Season Tickets Now on Sale!
April 28, 2015...
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra has a new season planned, Transformations. Season tickets are now available for sale online beginning today!
Just visit the Season Tickets page to get yours today! And, if you order by May 29th, you may secure reserved seats at this year's Pops at the Post on June 6th.
Program Notes for English Elation
Program Notes for the English Elation concert are provided by Professor Renee McCachren of Catawba College.
The theme for the entire 2014-15 Season of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra has been framed as a series of “Puzzles.” The puzzler for this concert poses the question “Why?” in relation to “English Elation.” Those who have some familiarity with English history may ponder several possible reasons for celebration in that country this year. For example, 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, signed by King John at Runnymede in June 1215. Six hundred years ago in 1415 the English defeated the French at the Battle of Agincourt during the Hundred Years War, and 200 years ago in 1815 the English triumphed against Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo. All of these incidents mark significant events for England, but none reveal the answer to “Why?” for English Elation. Look for subtle clues in the Program Notes.
Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion
William Alwyn (1905-85)
In their search for novel and modernistic approaches to music, twentieth-century composers explored a variety of techniques for creating original and often startling sonorities, whether through electronics, newly invented instruments, or traditional instruments played in unconventional ways. Within such a culture of experimentation and innovation, it was quite natural for percussion instruments to assume an increasingly prominent role in the orchestra. Percussion dominates William Alwyn’s Fanfare for a Joyful Occasion, a work dedicated to leading British percussionist Jimmy Blades.
Monday, April 6, 2015 . . . Linda Jones
The Salisbury Symphony’s final concert of the season is themed “English Elation,” in celebration of the anticipated announcement this coming fall that Queen Elizabeth will be the longest-reigning monarch in British history.
Much English-themed music is programmed by music director David Hagy, including the “Orb and Sceptre March,” written by William Walton for Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953 (the same year David Hagy was born!).
Come Tickle Our Ivories - Debut near for fundraiser featuring student-painted pianos in public spaces
Saturday, March 31, 2015 . . . Salisbury Post
Look out … they’re coming soon to a street corner near you: those seven donated pianos you may already have heard or read about, magnificently decorated by art students at our seven county high schools, destined for the entrances to seven select shops along Main Street in Salisbury starting May 1.
They’ll stay in those locations for five months, through Sept. 30, for anyone to sit down and play and passersby to enjoy 24/7.
Young Musician Shines in Orchestra
Photo supplied by Dr. and Mrs. David Agner
Thursday, January 29, 2015 . . . Salisbury Post
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra doesn’t let just anyone perform “The Nutcracker” with them, but last December, 14-year-old cellist Kevin Agner joined the group in the orchestra pit at Keppel Auditorium to perform.
Agner has been a student of Diane Bonds since he began studying cello approximately four years ago. He was a member of the Salisbury Youth Orchestra for two years and the Greensboro Youth Philharmonic Orchestra for one year. Most recently, he has been a member of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra.
Come Tickle Our Ivories
This is a novel partnership—in fact the first of its kind in the state!—between the Salisbury Symphony and Rowan County’s seven high schools that involves art students decorating donated pianos to be placed in outdoor downtown Salisbury locations from May through September for the public to play and passersby to enjoy any time!
Order Tickets Online
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra is pleased to add a new convenience for supporters of the Symphony - the ability to purchase tickets and memberships, and also provide donations, online.
Purchase individual concert tickets in advance at any one of our Ticket Outlets: Salisbury: Belk, Rowan County Visitors Center, Sidewalk Deli; Rockwell: Crescent Pharmacy; Spencer: Green Goat Gallery.
Salisbury Symphony Offers Bold, Beautiful Music!
November 11, 2014…The Salisbury Symphony’s second concert of its 2014-15 season offers classical music that is both bold and beautiful! Beginning with Mozart’s Overture to Don Giovanni, followed by Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 in D Minor, the concert ends with the monumental Piano Concerto #1 by Brahms. The concert, “Minor Details, Major Decisions,” holds the answer to the puzzle question “What?” What could be the reason for this title? And, the answer is found in the music! Those who arrive by 7:00 PM will be treated to a conversation with David Hagy, Music Director, about the music and the composers featured that evening.
‘Les Misérables’ - Love Triumphs Once Again
Saturday, October 18, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
The collaboration of Piedmont Players and the Salisbury Symphony with “Les Miserables” is an audience-pleasing success. The opening night crowd was on their feet, whistling and cheering by the end of the three-hour concert production.
Standouts in a huge cast are, of course, Neil Shepherd as Jean Valjean. Shepherd is a big man, with an impressive vocal range that allows him to shine when he begs God to let Marius live after he is wounded in the first battles of the French Revolution. Even Shepherd had tears in his eyes.
‘Puzzles’ the Title for Salisbury Symphony’s 38th Season
Sunday, August 31, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
Elgar’s “Enigma” is just that. For whom were each of its variations written? Initials or words provide little clues.
“It is a puzzle,” admits Maestro David Hagy.
But it was a piece he wanted the Salisbury Symphony to play. So he set about building a concert around it.
Why not create a whole season around puzzle pieces, suggested Linda Jones, the symphony’s executive director, and a theme was born.
“Puzzles” is the title of the symphony’s 38th season, which kicks off Oct. 4 with a pops concert at Livingstone College’s Varick auditorium. The remainder of the season will be spent at Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium.
Salisbury Symphony Announces New Board
July 13, 2014…
The Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society members have elected their new board of directors.
New members include John Brincefield, Timothy Gudger, Rosemary Kinard, Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Dr. Bethany Sinnott, Robert Van Geons, Jordan Warren and Dairon McGraw.
Dr. Martha K. West will serve as president of the board, assisted by Dr. Mary Frances Edens as vice president. Jean Wurster will be the new secretary.