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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
By Lyndia Heward
For the Salisbury Post
SALISBURY — Friends of the Salisbury Symphony recently saluted the orchestra’s 50th anniversary by hosting the Southeastern Orchestra Volunteer Association’s annual Roundtable meeting.
Even through Hurricane Matthew had devastated areas in which many of the members live, almost 50 people were welcomed including the most men ever to attend a SOVA meeting.
The conference’s “All Aboard” theme was inspired, in part, by Salisbury’s historic train station located in the heart of the city. Held in one of the local churches, the conference focused on recruiting and managing volunteer boards, members, developing social media skills and successful fund-raising activities.
The event tried to tap into as much of Salisbury’s history and culture as it could.
By Rebecca Rider
The Salisbury Post
Marguerite Keller stands in front of a fifth-grade class at Hanford Dole Elementary School holding a violin. While the students hold their own instruments under their arms, in rest position, Keller talks to them about music.
She tells them about a trip she took overseas when she was young, playing in an orchestra where everyone spoke a different language — but they all understood music.
“I hope you get to have that experience with your violin,” she tells them.
This year, every student in Sally Schultz’s fifth grade class is learning to play the violin. It’s a new pilot program launched by the school system and the Salisbury Symphony.
“We were just brainstorming ways to get more music into our schools,” said Kelly Feimster, director of instructional programs with Rowan-Salisbury Schools.
The symphony’s “Afterschool Strings” program has always been popular, and according to Keller, Salisbury schools used to have a strings program before the county and city systems merged in the late ’80s.
When Feimster and symphony Executive Director Linda Jones put their heads together, they came up with the pilot program.
“It would be all in. Everyone would have an equal opportunity to participate,” Feimster said.
By Mark Wineka
The Salisbury Post
Before Thursday’s Salisbury Symphony Guild lunch, which was held at Trinity Oaks to honor her, Mary Messinger sat in a small reception area close to the dining room and met a stream of well-wishers.
“If it wasn’t for you,” guild member Lyndia Heward told Messinger, “we wouldn’t have a symphony guild.”
“If it wasn’t for me,” Messinger added, “we wouldn’t have a symphony period.”
Truer words are hardly ever spoken.
Salisbury Mayor Karen Alexander, who was on hand for the luncheon, proclaimed Thursday as “Mary Messinger Day” in the city, honoring Messinger’s steadfast dedication to the symphony orchestra, its governing society and the guild.
From its beginning 50 years ago, Messinger devoted herself to the symphony and making it one of small-town Salisbury’s bragging points. In a recent story in Salisbury the Magazine, Executive Director Linda Jones called Messinger “the mother of the symphony.”