FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

FAQ

If you are new to the symphony audience, we welcome you! We believe that you are in for an amazing adventure.

Here are some frequently asked questions and the answers to help you enjoy FSO concerts and all others you may attend:

What is a symphony orchestra? A symphony orchestra is a large ensemble of players of musical instruments arranged in sections, or “families,” namely the strings, the woodwinds, the brass, and the percussion.

How do I purchase tickets? You may contact the symphony office (910)433-4690 or you may purchase online through this website.

What should I wear? There is no dress code; you will see people in everything. Some people like to make it a night on the town and therefore will dress more but the majority are in business attire.

When should I arrive? We suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the concert. This allows you time to park, pick up any tickets from Will Call, find your seat and review the program. If you are able to arrive earlier, we invite you to come hear the pre-concert talk led by our “Music Nerd” and FSO Musicians. The box office opens one hour prior to the concert and the pre-concert talks begin 45 minutes prior to the concert.

What happens if I arrive late? As a courtesy to all patrons, the ushers may not seat you until the first appropriate pause in the music. We will do all that we can to get you into the concert hall as soon as possible.

Do I need to know the music before the concert? No, one of the joys of attending concerts is discovering new music. In the time you have before the concert or during the intermission, read the program notes in the program booklet; this will be very helpful to your understanding and enjoyment of the concert. Many compositions are program music that tell a story or are of particular historical significance. In such a case reading the notes in the concert program will “connect” you with the composition. Our program notes can also be found on this website.

What is taking place on the stage at the start of the concert? Before the concert begins, the Concertmaster (first chair first violin player) will ask for an “A” from the principal oboe player to tune the orchestra; usually woodwinds first, then brass, and finally the strings. This takes time, yet is critical (the players must all be playing with the same tuning).

May I bring my cell phone? Yes, but please be sure you turn off all cell phones (or put on vibrate) or other electronic devices.

May I take photographs or videos? Sorry, unauthorized photographic, audio recording, and video equipment may not be used during the performance. Many of the pieces we perform are copyright protected.

When do I applaud? Applause is appropriate when the conductor enters and is acknowledged by the orchestra and the audience and takes his place on the podium. Then the audience applauds when an entire piece is over. The orchestra usually pauses between movements, but you are asked not to applaud until the entire piece is over when the conductor lowers the baton and turns toward the audience. The conductor may leave the stage between musical selections and at intermission and should be greeted by applause on his return to the podium.

What happens if I need to leave during the concert? After the concert has begun, as a courtesy to other patrons, you should refrain from leaving or entering the auditorium. Most concerts have a 15 minute intermission – please check your program.

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 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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