Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Pianist Ang Li on April 26

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WILSON, N.C. — April 10, 2015 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, April 26, at 3 p.m., in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes to the Barton stage internationally acclaimed concert pianist Ang Li, who will perform Beethoven’s seminal “Piano Concerto no. 2, in B-flat Major.” The orchestra under the direction of Barton’s Mark N. Peterson will also present Brahms’ witty and exciting “Academic Festival Overture” and the stirring “Crown Imperial” by William Walton. “It is a real honor to have such an extraordinary artist to perform with us,” said Peterson. “Ms. Li is a tremendous musician who brings […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony’s Fall Concert to Feature Guest Soloists

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony will present its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Barton College’s Kennedy Family Theatre. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will feature two gifted soloists performing two beloved baroque concertos. Noted pianist Jeremy Thompson returns to Barton for his third appearance with the orchestra, this time playing the profound “Concerto in D Minor for Piano and Orchestra” BWV 1052 by Johann Sebastian Bach. Also featured will be Greenville resident guitarist John Porter playing Vivaldi’s delightful “Concerto in D for Guitar and Orchestra” RV 93. The orchestra will also present Mozart’s celebrated Serenade “Eine kleine Nachtmusik” […]

Betty McCain and Vonda Darr To Be Featured In Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s “Downtown” Concert on October 11

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WILSON, N.C. — “Downtown,” Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013-2014 season, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street in Wilson. The concert will feature harp soloist Vonda Darr performing works by Ravel and Handel, and special guest Dr. Betty McCain, who will narrate the orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Admission to this concert is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. The orchestra, conducted by Barton College music director Mark N. Peterson, will also perform Beethoven’s rousing “Egmont Overture.” “Bringing the orchestra to the Boykin Center in an exciting […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Acclaimed Pianist Mac McClure on April 28

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage internationally acclaimed concert pianist Mac McClure, who returns to his hometown to perform Beethoven’s heroic Piano Concerto No. 3. Under the direction of Barton’s Mark N. Peterson, the orchestra will also present Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1,” two works by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Adalusia (also known as the hit tune “The Breeze and I”), and the very popular “Malgueña.” “It’s so wonderful to have Mac back and performing with […]

Barton College / Wilson Symphony to Feature Acclaimed Cellist Bonnie Thron on Sunday, May 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will welcome to the Barton stage Bonnie Thron, principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra Bonnie Thron, who will perform Dvorak’s dynamic  “Cello Concerto in B Minor.” “We are delighted that this distinguished local personality is available to perform with us,” shared Peterson. “The Dvorak concerto has always been my personal favorite, and I have wanted for years to present it to our Wilson audience,” said Peterson.  In […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Acclaimed Violinist Marjorie Bagley on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will welcome to the Barton stage the internationally acclaimed violinist Marjorie Bagley who will perform Mozart’s vibrant “Violin Concerto in A Major.” Bagley, a native North Carolinian, will also perform the brilliant “Ziguenerweisen” of Pablo de Sarastate.  “We are delighted that an artist of Marjorie Bagley’s caliber is able to include an appearance in Wilson in her busy schedule,” said Peterson. “The pieces she selected display her marvelous artistry […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Pianist Patrick Kreeger on Nov. 21

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 21 at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton College campus. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will perform two standards of the classical repertoire: Haydn’s celebrated Symphony no. 94 “The Surprise Symphony” and Beethoven’s thrilling Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor.” Haydn, known for his musical wit, frequently featured musical jokes in his symphonies, and a sudden fortissimo chord in the otherwise soft second movement is the most famous of these jokes. Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto is known throughout the English […]

“Symphony and Soul” Signature Dinner Concert Planned For Thursday, Oct. 7

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s fall signature dinner concert “Symphony and Soul” will open a spectacular 2010-2011 concert season on Thursday, Oct. 7, with a delightful program of music and food to warm the soul. New York City resident Sharon Simms will return to her Wilson home to sing a number of selected songs and arias with the orchestra under the direction of music director Mark N. Peterson. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the symphony performance at 7 p.m. After the concert, a sumptuous dinner buffet will conclude the evening. The event will be held at the […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony presents Symphony and Soul on Oct. 9

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s fall signature dinner concert “Symphony and Soul” will open a spectacular 2008-2009 concert season on Thursday Oct. 9 with a delightful program of musical selections and food to warm the soul. Music director Mark N. Peterson will be conducting, and featured performer and Wilson native Joel A. Martin will bring his trademark show “Jazzical” to the symphony audience for this event. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by the symphony performance at 7 p.m. After the concert, a sumptuous dinner buffet will conclude the evening. The event will be held at the Darden Alumni […]