The Tar River Orchestra & Chorus aims to provide quality musical experiences for the residents of Nash and Edgecombe counties. They also provide opportunities for musicians in the area to showcase their talents.
The TRO&C is a nonprofit that started in 1986, dedicated to the performing arts, and they host about 8 shows each year.
Each year they have a fundraising event that is outside of their normal programming. This event helps them meet their costs for the upcoming seasons. This year they are bringing Canada’s Jeans ‘n Classics to the Dunn Center to perform “The Music of Queen” on March 31 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets start at $30, but several tiers of VIP tickets are also available that include a pre-concert reception.
The pre-concert reception is one step that the Tar River Orchestra is trying to make their shows a more complete experience beyond a concert.
Last year’s fundraiser featured Jean ‘n Classics performing the music of Earth, Wind, and Fire and Chicago. Over 600 people attended that show, but they hope this year’s event will have ever higher attendance.
Jeans ‘n Classics will perform around 20 songs this year, including Queen’s greatest hits. The talented musicians of Jeans ‘n Classics will be accompanied by the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus. This year’s show was selected specifically to include the adult chorus, which does not perform often with the orchestra, according to Jennifer Harris, the General Manager of the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus.
The 2022-2023 season is coming to an end with only two shows remaining as part of the regular programming.
The Tar River Orchestra will perform on April 22 at the Imperial Centre in a family friendly show called “Celebrate Earth”. They will perform the Jurassic Park theme among other familiar selections, and concertgoers will be able to tour the children’s museum for no additional charge. The Children’s Museum currently features the “Dinosaurs: Land of Fire and Ice” exhibit.
The final show of the season will be on May 16 as the Tar River Swing Band brings “The Birth of Cool” to the Dunn Center with the music of Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, and more.
The schedule for next season should be released in April, and season tickets will be available for those who want to support the work of the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus in bringing great cultural experiences to our area.
*This content was created in partnership with the Tar River Orchestra & Chorus.*