2018-2019 Concerts

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Saturday, October 6th, 2018 | 7:30pm

New Location: Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC 28301

From the iconic melodies of the Star Wars saga, Harry Potter and E.T. to the patriotic strains of Saving Private Ryan, the music of John Williams is adored the world over. Experience these masterpieces and many more performed in concert with your Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. This program will also include music from Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List, and Raiders of the Lost Ark.

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

To learn more before the concert, you can read The Music of John Williams Program Notes 10.6.18.

Thursday, November 15th, 2018 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

302 Green Street, Downtown Fayetteville

Revel in the balanced beauty of the Baroque in a program of beloved masterpieces by J.S. Bach and Antonio Vivaldi. Bach’s six Brandenburg Concertos were a royal gift to the court of Brandenburg in 1721; they have remained some of the greatest and most beloved compositions of the Baroque era. FSO musicians and Music Director, Stefan Sanders will perform the third and fourth Brandenburg Concertos along with portions from Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor. Also on the program is the bright and lively Concerto for Two Trumpets by Antonio Vivaldi. And what better place to experience this great music than in the beauty and intimacy of St. John’s Episcopal Church.

To learn more before the concert, you can read Royal Court of Brandenburg Program Notes 11.15.18.

Saturday, December 1st, 2018 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

1200 Murchison Road, Fayetteville, NC, 28301

Featuring Guest Artist, award-winning vocalist and songwriter:

Gabrielle Stravelli

Tickets are available at the door.

Celebrate the season with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra! We have created an entertaining and heartwarming program entitled Home for the Holidays. Reminiscent of USO Holiday Shows, our program features renowned jazz vocalist, Gabrielle Stravelli in many of the best holiday songs ever written. This swinging program is sure to get your toes tapping and voices singing. The Fayetteville Symphony will be joined by the Fayetteville Academy Chorus on select numbers.

Join us as we pay tribute to such artists as Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Kenton, and Duke Ellington for a fun program the entire family will enjoy.

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

To learn more before the concert, you can read Home for the Holidays Program Notes 12.1.18.

Thursday, January 17th, 2019 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

302 Green Street, Downtown Fayetteville

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St. John’s Episcopal Church is the perfect place to experience the magic of Mozart. Music Director, Stefan Sanders and the wind players of the FSO have crafted a program highlighting Mozart’s three most popular operas, The Magic Flute, The Marriage of Figaro, and Don Giovanni, as well as the brooding Serenade No. 12 in C minor. This program reveals the wide range of character and emotion Mozart was able to convey in his music; a perfect blend of unforgettable melodies and virtuostic artistry.

To learn more before the concert, you can read Magical Mozart Program Notes 1.17.19

Saturday, February 9th, 2019 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311

Featuring Guest Artist

Anton Nel

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“If music be the food of love, play on,” said William Shakespeare. Join the Fayetteville Symphony
Orchestra as we embrace this love themed program of passionate music including selections from Prokofiev’s colorful and descriptive Romeo and Juliet, plus iconic music from Casablanca and West Side Story. This program also features world renowned piano virtuoso Anton Nel, performing Rachmaninov’s impassioned Piano Concerto No. 2. With Valentine’s Day just around the corner this performance is the perfect way to musically express how you feel about that special someone.

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

To learn more before the concert, you can read Love in the Air Program Notes 2.9.19.

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311

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A tribute to our Armed Forces by your Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with portions of this concert side-by-side with students of the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra program. Some pieces to be performed include Barber’s Adagio for Strings, music from The Patriot, and Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture. This concert will also feature a concerto performance by the winner of the Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition.

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

To learn more before the concert, you can read FSO, March! 3.9.19.

Saturday, April 13th, 2019 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

5400 Ramsey Street, Fayetteville, NC 28311

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Experiencing Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony performed live is a significant event. With nearly 200 performers on stage, Beethoven’s masterpiece is just as powerful today as ever. Can you imagine what people thought when they heard this gargantuan piece for the first time? This concert will feature the Spring Festival Chorus consisting of the Cumberland Oratorio Singers, the Methodist University Chorale, and other area choirs.

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

To learn more before the concert, you can read Ode to Joy Program Notes 4.13.19.

Featured Musician

Dr. Andrew Smith – Principal Tuba

Andrew Smith’s musical journey has taken him all over the United States and in a wide array of musical genres and vocations. Currently, Andrew is the Director of Athletic Bands and Assistant Professor of Low Brass at Campbell University. He is also Principal Tuba in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and maintains an active career as a low brass educator and performer. He has presented recitals and masterclasses all across the world, and has presented at numerous international conferences.

Recently, Andrew was a featured soloist at the Hermann J. Abs Chamber Music Hall at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn, Germany. Additionally, he was a featured soloist with the Sandhills Wind Symphony at the Kaiserasall im Kurfürstliuchen Schloss Mainz, located in the Kaiser’s Palace, and the Mittelrhein Music Festival in Koblenz, Germany.

Additional solo performances include Guest Artist Recitals at Winthrop University, Brandon University, UNC Pembroke, The North Carolina Trombone Festival, and at the 2011 and 2013 Great Plains Regional Tuba Conferences. Andrew has been a featured soloist with the Triangle Youth Brass Band, Triangle Youth Academy Brass Band, The Watson Band, Triangle Brass Band, UNCG Jazz Ensemble, Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, and the UNC Greensboro University Band. Dr. Smith also was a featured artist at Oneonta State University and the Eastman School of Music’s Women in Music Festival.

In addition to his solo performing, Andrew Smith maintains an active career as an orchestral tubist. He has performed with the Fayetteville (NC), Roanoke, Rochester, Rainier (WA), Buffalo, and Syracuse Symphony Orchestras. In addition, he has been a member of the North Carolina Brass Band, Georgia Brass Band, Tubist in the Internationally Acclaimed Brass Quintet Bay Street Brassworks, Eastman Brass Guild, and the Eastman Wind Ensemble.

At Campbell University, Andrew is the director of the Sound of the Sandhills Athletic Bands. The bands perform at football games, as well as Men’s and Women’s Basketball. The Sound of the Sandhills is comprised of over 125 auditioned students, and is one of the most prestigious bands in the Big South Athletic Conference. Dr. Smith also serves as a judge and clinician at numerous North Carolina State Marching Band Competitions.

In addition to his active career as a performer, Andrew Smith also has been given presentations at the 2014 International Tuba Euphonium Conference at Indiana University, the 2013 Great Plains Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, the 2013 Southeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference at the University of North Florida, 2013 National Association of Professional Band Instrument Repair Technician’s International Conference, and the 2013 Northeast Regional Tuba-Euphonium Conference at Ithaca College. Topics of clinics include “The History of the Publications of ITEA,” “Repairs From The Back Row – A Different Look at Tuba, Euphonium and Sousaphones,” and “How to Recruit Successful Low Brass Players in Secondary Schools.”

Andrew holds the Bachelor’s Degree in Music Performance from Ithaca College, Certificate in Band Instrument Repair Technology from Renton Technical College, the Master’s Degree in Music Performance and Literature and the Artist Leadership Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and the Doctorate of Musical Arts in Music Performance from UNC Greensboro. His primary teachers include Ed Diefes, Dave Unland, Don Harry, Craig Sutherland, and Dennis AsKew. Prior to his appointment at Campbell University, Andrew held positions on the faculty of UNC Greensboro and Methodist University.

Andrew Smith is a member of the International Tuba Euphonium Association, College Band Directors National Association, College Music Society, The National Association for Music Education, North Carolina Music Educators Association, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Music Fraternity.

Andrew Smith is a Parker Mouthpieces Artist and performs exclusively on Parker Mouthpieces.

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 typically performs 8 concerts during any given season performing both at Methodist University and Fayetteville State University. Partnerships with other agencies include collaborative performances with Cape Fear Regional Theatre, chamber concerts at St. John’s Episcopal Church, as well as the city’s annual Independence concert with fireworks. The Symphony brings music to the schools and the community by performing educational concerts, as well as having its own Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra, after school strings and summer music camps.

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