NC Symphony Summerfest

SF 2015 logo_newkokalogoThe North Carolina Symphony’s popular outdoor concerts return for another season, as the 2015 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series brings great music for relaxed listening to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre May 23 through July 9. This summer marks the 30th anniversary of performances in Cary and the orchestra’s 15th season in the stunning lakeside pavilion built by the Town of Cary, a major sponsor of Summerfest.

While concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., concertgoers may bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the striking natural surroundings before the music begins. Thanks to sponsor Golden Corral, children ages 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn, so attending a North Carolina Symphony concert at Booth Amphitheatre is a wonderful summer bargain for families.

Tickets on-sale April 24th!

Saturday, May 23 Opening Night!
Rex Healthcare Presents
Rhapsody in Blue & Dvorak’s New World Symphony
William Henry Curry, Resident Conductor & Summerfest Artistic Director
Timo Andres, Piano

Celebrate Memorial Weekend with Gershwin’s incomparable Rhapsody in Blue and Dvorak’s ever-popular New World Symphony. Also, enjoy selections by Copland with “citizen musicians’ performing with the North Carolina Symphony during Play with Pros.


Saturday, May 30
Rex Healthcare Presents
Your Favorite Light Classics
Grant Llewellyn, Conductor

Enjoy your picnic under the stars with your favorite light classical music, including Grieg’s Peer Gynt and Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, plus many more of your beloved pieces.


Saturday, June 6
Rex Healthcare Presents
Totally 80’s
Stuart Chafetz, Conductor, Nicole Parker, Vocals,  Joe Cassidy, Vocals

Chill out with awesome hits from the 80’s such as “human Nature,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” “Boys of Summer” and “In the Air Tonight,” not to mention hits by Lionel Richie, Sting, Cyndi Lauper, Pat Benatar and more.


Friday, June 12
Rex Healthcare Presents
White Night’s Russian Festival
David Glover, Conductor, Jinjoo Cho, Violin

Shostakovich: Festival Overture,  Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto, Borodin: Polovtsian Dances, Rimsky-Kosakov: Capriccio espagnole


Saturday, June 13
Rex Healthcare Presents
White Night’s Russian Festival
David Glover, Conductor, Sean Chen, Piano

Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2, Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade


Friday, June 19
Rex Healthcare Presents
An Evening of Broadway
David Glover, Conductor

Join us for a fun-filled evening saluting the best of Broadway. You’ll want to sing along to hits from Annie, Oliver! And Wicked, plus much more.


Saturday, June 20
Rex Healthcare Presents
Symphonic Wizardry Featuring The Music of Harry Potter
David Glover, Conductor

Explore the fantasy of Hogwarts as we take you on a musical journey inspired by the world of Harry Potter, plus selections from How to Train Your Dragon, Ghostbusters and others.


Saturday, June 27
Rex Healthcare Presents
The Music of The Eagles
Brent Havens, Conductor

Back by popular demand, we salute The Eagles, one of the most successful groups of the 70’s, as the orchestra and tribute band head for “Hotel California” with a string of hits including “Witchy Woman” and “Desperado”.


Thursday, July 9
North Carolina Symphony Presents The Hot Sardines

Bandleader Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, lead singer Mix Elizabeth and the Sardine ensemble of powerhouse musicians – along with their very own tap dancer – give a voice to the history-defining “hot jazz” of the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
The North Carolina Symphony will not be performing 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