Salisbury Symphony Begins Search for New Executive Director

The Salisbury Symphony Organization is announcing that it has formed a search committee in order to find a new Executive Director. 

The Organization is looking for an individual who has the ability to assemble an effective staff, work effectively with board and community members, and collaborate with artistic personnel to ensure the integrity and growth of orchestra programming. 

All interested applicants may send a cover letter and resume to apply@salisburysymphony.org .  Resumes will be accepted through June 29, 2018.  For a full job description please visit www.salisburysymphony.org.

Experience the Magic of Disney!

Disney Magic

The Salisbury Symphony Chorale and Music Director David Hagy will present “Disney Magic, An Animated Choral Experience” at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Saturday, May 26th at 6:30pm.

John Stafford, Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, will be the Guest Conductor.  The program will feature a collection of popular Disney film hits from movies like “The Lion King,” “Cinderella,” “101 Dalmations,” “Toy Story” and “Pocohantas.” The first half will feature the choir a cappella while on the second half they will be joined by a jazz trio.

Tickets will be available at www.salisburysymphony.org or at the door. Tickets: Adults: $15.00 each; 18 and under only $5.00 each.  St. John’s Lutheran Church is located at 200 West Innes Street in Salisbury.  For more information call the Salisbury Symphony office at (704) 216-1513.

 

SALISBURY SYMPHONY PARTNERS WITH MORGAN RIDGE RAILWALK TO HOST THE MILE-END TRIO FOR A SPECIAL LUNCH & LISTEN EXPERIENCE

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The Salisbury Symphony is pleased to announce an artistic collaboration with Morgan Ridge Railwalk, joining forces to host acclaimed ensemble, the Mile-End Trio in a lunchtime performance on Tuesday, March 6th at noon. This performance of the Mile-End Trio is part of a multi-state tour produced by the Eastern Music Festival.   

Morgan Ridge Railwalk, at the heart of Salisbury’s Arts District, will be opening especially for this event on Tuesday, March 6th from 11.00am, offering popular lunch selections including their famous locally-sourced beer mash-fed burgers, in addition to their own beer and wine selections. 

Space is limited for the Lunch & Listen, bookings can me made via 704 754 8379.

Amie Baudoin, owner of Morgan Ridge Ralkwalk Brewery & Eatery says: “Morgan Ridge is committed to the revitalization of the Railwalk Arts District and wants to help develop cultural opportunities in this area.  We’re delighted to partner with local arts organization such as the Salisbury Symphony to bring our community unique and quality experiences.   We hope other businesses see the value of supporting the arts!”

James Harvey, Executive Director of the Salisbury Symphony says:   “The Salisbury Symphony is proud to be working with the Eastern Music Festival in bringing such an esteemed music group here to Salisbury.  This is a great way for us to serve our community; taking music to the people in a relaxed and popular atmosphere – out of the concert halls, and into a brewery!  Salisbury is lucky to  have someone like Amie and her team at Morgan Ridge who share our vision for developing Salisbury’s Arts District and making a positive difference in our community.”      

The Mile-End Trio is made up of award-winning musicians Jeffrey Multer (violin), Julian Schwarz (cello), and Marika Bournaki (piano).  Multer, a Jullliard graduate, has been praised across the world for his passionate performance in esteemed venues such as Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Weill Hall, Merkin Hall and the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., the Mozarteum in Salzburg and the Rudolphinium in Prague.  Schwarz, who made his professional debut at age 11 with the Seattle Symphony, has toured internationally as a soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, and has won 1st prize in the professional cello division of the Schoenfeld International String Competition in Hong Kong, and also won 1st prize at the Boulder International Chamber Music Competition’s “The Art of Duo” with fellow Mile-End Trio musician Marika Bournaki.  Bournaki has appeared as guest soloist with the Quebec Symphony, Yannick Nézet Séquin’s Orchestre Métropolitain, Montreal Symphony, Timisoara Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Symphony, Verbier Chamber Orchestra, among others and has also performed recitals at the Friends of Chamber Music Denver, Palais Athénée in Geneva, Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens, Festival del Sole in Napa, the National Arts Center in Ottawa, Chamber Music Northwest in Oregon, the Luminato Festival in Toronto and a benefit recital for the Glenn Gould Foundation at New York’s Carnegie Hall.

For more information on the Salisbury Symphony visit:  www.salisburysymphony.org.

Salisbury Symphony presents THE NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY IN CONCERT!

Featuring Beethoven’s 4th Symphony,  
and other popular works by Bizet, Tchaikovsky, Gershwin and more
LED BY RISING CONDUCTING STAR WESLEY SCHULZ

The Salisbury Symphony proudly announces the return of the North Carolina Symphony to our community for a special concert, which will take place on Thursday January 18 at 7.30pm at Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College.  For over 35 years the Salisbury Symphony has presented an annual guest concert by the North Carolina Symphony; the only city in our region that hosts the state’s official orchestra.

This year’s concert will feature Beethoven’s 4th Symphony, Bizet’s Suite from Carmen, Tchaikovsky’s Waltz from Eugene Onegin, Gershwin’s Overture to Girl Crazy, Shostakovich’s Festive Overture Op. 96, and Gimenez’s La bada de Luis Alonso.

The North Carolina Symphony will be led by one of the hottest new conductors in the US, Wesley Schulz. Schulz made his Seattle Symphony debut in a sold-out performance with singer/songwriter Gregory Alan Isakov, led seven world premieres at the Merriman Family Young Composers Workshop, and assisted with recordings for the symphony’s Grammy-winning label, Seattle Symphony Media.  He has also led numerous orchestras across the US including Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, Britt Festival Orchestra, Texas Chamber Group, Austin Symphony Orchestra, The Venice Symphony, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra, Auburn Symphony, and the Juneau Symphony.

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Its 175 concerts and events annually are greeted with enthusiasm by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties—in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony’s 66 full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.

Tickets range from $25 - $5, please visit
www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 216 1513.

SALISBURY SYMPHONY SHOWCASES LOCAL TALENT IN ITS 16th ANNUAL FUNDRAISING GALA BIG BAND BASH A NIGHT OF FOOD, WINE, DANCING AND THE BEST BLUES & JAZZ PERFORMERS IN THE REGION!

Big Band Bash

Today, the Salisbury Symphony announces details for its annual BIG BAND BASH, which will take place at Catawba College on Saturday January 6, 2018.  This year’s fundraiser celebrates the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald and is themed “First Ladies of Swing”. Now in its 16th year, the BIG BAND BASH is given by Charles & Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim in honor of Bert Oestreicher.

The gala will commence with a concert of jazz & blues featuring members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists from the area under the baton of David Hagy, which will take place at 6.30pm in Hedrick Theatre.  The Salisbury Symphony is delighted to announce vocalists Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Alexis Greer, and Rebecca Stinson, all of whom are residents of Salisbury, will be performing with the orchestra throughout the evening. Cohen, internationally recognized as one of the leading blues interpreters of her day, performs regularly across the globe at music festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States. Moore-Mitchell has an esteemed career in classical music, having performed with world-class ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic and Opera Carolina.  Greer, who works with the Rowan Salisbury School System, moonlights as a jazz soloist and has received high praise for her performances, which include roles with Piedmont Players.  Stinson, has performed locally with numerous organizations including appearances with Chickweed, the Salisbury Community Choir, Livingstone College, and at special events at the V.A.

Immediately following the concert, from 7.30pm in Crystal Lounge, guests will be treated to a seated meal, open bar, and a night of music by the Salisbury Symphony and featured soloists.   Dancing is encouraged.

Executive Director, James Dane Harvey says: “The Big Band Bash is not only the Symphony’s biggest fundraising event and a great party, it also provides an opportunity for our orchestra to perform non-classical repertoire, demonstrating our musical versatility and commitment to music of all genres.  This year we are happy to showcase four distinguished performers who have made a mark in the music industry and who happen to live here in Salisbury.  We are proud to support local talent; it’s some of the best you’ll ever find!”

B&B Catering, back by popular demand, are presenting a fine-dining Winter Comfort Food menu with selections that include Sous Vide Tender Sliced Flank with Heirloom Chimichurri, Sun-dried Tomato and Feta Stuffed Chicken, Smoked Salmon Spoon with Dill Mayo, Bacon Crisps, Fresh Baked Bread, Grilled Local Veggies, Carmel Apple Pie, Crème Brule Cheesecake, and more!  There will also be an open bar with wine provided by the Salisbury Wine Shop.   

Join us for a special night out and support the Salisbury Symphony while doing so!  Benefactors receive special listing in the program and a table for eight for $1,200; Sponsors receive special listing in the program and a half-table for four for $600; Contributors receive special listing in the program and receive two tickets for $300; single tickets are available for $125.

Please visit www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 216 1513 to book.

ADDITIONAL CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR THE NUTCRACKER FEATURING INTERNATIONAL BALLET STARS IN CELEBRATION OF THE 15TH ANNIVERSARY PRODUCTION

Today, (December 4, 2017), the Salisbury Symphony and Piedmont Dance Theatre announce additional casting for the special 15th anniversary production of THE NUTCRACKER, which will come to Keppel Auditorium on Saturday, December 16th at 6.30pm and Sunday, December 17th at 2.30pm.  These dancers have been assembled from around the world by Rebecca and Daniel Wiley, Artistic Directors of Piedmont Dance Theatre.

Rachele Buriassi, a native of Sarzana, Italy, is currently a soloist with Boston Ballet and was previously a soloist at Stuttgart Ballet.  A prizewinner at the Vaganova Grand Prix in St. Petersburg, Russia, Buriassi will perform the role of “Sugar Plum Fairy”, taking over from Kathleen Breen Combes who was forced to withdraw due to an injury.

Yury Yanowsky, a principal dancer with Boston Ballet for over two decades, has performed with numerous companies, including Carolos Acosta’s “Premiere’s Plus” and the Festival Ballet Providence.  He has just been contracted as a guest dancer with the Royal Ballet (London, UK) for a production immediately following THE NUTCRACKER, where he will join his sister, Royal Ballet principal Zenaida Yanowsky.  As a choreographer, he has created words for Boston Ballet and The Bundes Jugend Ballet Hamburg.  Yanowsky is currently on the faculty at Harvard University.  He takes on the role of the “Cavalier”.

Samuel Chester, a former principal at Carolina Ballet Theatre, has performed across the globe as a freelance dancer, with companies that include Charlotte Ballet, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, Barrend Dance Centre, Griffin Ballet Theatre and Teresa Carreno Teatro in Caracas, Venezuela.  Chester will be performing the roles of “Snow King”, “Spanish Chocolate” and “Mother Ginger”.

David Greenberg, has performed with Columbia Classical Ballet and then went on to perform with the Charleston Ballet, Hilton Head Dance Theatre, New York Theatre Ballet and American Repertory Ballet. Greenberg will perform “Soldier Doll” and “Russian Trepak”.

Emily Bowen, a former soloist with the Houston Ballet, has performed works with world renowned choreographers including Balanchine, McMillan, McGregor and Duato.  She currently is on the faculty at Piedmont School of Music & Dance and will perform the role of “Grandmother” and “Spanish Chocolate”.

Salisbury Symphony Music Director, David Hagy leads the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in the only production of THE NUTCRACKER in the entire region that uses a full 49-piece orchestra.

For more information about Piedmont Dance Theatre, as well as to purchase NUTCRACKER tickets, visit:  www.piedmontdancetheatre.com For more information about Salisbury Symphony and its current season, visit:  www.salisburysymphony.org

SALISBURY SYMPHONY & SALISBURY SYMPHONY CHORALE GIVE THEIR FIRST JOINT HOLIDAY CONCERT OF CHRISTMAS EXCERPTS FROM HANDEL’S MESSIAH

Messiah

Today (Monday, November 13) the Salisbury Symphony and the Salisbury Symphony Chorale presents their first holiday concert of Christmas excerpts from Handel’s ever-popular MESSIAH.  The concert will take place on Tuesday December 19 at 6.30pm at First Presbyterian Church (308 W Fisher Street). 

This concert is part of the inaugural season for the newly-formed 40 member-strong Salisbury Symphony Chorale, which has already earned a reputation as a leading choral society in the region following their highly acclaimed concert with St. John’s Lutheran Church as part of the celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.    

Soloists for the MESSIAH are University of North Carolina School of the Arts-trained soprano Anyée Farrar, alto Alden Pridgen, tenor Logan Weber, and bass Eric Powell.  Virginia native Farrar has performed roles in Dido and Aeneas, The Medium, Anna Bolena, Cosi fan Tutte, Hansel und Gretel, and currently studies with Dr. Marilyn Taylor.  North Carolina native Pridgen has performed with role in Madame Butterfly, Tosca and The Flying Dutchman for Piedmont Opera in addition to roles from La Rondine, Die Fledermaus, The Tales of Hoffman, and the Consul with the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute.  Webber, from Colorado, has performed numerous roles with The Colorado College Vocal Arts Symposium, Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Opera Theater of the Rockies, the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, Piedmont Opera, Ash Lawn Opera, Chautauqua Opera, the Rural Artists Project in Alaska, the American Institute of Musical Studies program in Graz, Austria, and the Maryland Opera Studio. North Carolina native Powell has performed South Pacific, Rigoletto and A Little Night Music with Piedmont Opera and frequently performs with the Winston Salem Symphony.

Music Director David Hagy will conduct this concert, which also features an 18-piece orchestra.  

MESSIAH features some of the most recognizable hits in the classical canon, including the soprano arias "Rejoice," and "How Beautiful Are the Feet," the alto's "O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion" and "He Shall Feed His Flock," the tenor recitative "Comfort Ye" and aria "Ev'ry Valley," the bass' "The Trumpet Shall Sound," and the Chorus'And the Glory of the Lord," "For Unto Us a Child Is Born," and, of course, the famous "Hallelujah” chorus. 

Tickets for the MESSIAH are $15 for adults and $5 for ages 18 and below.  Children under 10 years old get free admission.  Seating is general admission.  Tickets can be purchased online at www.salisburysymphony.org, or over the phone at 704 216 1513. 

PIEDMONT DANCE THEATRE & SALISBURY SYMPHONY JOIN FORCES TO PRESENT THE HOLIDAY BALLET SPECTACULAR THE NUTCRACKER A FESTIVE TRADITION NOW IN ITS 15th YEAR!

Back by overwhelming demand, the Salisbury Symphony and the Piedmont Dance Theatre have announced their collaboration to bring Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet THE NUTCRACKER to Keppel Auditorium this December.   The much-loved holiday ballet continues to break box-office records for Keppel, reaching 100% capacity for three years running.   This seasons’ performances will be held on Saturday, December 16th at 6:30pm, with a matinee performance on Sunday, December 17th at 2:30pm. 

Now in its 15th year, with a new cast from Piedmont Dance Theatre’s troupe and in a revised production as conceived by Marius Petipa, THE NUTCRACKER is choreographed by American Ballet Theatre alumna and internationally acclaimed dance star Rebecca Wiley and Juilliard-trained Daniel Wiley, named by Charlotte Magazine as the city’s “Best Male Dancer”.   

To celebrate the production's 15th anniversary, THE NUTCRACKER will showcase guest dancers Kathleen Breen Combes performing the role of the ‘Sugar Plum Fairy’ and Yury Yanowsky as the ‘Cavalier’.  Ms. Breen Combes, a principal dancer of 15 - years with Boston Ballet, has been hailed by The New York Times as a "ballerina of colossal scale and boldness."  Mr. Yanowsky, a 22-year veteran with Boston Ballet, has danced many lead roles with the company and is an award-winning choreographer.

Piedmont Dance Theatre has earned a reputation across the state for their high-level of training, with soloists from recent THE NUTCRACKER productions now performing with the Boston Ballet, Nashville Ballet, Hubbard Street and Cincinnati Ballet.  Attending the THE NUTCRACKER this December provides a rare opportunity to see some of the nation’s finest dancers on stage before they launch their careers. 

Salisbury Symphony Music Director, David Hagy leads the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in the only production of THE NUTCRACKER in the entire region that uses a full 49-piece orchestra. 

Don’t miss this holiday treat – book early!  Seating is reserved, with the online ticket outlet allowing for seat selection.  www.piedmonstdancetheatre.com

For more information about Piedmont Dance Theatre, as well as to purchase NUTCRACKER tickets, visit:  www.piedmontdancetheatre.com For more information about Salisbury Symphony and its current season, visit:  www.salisburysymphony.org

THE SALISBURY SYMPHONY REIMAGINES THE CONCERT GOING EXPERIENCE AT ITS SEASON PREMIERE CONCERT ON OCTOBER 21st TO PROVIDE A MORE INCLUSIVE ATMOSPHERE

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 director@salisburysymphony.org or call 704 637 4314 for details.


For tickets and details visit: www.salisburysymphony.org.

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”)

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS
Thursday, October 12, 2017 via director@salisburysymphony.org
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: education@salisburysymphony.org. 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.

For more information about the Salisbury Symphony’s education programs, visit: www.salisburysymphony.org.

If you are interested in sponsoring this program, please contact: director@salisburysymphony.org

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.

SALISBURY SYMPHONY ANNOUNCES ITS 2017 FUNDRAISING PRODUCTION

“A ‘BURY HOME COMPANION” - AFTER GARRISON KEILLOR’S EVER-POPULAR
“A PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION”

ONE NIGHT ONLY.  LIMITED TICKETS AVAILABLE. 

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 www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 637 4314.

Salisbury Symphony Forms Chorale

AND ANNOUNCES OPEN AUDITIONS FOR SINGERS IN THE REGION

 

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, hsafrit@gmail.com, 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 / director@salisburysymphony.org

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 www.salisburysymphony.org.  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).

 

For media queries please contact:
James Dane Harvey, Executive Director
704 637 4214 / director@salisburysymphony.org