2021-2022 Season Concerts

Welcome to our 2021-2022 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 6 season concerts, we also have a variety of free Community Concerts and a new, free series called Symphony on Tap.

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COVID-19 Safety and Precautions

We are continually monitoring the latest recommendations by the CDC, the state of North Carolina, and the City of Fayetteville to keep you safe and comfortable at our events. The necessary safety measures will be updated as necessary. Currently, masks are required for everyone attending our indoor events as required by the City of Fayetteville. Hand sanitizer will be available, and seats will be wiped down before and after our indoor events. Please check back for updates on these safety measures closer to each event.

A note about Too Hot to Handel: The FSO and St. John’s Episcopal Church are closely monitoring the latest rise in COVID-19 cases. At this time, our Too Hot to Handel concert will occur as planned. However, masks will be required for all patrons for the duration of the concert. Additionally, we have limited the capacity of this concert to 200 tickets to accommodate for social distancing

Ghosts & Ghouls

Saturday, October 30, 2021 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

Selected Pieces:

  • Waltz from Masquerade, Aram Khachaturian
  • A Night on Bald Mountain, Modest Mussorgsky arr. Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Danse Macabre, Camille Saint-Säens
  • Beauty and the Beast from Mother Goose, Maurice Ravel
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Paul Dukas
  • Love Scene from Vertigo, Bernard Herrmann
  • Firebird Suite (1919), Igor Stravinsky

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 20min

Ghosts and Ghouls is a fantasy-driven program that will surely get you in the Halloween spirit! Featuring music from Disney’s Fantasia as well as Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo, Ghosts and Ghouls will take you on a Halloween themed journey of exceptional orchestral music. Recognizable pieces and interesting themes will keep you engaged and entertained. Filled with fantasy, story-telling, and complexity, Ghosts and Ghouls is a show you won’t want to miss! We would love to see you in your costume!

All About That Brass

Saturday, November 20, 2021 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Selected Pieces:

  • Symphony in Brass, Movement III, Eric Ewazen
  • Sonata Piano e Fort, Giovanni Gabrieli
  • Canozona Septimi Toni No. 2, Giovanni Gabrieli
  • Mutations from Bach, Samuel Barber
  • Concertino, Op. 94, Dmitri Shostakovich
  • Fanfare Liturgiques, Henri Tomasi

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 15min

All About That Brass showcases the brass and percussion sections of your Fayetteville Symphony, presented in the beautiful and intimate setting of St. John’s Episcopal Church. Our program features some of the very best repertoire written for brass and percussion. Selections include a movement from Eric Ewazen’s joyful Symphony in Brass, music of Giovanni Gabrieli (the originator of the brass ensemble in the 16th Century), as well as 20th century masterpieces by Samuel Barber and Dmitri Shostakovich. The program culminates with the epic Fanfares Liturgiques, a powerful four movement work by the French composer, Henri Tomasi, written in 1947. Join us for this journey through time with the mighty Fayetteville Symphony brass!


Saturday, February 5, 2022 | 7:30pm

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Selected Pieces:

  • Symphony No. 2, op. 11, no. 2, D major – Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges
  • Lyric for Strings – George Walker
  • Concerto for Double Bass, No. 2, B minor – Giovanni Bottesini
  • The Hebrides, op. 26 – Felix Mendelssohn
  • Symphony No. 39 – W. A. Mozart

Wunderkinds will not only feature music composed by wunderkinds, or prodigies, but will also feature one of North Carolina’s own prodigies, 15 year old double bass player Gavin Hardy. Hardy is the winner of the FSO’s Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition and hails from Winston Salem. Hardy is an impressive young musician who was one of ten finalists at the 2021 International Society of Bassists Solo Competition (15-18 Division). We are excited to welcome Gavin Hardy to the stage on February 5 to perform Bottesini’s Concerto for Double Bass, No. 2. 

**Please note that Wunderkinds has replaced our original program Better Together due to the rise in COVID-19 cases in Cumberland County. This decision was made in an effort to keep patrons, staff, and musicians as safe as possible. Ticket holders for Better Together will have their tickets automatically transferred to Wunderkinds. Questions and concerns may be directed to Anna Meyer, Community Engagement Manager, at ameyer@fayettevillesymphony.org.

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 15min with no intermission

Too Hot to Handel

Friday, March 4 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Selected Pieces:

  • Overture from Solomon, George Frideric Handel
  • Let the Bright Seraphim from Samson, George Frideric Handel
  • Ombra Mai Fu from Serse, George Frideric Handel
  • Music for the Royal Fireworks, George Frideric Handel

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 15min

Too Hot to Handel features music from the Baroque era, specifically the works of George Frideric Handel. We will perform some of Handel’s most well known and impressive pieces such as Overture to Solomon, Let the Bright Seraphim, and Ombra Mai Fu. The concert will conclude with a piece referred to by Mozart as a “spectacle of English pride and joy”, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. Baroque and Handel fans will not want to miss this exciting concert at St. John’s Episcopal Church!

Bohemian Rhapsody

Saturday, March 12, 2022 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

Selected Pieces:

  • Hungarian Dance No. 5, Johannes Brahms
  • Slavonic Dance op. 72, No. 2 in E minor, Antonin Dvorak
  • Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen
  • Vlatava (The Moldau) from Ma Vlast (My Fatherland), Bedrich Smetana
  • Cello Concerto, Antonin Dvorak

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 20min

Is this just fantasy or is the Fayetteville Symphony playing Queen? We are excited to bring you Bohemian Rhapsody, a concert that will feature masterpieces from Queen, Brahms, Dvorak, and Smetana. Brahms’ Hungarian Dance No. 5 and Dvorak’s Slavonic Dance Op. 72, No. 2 will have you tapping your feet along to the music, and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody might have you singing along. The concert will conclude with Dvorak’s Cello Concerto featuring the Fayetteville Symphony’s own Nate Leyland as soloist. Dvorak’s Cello Concerto is one of the greatest concertos of all time, hi-lighting Dvorak’s gift for incorporating folk music into the richness of his orchestrations, juxtaposed against the rhapsodic lyricism and incredible expressive range of the cello. We can’t wait to see you for this very special performance!

From Stage to Screen

Saturday, April 9, 2022 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

Selected Pieces:

  • Captain Blood Overture, Erich Wolfgang Korngold
  • Godfather Waltz and Love Theme, Nino Rota
  • Lieutenant Kijé Suite, Op. 60, Serge Prokofiev
  • Theme from A Summer Place, Max Steiner
  • Violin Concerto, Op. 35, D Major, Erich Wolfgang Korngold

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 20min

Some selected pieces subject to change

From Stage to Screen is the final subscription concert of the 2021-2022 season. Our program features composers that began their careers writing for the concert stage only to evolve into some of the greatest composers for the silver screen. You may recognize Nino Rota’s Waltz and Love Theme from The Godfather, or Max Steiner’s theme from the 1959 film, A Summer Place. Featured on the program is the Fayetteville Symphony’s Concertmaster, violinist Fabián López performing the cinematic Concerto for Violin and Orchestra by Erich Wolfgang Korngold. Also featured on the program is music by the beloved 20th Century Russian composer, Serge Prokofiev, and his suite from the film Lt. Kijé. Join us this spring as we take you From Stage to Screen!

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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