On Saturday May 5th 2018, the Salisbury Symphony will become the first orchestra in the U.S. to perform alongside a country music band when it presents a joint concert with Darrell Harwood. The first half of the concert will feature the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra performing well-known Western tunes including Bernstein’s “Magnificent Seven”, Williams’ “Cowboys Overture”, Copland’s “Rodeo”, Albert’s “Western Suite” and Daughtery’s “American Gothic: Pitchfork”, while the second half of the concert feature Darrell Harwood and his band, and will include orchestral arrangements of Harwood’s original songs including “Out With A Bang”, “One For The Money”, “Fixer Upper”, “Love You More”, “Stand Together”, “Mama I Hate To See You Cry” and “Magic Cowboy Hat”.
Harwood, who hails from China Grove, NC, is one of country music’s most prolific artists, performing over 150 shows up and down the East Coast each year. He has won numerous accolades including the 2016 CMA Country Male Artist Award and 2017 Carolina Artist Showdown Humanitarian Award. Harwood’s fast-paced high-energy country rock has earned him a reputation as a powerhouse performer and a loyal following throughout the Southeast.
Darrell Harwood says: “Performing with the Salisbury Symphony is one of the highest honors I’ve received. It’s great for me to join forces with such a major Rowan County music making organization. If you want a one-of-a-kind night of live music, this is your chance.”
Music Director David Hagy will lead the 60-piece Salisbury Symphony Orchestra in this concert event. John Stafford, Director of Music Ministries at First Presbyterian Church in Salisbury, as well as music director for musicals at Lee Street Theatre and Piedmont Players, arranging Harwood’s music for orchestra.
Keppel Auditorium will be transformed into a true Country music concert spectacular with a symphonic twist featuring a light show and special effects. Breaking from Symphony concert tradition, audience members are encouraged to get in the Country spirit and wear cowboy hats, cowboy boots, jeans, and the like.
The Lounge will open at 5.30pm and will be the home to Morgan Ridge’s Pop-Up Bar, which will serve wines, beers, light snacks and sodas throughout the evening. The concert begins at 7.30pm.
There will be an exclusive after-party with Harwood following the concert, where guests can meet the artists and have a photo and autograph opportunity. Admission to the after-party is $5, all proceeds go to the Salisbury Symphony. Audience members wearing Darrell Harwood-branded apparel will gain free access to the after-party.
Tickets range from $25 - $5 and can be purchased via
www.salisburysymphony.org or by calling 704 216 1513.