups.

Okay Raleigh people, now do your part. Make sure and catch one of Pascal and Ami Roge’s performances while they are here. Who wants to get a group together and go? Somebody pick the 4th or 5th and we’ll get it started. 8 p.m. both nights at Meymandi.

  1. Wow! I’m finding out about this too late. Did you go? I love his heart!

    • It’s tonight at 8. Looks like I might have an extra ticket or two. Get in touch with me if you want to go! I’d love to see you.

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