FAYETTEVILLE SYMPHONY

2022-2023 Season Concerts

Welcome to our 2022-2023 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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The Music of John Williams

Pembroke Performance: Friday, October 7, 2022 at 7:30pm | Givens Performing Arts Center, University of North Carolina Pembroke

Fayetteville Performance: Saturday, October 8, 2022 at 7:30pm | Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

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You don’t have to go to a galaxy far far away to experience the iconic music of John Williams. Enjoy themes from your favorites – Star Wars, Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, E.T., Catch Me If You Can, and many more – as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra honors the master of film scores.

Something in the Wind

Saturday, November 5, 2022 | 7:30pm

St. John’s Episcopal Church

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*Selected Pieces:

  • Giuseppe Torelli – Concerto in D Major, Timothy Altman, trumpet
  • Antonio Vivaldi – Concerto for Bassoon, RV 496, G minor, Patrick Herring, bassoon
  • More pieces will be added – stay tuned!

Total Concert Run-Time: 1hr 15min

The alluring sounds of our brass and woodwind soloists fill the air this fall at St. John’s Episcopal Church in a delightful assortment of Baroque masterpieces. Featured pieces include Torelli’s Concerto in D Major performed by Timothy Altman, Principal Trumpet and Vivaldi’s Concerto for Bassoon performed by Patrick Herring, Principal Bassoon, among others. There will certainly be something magical in the wind at this chamber performance. 

Holiday Brass

Friday, December 9, 2022 | 7:30pm

Haymount United Methodist Church

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*Selected Pieces:

  • Wassail Song
  • Victor Herbert – March of the Toys 
  • Claude Debussy – Footprints in the Snow 
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Suite from The Nutcracker 
  • Johann Sebastian Bach – Christmas Oratorio No. 62 “Now may your proud foes be afraid” 
  • Gustav Holst – Christmas Day 
  • Mykola Leontovich – Carol of the Bells 
  • O Come, O Come Emmanuel
  • Cantique de Noël 
  • Little Drummer Boy

Get in the holiday spirit with your Fayetteville Symphony Brass Ensemble with this festive and fun program in the beautiful sanctuary of Haymount United Methodist Church. Selected pieces include Tchaikovsky’s Suite from The Nutcracker, Leontovich’s Carol of the Bells, and some of your favorite holiday songs such as Little Drummer Boy and O Come, O Come Emmanuel, among others.

Jubilate Deo

Saturday, January 21, 2023 | 7:30pm

First Presbyterian Church

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Total Concert Run-Time: 60 min with no intermission

Dan Forrest’s Jubilate Deo exemplifies the Psalm 100 text, “O be joyful in the Lord, all ye lands,” by including movements in seven different languages and drawing from a range of musical influences. Experience influences from different musical cultures as the Fayetteville Symphony and voices from First Presbyterian Church take you on a joyous and worldly journey with Dan Forrest’s beloved, Jubilate Deo.

One Song

Saturday, February 4, 2023 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

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*Selected Pieces:

  • Andrew Harris – The Stars Above
  • Giovanni Bottesini – Concerto No. 2, B minor, mvmt. I, Allegro moderato, Gavin Hardy, Double Bass
  • Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 3, op.37, C minor, mvmt. I Allegro con brio, Zirui Yin, piano
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky – Andante from String Quartet No. 1 in D major, op. 11 
  • Edvard Grieg – Peer Gynt, Suite No. 1, op. 46 

Our mission to educate, entertain, and inspire our community will be on full display with our annual side-by-side concert, where the Fayetteville Symphony Youth Orchestra performs alongside our world class musicians. This exciting and collaborative program will feature a new work from North Carolina composer, Andrew Harris, titled The Stars Above. Also highlighted on this program are the 2021 Harlan Duenow Young Artist Concerto Competition Winners, Zirui Yin and Gavin Hardy. Yin will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 and Hardy will perform Bottesini’s Concerto No. 2 for double bass. We hope you’ll join us for this meaningful performance featuring young musicians. 

Call Me Maybe

Saturday, March 18, 2023 | 7:30pm

Seabrook Auditorium, Fayetteville State University

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*Selected Pieces:

  • Felix Mendelssohn – Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Clara Schumann – Piano Concerto, op.7, A minor, Scott Marosek, piano
  • Johannes Brahms – Symphony No. 2, op.73, D major

Explore the beauty and heartache of one of classical music’s most famous unrequited love stories through the music of Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms. Selected pieces include Felix Mendelssohn’s Overture from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto, performed by our Principal Pianist, Scott Marosek, and Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 2.

Fayetteville Celebration

Saturday, May 13, 2023 | 7:30pm

Huff Concert Hall, Methodist University

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*Selected Pieces:

  • José Moncayo – Huapango
  • Astor Piazzolla – Four Seasons of Buenos Aires, Fabián Lopez, violin
  • Peter Maxwell Davies – An Orkney Wedding, with Sunrise

Our season closes with a program that brings together performers from our community to perform alongside the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra in an exciting collaborative concert. Selected pieces include José Moncayo’s Huapango, Astor Piazzolla’s Four Seasons of Buenos Aires featuring Concertmaster Fabián Lopez on violin, and Peter Maxwell Davies’  An Orkney Wedding, among others. Guest artists and collaborators will be announced soon!

*Selected Pieces are subject to change

Featured Musician

About the FSO “Music Nerd” – Joshua Busman

Joshua Kalin Busman is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Music at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he teaches courses in music history and music theory. A native of Knoxville, TN, comes to North Carolina from just over the Great Smoky Mountains. In 2009, he graduated summa cum laude from Middle Tennessee State University with a B.M. in Music Theory and Composition. He completed his M.A. and Ph.D. in Musicology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, successfully defending his dissertation in April 2015. His research focuses on the intersections of music and religious practice, and over the past several years, Dr. Busman has presented his research at a host of regional, national, and international conferences and published work in “Sounding Board” from Ethnomusicology ReviewThe Avid ListenerMAKE Magazine The Other Journal, and The Canterbury Dictionary of Hymnology, as well as in edited collections from Routledge Press and Lexington Books  He currently serves as the president of the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southeast and Caribbean Chapter as well as the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Religion, Music, and Sound study group. When he isn’t reading, writing, or researching, Joshua likes to play guitar and hang out with his wife, son, and hound dog at their home in Fayetteville.

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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