FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

FAQ

If you are new to the symphony audience, we welcome you! We believe that you are in for an amazing adventure.

Here are some frequently asked questions and the answers to help you enjoy FSO concerts and all others you may attend:

What is a symphony orchestra? A symphony orchestra is a large ensemble of players of musical instruments arranged in sections, or “families,” namely the strings, the woodwinds, the brass, and the percussion.

How do I purchase tickets? You may contact the symphony office (910)433-4690 or you may purchase online through this website.

What should I wear? There is no dress code; you will see people in everything. Some people like to make it a night on the town and therefore will dress more but the majority are in business attire.

When should I arrive? We suggest that you arrive at least 30 minutes prior to the concert. This allows you time to park, pick up any tickets from Will Call, find your seat and review the program. If you are able to arrive earlier, we invite you to come hear the pre-concert talk led by our “Music Nerd” and FSO Musicians. The box office opens one hour prior to the concert and the pre-concert talks begin 45 minutes prior to the concert.

What happens if I arrive late? As a courtesy to all patrons, the ushers may not seat you until the first appropriate pause in the music. We will do all that we can to get you into the concert hall as soon as possible.

Do I need to know the music before the concert? No, one of the joys of attending concerts is discovering new music. In the time you have before the concert or during the intermission, read the program notes in the program booklet; this will be very helpful to your understanding and enjoyment of the concert. Many compositions are program music that tell a story or are of particular historical significance. In such a case reading the notes in the concert program will “connect” you with the composition. Our program notes can also be found on this website.

What is taking place on the stage at the start of the concert? Before the concert begins, the Concertmaster (first chair first violin player) will ask for an “A” from the principal oboe player to tune the orchestra; usually woodwinds first, then brass, and finally the strings. This takes time, yet is critical (the players must all be playing with the same tuning).

May I bring my cell phone? Yes, but please be sure you turn off all cell phones (or put on vibrate) or other electronic devices.

May I take photographs or videos? Sorry, unauthorized photographic, audio recording, and video equipment may not be used during the performance. Many of the pieces we perform are copyright protected.

When do I applaud? Applause is appropriate when the conductor enters and is acknowledged by the orchestra and the audience and takes his place on the podium. Then the audience applauds when an entire piece is over. The orchestra usually pauses between movements, but you are asked not to applaud until the entire piece is over when the conductor lowers the baton and turns toward the audience. The conductor may leave the stage between musical selections and at intermission and should be greeted by applause on his return to the podium.

What happens if I need to leave during the concert? After the concert has begun, as a courtesy to other patrons, you should refrain from leaving or entering the auditorium. Most concerts have a 15 minute intermission – please check your program.

Featured Musician

Mallory Hayes

Mallory Hayes received her Master of Music in Violin Performance from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, studying with Fabian Lopez. She received a graduate assistantship to attend which includes a tuition waiver and a monthly stipend. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree, with a major in Violin Performance, from Converse College where she studied with Sarah Johnson. She attended Converse on the Paddison Music Scholarship, a full comprehensive scholarship, and graduated summa cum laude and with Distinction in Performance, an honor given to one music student awarded unanamously by the music faculty. She is currently a section violinist in the Winston-Salem Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Fayetteville Symphony, and Carolina Philharmonic, and was the Principal Second Violin of the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra for the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons. She performed as the first violinist in a group with renowned cellist Lynn Harrel during his residency at UNCG in 2018, performing Brahms Clarinet Quintet. She was a featured soloist with the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra in December 2015 and was named the 2015 Presser Scholar in recognition of outstanding achievement as a music major at Converse College. She won the 2013 Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium Concerto and the 2013 Converse Symphony Orchestra concerto competition, performing the first and second movements of the Barber Violin Concerto, respectively, with the orchestras. She also won the Music Teachers National Association South Carolina State competition in the Young Artist Strings category in 2014 and 2015, going on the compete in the Southern Division competition. Mallory has studied and performed in masterclasses with many notable artists and pedagogues, including Charles Castleman, Mimi Zweig, Aaron Berofsky, James Lyon, Benjamin Sung, Will Fedkenheuer, Janet Sung, Rebecca McFaul, Jonathan Kramer, Vadim Gluzman, Carolyn Huebl, Amy Schwartz Moretti, Violaine Melancon, and Paul Kantor. She has also worked with members of notable string quartets such as the Penderecki Quartet, the Juilliard Quartet, the Beo Quartet, the Shanghai Quartet, the Borromeo Quartet, and the Fry Street Quartet. She received a full scholarship to attend the 2014 Brevard Music Center Festival, performing in the Brevard Music Center Orchestra side by side with renowned concertmasters and musicians Bill Preucil, David Kim, Noah Bendix-Bagley, and accompanying world renowned soloists, most notably Itzhak Perlman.

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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