Orchestral music or blues … how about both this Saturday?

Published 12:00 am Thursday, October 19, 2017

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Get ready for an explosion of music in Salisbury this coming Saturday, Oct. 21st! Noted for its lively music scene, Salisbury is lucky to be the home of two organizations who help make our city a culturally rich destination for music lovers of all genres throughout the region. The Salisbury Symphony, who has renewed its commitment to serving the entire community, and the Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival, who promotes the best Blues and Jazz in the region for over 17 years, are working together to provide a day of diverse music offerings on the Saturday. The Salisbury Symphony’s highly-anticipated Season Premiere Concert will take place at Keppel Auditorium and the Rowan Blues and Jazz Festival takes place downtown.

The Salisbury Symphony has announced innovations to its Season Premiere Concert in order to the most inclusive concert-going experience ever for the broadest possible audience. In addition to the traditional concert experience, where audience members watch the concert from Keppel Auditorium, the Salisbury Symphony concert will also have a Pop-Up Bar presented by Morgan Ridge, an exhibition by Rail Walk Artists, and a live relay of the concert from Keppel to Crystal Lounge (aka ‘The Lounge’) – catering to all types of musical engagement.

‘The Lounge’ will open at 5:30 p.m. and will be the home to Morgan Ridge’s Pop-Up Bar, which will serve wines, beers, light snacks and sodas throughout the evening. There will also be a large screen set up, showing the concert taking place inside Keppel Auditorium, for those who prefer to watch the concert in a more informal and social environment.

The Season Premiere Concert will feature Music Director David Hagy leading the Salisbury Symphony in Bach’s “Brandenburg” No. 3, Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 and Beethoven’s “Eroica” Symphony No. 3; three of the most popular symphonic works. Special thanks to Charles and Rachel Oestreicher Bernheim for sponsoring the concert.

James Dane Harvey, executive director, says: “We want our concerts to be a cultural melting pot, where music brings people from all walks of life together. Shared musical experiences can be transformative and I think this type of event is exactly what our community needs. I would encourage everyone to be a part of a positive change and join us for a night of fun on October 21!”

For tickets and information on the Salisbury Symphony visit www.salisburysymphony.org, or call 704 640 1729 or email director@salisburysymphony.org

The Blues and Jazz Festival, whose theme this year is “Reunion Time,” will host its event downtown in the Salisbury Post parking lot in front of the Rowan Public Library starting at 2:30 p.m. The lineup includes Rowan Big Band All Stars featuring Nikki Jones Bailey, Blazin Blues Bob, Nathan Pope Band, Mac Arnold and Plate Full Blues, Patty Ray Virginia Blues Band, Live House Band, Joe Robinson and Friends, Diana Tuffin and Butch Stewart and some outstanding surprise performances from other favorites.

Food vendors will be present throughout the day. There will also be a Collard Greens and Cornbread sandwiches cook-off, which will be judged by customers’ taste buds. Be sure to cast you ballot!

Information on the Rowan Blues & Jazz Festival can be found at http://rowanbluesandjazz.org or call 704-636-3277.

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