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

Dr. Larry Wells – Second Trumpet

IMG_9086rt webDr. Larry Wells holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music and a Bachelor of Science in Education from Washington State University (1990). He holds a Master of Science in Teaching Music from Portland State University (1996), and completed a Doctor of Musical Arts in Trumpet Performance/Wind Conducting from the University of North Texas (2006). His dissertation is entitled Construction Applications, Practices, and Techniques of Natural Trumpets; A Comparative Analysis of Baroque and Modern Era Trumpet Construction Methods.

Currently, Larry holds the Union-Zukowski Endowed Professor of the Fine Arts position at Methodist University as the Professor of Music and the Director of Instrumental Studies/Trumpet. Prior to his appointment at Methodist, Larry taught for one year at Southeastern Oklahoma State University and three years at Southwestern Oregon Community College.

In addition to teaching, Larry is the co-music director for the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously, Larry was the General Manager and Associate Conductor for the 500+ member Metropolitan Youth Symphony in Portland, Oregon. Larry also spent four years working for the David. G. Monette Corp. building custom trumpets for notable players such as Wynton Marsalis, Manny Laureano, Terrance Blanchard, the late Adolph Herseth, and Maynard Ferguson.

As a performer, Larry holds a position in the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, and the Carolina Philharmonic. In addition, he has played numerous times with the Cape Fear Regional Theater, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Opera, the Oregon Symphony, the Eugene Symphony and Opera, and the Salem Chamber Orchestra. While at the University of North Texas, Larry played with the UNT Symphonic Band, UNT Baroque Orchestra, and the UNT Opera Orchestra. He has performed with Marie Osmund, The Moody Blues, Mannheim Steamroller, and as a guest musician with the Jordanian National Symphony in Amman, Jordan.

As a soloist, Larry completed a recital tour in Italy during the summer of 2013. During that tour he played in Bologna, Florence, and Trent. In May of 2014, Larry recorded his first CD, using repertoire from the Italy tour along with some added material.

Larry regularly serves on the faculty of various summer camps and festivals. These include The Methodist University “Summer Jam”, the Fayetteville Symphony’s “Summer Music Festival”, The Presbyterian Music Association’s “Montreat Camp”, and The Oregon Coast Music Festival.

Outside of music, Larry’s interests include playing golf, woodworking, and exploring New Orleans with his wife Tracey and three children: Pruette (16), Harrison (14), and Daulton (11).

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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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