11The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the City of Fayetteville will present a free-admission Independence Concert on July 4 in Festival Park. This event is sponsored by Fayetteville PWC, Fayetteville Parks & Recreation, and is supported by the Arts of Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. The concert will conclude with fireworks.
FSO is excited to perform alongside the 82nd Airborne Division Band. Their mission is to provide music to Fort Liberty and the local area ‘Telling the Army Story’ in support of soldiers and their families, community and recruiting initiatives, and music education programs. Director, Major Joel DuBois, will conduct several pieces as well.
FSO's mission is to educate, entertain, and inspire the citizens of the Fayetteville 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. The symphony performs a variety of concerts each year, including subscription concerts, free admission community concerts, and a laid-back Symphony on Tap series.
Cumberland Choral Arts will also take the Festival Park stage. CCA strives to be a premier
symphonic chorus through the outstanding performance of choral works.
A special performance from the Fayetteville Symphonic Band, a community of instrumentalists who are serious about keeping good wind band music in Fayetteville will also occur.
FSO Assistant Conductor, Daniel McCloud said, "I am so honored to conduct both, the Fayetteville Symphonic Band and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, for the July 4th Independence Day Concert this year. For my entire music career, there has been a strong connection between music and community, and this concert beautifully encapsulates that ideal. The band and orchestra will perform a healthy dose of patriotic favorites and several popular instrumental fan favorites, which will be the perfect conclusion to the celebration."
Vocalist, Ayana Washington will be performing as well. She is a multifaceted creative, who was born in Fayetteville. Washington is a seasoned entertainer and has performed in many theatrical productions. When she is not on stage she fosters connections with various artistic communities, serves on several committees, and curates culturally significant community events through her business, Book Black Women Inc.
Washington has held the role of director at Gilbert Theater, Costume Designer at Cape Fear Regional Theatre, Broadway World’s 2020 Vocalist of the Decade, and Creative Director and Producer for original productions and contracted productions. Every endeavor adds fuel to the ‘Stay and Play in Fay’ fire and she is determined to continue fanning the flame!
Gates open at 6 p.m. and the concert begins at 7:15 p.m. Food truck vendors will be on-site and beer will be available for purchase (cash only with an ATM on site.) A children's play area will also be available.
Only service animals are permitted. Please no skateboards, bicycles, personal tents/canopies, or outside food/beverage.
For a full list of Independence Day events happening in the area, see the June 26 edition of Up and Coming Weekly.

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