Today (Sept 28) the Salisbury Symphony announces innovations to its Season Premiere Concert on October 21st that will provide the most inclusive concert-going experience for the broadest possible audience.   In addition to the traditional concert experience, where audience members will watch the concert from Keppel Auditorium, the Salisbury Symphony will incorporate a Pop-Up Bar presented by Morgan Ridge, an exhibition by Rail Walk Artists, and a live relay of the concert from Keppel to Crystal Lounge (aka ‘The Lounge’) - catering to all types of musical engagement.

‘The Lounge’ will open at 5.30pm and will be the home to Morgan Ridge’s Pop-Up Bar, which will serve wines, beers, light snacks and sodas throughout the evening.  There will also be a large screen set up in ‘The Lounge’ that will transmit the concert taking place inside Keppel Auditorium, for those who would prefer watch the concert in a more informal and social environment.

This initiative is part of the Salisbury Symphony’s renewed commitment to serving the entire community.   As such, the Symphony is offering complimentary tickets or discounted rates for groups, with multiple community organizations already taking part.

The Season Premiere Concert will feature Music Director David Hagy leading the Salisbury Symphony in Bach’s “Brandenburg” No. 3, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3; three of the most popular symphonic works.  Special thanks to Charles & Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim for sponsoring the concert.

James Dane Harvey, Executive Director, says:  “We want our concerts to be a cultural melting pot, where music brings people from all walks of life together.  Shared musical experiences can be transformative and I think this type of event is exactly what our community needs. I would encourage everyone to be a part of a positive change and join us for a night of fun on October 21st!”

Community groups are eligible to receive discounted or complimentary tickets.

Please contact or call 704 637 4314 for details.

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Announcing a Logo Contest

Design Contest Flyer

After 50 successful years, the Salisbury Symphony is re-branding itself to reflect its role as a source of great entertainment and its emphasis of serving the entire community.  We now have an exciting opportunity for local students, artists, graphic designers, or anyone with an idea (!) who would be interested in submitting designs for our new logo and a chance become part of our history. 

DESIGN BRIEF:  The design should reflect the Salisbury Symphony as:
      - Accessible
      - Fun
      - Modern
      - Timeless
      - Bold
      - Community-driven
      - An organization that champions music in the broadest sense (not just “classical”)

Thursday, October 12, 2017 via
Submissions should be in JPEG or PDF format.

PRIZE:  Lifetime membership to the Salisbury Symphony - exclusive invitations and season tickets for you and a guest.

Salisbury Symphony Announces Partnership with East Spencer For Pilot Community Music Education Program

Today the Salisbury Symphony is delighted to announce that it will be the Town of East Spencer’s first Arts Partner. The partnership will focus on music engagement with the East Spencer community beginning with a 12-week pilot program of learning how to play the violin. This program will be made available to the entire East Spencer community, from ages eight and above, and will take place at 1909 East, East Spencer’s newly acquired facility (the former Salisbury Education Administrative building located at 110 S Long St), once a week starting week commencing September 25th. Dr. Lynn Bowes, the Symphony’s Education Director, will oversee the program.

For more information or to sign-up for the program, please email: Space for the program is limited.

Music education is a key component of the Salisbury Symphony’s mission and as such the organization will be expanding their music education program to reach out to communities and individuals who might not otherwise be exposed to orchestral music. Music programs like this provide a supportive environment that promote acceptance and creativity, and involvement in music education programs provide positive personal, social, and motivational effects in anyone’s life.

Mayor of East Spencer, Barbara Mallet, says: “The Town of East Spencer is very excited to form partnerships, especially ones that addresses our children. The community space in our newly acquired building now known as 1909 East, is ready for this. What a blessing to have the Salisbury Symphony come to us to offer this unique opportunity to our children and adults. This is more than I could imagine, Praise God!”

Salisbury Symphony’s Education Director, Dr. Lynn Bowes, says: “Music speaks to so many people and breaks down boundaries we put on ourselves. Learning an instrument, at any age, is fundamentally enriching to a person’s life. I am proud and excited for this opportunity provided by this partnership for the community of East Spencer.

Salisbury Symphony’s Executive Director, James Dane Harvey, says: “It is an honor to be chosen as East Spencer’s first Arts Partner and we are delighted to be working with Mayor Mallet and her team to bring music to the residents of East Spencer. Developing engagement with orchestral music is vital for the future of our organization. We hope to be able to continue this program into 2018, so would love to hear from potential sponsors.”

Upon the building’s purchase earlier this year, East Spencer had earmarked the auditorium to be used as a community arts center. This is part of the town’s new initiative to produce special programs aimed to enrich its community. Additional Arts Partners will be announced in due course.

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Salisbury Symphony and East Spencer form partnership in bid to make Rowan County ‘a beacon for the arts’

Salisbury Post

by Rebecca Rider

Saturday, September 2, 2017

EAST SPENCER — Starting Sept. 26, residents of East Spencer will have the opportunity to make a little music.

The Salisbury Symphony has partnered with town officials to launch a 12-week “learn to play violin” pilot program that is free and open to town residents.

The move is part of new symphony Executive Director James Harvey’s desire to turn Rowan County into “a beacon for the arts.”

Harvey said it’s his dream that the symphony become a countywide organization and for Rowan County to be a place where everyone appreciates the arts.

“So everybody being touched by music, everybody being influenced in some way by the Salisbury Symphony,” he said.




A 'Bury Home Companion

Following the sell-out success of last year’s “Ed Sullivan Show”, today the Salisbury Symphony announces its 2017 fundraising production “A ‘Bury Home Companion”, which will take place on Saturday August 26th at 8.00pm at the Meroney Theatre.

Inspired by Garrison Keillor’s longtime NPR radio staple “A Prairie Home Companion”, the Salisbury Symphony’s production will spotlight the gentle side of life here in “The ‘Bury”.  Presented as a live radio show, it is full of the gentle wit ….part fact, part fantasy, part Lake Woebegone with maybe a little dash of Mayberry - but always true to the unique charm of our own town.

Developed and scripted by The ‘Bury’s own Kent Bernhardt, the show will feature a host of familiar faces performing as the ‘Bury Home Companion Radio Players and Singers who will bring life to live radio ads and comedy sketches with characters like ‘Guy Noir’, who has now taken up residence in Salisbury in his search for truth.  There’s WBTV’s David Whisenant as The ‘Bury’s official announcer, and even a “Sound Effects Guy”, who will add seasoning to our live radio presentation.

“A ‘Bury Home Companion” will also spotlight musical talent from the region, from bluegrass to - believe it or not - opera.  The ‘Bury has it all.

Audience members will have a chance to be a part of the show by purchasing “shout outs” to be given onstage throughout the show, improvised by Kent and team.    If you have someone to celebrate, someone to roast, or an announcement of public interest, for a small price you can have our talented performers do it from the stage! Spaces are limited, first come first served.

Kent Bernhardt, author and star, says: “It's such a pleasure to team up with such outstanding performing artists in the region to present this gentle slice of Americana.  My hope is this show will not only entertain us, but remind us of all we hold dear in our community and our families.”

James Dane Harvey, Executive Director of the Salisbury Symphony, says:  "We are lucky to have such talents coming together to help us raise money for the Salisbury Symphony.  When you purchase a ticket to "A ' Bury Home Companion" you are not only in for a great night of entertainment, you are also supporting the Salisbury Symphony in its efforts to bring a quality musical experience to everyone in the region."

The production is presented by Catawba College, sponsored by Livingstone College and Wallace & Graham, with additional financial support from Patterson Farms, Inc. and Chamberlain Pest Control.

All money raised goes directly to the Salisbury Symphony to help the organization bring quality music and music education programs to Salisbury and the entire region.

Tickets are $45. The event is general admission.  For more information visit or call 704 637 4314.

Salisbury Symphony Forms Chorale



Today the Salisbury Symphony announces it will form a chorus in order to engage a wider number of community members in the organization’s musical endeavors, provide talented singers in the region with an opportunity to perform in a first-rate ensemble and to ensure a group of high-quality singers are ready when major choral works are programmed. The Chorale will give six concerts over the next two seasons, working with six different directors, one of whom will be chosen the Chorale Director, commencing the position for the 2019-20 season.  Two classical favorites are planned for this 2017-18 season; a third lighter concert will be presented in the spring.

The Chorale’s first concert will be as part of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary celebration held at St. John's Lutheran Church on September 23rd and jointly produced between the Salisbury Symphony and St. John’s Lutheran Church.   For this first concert, the Chorale will be prepared by former Charlotte Symphony Chorale Director, David Tang.    He will prepare the Bach Cantata No. 80, "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God."  The entire concert will consist of works based on this mighty hymn originally written by Martin Luther.

The Chorale’s second concert of the season will be the Christmas sections from Handel's Messiah prepared by Phillip Burgess.  Dates for the second concert are to be confirmed.

Music Director of the Salisbury Symphony, David Hagy, says: “The Symphony Chorale will give exciting opportunities for people who enjoy singing together to prepare both popular and classical choral pieces in a supportive environment for all its singers.  It will also bring a variety of music to Rowan audiences—some familiar, some new—some serious, some fun—some playful, some moving.  Altogether I hope it will make a strong impact on both the group’s members and the community!”

Open auditions for singers will be held the evening of Monday, August 7, at the First United Methodist Church of Salisbury.  Those interested in singing with the group should contact Chorale Coordinator Hunter Safrit,, on or after July 17 to schedule a brief audition time.  Singers are asked to prepare a short song that shows their voice quality, pitch, and musicality. It should be with piano accompaniment which they should bring.  While music reading skills are definitely preferred, those with limited skills who are capable of learning parts quickly are welcome.  Those interested who are not available August 7 should contact Mr. Safrit for an alternate audition.

Four principal singers, one soprano, one alto, one tenor, and one bass will be selected through the open audition process and will be hired by the Chorale.  The four singers will prepare parts ahead of rehearsal to aid the section in learning their parts and will also serve as soloists with the Chorale on its September concert.  Those interested in these positions will audition at the same time but should prepare a classical song for their voice.

Several local choral directors including Rosemary Kinard, Phillip Burgess, Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Matthew Brown will hear auditions.  Matthew Brown will accompany.

Six rehearsals for the first concert with the Salisbury Symphony will be on two Monday and two Tuesday evenings beginning Monday, August 21, with the final two rehearsals being the night dress rehearsal on Friday September 22nd and Saturday afternoon September 23rd.

Remaining concerts over the next two years will be conducted by directors yet to be decided.

Choral directors who are interested should submit a one-page letter of interest with a resume to the Salisbury Symphony, Attn: David Hagy, P.O. Box 4264, Salisbury, 28145.


For enquiries please contact:

James Dane Harvey

704 637 4314 /

Salisbury Symphony Orchestra Appoints New Executive Director

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey

James Dane Harvey has been appointed as the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra’s (SSO) new Executive Director, taking over from Linda Jones who retires after 14 years in the role.  Harvey started his new role on June 1st, joining the SSO team which includes David Hagy (Music Director), Dr. Lynn Bowes (Education Director), Ms. Jordan Warren (Assistant to the Executive Director), and Mr. Hunter Safrit (Administrative Assistant).

Harvey, a Rowan County native, has spent his entire academic and professional career involved in the performing arts.  He lived in London for over 10 years during which time he was responsible for public relations and marketing campaigns for high-profile artists, entertainment organizations and numerous West End musicals.  He also served as Managing Director of Yale Opera at Yale University and as Production Coordinator for Central City Opera, a summer opera festival in Colorado.

Harvey holds a High School Diploma and Bachelor of Music Degree from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Policy and Arts Administration from Goldsmiths College, University of London, and a Master of Philosophy degree in Arts, Culture and Education from the University of Cambridge, where his research thesis focused on the popularization of classical music.

On the appointment of Harvey, Music Director David Hagy says, “I’ve known Dane since he was a teenager performing with the Piedmont Players.  The thing I remember most about him was his passion for music and theatre.  Although he is a bit older than when we first knew each other, his passion is undiminished.  In fact I’d say he’s more energized about music, specifically wanting to engage the broadest possible audience with this art form.  I look forward to working with him again.”

Chair of the Salisbury Symphony Board, John Brincefield adds:  “In January we launched a statewide search for our next Executive Director, and the caliber of applicants was very high.  We were fortunate to find someone with world-class experience and energy right on our doorstep.  James’ appointment was a unanimous decision.  The entire board knows there are exciting times ahead for this organization, and he has our total support.” 

Harvey says:  “It is an honor to be able to serve the SSO by helping bring music to the residents of Rowan County and the entire region.  This organization has such incredible potential for making an impact in the state’s music scene, and I look forward to working with Maestro Hagy and the entire SSO team.  I encourage everyone reading this to get involved with music and join us at the SSO!”

The SSO’s 51 st season commences on July 1st, and includes a program of four performances by the orchestra featuring works by Bach, Brahms, Beethoven, Dvorak, and Darrell Harwood (hence the theme “Pushing The Envelope”!).  Tickets and information can be found online at  Call the Symphony office at 704-637-4314 for a copy of the Season Brochure. Find the Salisbury Symphony on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Salisbury Symphony’s 50th anniversary season was one of the strongest years for the organization:  audience figures increased, revenue generated through donations and ticket sales grew, and the musical standard was raised yet again by Maestro Hagy, who, in his 29th year as Music Director, led the orchestra in a wide range of contemporary and classic masterpieces.  Highlights of the 2016/2017 season included the commissioning and orchestral premiere of three of Kyle Petty’s compositions, stellar piano performances by Frederic Chiu and Nate Beversluis, the North Carolina premiere of Dreamtime Ancestors by Christopher Theofanidis (as part of the national 50-orchestra consortium “New Music for America”), and Verdi’s Requiem featuring a 180-strong choir and nationally recognized soloists.  This is in addition to the ever-popular “Nutcracker” and annual Pops at the Post concert (which drew a record audience of over 4,000 people in 2016).


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James Dane Harvey, Executive Director
704 637 4214 /