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By Nicholas Luciano
For the Salisbury Post
A review for Giuseppe Verdi’s “Requiem” (1874) could easily get bogged down with synonyms for monumental, so I’ve decided to get them out of the way from the start.
The work is colossal, transcendental, massive and awe-inspiring. The Salisbury Symphony’s April 9 performance of the work undoubtedly lived up to the billing.
The performance’s circumstances were no less impressive. During the initial movement, the “Introit” or “introduction,” there is a moment when the choir sings a hymn without orchestral accompaniment. I was reminded that even the members of the largest of the concert’s seven contributing choirs had never performed with over half of the group. The entire choir, primarily students and community singers, should be commended for deftly navigating a difficult piece with people they had just met.
On Sunday April 9th at 3:00 p.m. the Salisbury Symphony will be performing Verdi’s Requiem with a 200 community member choir and four seat-gripping soloists; this performance will be at Keppel Auditorium located at Catawba College.
The 200 member chorus consists of 7 different choirs from the Salisbury community and surrounding counties. They consist of the Concert Choir which is directed by Ms. Kay Peeler; Catawba College Singers directed by Dr. Phillip Burgess; The Livingstone College Concert Choir directed by Dr. DaVaughn L. Miller; Mr. Joseph Judge conducts both the Piedmont Choral Society and The Pfeiffer University Concert Choir; the Stanly County Chorale; and the Wake Forest University Concert Choir directed by Dr. Brian Gorelick.
Maestro David Hagy has engaged four wonderful soloists for this concert! Our Soprano Jasmina Halimic had a triumphant debut with the Charleston Symphony as the soprano soloist in Verdi’s Requiem and is was most recently Hanna Giawari in Lehar’s The Merry Widow with Minnesota’s North Nights Music Festival. Jasmina is sponsored by Mrs. Teresa Moore-Mitchell for this concert. Our Mezzo-Soprano Cristy Brown has toured extensively in the Unites States and in Europe; she also sang the world premiere of composer Steven Landis’s Songs of Love and Immolation. Cristy is sponsored by Dr. Phillip Burgess. James Allbritten, our Tenor for the performance, is beginning his third season as General Director for the Piedmont Opera after serving ten years as its Artistic Director. James is sponsored by Bud & Betty Mickle. Finally, Bass-Baritone Richard Ollarsaba has recently finished his residency with the Patrick G. and Shirley W. Ryan Opera Center at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, where he stepped into the title role in their 2014 production of Don Giovanni as well as the Majo-Domo in Capriccio. He is anonymously sponsored. For the full biographies of these wonderful soloists, please refer to the Symphony’s website.
Our Concert Sponsor, Dr. W. Gerald Cochran invites you to come, enjoy the Salisbury Symphony perform Verdi’s Requiem with a vocal ensemble you will not want to miss! Tickets to the April 9th concert are $23.75 for adults, $6.50 for students, and $4.25 for children ages 8 and younger. Concert tickets are available at Rowan County Convention & Visitors Bureau, Sidewalk Deli, Pinocchio’s (Spencer), and Crescent Pharmacy (Rockwell). Tickets may be purchased also through PayPal on the Symphony’s website or by credit card by calling the Symphony office at 704.637.4314. The box office will open at 2:00 p.m. the afternoon of the performance.
One of the great pleasures of a long-time attendee of Salisbury Symphony concerts has been the opportunity to hear the continued maturation of the orchestra under the leadership of Maestro David Hagy. Maestro Hagy’s tenure here has been marked not just by steady growth in the artistic quality of the ensemble, but also by an expanded repertoire embracing less familiar and more challenging works. Saturday’s concert reflected both aspects of the orchestra’s growth.
A solid and comfortable foundation to the program was provided by several pieces familiar from movies and the theater. In addition to Erich Korngold’s 1938 score to “The Adventures of Robin Hood “and John Williams’ “Hymn to the Fallen” from “Saving Private Ryan,” the audience responded enthusiastically to the finale to Rossini’s overture to “William Tell,” the familiar theme from the television program “The Lone Ranger.”
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Maestro Hagy is to be thanked and congratulated for providing a musical afternoon that combined familiar pleasures with a wide cultural reach.
After a visit by the North Carolina Symphony on March 9, the Salisbury Symphony will offer three more concerts this year: the magnificent Verdi “Requiem” on April 9, a pops concert featuring the works of Gershwin on May 13, and the traditional Pops at the Post on June 3.
On Thursday March 9th at 7:30 p.m. the North Carolina Symphony will be performing at Keppel Auditorium located at Catawba College.
David Glover, Associate Conductor, and the NC Symphony will be returning for a second time this year! They recently performed an educational concert for the Rowan-Salisbury School’s Fifth graders and surrounding counties on Thursday, January 12th also at Catawba College.
Works being performed at this concert are Jubilation Overture by Robert Ward, Caroline Shaw’s Lo for solo violin and orchestra where Carolina herself will be the solo violinist and lastly, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F Minor.
Orchestra seeks a resident Executive Director to begin in June of this year. This person will oversee and carry out as needed all financial operations, all development processes, all public relations, and all production activities for this orchestra. We seek an enthusiastic, personable, and community-minded person who will enjoy the challenges of presenting a professional orchestra in a small community (33,000). Job description is attached. Starting salary will begin at or near $35,000. Applications submitted before March 15 are guaranteed consideration.
Please submit a one-page application letter, a resume, names and contact information of three references, and one paragraph broadly giving your strengths for this position. Please send this to Executive Director Search, P.O. Box 4264, Salisbury, NC 28145. Questions can be submitted to email@example.com.
Salisbury Rowan Symphony Society
The Executive Director is employed by the Board of Directors to carry out the day-to-day operations of the Society in an efficient and effective manner. The Executive Director works both in collaboration with the Music Director and in consultation with the Board to fulfill the mission and goals of the Society.
This position reports to the Board, either directly or through the elected Chair.
The Executive Director should live in Rowan County.
The full job description may be downloaded using the link below.
Members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and the Fifth Grade Honors Chorus are getting ready for tomorrow afternoon's concert. Be sure to join them at Keppel Auditorium on the campus of Catawba College at 4pm.
Here's a brief snippet of the Fifth Grade Honors Chorus practicing for tomorrow.
Playing with the pros: NASCAR’s Kyle Petty a little nervous about performing with Salisbury Symphony
By Mark Wineka
Kyle Petty figures he has written hundreds of songs over the years — and he hasn’t stopped.
Though he remains closely connected to NASCAR, the sport that made his family racing legends, Petty devotes time to music every day. He carries a notepad with him so he can write down a lyric idea he has thought of, or one he has heard in conversation.
When he’s at home watching television, he strums his guitar — a habit that can be annoying to his wife, Morgan. He often shows up at open-mic night at the Evening Muse in Charlotte.
“You learn to do it, and it’s a craft,” Petty says of writing songs, something he has been doing since a traveling preacher gave him a guitar when he was 12. “If you put it on the shelf, you’ve let time fly.”
Petty will perform three of his original compositions with the Salisbury Symphony Feb. 4 at Catawba College’s Keppel Auditorium. It’s part of the orchestra’s 4 p.m. Family Concert, which also will feature the 150-voice Rowan County Fifth Grade Chorus, the Rowan Youth Orchestra and members of the Rowan All-County Band.
David Hagy and the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra plan to salute heroes — past and present — in their upcoming Family Concert on Feb. 4. The concert will be at Keppel Auditorium at Catawba College and begin at 4 p.m. Special “family” pricing is offered for this special event.
Musicians young and old — and a surprise one! —will share the stage with the orchestra: the 150-voice Rowan County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus will sing “Thank you, Soldiers” and a medley from “Man of La Mancha;” the Rowan Youth Orchestra and members of the Rowan All-County Band will perform, and race car driver Kyle Petty will perform three of his original compositions, scored for orchestra by John Stafford.
Other music on the program honors legendary heroes: Robin Hood, John Henry, Anne Frank, and William Tell.
Kyle Petty is a race car driver turned racing analyst who has always carried a passion for music. A traveling preacher at the race track gave Petty his very first guitar at age 12. Petty began writing his own music in high school and found creative influences in such country artists as Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard and singer-songwriters Carole King, James Taylor, Harry Chapin and Jim Croce. Throughout the ’80s, Kyle was an opening act for various bands and now enjoys open-mic night at the Evening Muse in Charlotte.