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.