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Peter Boyer's "Dream of America"

Pacific Symphony Orchestra, Carl St.Clair, Conductor

CONCERT ON YOUR COMPUTER WEEK OF JUNE 29-JULY 5: In the absence of our live performances we are selecting particularly enjoyable pre-recorded performances from across the world made available to us through the Internet and featuring them through our website. 

For this week's performance we are going to point you to your television set, where we hope you can see our PBS Station, UNCTV, on Friday, July 3rd at 9:00pm as they re-broadcast a 2002 performance of Peter Boyer's tribute to Ellis Island, "Dream of America."  If this title sounds familiar to you, it's because this was the very concert the Salisbury Symphony was set to perform in March when the pandemic first closed down our concert season.  Either watch it on FRIDAY, JULY 3 at 9:00pm or set your DVR to record the performance on UNCTV.

Peter Boyer’s “Ellis Island: The Dream of America” premiered in 2002 to great acclaim. It has since received nearly 200 performances by more than 80 orchestras and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Classical Contemporary Composition in 2005.

Using texts from the Ellis Island Oral History Project and historic Ellis Island images in combination with an original orchestral score, “Ellis Island” features seven, first-hand stories of immigrants dramatically interpreted by guest stars Barry Bostwick, Camryn Manheim, Michael Nouri, Lesley Fera, Lucas Near-Verbrugghe, Samantha Sloyan and Kira Sternbach. Over 40 percent of the U.S. population can trace their ancestry through Ellis Island, and immigration remains at the forefront of global news. Great Performances – Ellis Island captures the emotions, elation and the uncertainties of America’s epic immigrant experience.

The special was recorded by Great Performances before capacity audiences, including nearly 40 recipients of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in 2017 during Pacific Symphony’s 17th American Composers Festival.



The Transformative Power of Classical Music

Conductor Benjamin Zander uses Chopin to illustrate a surprising point
... A "TED Talk" Presentation

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Announcement: The 2019-20 Season is now officially CANCELLED

At their Tuesday, April 7th meeting the Salisbury Symphony Board of Directors made the painful and difficult decision to cancel the remaining performance of the 2019-2020 season scheduled for Friday, May 15th (originally scheduled for Saturday, May 16th), due to considerations of the coronavirus pandemic.  We do not yet have information to share about the upcoming season due to uncertainties about whether we will even be permitted to have large concerts by then.  If you have purchased a flex-pass pack for 2019-2020 and still have unused passes, watch our website for special offers when we start up our new season again.  We encourage everyone to sign up for our e-mail notification list and watch our Facebook page for breaking news as it becomes available.  As always, we sincerely thank you for your support.
"A 'Bury Home Companion"
A night of hometown humor and great music to benefit the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra
Meroney Theatre, Downtown Salisbury

 Saturday, Aug. 24 2019

2:30pm Matinee; 7:30pm Evening

Co-hosts Kent Bernhardt and Kay Peeler bring their assorted cast of heroes, hams and misfits for a time of hometown-based laughter and music!  This year's special performance is dedicated to the memory of longtime local music  fan Foster Owen.  Musical guests include pop-country group "The Hall Sisters," returning favorites Eli Yacinthe and Sarah Claire King, local teenaged piano sensation Jacob Kluttz,  Gold Hill's "Silver String Band" led by Vivian Hopkins, vocal harmony group "the Moonglows" and more!

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The Nutcracker Ballet
The timeless story of a little girl at Christmas as told through the magic of dance and music 
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Saturday, Dec. 21, 2019 6:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 2:30pm

Piedmont Dance Theatre's 17th annual production of the Nutcracker. Join us in Salisbury and be prepared to be delighted by "visions of sugarplum fairies" and the sounds of the Salisbury Symphony as dance and music unite to bring you this very special holiday treat!  Buy tickets through the link below or call them at (704) 932-8888.

A Celebration of Latin American Music & Culture
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Friday, May 15, 2020  7:30pm (NOTE: EVENT CANCELLED)

Come and celebrate Latin American music, food and culture with the Salisbury Symphony! Featuring Mariachi performer "La Reina del Mariachi," Maria Elena Valdez and a cast of exciting performers, this exciting event will be like traveling to Latin America without ever leaving your seat!   

Internationally acclaimed soprano Jennifer Rowley returns to Salisbury
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019  7:30pm

Soprano Jennifer Rowley, a performer acclaimed worldwide for her unforgettable voice and remarkable stage presence, entertained and delighted us at the intimate "Evening at the Met" Symphony fundraiser last February.  She now returns to perform accompanied by the full Salisbury Symphony and the Symphony Chorale!  Performance will include  Richard Strauss' Four Last Songs, and operatic selections from I Vespri Siciliani, La Traviata and Aida.

"Come Hear North Carolina"
Family Concert featuring the Rowan 5th Grade Honors Chorus
Varick Auditorium, Livingstone College

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020 4:00pm 

Especially programmed for families, this concert will highlight works by North Carolina composers that will be familiar to most audience members, and will feature performances by talented high school students as well as the very popular Rowan 5th Grade Honors Chorus.  (Reduced price tickets too!)

Our annual FREE OUTDOOR CONCERT for the public!

Saturday, Jun. 6, 2020  8:00pm

We apologize for the cancellation of our ever-popular annual free "outdoor" performance, but the event will still go on, virtual and online!  Click on the button below for up-to-the-minute information about this truly unique event!

Elegance, Charm & Drama 
featuring Young Concert Artist Series Flutist Anthony Trionfo
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019  7:30pm

The first installment of our new "Young Concert Artist Series" featuring talented new artists in concert with the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra.  Exciting flutist Anthony Trionfo will perform Ibert's charming and challenging Flute Concerto.  Concert will include Tchaikovsky's elegant Seranade for Strings and Beethoven's dramatic Symphony No. 1.

Dream of America
A Multimedia Collaborative Symphonic Performance
Keppel Auditorium, Catawba College

Saturday, Mar. 14, 2020 7:30pm


Drawing attention to our nation's heritage as a "nation of immigrants," this performance will include Peter Boyer's powerful and moving symphony/ multimedia collaboration "Ellis Island: Dream of America", as well as Dvořák’s "New World Symphony."

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