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.
SUMMERFEST WEEKENDS MAY 27 – JULY 15
Kids 12 & under are always admitted
FREE on the lawn!
2017 SUMMERFEST LINEUP
NORTH CAROLINA SYMPHONY SUMMERFEST 2017: New World Symphony
SATURDAY, MAY 27 | 7:30pm
Memorial Day weekend, hear Dvořák’s take on American music in his ever-popular “New World” Symphony and Sibelius’ pride in his own native Finland. Experience a rousing overture by Verdi and witness the exceptional talent of our 2016 Youth Concerto Competition winner in Dvořák’s Cello Concerto. You might even see friends and neighbors on stage! We welcome citizen musicians to perform with us in the 20th anniversary of “Play with the Pros.”
SATURDAY, JUNE 3| 7:30pm
David Glover, conductor
Let us whisk you off to Broadway! Guest singers join the Symphony for timeless love stories told through some of the most romantic music ever written—including songs from The Phantom of the Opera, Romeo and Juliet, West Side Story, My Fair Lady, and more.
CLASSICS UNDER THE STARS
FRIDAY, JUNE 9| 7:30pm
David Glover, conductor
Hum along to familiar tunes from operas like Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Ponchielli’s Dance of the Hours. Tap your toes with the racing rhythms of Copland’s Hoe-Down from Rodeo, a Dvořák Slavonic Dance, and Leroy Anderson’s extravaganza for strings, Fiddle Faddle. This evening is a real crowd-pleaser, with some of the most fun and recognizable moments in classical music.
A SPACE SPECTACULAR
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 | 7:30pm
David Glover, conductor
Hear how composers across generations and genres have imagined the mysteries of space in their music. From John Williams’ memorable music for Star Wars and Close Encounters of the Third Kind, to selections from Holst’s powerful suite depicting the planets, this is the perfect family fun program to enjoy under a star-filled sky.
AN EVENING IN FRANCE
SATURDAY, JUNE 17 | 7:30pm
Brent Havens, conductor, Randy Jackson, vocals
French music and cuisine come together as we celebrate the Triangle’s sister cities, Le Touquet and Compiegne. Saint-Saëns’ Piano Concerto No. 2 and the Bacchanale from Sampson and Delilah will dazzle you, and works by Impressionist composers Ravel and Debussy- including the ravishing Claire de Lune – create an evocative, magical atmosphere. Visit the food trucks for French-inspired treats.
A NIGHT OF BEETHOVEN
SATURDAY, JUNE 24 | 7:30pm
Nicholas Hersh, conductor, Gilles Vonsattel, piano
Enjoy a beer garden, German food, and fun— a preview of Cary’s Oktoberfest Celebration— while you experience the impeccable musical craftsmanship of Beethoven. We begin with the stormy Egmont Overture and the lighthearted, bubbly Symphony No. 8. Then, pianist Gilles Vonsattel—praised for bringing a sense of adventure to everything he plays – is featured in Beethoven’s final piano concerto, nicknamed the “Emperor” for its grandeur.
STEEP CANYON RANGERS
FRIDAY, JUNE 30 | 7:30pm
The Grammy award-winning bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers—based in the NC mountains—take the stage with the North Carolina Symphony! The Rangers showcase smooth vocals, smart songwriting, ferocious instrumentals, and jaw-dropping harmonies in this not-to-be-missed concert.
SATURDAY, JULY 1 | 7:30pm
Gemma New, conductor, Paul Huang, violin
Just before Independence Day celebrations, hear depictions of our country in music by American masters. Copland’s Appalachian Spring conjures the simple pleasures of life in the Pennsylvania countryside; John Williams’ The Cowboys calls to mind the Wild West; and dances from Bernstein’s opera On the Town tell the adventures of sailors on leave in New York City. The lyrical Barber Violin Concerto is a perfect match for guest violinist Paul Huang, known for his rich, luscious tone.
THE MUSIC OF U2
FRIDAY, JULY 7 | 7:30pm
Brent Havens, conductor
Experience the music of U2 like never before— with the powerful sound of a full rock band backed by your North Carolina Symphony. Hear four decades of the band’s uplifting and captivating hits, including “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” “Pride (In the Name of Love),” “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” “Desire,” “One,” and many more.
ANNUAL BEACH PARTY WITH JACKIE GORE AND NORTH TOWER BAND
SATURDAY, JULY 15 | 7:30pm
Dance to the best in Carolina beach music performed by local legends: North Tower Band and Jackie Gore will keep you grooving all night at this annual beach bash! The North Carolina Symphony presents these guest artists and will not perform at this concert.
“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