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

Randolyn Emerson – Violin

 

Randolyn Emerson, violin, begins her ninth year with the Fayetteville Symphony (completing her first season under the conductorship of Harlan Duenow).  Born into a rich and varied musical environment – her mother was a member of the world-famous Mormon Tabernacle Choir – Randolyn was singing for audiences by age two. After finding her mother’s old instrument in a closet, however, eight-year-old Randolyn fell in love with the violin. 

Randolyn graduated summa cum laude from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Music degree, having studied violin with Oscar Chausow, longtime Utah Symphony concertmaster, and voice with Betty Jean Chipman.  Her university experience included a six-week European tour with the university’s A Capella Choir, where she soloed both as a solo violinist and a solo vocalist with the choir in historical venues such as Paris’s Notre Dame Cathedral, the organ loft (above the grave of composer Anton Bruckner) of St. Florian Cathedral in Linz, Austria, and Venice, Italy’s polyphonic St. Mark’s Basilica. By means of a generous scholarship, she also received excellent orchestral training at the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, CA, under the tutelage of Maestro Maurice Abravanel, Artistic Director of the Utah Symphony for more than thirty years.

Relocating to North Carolina in 1988, Randolyn became active in many area orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, Greensboro Symphony, North Carolina Theatre pit orchestra (25 years and counting), Tar River Orchestra, and the Raleigh and Durham Symphonies, wherein she served as each orchestra’s assistant concertmaster (and where she met her viola-playing husband, Paul).  For ten years, Randolyn was also privileged to be an extra violinist with the North Carolina Symphony.  Operas, ballets, choral oratorios, traveling Broadway shows, recordings of Robert Ward compositions, and even concerts with modern artists such as Rod Stewart, Regis Philbin, Bobby McFerrin and Clay Aiken – over the years, Randolyn’s played for them all.  She’s even made forays into fiddling, recording a CD with the bluegrass band Sweet Potato Pie and serving as a last-minute concert substitute with Lorica, the Celtic ensemble formed by WRAL-TV’s Bill Leslie.

Aside from music, Randolyn has put to good use her Master of Business Administration degree from Meredith College in Raleigh, NC, by establishingherself as a professional family history researcher and writer.  Her greatest joys, though, are always found in her faith and in her family:  sons Erik and Daniel and her always-supportive husband, Paul.

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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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