Darrell Harwood and the Salisbury Symphony team up

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 19, 2018

On May 5, the Salisbury Symphony will become the first orchestra in the U.S. to perform alongside a country music band when it presents a joint concert with Darrell Harwood.

The first half of the concert will feature the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra performing well-known Western tunes including Bernstein’s “Magnificent Seven,” Williams’ “Cowboys Overture,” Copland’s “Rodeo,” Albert’s “Western Suite” and Daughtery’s “American Gothic: Pitchfork.”

The second half of the concert will feature Darrell Harwood and his band, and will include orchestral arrangements of Harwood’s original songs including “Out With A Bang,” “One For The Money,” “Fixer Upper,” “Love You More,” “Stand Together,” “Mama I Hate To See You Cry” and “Magic Cowboy Hat.”

Harwood, who hails from China Grove, is one of country music’s most prolific artists, performing more than 150 shows up and down the East Coast  each year. He has won numerous accolades, including the 2016 Carolina Music Award for Country Male Artist and 2017 Carolina Artist Showdown Humanitarian Award. Harwood’s fast-paced high-energy country rock has earned him a reputation as a powerhouse performer and a loyal following throughout the Southeast.

Harwood says: “Performing with the Salisbury Symphony is one of the highest honors I’ve received. It’s great for me to join forces with such a major Rowan County music making organization. If you want a one-of-a-kind night of live music, this is your chance.”

Music director David Hagy will lead the 60-piece Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in this concert event. John Stafford, director of music ministries at First Presbyterian Church as well as music director for musicals at Lee Street Theatre and Piedmont Players, is arranging Harwood’s music for the orchestra.

Keppel Auditorium will be transformed into a true country music concert spectacular, with a symphonic twist featuring a light show and special effects. Breaking from Symphony concert tradition, audience members are encouraged to get in the country spirit and wear cowboy hats, cowboy boots, jeans and the like.

The Lounge will open at 5:30 p.m. and will be the home to Morgan Ridge’s Pop-Up Bar, serving  wines, beers, light snacks and sodas. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

There will be an exclusive after-party with Harwood following the concert, where guests can meet  the artists and have a photo and autograph opportunity.

Admission to the after-party is $5, with all proceeds going to the Salisbury Symphony. Audience members wearing Darrell Harwood-branded apparel will gain free access to the after-party.

Saturday, May 5, 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $5-$25 at www.salisburysymphony.org or 704-216-1513.

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