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This summer, the North Carolina Symphony will present 10 free outdoor concerts in communities across the state. Beginning with a program featuring Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony June 1-19, and including the Symphony’s popular free Independence Day concerts, July 1, 3 & 4, these “Concerts in Your Community” showcase the Symphony’s role as the state orchestra of North Carolina.

FREE "Beethoven’s Fifth" Performances
The first set of free concerts feature Music Director Grant Llewellyn and Resident Conductor William Henry Curry in “Beethoven’s Fifth.” Concertgoers in New Bern, Chapel Hill, Tarboro, Jacksonville, Pinehurst, Washington and Kinston will enjoy Beethoven’s immortal work that features the most famous beginning in all of classical music, the Outdoor Overture from Aaron Copland, and Sketches from Pinehurst, written by the Symphony’s own Terry Mizesko in honor of the 2005 U.S. Open and encored this summer to mark two U.S. Opens taking place this year in Pinehurst.
  • Sunday, June 1, 7:30pm, South Lawn, Tryon Palace, New Bern
  • Sunday, June 8, 7:30pm, Village Green, Southern Village, Chapel Hill
  • Wednesday, June 11, 7pm, Town Common, Tarboro
  • Thursday, June 12, 7:30pm, Riverwalk Crossing Park, Jacksonville
  • Friday, June 13, 8pm, Village Green, Pinehurst
  • Sunday, June 15, 7:30pm, Festival Park, Washington
  • Thursday, June 19, 7pm, Pearson Park, Kinston

FREE “Independence Day” Performances

In July, the North Carolina Symphony and Associate Conductor David Glover present a good, old-fashioned salute to the red, white and blue with patriotic favorites and high-spirited classics honoring the USA on its 238th birthday. Selections include “Servicemen on Parade,” “Saturday Night Waltz” and “Hoedown” from Copland’s Rodeo, John Philip Sousa’s “Washington Post March,” Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture” and much more.  
  • Tuesday, July 1, 8:00pm, Festival Park, Fayetteville
  • Thursday, July 3, 8:30pm, Lake Benson Park, Garner
  • Friday, July 4, 7:30pm, Booth Amphitheatre, Cary

Annual Stars & Stripes Concert in Wilmington

This year, the Wilmington Independence Day tradition is held on Wednesday, July 2 at 7:30pm in Kenan Auditorium on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Tickets are $25, with $10 for students. For ticket information, call the North Carolina Symphony Box Office toll free at 877.627.6724 Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm, or call the Kenan Auditorium Box Office at 910.962.3500 Monday through Friday, noon to 6pm.

Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland Co.
Bank of North Carolina
Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and Recreation
First Bank
Keihin Carolina System Technology, Inc.
Marine Chevrolet Cadillac
Marine Federal Credit Union
The Businesses of Market Street, Southern Village
Mine Safety Appliance Co.
Modern Exterminating Company
Onslow County Tourism
Onslow Memorial Hospital
Platinum Corral
Reed Lallier Chevrolet

Southern Village Homeowners Association
Strowd Roses, Inc.
Tarboro Savings Bank
Vidant Edgecombe Hospital

Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Edwards
Mr. Ronald G. Ellis, Jr.
June 1 concert presented in partnership with Tryon Palace

Cumulus Radio Fayetteville
The Daily News
Elite Magazine
Fayetteville Observer
Public Radio East
Sun Journal


Town of Cary
City of Fayetteville
Town of Garner


Pride of Kinston


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