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'The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony' Comes To Raleigh

An image of poster for 'The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony'
Richard Blackford
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The noises of the natural world are filled with sounds of joy, sorrow and survival. Step outside and you may hear the sound of a wren singing into the air or a beaver who is mourning the loss of an offspring.

These sounds and more are featured in The

Great Animal Orchestra Symphony. The musical work combines the sounds of live orchestral music with animals in their natural environments.
 Host Frank Stasio talks with Richard Blackford, composer of The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony

, and Peter Askim, conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony, about the composition.

The Raleigh Civic Symphony performs 

The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, April 17 at Stewart Theatre in Raleigh.  
Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.