NC Symphony pays tribute to Tom Petty for Summerfest series in Cary

Tom Petty performs Sept. 18, 2014 at PNC Arena in Raleigh. The North Carolina Symphony, led by guest conductor Richard Carsey and vocalist Tony Vincent, will perform "The Music of Tom Petty" at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on July 14.Scott Sharpe

Tom Petty died in November, but his music still lives on, even on stage.

The North Carolina Symphony, led by guest conductor Richard Carsey and vocalist Tony Vincent, will perform “The Music of Tom Petty” at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary on July 14, as part of the Symphony’s Summerfest series.

The tribute will include Petty’s classics, such as “Free Fallin’,” “Learning to Fly” and “American Girl.” Carsey is the current conductor of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway, and Vincent has played major roles in Broadway revivals of both “Rent” and “Jesus Christ Superstar.” In addition to traditional symphonic instruments, Vincent will be backed by full rock band.

Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, picnics, and beer and wine.

Petty was the quintessential rock star and toured with his band, The Heartbreakers, up until September of 2017, less than two months before his tragic death. Petty was a three-time Grammy-winner, and was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

“The Music of Tom Petty” represents the continuation of a tradition, as the NC Symphony has previously performed tributes to Prince, U2, Michael Jackson and The Rolling Stones. On Sept. 15, the Symphony will follow it with a performance of “The Music of Queen” as the inaugural concert of the 2018-19 concert season. “The Music of Queen” will also be conducted by Carsey, and will feature vocalist Brody Dolyniuk playing the role of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury.

The NC Symphony presents “The Music of Tom Petty”

When: 7:30 p.m. July 14
Where: Koka Booth Amphitheatre, 8003 Regency Parkway, Cary
Tickets: $34 plus handling, available for purchase online at https://bit.ly/2ui88Be, by phone at 919-733-2750, or in person in Raleigh at 3700 Glenwood Avenue, Suite 130. Children 12 and under receive free admission.

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