FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

Al Sturgis, Guest Conductor

IMG_6679Guest Conducting Saturday, October 15th, 2016

Alfred E. Sturgis is a highly sought after conductor whose versatility and extensive background allow him to journey comfortably into a wide variety of musical experiences. He currently serves as Music Director of the Tar River Orchestra, the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Master Chorale. Known for being a strong collaborative artist, Sturgis has also enjoyed a great deal of experience in Opera and Musical Theatre.

Sturgis has served as Guest Conductor for the New York City Ballet at Lincoln Center, North Carolina Symphony, Winston-Salem Symphony, Carolina Chamber Orchestra, Raleigh Civic Symphony, National Opera Company, Capital Opera, Long Leaf Opera, and North Carolina Theatre.  He has conducted orchestral and opera performances overseas in France, Bulgaria, and China, and recently served as a clinician for the inaugural London International Choral Festival.  Early in his career he performed a number of roles in musical theatre, opera, and oratorio, in addition to touring and recording in Southern France with the Robert Shaw Festival Singers. Sturgis still performs occasionally as a counter tenor or baritone.

Under his skilled artistic leadership the NC Master Chorale has made appearances at state and regional conferences of the American Choral Director’s Association, recorded three Christmas CDs, and several television broadcasts on WRAL and UNC-TV. They have also been involved in numerous successful collaborations with the Carolina Ballet and the North Carolina Symphony. Sturgis’s Ballet repertoire consists of over thirty works, including a number of world premieres, and he has amassed over 300 “Nutcracker” performances with the Carolina Ballet.  In recognition of his dynamic musical leadership, Sturgis was awarded the 1996 Raleigh Medal of Arts.

 

Featured Musician

Cat Keen Hock – Bass Clarinet/Clarinet

Cat Keen HockDr. Catherine Keen Hock, originally from eastern North Carolina, has found a home teaching and performing in the Piedmont Triad area of NC.  Currently, Cat is the bass clarinetist for the Fayetteville and Salisbury Symphony Orchestras and is a member of the woodwind faculty at the Music Academy of North Carolina.  Cat is an avid supporter of new music, especially chamber music, and is a founding member of the award-winning ensemble Quintet Sirocco.  She completed a DMA in Clarinet Performance and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Historical Musicology at UNC Greensboro in 2012, and her previous degrees include a MM in Performance from UNCG and a BA with Honors in Music Performance from Wake Forest University. Cat has studied with Kelly Burke, Anthony Taylor, Edwin Riley, Eileen Young, and Michael Waddell. 

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 in collaboration with The Army Ground Forces Band of Ft. Bragg. 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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