This preview has been provided by the North Carolina Symphony.

The North Carolina Symphony (NCS) brings free music throughout the state this month with its annual Concerts in Your Community series. Performances take place on June 13 at Southern Village in Chapel Hill, June 14 at the Town Common in Tarboro, June 15 on the South Lawn of Tryon Palace in New Bern, and June 22 at Riverwalk Crossing Park in Jacksonville.

In this summer’s free program, NCS Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the Symphony in some of the most fun and recognizable moments in classical music. “This program is full of beloved pieces and memorable tunes, from Tchaikovsky’s passionate music from Swan Lake to Copland’s lively Hoe-Down,” says Glover. “The first part features many favorites from the worlds of opera and dance, while the second part turns its attention to favorites from America. These will be four evenings of great music in beautiful settings.”

The opportunity to experience a performance by the state’s premiere arts organization at no cost, in a relaxed atmosphere, makes for a perfect night out for families and friends. Concertgoers are invited to bring lawn chairs, blankets, and picnics to enjoy as the Symphony performs.

As North Carolina’s state orchestra, NCS is committed to making orchestral music performances of the highest artistic quality accessible to all North Carolinians.

North Carolina Symphony
Concerts in Your Community

Tuesday, June 13 at 7:30 pm
Village Green, Southern Village
Chapel Hill

Wednesday, June 14 at 7:30 pm
Town Common

Thursday, June 15 at 7:30 pm
South Lawn, Tryon Palace
New Bern

Thursday, June 22 at 7:00 pm
Riverwalk Crossing Park

North Carolina Symphony

David Glover, conductor


Verdi: La Forza del Destino Overture

Tchaikovsky: Introduction to Swan Lake

Ponchielli: Dance of the Hours

Dvořák: Slavonic Dance

Nielsen: Selections from Aladdin Suite

Smetana: Moldau

Copland: Variations on a Shaker Melody

Copland: Hoe-Down from Rodeo

Rodgers/Bennett: Victory at Sea

This program is FREE and open to the public; tickets are not required.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony (NCS) is a vital and honored component of North Carolina’s cultural life. Its 175 concerts and events annually are greeted with enthusiasm by adults and schoolchildren in more than 90 North Carolina counties — in communities large and small, and in concert halls, auditoriums, gymnasiums, restaurants, clubs, and outdoor settings. The Symphony’s 66 full-time professional musicians perform under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.

NCS’s state headquarters venue is the spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh. The Symphony’s service across the state includes series in Chapel Hill, Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines, and Wilmington, as well as the Summerfest series at its summer home, the outdoor Koka Booth Amphitheatre in Cary. Collaborating with performers that range from classical artists, to banjo players, to jazz bands, NCS brings some of the world’s greatest talents to North Carolina.

Committed to engaging students of all ages across North Carolina, NCS leads the most extensive education program of any U.S. orchestra. In alignment with the curriculum set by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, the Symphony provides training and resources for teachers, sends small ensembles into classrooms, and presents full-orchestra Education Concerts experienced by more than 55,000 4th and 5th graders each year. Music Discovery for preschoolers combines music with storytelling, and at the middle and high school levels, students have opportunities to work directly with NCS artists and perform for NCS audiences.

NCS is dedicated to giving voice to new art, and has presented 47 U.S. or world premieres in its history. In March 2017, NCS appeared at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., as one of four orchestras chosen for the inaugural year of SHIFT: A Festival of American Orchestras — an honor that recognized the Symphony’s innovative community partnerships and creative programming that inspires increased interest in new music.

The first state-supported symphony in the country, NCS performs under the auspices of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.