2017-2018 Concerts


It is my distinct honor to begin this season as the new music director of your Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra and I are delighted to invite you and your families to be a part of an unforgettable “Carolina” themed season of all kinds of magnificent music. From American masterpieces like Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring to Gershwin’s beloved Summertime, we look forward to entertaining and inspiring audiences with each program this year. We are also very excited to feature great guest artists like world renowned Metropolitan Opera soprano Angela Brown on a program in February that will celebrate the sesquicentennial of Fayetteville State University. I am especially eager to reconnect with the orchestra’s musicians and continue deepening our musical relationship. We look forward to meeting you at performances and in our great community of Fayetteville, NC!” – Stefan Sanders, Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra Music Director



Choose from a Five Concert Series Subscription Package (tickets to the last five concerts of the 17-18 season at a 15% savings), or a You Pick Three Subscription Package (redeemable vouchers good for any 3 concerts of your choice at a 10% savings).


Symphony in Your Neighborhood Concert

Thursday, September 14th, 2017 | 6:30pm

Westover Park, 267 Bonanza Drive

Free Admission

Join us at Westover Park in Fayetteville, NC for an evening of dixieland jazz! Performed by select Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra musicians, this evening will bring the heart of New Orleans jazz straight to your backyard.

Please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on as these items will not be provided. Attendees are welcome to bring food and coolers, however no pets or alcohol are allowed in the park. Some food trucks will be on site to purchase food. The concert will last approximately an hour and a half, with a short intermission.

In the case of inclement weather, the concert will be moved indoors to the Westover Recreation Center, but not cancelled.

Funding for this program provided by The Terri Union and Carlos Zukowski Endowment for the Arts of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. and the Elaine M. and Johnny L. Bryant Family Fund of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.


Cape Fear

Saturday, October 14th, 2017 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” will begin at 6:45pm

Nefarious pirates and treacherous seas! Join the Fayeteville Symphony Orchestra and new Music Director Stefan Sanders for this family friendly concert as we explore our Carolina coastline, home to pirates and shipwrecks. Works to be performed include Wagner’s Overture to The Flying Dutchman, Music from Hook, Pirates of the Caribbean, and many more! Come dressed in your best pirate costume, and start practicing your pirate slang – ye not want to be marooned on an island for disobeying the pirate code!



A Carolina Holiday

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayeteville, NC

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” will begin at 6:45pm

Although snow at Christmas is not common here, you can enjoy White Christmas with the Fayetteville Symphony. Come celebrate the  holiday season with traditional and popular holiday tunes to get you in the holiday spirit! And what’s better at this time of year than the sounds of children’s voices raised in song? The Fayetteville Academy Chorus will join the symphony for several selections.



The French Connection

Thursday, January 11th, 2018 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

302 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC

Francophiles and Lafayette lovers, this concert is for you! Our first chamber concert of the season at St. John’s will feature the Fayetteville Symphony String Quartet as they perform Ravel’s String Quartet, a piece that is a cornerstone composition of French Impressionism.





Music of the New World

Thursday, January 25th, 2018 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

302 Green Street, Fayetteville, NC

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Our second chamber concert at St. John’s will feature the Fayetteville Symphony Brass and Woodwind Quintets performing American works including ones by Foster, Gershwin, and Bernstein.





1867-2017: A 150-Year Celebration!

Saturday, February 10th, 2018 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” will begin at 6:45pm

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In celebration of the sesquicentennial of Fayetteville State University, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will be performing with guest artist, the world-renowned soprano Angela Brown. Together we will explore the influence of African Americans on music composed during this 150-year time period including works by Joplin, Gershwin, and Still.

Want even more? Come to “Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View” ©1997 presented by Angela Brown on Thursday, February 8th at 6:00pm at the Arts Council Center (301 Hay Street).

Angela Brown is a trail blazer on a mission to bring opera to everyone. This witty and inspired solo show dispels the common myths of opera from her own sassy perspective. Laugh as she unravels convoluted plots, unafraid to make fun of the over-the-top situations and break down stereotypes to help us enjoy this art form from a different approach.

“Opera…from a Sistah’s Point of View”©1997 is FREE ADMISSION.




Saturday, March 10th, 2018 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” will begin at 6:45pm

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Join the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra as we celebrate being American, from the military to the movies, performing pieces such as American Salute, Apollo 13, and Forrest Gump. Portions of this concert will include side-by-side performances with the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, as well as a solo performance by the winner of the Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition.



Appalachian Spring

Saturday, April 21st, 2018 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC

Pre-Concert Talk with the FSO “Music Nerd” will begin at 6:45pm

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Travel to the Blue Ridge Mountains for the last concert of our Carolina season. Imagine hiking the Appalachian Trail as the symphony performs Copland’s Appalchian Spring and Sibelius’s Finlandia. This concert will also feature a solo performance by Alex Jokippi, Principal Trumpet of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, as he performs an original piece composed for him.


Independence Concert

presented by the City of Fayetteville

Sunday, July 1st, 2018 | Time TBD

Festival Park, Downtown Fayetteville

Presented by the City of Fayetteville, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will perform in Festival Park on July 1st in celebration of Independence Day. The concert will include patriotic and popular works to celebrate our Independence Day, complete with fireworks at the end. This concert is FREE ADMISSION.

Please bring a blanket or lawn chair to sit on.


The Independence Concert is sponsored by:




All concert programs can be subject to change. Though we try our best to make sure they don’t, unforseen circumstances can still affect each program as they are planned a year in advance. We thank you for your understanding.




Featured Musician

Monica Thiriot – Violin

Monica Thiriot began playing the violin when she was 6 and studied with Jeanne Grover, Karen Child, Jack Ashton, and Gerald Elias.  She graduated from the University of Utah, where she studied both music and elementary education, and she is especially grateful she can combine them to teach music to children. She is Suzuki Certified, receiving training with Jeanne Grover and John Kendall, and has been teaching Suzuki violin from the time she was 16. Moving around the country with her military husband, she has had unique opportunities to direct and help start several youth and community orchestra’s, including, The Suitland Youth String Orchestra (MD), The Suitland Stake Orchestra (for adults), the Washington DC Temple Orchestra, the West Point Youth Orchestra (NY), and the Hope Mills Ward Orchestra/Choir (NC).  She has also coached and taught at the Pennsylvania Suzuki Institute, and for the West Point Cadet String program.  She has performed in chamber groups with United State Air Force Band in Washington DC, and the Mormon Orchestra of DC, and soloed with both the FORSCOM Army band in North Carolina and the West Point Army Band in New York.

One of her greatest accomplishments in life is that not only has she been able to teach all 4 of her children the violin, but that they can also play and perform as a family different styles of music for many events. She is especially grateful for the Lafayette Society that convinced her when they were previously stationed here 6 years ago to find music the entire family, including a 4 year old, could play together. After surviving that first concert, the family has had some incredible experiences playing for different charity and community events, including raising over $1200 playing in the NYC subway for families in need. It’s an incredible feeling to know that through music, our family can help others. She and her husband Darrin Thiriot (clarinet), just celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary.

To Educate. To Entertain. To Inspire.

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville, North Carolina, and is a professional, regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource.  Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.

The Fayetteville Symphony performs 6-8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other arts agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as a military appreciation concert held over Memorial Day Weekend. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra and Summer Music Camps.

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