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Salisbury Symphony’s 16th annual fundraising gala Big Band Bash


Christmas excerpts from Handel’s ‘Messiah’

Salisbury Symphony and the Salisbury Symphony Chorale presents their first holiday concert of Christmas excerpts from Handel’s ever-popular “Messiah” on Tuesday, Dec. 19 at 6:30 pm at First Presbyterian Church, 308 W Fisher St.

This concert is part of the inaugural season for the newly-formed 40 member-strong Salisbury Symphony Chorale, which has already earned a reputation as a leading choral society in the region following its concert at St. John’s Lutheran Church’s celebration of the Reformation’s 500th anniversary.

Soloists for “Messiah” are UNC School of the Arts-trained soprano Anyée Farrar, alto Alden Pridgen, tenor Logan Weber, and bass Eric Powell.

Music Director David Hagy will conduct this concert, which also features an 18-piece orchestra.

“Messiah” features some of the most recognizable hits in the classical canon, including the soprano arias “Rejoice,” and “How Beautiful Are the Feet,” the alto’s “O Thou That Tellest Good Tidings to Zion” and “He Shall Feed His Flock,” the tenor recitative “Comfort Ye” and aria “Ev’ry Valley,” the bass’ “The Trumpet Shall Sound,” and the Chorus’And the Glory of the Lord,” “For Unto Us a Child Is Born,” and, of course, the famous “Hallelujah” chorus.

Tickets for “Messiah” are $15 for adults; $5 age 18 and under; free for children under age 10. Seating is general admission. Tickets are available at www.salisburysymphony.org or 704-216-1513.

Community Calendar


Save the date — a night of jazz & blues, food, wine and dancing

The Salisbury Symphony’s 16th annual Big Band Bash fundraiser will take place at Catawba College on Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018. Celebrating the music of Pearl Bailey and Ella Fitzgerald, it is themed “First Ladies of Swing.”

The gala begins at 6:30 p.m. in Hedrick Theatre with a concert of jazz and blues featuring members of the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and special guest artists from the area under the baton of David Hagy.

Featured vocalists performing with the orchestra include Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Teresa Moore-Mitchell, Alexis Greer and Rebecca Stinson, all residents of Salisbury.

Cohen, internationally recognized as one of the leading blues interpreters of her day, performs regularly across the globe at music festivals in Europe, South America, and the United States.

Moore-Mitchell has an esteemed career in classical music, having performed with world-class ensembles such as the New York Philharmonic, New England Philharmonic and Opera Carolina.

Greer, who works with the Rowan Salisbury School System, moonlights as a jazz soloist and has received high praise for her performances, which include roles with Piedmont Players.

Stinson, has performed locally with numerous organizations including appearances with Chickweed, the Salisbury Community Choir, Livingstone College, and at special events at the V.A.

Following the concert in the Crystal Lounge, guests will be treated to a seated meal, open bar, and a night of music by the Salisbury Symphony and guest performers. Dancing is encouraged.

B&B Catering, back by popular demand, are presenting a fine-dining Winter Comfort Food menu. There will also be an open bar with wine provided by the Salisbury Wine Shop.

Join this special night out and support the Salisbury Symphony while doing so. Benefactors receive special listing in the program and a table for eight for $1,200; sponsors receive special listing in the program and a half-table for four for $600; contributors receive special listing in the program and receive two tickets for $300; single tickets are $125.

Visit www.salisburysymphony.org or call 704 216 1513 to book.

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