The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is pleased to announce the new addition to the family, bassoonist Marvin P. Feinsmith. 
    “I am extremely proud that the FSO is attracting such experienced talent from all over North Carolina and beyond,” said Fouad Fakhouri, conductor and director of the FSO. 
    Feinsmith is a native of New York City and attended Julliard and the Manhattan School of Music as a scholarship student of Simon Kovar, graduating with a bachelor’s and master’s degree. He was first bassoonist at both institutions. The musician has done additional graduate study at New York University and the University of Colorado.         
    {mosimage}Feinsmith has extensive performing experience including playing the bassoon in an Army band in San Francisco, principle bassoonist 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.
    The bassoonist is also a composer whose music is influenced by his Jewish heritage.
    His Hebraic music includes two symphonies: Peerkay Avot-Ethics of the Fathers and Isaiah.
 “Isaiah is an homage to my father and mother, Samuel and Rachel,” said Feinsmith. “He played with the New York Philharmonic and was my greatest teacher.” 
    The composer added that the dedication is very important to him because they both have passed and he likes to keep their memory alive. Feinsmith has also written several film scores. 
    “I’m playing in several movie films and orchestras in New York,” said Feinsmith. “I did the soundtrack for Age of Innocence with Michelle Pfeiffer.”
    Feinsmith added that the other soundtracks include Carlito’s Way with Al Pacino and Mad Dog and Glory with Bill Murray and Robert De Niro.
    The FSO serves the community in various ways. It performs free concerts,
provides music for small ensembles, donates free concert tickets, serves as a resource for local music teachers and donates music stands to Cumberland County Schools.   
 “I look forward to playing with the FSO this season with a very fine conductor,” said Feinsmith. “My wife and I like North Carolina and we are very impressed with the people.” 
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