“Love The Symphony” Scheduled for Tuesday, February 14

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WILSON, N.C. — January 23, 2017 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at the twenty-sixth annual “Love the Symphony.” This year’s concert program will feature tenor Dan Callaway performing songs from musical theater.

The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus. A candlelight buffet dinner will immediately follow the program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, and reservations may be made by calling Luann Clark at 252-399-6329. Please note that tables for eight are available by reservation. The reservation deadline is Tuesday, Feb. 7. No tickets will be mailed.

“Our Wilson audience will remember Dan Callaway from his brilliant portrayal of Billy Bigelow in our last season’s concert performance of Richard Rodger’s ‘Carousel,’” shared music director Mark Peterson. “Dan is singing a wide range of repertoire, including songs from “Chess,” “The Phantom of the Opera,” “Carousel,” and a duet from “The Secret Garden” with Barton’s own Sherry Lee Allen.”

Callaway, a North Carolina native, is noted for his brilliant tenor voice and formidable acting. Featured in “Carousel” with Theatre Raleigh and the Barton College/Wilson Symphony, his other theater credits include “The Phantom of the Opera” (Broadway National Tour), “Where’s Charley?” (City Center Encores!), “Pippin” (Mark Taper Forum/Deaf West), “Sweeney Todd” and “Spamalot” (Musical Theatre West), “Putting It Together” (South Coast Rep), “The Pirates of Penzance” (Guthrie Theater), “Oklahoma!” and “1776” at Cabrillo Musical Theatre, as well as several productions as a member of Los Angeles’ prestigious Musical Theatre Guild. Most recently, he narrated Carolina Ballet’s production of “Don Quixote” and appeared in Theater Raleigh’s production of “The Light in the Piazza” at the North Carolina Museum of Art. Callaway lives in Greensboro with his wife, Melissa, and he teaches in the music theatre program at his alma mater, Elon University.

The program, under the direction of Peterson, will also include Ed White’s “Puffin’ Billy,” Ronald Binge’s stirring “A Scottish Rhapsody,” and overtures to “Carousel” and “H.M.S. Pinafore.”

As this distinguished event’s popularity continues to grow with an ever-increasing number of guest reservations each year, Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus provides a spacious and elegantly transformed environment to provide the perfect backdrop for sweethearts and friends to enjoy time-honored classics performed by the orchestra.

“Love the Symphony” is sponsored by BB&T WEALTH.

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