For the past two years, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has been operating outside the box. The symphony, under the direction of Fouad Fakhouri, has been reaching out to the community to try and introduce a new audience to the joys of symphony music.
    To date, the symphony has performed outdoors in Festival Park, gone into the schools and performed at a variety of special events in this effort. In a new venture, the symphony is asking its followers to have dinner with the orchestra at J. Wesley Vineyards and to attend a chamber concert
    The ultimate dinner and chamber concert evening is offered Friday, Sept. 19, and  features music by a talented trio of FSO Musicians: Robert Burkett (oboe), Rachel Harmatuk (violin) and Randy Ward (cello). Fakhouri, and the musicians, will be on hand offering guests a rare occasion to enjoy personal conversation outside of the traditional concert auditorium.
    {mosimage}A new piece, The Seductress, by Boston composer John Lawless will be premiered by the FSO trio. Additional musical selections include: London Trio II, George Fredrick Handel; Serenade, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; The Gift of Love, American folk tune arranged by Robert Burkett; Pie Jesu, Andrew Lloyd Weber arranged by Robert Burkett; and Duo K496A, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, also arranged by Robert Burkett.
    Continuous tours of the vineyard and wine tasting will begin at 6 p.m. Dinner prepared by The Invisible Chef will be served at 7 p.m., offering a choice of London Broil or Chicken Champlain.
    J. Wesley Vineyards will also be offering a 15 percent discount on wine purchases made the evening of the concert.
    Dinner/Concert tickets ($75 single tickets; $125 couple tickets) may be purchased by calling J. Wesley Vineyards at (910) 321-9463. Also visit them online at
    On Sunday, Sept. 14, the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra will offer another free chamber concert at the Beth Israel Synagogue at 2204 Morganton Road, before their 52nd Subscription Concert Season, A Tour Around the World, opens in October. The concert begins at 4 p.m. with a reception to follow. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. Along with a selection of chamber pieces, the orchestra will feature the following works: The Hebrides Overture, Op. 26, by Felix Mendelssohn, and, Overture on Hebrew Themes, Op. 34, by Serge Prokofiev.
Marvin Feinsmith, one of the newest additions to the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, will make his debut performance with the orchestra.
    Feinsmith’s extensive performing experience includes principle bassoon with the Indianapolis Symphony, the Mozarteum of Salzburg and the Brooklyn Philharmonic; bassoon with Symphony of the Air and the Little Orchestra Society of New York; assistant bassoonist with the Denver Symphony Orchestra; and, co-principle bassoon with the Israel Philharmonic.
    Also a composer, Feinsmith’s music is profoundly influenced by his Jewish heritage. His Hebraic music includes two symphonies — Peerkay Avot-Ethics of the Fathers (Denver Symphony 1975 and 1976) and Isaiah (Kansas City Philharmonic 1979). He also has several film scores to his credit.
    Marvin Feinsmith is a native of New York City and attended the Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Simon Kovar, graduating with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Fakhouri noted, “I am extremely proud that the FSO is attracting such experienced talent from all over North Carolina and beyond. That we continue to draw highly talented professional musicians is a credit not only to the FSO but also to the continued growth and high standard of the arts and the cultural life of Fayetteville.”
    This free concert is funded through a Community Grant from the Cumberland Community Foundation.
    For more information please call the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra at (910) 433-4690 or visit

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