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‘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.

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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

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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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.

 

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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.

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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.

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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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.

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Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Auditions

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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Young Musicians Blossom at String Camp

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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Pops Preparation

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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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.

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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.

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