The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has spent much of the past year introducing Fayetteville residents to symphony music, now it is with much excitement that the symphony announces its 2008-2009 Subscription Series Season: A Tour Around the World. 
     “My vision for this upcoming season is to provide a variety of concerts at various venues in Fayetteville,” said Fouad Fakhouri, music director and conductor of the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra. “We have a number of soloists who will bring excitement and variety to our season.”
    Fakhouri added that the past season was a huge success and attendance was up and continues to grow steadily.  
The tour begins in France with Fantastic French Favorites on Saturday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m., at Methodist University’s Reeves Auditorium. French soloist Marylene Dosse will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 1 followed by a performance of the French masterpiece Symphonie Fantastique composed by Hector Berlioz. 
    On Saturday, Dec. 13 at 7:30 p.m., Holiday Celebration will be featured at Berean Baptist Church. The FSO will perform popular holiday favorites along with the 2007-2008 Harlan Duenow Young Artists Concerto Competition Winner; Dominic Mercurio, performing Capriccio Brilliant for piano and orchestra; the traditional Christmas Sing-a-Long; and Leroy Anderson’s holiday favorite Sleigh Ride. 
    Copland, Mozart and Dvorak will be featured on Saturday, Feb. 21 at 8 p.m., at Fayetteville State University’s Seabrook Auditorium. The audience will enjoy sounds of America, Bohemia and Austria, including Mozart’s First Flute Concerto performed by International flute soloist Ines Abdel Daim, Aaron Copland’s masterpiece Lincoln Portrait and Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8 will also be performed.  
    The season will conclude with Russian Favorites on Saturday, May 2 at 8 p.m., at Methodist University’s Reeves Auditorium. The concert features works by two of the most influential Russian composers: Stravinsky’s The Firebird Suite and Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony.               
     “We will continue the programs that we started last season and in the process of evaluating them,” said Fakhouri. “We will continue to put on the programs that have been successful.” 
The programs include children’s educational programs, third grade concerts, library series and the Harlan Duenow Young Artists Competition.  {mosimage}
    “We are excited about this new season and hope to attract new audiences,” said a hopeful Fakhouri.
You can save at least 10 percent over single adult ‘08-‘09 ticket prices. Seniors, military and students save even more. Tickets for the entire season can be mailed so there is no waiting in line. Get an additional $5 discount per season ticket if purchased by Aug. 1.
    One season ticket gains entry to all four season concerts. For more information call 433-4690.
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