WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Hurricane Florence is one of the reasons David Hyde Pierce wanted to lend his star power to an event in Wilmington this week.
Hyde Pierce, an Emmy and Tony-award winning actor several times over, is best known for playing the psychiatrist Dr. Niles Crane on the NBC sitcom Frasier. The show recently celebrated its 25th anniversary.
This week, Hyde Pierce will co-host the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s “Music from the Silver Screen” concert.
“I have a dear friend and family member who was on the (Wilmington Symphony) board for many years and has been trying to get me down here for many years to do something with the Symphony and finally I’m free,” Hyde Pierce said. “But the other thing is I also know what Wilmington has been through with the hurricane and the recovery and every organization including the Symphony is struggling and also, frankly this is exactly the kind of event for people who have been through a lot to just have a night where they can go and have a good time and enjoy beautiful music and hopefully have a few laughs.”
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra’s concert on Tuesday, Nov. 13, will feature movie-themed songs, including performances from Gone with the Wind, The Pink Panther, The Way We Were, Batman, Dances with Wolves and more.
“We are very fortunate that David Hyde Pierce is going to come in and add a little bit more of that Hollywood glamour to the evening,” said Orchestra Conductor Dr. Steven Errante.
“Well, it’s the first time I’ve been called Hollywood glamorous so I’m already glad I came,” Hyde Pierce joked in an interview with Ashlea Kosikowski on WECT News First at Four. “I’m going to help, I’m going to co-host with Steven I may even play a little piano which I don’t usually do in public and people can find out why.”
The event is part of the Cucalorus Film Festival.
Tickets are $40 and can be purchased here: http://www.wilmingtonsymphony.org/