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

Ronnal Ford, II – Third Oboe, English Horn

Ronnal Ford, a DMA oboe student at UNC Greensboro, has been playing English horn and oboe with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra since the 2011-2012 season. Ronnal currently teaches at Guilford Technical Community College and Forsyth Technical Community College. Prior to those appointments, he held positions as the Graduate Teaching Assistant for the oboe studio at UNCG, and has served as the Adjunct Professor of Music at Winston Salem State University, where he taught Oboe, Bassoon and Violin. In addition to the Fayetteville Symphony, Ronnal often performs with the Durham Symphony, Western Piedmont Symphony, and the Piedmont Wind Symphony on flute, oboe, and clarinet. He is also an active chamber musician with the award-winning reed quintet, Quintet Sirocco.

In 2008, he completed his Master of Music degree in English horn and oboe performance at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with John Ellis. In addition to the oboe, Ronnal is pursuing a cognate in multiple woodwind performance, where he also studied flute, clarinet, saxophone and bassoon, along with a music theory pedagogy certificate. Upon completion of his DMA degree, Ronnal is looking to continue performing in orchestras and chamber ensembles, as well as teaching on the collegiate level. His teachers have included Dr. Ashley Barret and John Ellis (oboe), Dr. Kelly Burke and Dr. Anthony Taylor (clarinet), Dr. Deborah Egekvist (flute), Dr. Michael Burns (bassoon), and Dr. Steven Stusek (saxophone).

In his free time, Ronnal can be found playing with his 2 children, 2 dogs, cooking and cruising around town on his Kawasaki Vulcan 800 Classic. Ronnal can be found via his website, http://RonFordMusic.com.

 

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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