by Mary Miller James
The anticipation is finally over! A new batch of decorated pianos, stationed outside shops along Main Street in Salisbury, were unveiled at 5:30 p.m. during Downtown Salisbury’s First Friday Night Out.
Artists this year are students — along with some parents and faculty — from Catawba College, Livingstone College, Hood Theological Seminary, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College, North Hills Christian School, Rockwell Christian School and the Rowan County Home School Association.
You’ll be awed by the incredible creativity these schools brought to transform these donated instruments into real works of art! Not only that, but music students from each school, listed here, will be serenading the public on their respective piano for the first hour or so. After that, the pianos are open to the public for play and display, and will remain so for the next five months through September 30. So come and enjoy them… you may discover you’re the next Mozart!
Rockwell Christian School: Students Collin Cape, Raegan Fuller, Griffin Jones, Kaitlyn Losh, Cole McGraw, David Minervan, Hayley Prater, Sophie Sauder, Mary Snow. Seen at Textile Products, 119 N. Main St.
Catawba College: Caleb Garner, senior Theater Arts major. Seen at the Meroney Theater, 213 S. Main St.
North Hills Christian School: Students Rachel Johnson, Josue Nunez, River Peterson, Jenna Plummer, Ethan Wilson, Gabby Wilson. Seen at Sweet Meadow Café, 111 N. Main St.
Rowan County Home School Association: Students Jackson Safrit, Jadyn Safrit, Cheyenne Smith, Madeline Wagoner, Norman Peters. Seen at Creative Teaching Aids, 310 S. Main St.
Livingstone College: Tyvaun James, freshman Piano major. Seen at The Pedal Factory, 218B-220B S. Main St.
Hood Theological Seminary: Seen at Winsome Hanger, 103 N. Main St.
Rowan Cabarrus Community College: Seen at The Candy Shoppe, 119 S. Main St.
Join us for a week filled with musical discoveries!
Salisbury Symphony’s Strings Camp is a great opportunity to make music in a fun environment. Designed to broaden a student's musical experience and reinforce individual development, the camp provides students with the opportunity to work with some of the area's leading professional musicians.
All string players are encouraged to join us for summer music-making and fun! You will learn new songs, meet new friends, and play games to get better at your instrument. We will have a concert at the end of camp to show our family and friends all that we have learned.
Dates: June 19-23, 2017 • 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M
Location: St. John’s Lutheran Church • 200 W. Innes St., Salisbury, NC
Cost: $100 Scholarships available
The Salisbury Symphony Orchestra promises an evening of music by George Gershwin that ensures this pops concert will end a season of celebrations with a flourish! Scheduled for Saturday, May 13th, the concert will be in Varick Auditorium at Livingstone College, beginning at 7:30 PM. Featured are pianist Nate Beversluis and singers Teresa Moore-Mitchell and Leonard Rowe and Gershwin favorites: the Piano Concerto in F, Cuban Overture, and songs by the composer.
Nate Beversluis is a New York City based conductor, pianist and composer, active in multiple genres. He has played and conducted opera, musical theatre, jazz, pops and symphonic concerts. He began his conducting career with the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra where he developed his own brand of riotously entertaining education and pops concerts for children and families. His compositions have won awards from ASCAP and BMI, and he enjoys creating unique contemporary arrangements of American songbook classics for jazz artists. Nate loves working with young orchestras; as Music Director of the Greensboro Symphony Youth Orchestra, he and the GSYO recently recorded “Taking It Home,” an album of American and North Carolina-oriented music, featuring Nate as pianist and conductor in Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue. A native of Indianapolis, Nate holds degrees in Jazz Studies from Indiana University and from CCM in Orchestral Conducting. He’ll be performing on a Steinway provided by Steinway Piano Gallery-Charlotte.
Teresa Moore-Mitchell, soprano, is well-known here and abroad for her incredible voice. She has sung opera as well as musical theatre and has performed numerous times at Carnegie Hall and at Lincoln Center. Theatrical performances include performing for Dr. Maya Angelou’s opening of “And Still I Rise” and the role of “Marian Anderson” for the Mahalia: Queen of Gospel show during the National Black Theatre Festival. A teacher, too, she coaches students at both Catawba College and Livingstone College as well as private students. Leonard Rowe may be remembered for his deep baritone when the Salisbury Symphony presented “Carmina Burana” three years ago. Leonard sang the role of Jake on the World Premiere Recording of Porgy and Bess released in September 2006. A native of Fredericksburg, VA and a graduate of NC School of the Arts, Leonard has sung opera all over the world. Both Teresa and Leonard will sing selections from Porgy & Bess.
The Warrens – Jeffery, Melissa, and Jordan – are our Concert Sponsors; be sure to thank them when you see them! Tickets are on sale now. They may be purchased at any of the Ticket Outlets in advance (Crescent Pharmacy in Rockwell, Pinocchio’s in Spencer, Sidewalk Deli and Visitors Bureau in Salisbury), by calling the Symphony office at 704-637-4314, or visiting the website and purchasing through PayPal: www.salisburysymphony.org.
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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 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.
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