North Carolina-Symphony-August 4

North Carolina People, Places, and Things-August 4

I am the dad to five adult children. As they were growing up I attempted to remind them they were special and to implore them to learn something new. My goal was to do that daily.

In 2016 my goal is to learn something new daily on the people, places, and things that make North Carolina special. Everyday this year I am doing a post on what I have learned new.

In 1932 North Carolina created the first state-supported symphony in the country.


The North Carolina Symphony is an orchestra based in Raleigh, North Carolina, with sixty-five full-time musicians.

In 1932, Lamar Stringfield united a group of volunteers to form the North Carolina Symphony. They first performed in Hill Hall at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill in North Carolina on May 14, 1932.

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Hill Hall on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The original musicians of the symphony were unpaid local musicians. By 1935, the North Carolina Symphony had performed in more than fifty cities and towns in North Carolina, in over 140 concerts. Dr. Benjamin Swalin, Music Director from 1939 to 1972, continued the orchestra’s mission to reach as many North Carolina natives as possible.

In the 1940’s, the NCSO became the first orchestra to receive continuous state funding.

Devoted to bringing music to the entire state of North Carolina, the NCSO counts as one of its proudest achievements an extensive education program, unrivaled by any USA orchestra. Approximately 45 concerts per year are performed free for school children throughout the state and are part of the schools’ music education curriculum.

Photo below picture of NC Symphony doing free concert in New Bern at Tryon Palace on South Lawn.


The Symphony schedule can be found at the link below:


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