[Spotlight] The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra
The Greensboro Symphony Orchestra is Greensboro’s flagship orchestral music ensemble and was founded in 1959, Daniel Crupi the Chief Operating Officer for the Symphony, wrote in an email. It is led by music director, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, who, Crupi wrote, in addition to his role as conductor, is regarded as one of the finest classical violinists alive. Sitkovetsky has performed in the world’s most famous halls and with its greatest orchestras, and he serves as an ambassador for Greensboro in every country he visits.
“The Greensboro Symphony offers something for everyone,” Crupi wrote in an email. “Including classical masterpieces through its Tanger Outlets Masterworks Series; world-class chamber music through the intimate Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber Series; the best of Broadway, rock ‘n’ roll, jazz, and more through the Tanger Outlets POPS Series, and holiday cheer through its annual FOX8 / Old Dominion Triad Holiday Concerts.”
Coming up later this month is the Tanger Outlets Masterworks concerts, which feature a program called Spanish Evenings on Jan.18 and 20, with classical guitarist, Manuel Barrueco. This “exotic evening” features the Rodrigo Guitar Concerto, as well as music by Ravel, Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov. Jan. 21 is the next Rice Toyota Sitkovetsky & Friends Chamber concert featuring guitarist Manuel Barrueco and a Spanish-themed program, Crupi said, this time in the more intimate setting of the UNCG Recital Hall.
The next Tanger Outlets POPS concert is on Feb. 16, with Piano Men: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel.
Crupi said the Symphony is important to the Triad and Greensboro specifically because “great music provides inspiration. It brings diverse sectors of our community together. It fosters conversation and shared experience. Classical music helps us transcend the everyday and tap into the eternal.”
Crupi said the Symphony also acts as an economic development catalyst as well as a “bragging right for Greensboro.”
Educating the next generation is a huge priority for the Symphony – of its 120+ annual performances, more than two-thirds are educational in nature.
“Maintaining a world-class Symphony in your city is no easy task,” Crupi wrote in an email. “Greensboro should be proud to have successfully done so for over half a century. Many similarly-sized organizations across the country have been forced to fold under increased financial pressures – but this organization has been able to keep a balanced budget for years, thanks to the support of this community.”
Crupi encourages anyone who has not been to see the Symphony to “Come out and be inspired!”
Tickets and more info at www.greensborosymphony.org.