2023-2024 Season Concerts

Welcome to our 2023-2024 season! We can’t wait to connect again both inside and outside the concert hall. Scroll down to see the concerts we have planned for you this upcoming year.

In addition to our 7 season concerts, we also have a variety of free Community Concerts and a free concert series called Symphony on Tap.

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Saturday, October 28, 2023 at 7:30pm | Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University

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Featuring spooky selections from well-known composers such as John Williams, Michael Jackson, and Hector Berlioz, Spooktacular is the perfect addition to your Halloween agenda. Join us in your costume for extra fun! You’re in for a treat.

The Four Seasons

Saturday, November 18, 2023 at 7:30pm | St. John’s Episcopal Church

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Join us in the intimate setting of St. John’s Episcopal Church as our Concertmaster, Fabian Lopez, takes you on a journey through Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons”, amongst other selections. 

Holiday Pops: A collaboration with Cumberland Choral Arts.

Saturday, December 9 at 7:30pm | Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University

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Due to popular demand, we are excited to present a holiday program this December in collaboration with Cumberland Choral Arts. Featuring favorite holiday songs and masterpieces from composers such as Eric Whitacre, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, and John Williams, this concert will take you on an artistic journey through holiday music.

A Strings Serenade: A Collaboration with Brendan Slocumb

Saturday, January 20 at 7:30pm | Friendship Missionary Baptist Church

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Fayetteville native, violinist, and author Brendan Slocumb will join us for a special string orchestra performance at Friendship Baptist Church. Patrons can look forward to hearing selections from renowned BIPOC composers such as Florence Price, Jessie Montgomery, and Daniel Bernard Roumain. Also featured on this program is Vivaldi’s “Concerto for 4 Violins” and Tchaikovsky’s “Serenade for Strings”. 

Blazin’ Brass

Saturday, March 9 at 7:30pm | Haymount United Methodist Church

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The sounds of our mighty brass and percussion sections will fill the air at Haymount United Methodist Church. Featured pieces include Ottorino Respighi’s “Ancient Airs and Dances Suite” and Eric Ewazen’s “Symphony in Brass”.

Music of Appalachia with the Kruger Brothers

Saturday, April 20 at 7:30pm | Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University

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We are thrilled to welcome the Kruger Brothers to Fayetteville to perform alongside the FSO for this special program! You can expect to hear bluegrass music alongside classical masterpieces such as Copland’s Appalachian Spring on this exciting and collaborative program. 

Bad To The Bones with the Joseph Alessi

Saturday, May 11 at 7:30pm | Seabrook Auditorium at Fayetteville State University

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You won’t want to miss our season closer with special guest Joseph Alessi, the principal trombonist of the New York Philharmonic. Alessi is a Grammy Award-winning musician who has performed with orchestras all over the world, and we are honored that he’s chosen to share his talents with our Fayetteville community.

Featured Musician

Matthew Parunak – Bass Trombone

Matthew Parunak is a professional music arranger, visual designer, and trombonist from Chapel Hill, NC. Currently, he serves as music director for Orquesta K’Che Salsa band, bass trombonist for the Durham Symphony Orchestra under Maestro William Curry, and assistant band director at Jordan High School in Durham, NC. Matthew also serves as adjunct faculty at Elon University in Music Education, as well as brass staff with the University of North Carolina Marching Tar Heels.  He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Tuba Performance in 2008 and his Master’s Degree in Arts and Teaching in 2009, both from UNC-Chapel Hill. From 2009-2012, Matthew was the Director of Bands at Forbush High School and Forbush Middle School, where his marching and concert bands received consistent Superior and Excellence ratings.  As an active arranger and clinician, he has written more than 50 marching band shows for bands across the state of North Carolina, while consulting with many band programs across the state of North Carolina. Joanna Ross Hersey, former prinicpal tubist of the United States Coast Guard Band, commissioned Matthew to write an original theme and variations piece for solo tuba and wind ensemble. It was premiered in November of 2016 by the ECU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Scott Carter.

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.

This organization is supported in part by a space grant from the BB&T Term Endowment of Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc.

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