FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

Reviews

Fayetteville State’s Big Birthday Bash, with the Fayetteville Symphony

February 10th, 2018

“There was music in the air, lots of music, as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra’s 61st season continued to unfold under new music director Stefan Sanders. The occasion was a splendid program featuring some rarely-heard music. The concert date of February 10 was about a third of the way through the shortest month, traditionally reserved for celebrations of black history. (The struggle continues, but there’s much to celebrate.) And this time, at this concert, the focus was on the sesquicentennial of the institution known as Fayetteville State University…The concert began with a rousing reading of Verdi’s overture to La forza del destino, a potboiler that showed the state of the orchestra under Sanders to be superb in every respect. There were not enough basses and probably fewer cellos than usual, but the sound of the strings was outstanding, with clear definition and precise attacks, and the winds and brass were remarkable for their accuracy and total integration into the overall scheme of things. Playing like this would be welcome on any of our nation’s best stages.” John Lambert, CVNC.org

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Movin’ On: Fouad Fakhouri bids Farewell to the FSO

April 16th, 2016

“Maestro Fouad Fakhouri closed his eleven-year run as music director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra with a magnificent concert in Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium. The evening was bittersweet but never the slightest bit maudlin – bittersweet because he’s such a fine conductor and because he’s done so much both for and with the FSO, which was already a mainstay of cultural life in Cumberland County before he arrived but whose excellence he has clearly elevated.”– John Lambert, CVNC.org

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FSO Moves from Strength to Strength in Season Finale

April 11th, 2015

“The music unfolded before our ears as if on a vast canvas, richly textured and colored. The work is reasonably well known but of fairly infrequent live performance; across a long listening career I can recall only a handful of concerts in which it has been played, generally by world-class orchestras and conductors. This performance ranked among the best, live or on record…”John Lambert, CVNC.org

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Fayetteville Symphony Radiant in Mostly Late-Romantic Program

October 25th, 2014

“The orchestral sonority was impressive, and the winds and brass demonstrated their rock-solid skills from the outset, attributes that would enrich the program throughout the evening. The upper strings seemed a trifle tentative in several exposed passages, but they quickly warmed to their tasks, the ensemble coalescing and shining from then on. Were we to call out the principal players for special recognition, we’d have to name virtually all of them…” – John Lambert, CVNC.org

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FSO Glows from Within in Music by Berlioz, Bruckner, & Brahms

April 5th, 2014.

“…this was a bracing and inspiring performance, one that will likely live long in the memory. If we were amazed to the point of being almost speechless, it was due to the fact that we had not previously realized what treasures there are in Fayetteville.” – John Lambert, CVNC.org

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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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