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June 13, 2024

An Evening Under the Stars with The North Carolina Symphony


The annual performance of the North Carolina Symphony in Tarboro, North Carolina is a beloved tradition that has been cherished by the community for more than four decades. For over 40 years, the North Carolina Symphony has graced Tarboro with its exceptional performances, creating a legacy of musical excellence and cultural celebration. This year's event is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:30 pm on the picturesque Tarboro Town Common. Tarboro is just one stop among the more than 300 concerts the North Carolina Symphony performs each year. Currently conducted by Michelle Di Russo, the symphony is composed of various sections, including strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion. The ensemble features instruments such as violins, violas, cellos, double basses, flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, trumpets, horns, trombones, tubas, and a diverse array of percussion instruments.

This year's program includes a selection of classical favorites:

  • Mozart: Overture to The Magic Flute

  • Bologne: Symphony No. 1

  • J. Strauss, Jr.: Overture to Die Fledermaus

  • Youmans / arr. Shostakovich: Tahiti Trot (Tea for Two)

  • J. Strauss, Jr.: Tritsch Tratsch-Polka

  • Falla: Spanish Dance No. 1 from La Vida Breve

  • Ives: Variations on America

  • Gershwin: Strike Up the Band

  • Arturo Márquez: Danzon No. 2

This free event offers a unique experience for residents and visitors to enjoy an evening of exquisite classical music under the stars.

Be sure to bring lawn chairs or blankets for comfortable seating during the concert. The open-air setting of the Tarboro Town Common enriches this experience, offering an enchanting atmosphere where music and nature come together. The success of this event is deeply rooted in the generous support of various benefactors and community stakeholders. A significant contribution comes from the Simple Gifts Foundation, whose grant makes this and many other concerts in Tarboro possible. Additionally, local businesses and individual donors play a crucial role in supporting this yearly event. Their contributions reflect a collective enthusiasm and commitment to sustaining this musical tradition.

On your way to enjoy the annual North Carolina Symphony performance, a stop by Taps on Main is a must. Located just a few blocks from the Symphony event, Taps on Main is offering a special edition drink called the "Bach-iuri." This refreshing frozen daiquiri-style drink is garnished with fresh lime zest, and is perfect for a summer evening. To make the experience even more delightful, Taps on Main provides social district cups, allowing you to savor your drink as you stroll through the picturesque Tarboro Town Common and attend this spectacular event.

As June 18th approaches, the anticipation for this melodic night under the stars builds, promising an evening of unforgettable musical enchantment.

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Thank you to this week's sponsors!

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