Raleigh Symphony & Chamber Orchestra

Based at North Carolina State University (NCSU), and co-sponsored by the Department of Music and the non-profit organization Raleigh Civic Symphony Association (RCSA), the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra are amateur orchestras comprised almost equally of volunteer community musicians and college students. The orchestras are unique in their ongoing commitment to perform contemporary and traditional classical music presented in a thematic context, connecting orchestral repertoire to larger ideas in creative ways.

The Raleigh Civic Symphony

The Raleigh Civic Symphony is a 75-member full symphony orchestra performing two concerts yearly. Area professionals serve as principal strings and section coaches, providing high-level instruction and leadership to community and student players.

Repertoire

Recent concerts have included: “Be Kind, Rewind…” featuring works by Clyne, Copland, and Dvorak; and “Dance, Dance…Revolution!” featuring works by Stravinsky, Janacek, Glass, Sibelius, and Strauss, Jr.

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

Founded in 2000, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra explores repertoire for a smaller orchestral force. The Chamber has the same high artistic standards as the Symphony, performs two programs yearly, and uses professional leaders as coaches for the ensemble.

Repertoire

Recent concert have included: “London, Argentina, Infinity… and Beyond!” featuring works by Hayden, Jalbert, and Ginastera; and “Once Upon a Time: Legends, Fairy Tales, and Fantasies” featuring works by Dvorak, Askim, and Ravel.

Our Conductor

Dr. Peter Askim

Active as a composer, conductor and bassist, Peter Askim is the Artistic Director of the Next Festival of Emerging Artists and the newly appointed conductor of the Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra, as well as Director of Orchestral Activities at North Carolina State University. He was previously Music Director and Composer-in-Residence of the Idyllwild Arts Academy Orchestra. He has also been a member of the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra and served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii-Manoa, where he directed the Contemporary Music Ensemble and taught theory and composition.

Visit his website www.peteraskim.com and follow him on Twitter @PeterAskim

Events

  • Sun
    06
    Nov
    2016
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    In partnership with the NC State College of Natural Resources and the NC State Sustainability Fund, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra will present a concert celebrating the 100th anniversary of both National and North Carolina parks. The concert will explore music depicting nature and myth, including Debussy’s Prélude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune, Mendelssohn’s Overture to the Fair Melusine, Virgil Thomson’s music for the film The Plow That Broke The Plains and the World Premiere of two time Grammy-winner Jeff Peterson’s Concerto for Slack Key Guitar, inspired by the natural beauty of Maui and Haleakala National Park.

    Related on-campus events (presented with the College of Natural Resources) will include a seminar by the Director of the National Park Service, a seminar by the Director of the NC State Park System, a sidewalk art festival (in collaboration with the College of Design) and a visit by the nation’s leading John Muir interpreter.

    Program:
    • Mendelssohn - Overture to The Fair Melusine
    • Debussy - Prelude à l’aprés-midi d’un faune
    • Virgil Thomson - Plow That Broke the Plains
    • Jeff Peterson - Concerto for Slack-Key Guitar (World Premiere)

     

    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free. Available for purchase at the door or in advance through Ticket Central 919-515-1100.
    Parking Information: http://www.ncsu.edu/arts/mapsanddirections.html

  • Sun
    20
    Nov
    2016
    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    In commemoration of the 400th Anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, the Raleigh Civic Symphony performs music inspired by his plays. Featuring music from Prokofiev’s timeless Romeo and Juliet, the concert will also include Walton’s Prelude to Richard III, Elgar’s Falstaff Interludes and the World Premiere of composer Rob Deemer’s Verona Dances.

    Program:
    • Walton - Prelude to Richard III
    • Elgar - Falstaff Interludes, Op. 68, nos. XIV and XIX
    • Rob Deemer - Verona Dances (World Premiere)
    • Prokofiev - Selections from Romeo and Juliet
      • Dance of the Knights/Montagues and Capulets
      • Juliet as a Young Girl
      • Madrigal
      • Arrival of the Guests
      • Masks
      • Romeo at Friar Laurence’s
      • Romeo at Juliet’s Grave

     

    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free. Available for purchase at the door or in advance through Ticket Central 919-515-1100.
    Parking Information: http://www.ncsu.edu/arts/mapsanddirections.html

'Bright lights on the music scene in Raleigh.'
- Spectator,
'Askim has a fine podium manner, devoid of histrionics: he clearly knows what he is seeking, musically, and how to obtain it from his players.'
- John W. Lambert,
'... this energetic young conductor and the committed musicians are all set to carry on in the first-rate tradition set by their honored predecessors'
- Paul D. Williams,

Support/Donate

Contribute

Your tax-deductible contributions to the Raleigh Civic Symphony Association help support the orchestra programs and their educational mission through music purchase and rental, compensation for coaches and guest artists, marketing, and administrative support.

Contributions from individuals and business are welcomed. If you would like to make a donation to the RSCA in support of the orchestras, you can send a check, or donate through PayPal.

Checks can be made payable to: RCSA

Mail to:
RCSA
Box 7311, NCSU – Music
Raleigh, NC 27695

For PayPal or credit card donations:


 

Sponsors

The Raleigh Civic Symphony Association is supported by the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County with funds from the Grassroots Arts Council, a state agency, Wake County and the United Arts Campaign.

This project is funded in part by the City of Raleigh based on recommendation of the Raleigh Arts Commission.

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Contact





Price Music Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC