NC Symphony Summerfest

Enjoy all of the family fun of North Carolina Symphony performances have to offer, including great music, contests, instrument zoos, picnics and more! Join the state’s premier orchestra for extraordinary concerts and turn your weekends into summer fun.

Single tickets will go one sale Friday April 20 at 10am!
Please note: Booth Amphitheatre Box Office does not sell NC Symphony Flex Packages. To purchase Flex packages please call The North Carolina Symphony’s Box Office at 919-733-2750.

SUMMERFEST WEEKENDS MAY 26 – JULY 21
Kids 12 & under are always admitted FREE on the lawn!


Pictures at an Exhibition and “Play with the Pros”
SAT, MAY 26 | 7:30pm
Wesley Schulz, conductor; Mary Eyre, Youth Concerto Competition winner
No work combines poignant emotion with sheer excitement quite like Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition. Also, “citizen musicians” perform with the North Carolina Symphony during Play with the Pros.


A Rodgers and Hammerstein Celebration
FRI, JUNE 1 | 7:30pm
Christopher James Lees, conductor; Lindsay Kesselman, soprano; Scott MacLeod, baritone
The best of Rodgers and Hammerstein is coming to the Booth. Come hear selections from Oklahoma!, The King and I, South Pacific, The Sound of Music, and more—sure to get you smiling and humming along with your favorite tunes.


Family Fun Event!
Superheroes Save Summerfest
SAT, JUNE 2 | 7:30pm
Stuart Chafetz, conductor
Superheroes always get the coolest capes, the coolest cars—and the coolest theme songs! Everyone wins when we bring you some of the most memorable superhero themes from blockbusters like Superman, Batman, Spider-Man, and Supergirl—plus, you can meet and take pictures with costumed characters from the all-volunteer 501st Legion!


Blind Boys of Alabama
SAT, JUNE 9 | 7:30pm
Wesley Schulz, conductor
The unique sound and spirit of The Blind Boys of Alabama have landed them multiple Grammy awards, a Lifetime Achieve-ment Grammy, and induction into the Gospel Hall of Fame, as well as performances in the White House for three different presidents. This is an event you won’t want to miss!


Classics Under the Stars
SAT, JUNE 16 | 7:30pm
Wesley Schulz, conductor
The Symphony shares great moments in classical music, including Mozart’s The Magic Flute and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Rossini’s The Barber of Seville, and Berlioz’s Roman Carnival.


Summer Nights in Spain
SAT, JUNE 23 | 7:30pm
Vinay Parameswaran, conductor; Ana Vidović, guitar; Flamenco Dancer
The delicate warmth of the classical guitar and the passion of flamenco dancing transport you to Spain with Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, three dances from de Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez, and more!


Glenn Miller to Gershwin: Jump, Jive & Swing!
SAT, JUNE 30 | 7:30pm
Wesley Schulz, conductor; North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra
Concert Sponsors: Galloway Ridge at Fearrington. Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown
The big band meets the orchestra with hits by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington, and Cole Porter, along with the sparkling An American in Paris by George Gershwin. Dance your way through big band, boogie-woogie, and jump blues with the sym-phony and the NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra.


free concert WITH FIREWORKS
Independence Day
WED, JULY 4 | 7:30pm
Wesley Schulz, conductor
 A Triangle tradition! Join us for a salute to the red, white and blue as we honor the U.S.A. on its birthday with patriotic favorites, high-spirited classics, and a fireworks display over Symphony Lake.


Romantic Russian Nights
SAT, JULY 7 | 7:30pm
Ruth Reinhardt, conductor; Daniel Hsu, piano
Twenty-year-old piano virtuoso Daniel Hsu joins the Symphony to perform a fiery showpiece, Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto—plus, tour the landscape of Russian music with rousing dance music by Borodin and selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake.


The Music of Tom Petty
SAT, JULY 14 | 7:30pm
Concert Sponsor: RGA Investments
Celebrate the life and music of rock icon Tom Petty with a singer and full rock band joining the Symphony to perform favor-ites like “Learning to Fly,” “Free Falling,” “American Girl,” and “You Wreck Me.”


Annual Beach Party
SAT, JULY 21 | 7:30pm
Concert Sponsor: Raleigh Windows & Siding
This Summerfest tradition brings the legendary North Tower Band to the stage to make the whole family smile, sing along, and dance on the lawn until the stars come out.


 

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“There is a wonderful dynamic at Booth which outclasses most other outdoor venues in the US.
People feel engaged and involved in this outdoor informal setting and they can hear and appreciate
great music in the great outdoors.”
      – Grant Llewellyn, Music Director, North Carolina Symphony

 

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