Come Tickle Our Ivories - 2016 Pianos!
April 19, 2016…
By popular demand – and having grown in size – the “Come Tickle Our Ivories!” project is back, set to showcase a new batch of creatively decorated pianos on the sidewalks of Salisbury. This year, art students from 10 Rowan County middle schools and Early College magically transformed these instruments according to a theme of their choice. The pianos will be formally unveiled on the streets of Salisbury at 5:30 p.m. during Downtown Salisbury, Inc.’s First Friday Night Out on May 6th. Student musicians will then serenade the public on their respective school piano.
Come Tickle Our Ivories! - 2016 Donors
Join these donors in supporting the arts in schools throughout Rowan County, as well as supporting the Symphony's youth programs!
BABY GRAND LEVEL ($1,000): Will & Mary James
UPRIGHT LEVEL ($500): Greg & Missie Alcorn, Freirich Foods, Mark & Virginia Robertson, Lee & Mona Lisa Wallace
SPINET LEVEL ($250-$300): Charles & Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim, John & Cris Brincefield, Shawn & Leah Campion, Raymond & Kay Coltrain, David Post Law, Bill & Sue Davis, Glenn & Beth Dixon, Dr. Mary Frances Edens, Luke & Diane Fisher, Paul & Sue Fisher, Dr. Don & Bethany Fortner, Gerry Wood Auto Group, Dr. David Hagy, Kiran Jagarlamudi & Pragathi Ravi, Edward & Susan Norvell, Fred & Alice Stanback, Dr. Martha West
KEYBOARD LEVEL ($50-$100): Reid & Tina Acree, Gus & Barbara Andrews, Matt & Gwin Barr, Ken & Kathryn Clifton, Steve Cobb & Jennifer Hubbard, Jerry Cochran, Allen & Michelle Cook, Bob & Sara Cook, Harold & Judy Ann Deal, Jay & Meg Dees, Steve & Robin Fisher, Jane Gamewell, Will & Amy Goodnight, Fle Griffith, Lyndia Heward, Geoffrey & Dottie Hoy, Richard & Dale Huffman, Michael & Cecelia Hughes, Linda Jones, Sue McHugh, Bud & Betty Mickle, Nancy Mott, Al & Babe Nobles, Scott & Kim Robinson, Robert & Kathryn Rusher, Sacred Heart Catholic School, Salisbury Academy, Greg & Kristin Shields, Chip & Luanne Short, Bethany Sinnott, Blaine & Andrea Smith, Cliff & Barb Sorel, Stitchin’ Post Gifts, Lane Wallace, Jason & Tracy Walser, Walser Technology Group, Dr. Ken & Nancy Washko, Carol Waters, Billy & Scotti Webb, Dr. Robert & Susan Whitaker, Brad Williams, Brannon & Whitney Wallace Williams, Brad & Traci Williams, Paul & Beth Woodson, Jean Wurster, Bryan & Mary Wymbs
Your tax-deductible contribution—for which we promise widespread publicity!—can be made online; by calling the symphony office at 704-637-4314; or mailing a check to PO Box 4264 Salisbury, NC 28145:
$100 – Keyboard level
$250 – Spinet level
$500 – Upright level
$1,000 – Baby Grand level
$2,500 – Concert Grand level
Thank you for your support!
In Memorium: Salisbury Symphony Principal Cellist DiesMarch 28, 2016…It is with great sadness that the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society, Inc. and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra share the news of the death of our Principal Cellist, Ms. Anne Sellitti, on Easter Sunday morning, March 27th. She had been valiantly fighting cancer for over a year and had recovered somewhat before a relapse that occurred shortly before the orchestra’s performance on March 12th.
Anne last performed with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra on October 17th, this season’s opening concert. Many enjoyed her solo performance of Gustav Holst’s Invocation last season on the “English Elation” concert on May 9th; she dedicated her performance in that concert “to the staff at the Duke University Cancer Center and to cancer researchers around the world.” She also performed the Elgar Cello Concerto with the Orchestra several seasons earlier.
Tuned in: NC Symphony Performs for County Fifth-Graders
Friday, March 11, 2016 . . . Salisbury Post
By Rebecca Rider
SALISBURY — David Glover, associate conductor for the North Carolina Symphony, sections off the audience at Keppel Auditorium. He instructs one section of fifth-graders to snap their fingers, another to rub their hands together and a third to pat their legs. As he points at one section after another, the hall fills with the sound of rain, wind and the slow build of thunder.
It’s a physical illustration of musical dynamics – the softness or loudness of sound – and one that the symphony itself demonstrates a moment later by playing the fourth movement of “The Storm” from Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, “Pastoral.”
Each year, every Rowan County fifth-grader is invited to hear the North Carolina Symphony perform. Thursday’s concert was part of an annual tradition that stretches back to the 1970s, and is something that’s made possible by donations from the Robertson Family Foundation and the Margaret C. Woodson Foundation.
“Most of them have never been inside a concert hall,” Salisbury Symphony Executive Director Linda Jones said. “Most of them have never heard a classical music concert live.”
Program Notes for Remembrance
Program Notes for the Remembrance concert are provided by Professor Renee McCachren of Catawba College.
John Duffy (b. 1926)
Remembering a Culture... For more than three thousand years Jews have played an important role in shaping civilization. From their origins in the remote past in the Middle East, through upheaval and crisis, and, most recently, Holocaust and the establishment of the modern state of Israel, Jews have participated significantly throughout world history. Their contributions were memorialized in 1984 in the nine-hour PBS broadcast Heritage: Civilization and the Jews, accompanied by the music of John Duffy. Duffy later compiled music from the series into a suite opening with the Fanfare. That collection, described by the Chicago Tribune as “haunting, memorable and brilliant,” received the prestigious Peabody Award and an Emmy for “Outstanding Music.”
March 1, 2016…
On Saturday, March 12th, the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of remembering. Beginning at 7:30 PM, in Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus, they will perform four beautiful pieces while sharing the incredible talent of Bryan Hall, violinist. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at the box office the evening of the concert.
Music Director David Hagy begins the concert with a fanfare, John Duffy’s “Heritage Fanfare,” to be precise, described by the Chicago Tribune as “haunting, memorable and brilliant,” receiving the prestigious Peabody Award and an Emmy for “Outstanding Music.” This piece flows effortlessly into Dan Locklair’s “In Memory-H.H.L,” a lyrical piece to prompt sweet memories…
In celebration of Old Blue Eyes’ 100th birthday, Salisbury Symphony plans ‘A Salute to Sinatra’
Thursday, November 12, 2015 . . . Salisbury Post
Ol’ Blue Eyes — who doesn’t know who that is?! Frank Sinatra is one of those musical legends who finds an audience every generation. In celebration of what would be his 100th birthday this December, the Salisbury Symphony is creating “A Salute to Sinatra.”
In celebration of his 100th birthday, the Salisbury Symphony is creating “A Salute to Sinatra.”
On Jan. 9, 2016, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society, Inc. will present its 15th Big Band Bash, chaired by Andrea Anders and Michael Bitzer.
Program Notes for Triumph
Program Notes for the Triumph concert are provided by Professor Renee McCachren of Catawba College.
Ludwig van Beethoven (1770-1827)
Triumph in Death. Lamoral, Count of Egmont, was a sixteenth-century Dutch general, nobleman, and statesman during a time of political turmoil and national unrest caused by the Spanish occupation of the Netherlands. Egmont’s execution at the hands of the Spanish Duke of Alba became a rallying point for other resistance fighters, eventually escalating to a national uprising that ultimately led to Dutch liberation and independence from Spain. Two centuries later noted German poet Johann Wolfgang von Goethe celebrated Egmont’s life, heroism, and martyrdom in his play Egmont.
Salisbury Symphony Kicks Off Their 49th Season with "Triumph"!
October 17, 2015…
Kicking off the Salisbury Symphony’s 2015-16 season is a concert filled with the themes of victory and triumph. It seems appropriate then to entitle the season premier “Triumph!”
“Triumph” will be presented on Saturday, October 17th, at 7:30 pm in Keppel Auditorium on the Catawba College campus. Maestro Hagy has programmed the concert with multiple pieces that exemplify a love of life and triumph over death. For those who arrive by 7:00, Hagy will share background and stories about the music and the composers from the stage.
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7 donated pianos,
Decorated by our 7 county high school art students,
Located along Salisbury's Main St. May-Sept
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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.
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.