The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra presents their Brass Ensemble in a festive concert, “Holiday Brass." This performance will be on Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at Haymount United Methodist Church on Fort Bragg Road.
“This event is an opportunity for the community to get into the holiday spirit with the Brass Ensemble here at the Fayetteville Symphony,” said Meghan Woolbright, marketing and office manager of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. “Selected pieces include Tchaikovsky’s Suite from the Nutcracker, Leontovich’s Carol of the Bells and Christmas holiday favorites such as Little Drummer Boy, O Come, O Come Emmanuel and more.”
Other selected pieces include the holiday classics like Victor Herbert's March of the Toys, Claude Debussy's Footprints in the Snow, Johann Sebastian Bach's Christmas Oratorio No. 62 “Now may your proud foes be afraid," and Gustav Holst's Christmas Day.
The music director of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra is Stefan Sanders. Prior to coming to Fayetteville, Stefan was one of five featured conductors at the League of American Orchestras “Bruno Walter National Conductor Preview.”
“He is also the musical director for the Central Texas Philharmonic and has been with us since 2017,” said Woolbright. “He brings a lot of energy to the performance whereas a lot of music directors have that stone cold face, but he is full of energy and we are lucky to have him here with us.”
“We have quite a few local musicians in the Brass Ensemble from here, one coming out of Winston-Salem, Myrtle Beach and Charlotte,” Woolbright told Up & Coming Weekly. “I know that it is going to be an excellent performance.”
The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra was founded in 1956 in Fayetteville. It is a professional regional orchestra whose mission is to educate, entertain and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville, North Carolina region as the leading musical resource. Praised for its artistic excellence, the Symphony leads in the cultural and educational landscape for Fayetteville and the southeastern North Carolina region.
“We are really excited to share the holiday spirit with our community,” said Woolbright. “Please come out and enjoy this festive and fun performance.”
This is a season concert performance so season ticket holders can attend. The 2022-2023 season has a total of seven concerts. This will be the third concert of the season. For those who are not season ticket holders, they can buy tickets for $32. Tickets can be purchased on the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra's website and at the door the evening of the event. The box office opens one hour prior to the concert and the pre-concert talks begin 45 minutes prior to the concert.
Seniors, military and Cumberland County School employees receive 20% off for their ticket. College student tickets are $8. Children tickets are $5. For more information call (910) 433-4690 or visit www.fayettevillesymphony.org.
The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex is preparing to celebrate the holidays by looking at the past.
The first event of the season is the opening of the new exhibit of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex: “Carolina Holiday: Holiday Traditions of the Past.”
This special exhibit highlights objects and traditions that people in North Carolina from the late 1800s to the 1960s experienced during the holiday season. Artifacts like early electric Christmas lights and glass-blown ornaments intersect with food traditions like Christmas cookies and Chanukah latkes to show guests how the holidays were celebrated across North Carolina. Some of the artifacts were donated by members of the Beth Israel Congregation.
This exhibit opened to the public on Nov. 25 and will close on Jan. 6. Their second event of the season is the annual Holiday Jubilee at 1897 Poe House. The historic home will be elaborately decorated for a Victorian Christmas. The 1902 Glenwood stove will be used to cook food, and costumed interpreters will be stationed throughout the house as people walk through.
On the same day of the Jubilee, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be available for free photos with kids on the second floor of the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Visitors can also make their own scrap ornaments and visit the “Carolina Holiday” exhibit, which showcases nostalgic holiday items and traditions of the past.
Outside, there will be a Christmas concert taking place on the front porch of the 1897 Poe House. Both the Coventry Carolers and the Cross Creek Chordsmen will be performing for 30 minutes. Accompanying the performances will be complimentary hot cider and cookies. These will be provided by the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex Foundation.
The Holiday Jubilee will take place on Sunday, Dec. 4, from 1 to 5 p.m. This is a free event open to the public. For those who cannot attend the event, the 1897 Poe House will keep its Christmas decorations up through Jan. 8 and will be open for Christmas-themed tours. Join costumed museum docents on a very special guided tour of 1897 Poe House this Holiday Season. You will learn about Victorian Christmas traditions and get to see the house fully decked out for the holidays.
Costumed tours will be available on Dec. 7, 10, 14, 17, 18, 21 and 28. Tours will be available Tuesday through Friday during the week at 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m. Saturday tours will be given on the hour from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Sundays on the hour from 1 p.m. through 4 p.m. Tours of the house are free.
The Cape Fear Botanical Garden is beautiful any time of the year, but during December, it’s lit. The 12th Annual Holiday Lights at the Garden is coming up and has become a tradition for many families. Not only will the garden have lights throughout, but it’s a great addition for any family celebrating Christmas.
This annual event has become a staple for the Gardens.
“Not only is Holiday Lights at the Garden one of the primary ways guests have the opportunity to experience the Garden for the first time, and a special memory-making time for our guests, but it also serves as a key fundraising event to support our gardens, education events, therapeutic horticulture programs and other functions of the garden in pursuit of our mission to bring our community closer to plants and the natural world,” said Sheila Hanrick, director of marketing for the Cape Fear Botanical Garden.
Santa will be there for kids and photos. S’mores will be available at the bonfire. Crafts and games will be plenty for kids and adults who are kids at heart.
New this year will be the showing of the movie “Frosty’s Winter Wonderland” at the Gazebo. There will also be a scavenger hunt, aptly named “The Best Christmas Scavenger Hunt Ever,” with nightly prizes. For those who want to make sure their letter gets straight to Santa, there will be a drop-off spot for letters.
There will also be live music and performances from local dance troupes. These performances will vary depending on the availability of the entertainment each night. Food and drinks will be available from food trucks and the Garden Bar. For those who need to do last-minute holiday shopping, the Garden Gift Shop will be open, as well as a Vendor Market, featuring local artisans.
“We have a few other surprises, too, that we know our visitors will enjoy,” Hanrick said.
There will be a complimentary preview night on Dec. 1, which will be free to members, sponsors and donors. The event will run from Dec. 2 through Dec. 22 – every weekend in December and nightly from Dec. 16 through Dec. 22.
“Advance tickets are highly recommended,” Hanrick said. “Many of our nights will sell out. Tickets are date and time specific for entry to help reduce parking and entry delays, but once you enter, your experience is self-directed, and you can stay as long as you’d like.”
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