2024/2025 Family & Community Concerts

Independence Concert

Thursday, July 4, 2024 | 7:15pm | Festival Park

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the City of Fayetteville, and Fayetteville PWC will present a free admission Independence Concert on July 4, 2024 in Festival Park located in Fayetteville, NC! Experience performances from the FSO, Fayetteville Symphonic Band, Cumberland Choral Arts, Ayana Washington, and the 82nd Airborne Division Band. Fireworks will conclude the night. ๐—š๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ป ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿฒ๐—ฝ๐—บ ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฐ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿณ:๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐—ฝ๐—บ. ๐—”๐—ฑ๐—บ๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฒ. ***Please no personal tents, pets, outside food or beverage, or bicycles/scooters.

Presenting Sponsors:

Fayetteville PWC and the City of Fayetteville

Sponsors include

Fayetteville Parks and Recreation of Cumberland County & HIS Radio Raleigh


Saturday, October 12, 2024 | 8:00pm | Dirtbag Ales

Due to popular demand, we will hold another FREE Symphony Movie Night this spooky season at Dirtbag Ales Taproom! We will show the gothic 1922 German silent film,ย Nosferatu, with music arranged by Peter B. Kay.

Messiah with Cumberland Choral Arts

Saturday, December 7, 2024 | 7:30pm | Seabrook Auditorium

We are collaborating with Cumberland Choral Arts again this holiday season to perform Handel’s Messiah at Seabrook Auditorium. We hope you can join us for this holiday tradition! This is a free concert, but reservations ARE REQUIRED.

The Snowman

Sunday, December 15, 2024 | 4pm | Cape Fear Botanical Garden

Join us for a holiday-themed family concert and movie for the community at Cape Fear Botanical Garden. Tickets are required for this event. Tickets will be available for purchase soon. Stay tuned!

*A separate ticket for purchase is needed for Cape Fear Botanical Garden’s Holiday Lights event.

Side by Side Concert

Sunday, March 30, 2025 | 4pm | Huff Concert Hall at Methodist University

Our mission to educate, entertain, and inspire our community will be on full display with our annual free side-by-side concert, where the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra performs alongside our world-class musicians. To learn more about FSYO click here.

Featured Musician

Dr. Chad Horsley – Second Trombone

Dr. Chad Horsley is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music where he earned a Master in Music Degree and Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Trombone Performance and Wind Conducting. Before attending CCM, Dr. Horsley received a Bachelor in Music Education Degree from Jacksonville State University in Jacksonville, AL under the instruction of Dr. James Roberts.

Dr. Horsleyโ€™s performance qualifications include professional orchestral, chamber, and solo playing throughout the Midwest and Southeastern States. He has performed extensively with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra including the famous May Festivals, Riverbend Pops Extravaganzas, Operas, and National Public Radio (NPR) broadcasts. He has been a member of the Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, Canterbury Brass Quintet, Cincinnati Chamber Orchestra, Blue Ash / Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, Richmond Symphony Orchestra, Gadsden Symphony Orchestra, and Rome Symphony Orchestra.ย 

Dr. Horsley is currently a member of the Fayetteville Symphony, Long Bay Symphony, and Florence Symphony. He lives in Myrtle Beach with his beautiful wife, Kate, and their wonderful sons

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.ย  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. Johnโ€™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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