North Carolina Symphony to perform free concert in Franklin

NC Symphony

NC SymphonyBrittney Raby – Staff Writer

The North Carolina Symphony, led by Associate Conductor David Glover, will perform a free concert in Franklin, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 p.m.

“We are excited to be back in Franklin,” said Glover. “I grew up in Athens [Ga.] so my family has always spent time there hiking, and visiting waterfalls and getting outdoors there. It is a beautiful place, we really love it.”

Glover conducts education and evening concerts throughout the state as well as performances on the Pops Series and Young People’s Concerts. He has led numerous orchestras including the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Ensemble Orchestral de Paris, North Czech Philharmonic, Bulgarian Opera in Bourgas, and Hungarian Opera-Cluj.  Glover holds degrees from the University of Georgia and Boston University in violin performance, as well as a master’s degree in instrumental conducting from Indiana University, where he was named an Adjunct Lecturer in 2007.

Next Wednesday’s concert will feature light classical favorites including Rossini’s Overture to William Tell, “The Blue Danube Waltz” by Johann Strauss, Jr., and Tchaikovsky’s “Fantasy Overture” from Romeo and Juliet. Featured soloist is Kiffen Loomis who will perform Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.”

“The Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts Center is the perfect venue for the symphony,” said Glover. “As an all acoustic show, the theatre’s dynamics really lends itself to the symphony and the music that we play. While it’s always exciting to play large coliseums and outdoor concerts, venues like the performing arts center are really ideal for us and what we do.”

The North Carolina Symphony is comprised of 65 musicians all with unique talents working together to provide an incredible show. Seventeen-year-old pianist Kiffen Loomis, from Asheville, was the first prize winner in the senior division (16-21 years old) of the North Carolina Symphony’s Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, North Carolina’s premier performance competition for young instrumentalists, in May of 2015. He has studied at the Aspen Music Festival and School, Southeastern Piano Festival, and Brevard Music Center. Loomis has performed with the Charlotte, Winston-Salem, Hendersonville, and Charlotte Youth Symphony Orchestras, and will perform with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra in 2016.

Tickets to the free concert are available day of the show, Wednesday, April 6, beginning at 10 a.m. at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts box office, located at 1028 Georgia Road (Hwy 441), Franklin, NC.

About the North Carolina Symphony

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony gives more than 200 performances annually to adults and school children in more than 50 North Carolina counties. An entity of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, the orchestra employs 66 professional musicians, under the artistic leadership of Music Director and Conductor Grant Llewellyn, Resident Conductor William Henry Curry, and Associate Conductor David Glover.

Based in downtown Raleigh’s spectacular Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and an outdoor summer venue at Booth Amphitheatre in Cary, N.C., the Symphony performs about 60 concerts annually in the Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary metropolitan area. It holds regular concert series in Fayetteville, New Bern, Southern Pines and Wilmington—as well as individual concerts in many other North Carolina communities throughout the year—and conducts one of the most extensive education programs of any U.S. orchestra.