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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.

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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.”

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August 9, 2015…The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for principal and assistant principal second violin, third horn, and any others who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list. Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College.

Auditionees will be asked to play a prepared piece of their choice, excerpts of the music director’s choice, and sight-reading.

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Kevin Agner

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.

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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.

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Monday, May 25, 2015 . . . Salisbury Post 

By Mark Wineka

Several top-notch local piano teachers and students will converge on the seven pianos along a four-block stretch of North and South Main streets Saturday to tickle the ivories in a special public performance.

The time will be 3 p.m. Saturday...

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Sunday, June 7, 2015 . . . Salisbury Post 

By Josh Bergeron

Sweet sounds of the symphony echoed between buildings in downtown Salisbury Saturday during the 11th annual Pops at the Post.

From dusk until stars shone overhead, the Salisbury-Rowan Symphony serenaded a crowd of thousands. This year’s Pops at the Post was themed “Rowan Life.” Songs came from movies, TV shows and popular culture.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Show dates:
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

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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.

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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.


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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.

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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.

For more information on the Suzuki and the After-School Strings program, or to sign up as an assistant, contact Education Director Susan Trivette at 704-637-4730 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.

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Thursday, August 1, 2013 . . . Salisbury Post

The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for principal second violin, second and third horn, second trumpet and any others who want to be on the orchestra’s substitute list.

Music Director David Hagy will hear auditions the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 8 in the Williams Music Building on the campus of Catawba College.

Those auditioning will be asked to play a prepared piece of their choice, excerpts of the music director’s choice and sight-reading.

For a list of excerpts and an appointment time, call the Salisbury Symphony office at 704-637-4314, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or write to Audition Information, Salisbury Symphony Orchestra, P. O. Box 4264, Salisbury, NC 28145.

More information about the Salisbury Symphony and its upcoming season is available at salisburysymphony.org.

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Salisbury Symphony 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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NC Arts Council
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra receives support from the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency funded by the State of North Carolina and the National Endowment for the Arts.