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 - 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.
Symphony will bring ‘Casablanca’ theme to Big Band Bash Jan. 10
Sunday, December 14, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
When he puts these dinner jackets on, Rick McCombs can’t help but throw around words such as “snazzy,” “spiffy” and “jaunty.”
McCombs has about 10 vintage dinner jackets in his closet, things handed down to him and accepted gratefully or coats he picked up a trendy thrift shops. It’s poetic or maybe cinematic justice that McCombs, a guy named Rick, will be wearing his white dinner jacket to Salisbury-Rowan Symphony’s “Casablanca at the Big Band Bash” fundraiser Jan. 10.
‘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.
‘Les Misérables’ - The Most Popular Musical of All Time is Coming to Salisbury!
Saturday, October 9, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
The most popular musical of all time is coming to Salisbury next weekend! For only three performances at Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College, Piedmont Players and the Salisbury Symphony will collaborate for the first time on a stage production of Les Misérables! The longest running musical of all time, Les Misérables has been popularized through numerous adaptations for the stage, television, and film, including a musical and a film adaptation of that musical. The 2012 film version, starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, introduced this timeless classic to millions of new fans, while receiving nominations for eight Academy Award nominations, four Golden Globes (winning Best Motion Picture) and a Grammy.
Meet the Cast of ‘Les Misérables’
Sunday, September 14, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
Piedmont Players Theatre and Salisbury Symphony Orchestra announce the cast of “Les Misérables”
Music: Claude-Michel Schonberg
Lyrics: Herbert Kretzmer
Original French text: Alain Boublil and Jean-Marc Natel
Additional material: James Fenton
Adapted and originally directed: Trevor Nunn and John Caird
Orchestrations: John Cameron
October 17-18 at 7:30 p.m. and October 19 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets available at PiedmontPlayers.com or 704-633-5471
‘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.
Summer Strings Camp Registration Extended to Friday
Tuesday, June 3, 2014 . . . Salisbury Post
The registration deadline for Salisbury Symphony’s Summer Strings Camp has been extended to Friday.
The annual camp is set for June 16-20 at St. John’s Lutheran Church and offers beginning, intermediate and advanced classes in violin, viola, cello and bass for children 8 years and older. Classes will run from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., and a concert will be held on the last day of camp.
Salisbury Symphony is 'Tres Magnifique'
Thursday, October 31, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The Salisbury Symphony opened its 2013 season Saturday night in Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College with an all French concert titled “Fantastique.”
The program offered the “Brass Fanfare” by Paul Dukas from his ballet “La Peri,” “the Violin Concerto No. 3” by Camille Saint-Saens with violinist Marjorie Bagley and the “Symphony Fantastique” by Hector Berlioz.
A fanfare usually announces a special occasion and this concert proved to be just that. The term fanfare even comes to us from the French language, so opening with the “Brass Fanfare” from the Ballet, “La Peri” (1911) by Paul Dukas was apropos.
Salisbury Symphony Registration for Classes
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The Suzuki and After-School Strings programs of the Salisbury Symphony will begin classes on Oct. 2. Registration for the classes is now open.
Suzuki classes are designed for ages 4-7 and will be held at Landis Elementary School. After-school strings classes are for ages 8 and up and are held at Granite Quarry, Isenberg and Landis elementary schools but are open to any student regardless of school assignment.
Teaching assistants are needed for this program. Assistants need to be able to read music and have a desire to work with children.
Rowan Youth Orchestra Begins Season
Wednesday, August 7, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The Salisbury Symphony announces the beginning of the season for its youth string ensemble — the Rowan Youth Orchestra (formerly Salisbury Super Strings).
Rehearsals will be Wednesdays from 4 to 5 p.m. at Southeast Middle School, beginning Sept. 25 and continuing through May. Cost to participate in this orchestra is $125 per year.
Players should come prepared to play a selection of their choice to determine seating. They will also be asked to sightread a piece.
Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Auditions
Thursday, August 1, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
Young Musicians Blossom at String Camp
Monday, June 24, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
Some 28 young musicians, ages 7 to 16, participated in String Camp last week at St. John’s Lutheran Church.
Sponsored by the Salisbury Symphony, the camp had its beginnings in the 1970s. This is the fourth year that the church has hosted the five-day camp.
Sunday, June 9, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The Pops at the Post dress rehearsal last Saturday at Trinity Oaks was surely bittersweet for Salisbury Symphony director David Hagy.
Hagy made the decision three years ago to hold the rehearsal at the community’s health and rehab services (formerly the Lutheran Home) so that his mother – who was too frail to attend the evening performance downtown – could enjoy the concert.
Pops at the Post
Sunday, June 2, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
Great music is the No. 1 reason people attend the annual Pops at the Post event, but a close second has to be the fellowship. The event is in its ninth year and many in attendance have longstanding traditions of tailgating.
This year’s event theme was about community and no doubt the idea of community was ever present as tailgaters gathered Saturday alongside friends, family and strangers alike.
Pops Concert Is More Than Music
Sunday, June 2, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post
The curtain has fallen on the ninth Pops at the Post concert, figuratively speaking. While the power of the music is still resonating with concert goers, now’s a good time to think about what the city and county can learn from this successful event and how we can build on it. The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra makes beautiful music; maybe it can teach the rest of us to be in better harmony.
The concert is a unifying force, drawing people together to share an uplifting experience. We could use more of that.