Raleigh Civic 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.

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.

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 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


Event Information:

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    Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra: Pastorales - Music Inspired by Landscape

    4:00 pmStewart Theatre, Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh, NC 27607
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    Pastorales: Music Inspired by Landscape and the Countryside


    Delvyn Case: Pneumenon (World Premiere)
    Lou Harrison: Seven Pastorales
    Ludwig von Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale)

    Ahhhh… Life in the country….


    The desire to escape the hustle and bustle of urban life goes back at least as far as Ancient Greece. The literary, artistic and musical Pastoral traditions include idealized scenes of rural life: babbling brooks, frolicking nymphs, wise wandering shepherds and a “pure" connection to the land that eludes the harried city dweller. (Take that, Athens!)


    In this musical look at the lure of the countryside, the Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra performs music’s most beloved example of pastoral music, Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony (“Pastorale”). Know for its gently wandering melodies, its depiction of birdsongs and its thrilling storm scene, the Symphony was made even more famous by Walt Disney’s Fantasia.


    The concert includes two more recent takes on the Pastorale tradition. Lou Harrison’s Seven Pastorales presents a unique contemporary view of nature: Virgil filtered through Bali, all with a North Carolina twist. Harrison's lyrical music unites his readings of ancient literature and his explorations of Asian musical traditions with his residency at North Carolina’s legendary Black Mountain College, where he composed parts of the piece.


    The concert also includes Pneumenon, a World Premiere composition by Boston composer Delvyn Case III. Using  musical material from Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, Case transforms Beethoven’s music it into a living, breathing (literally!) and original new musical  world” one where the sounds of the performers breaths and bodies create a new sonic “landscape."


    Special Guest John Morillo, NC State English Department faculty, joins the orchestra to give an overview of the Pastorale tradition throughout time.

    Tickets: $10 Adults, $8 Seniors, $5 Students, Children Under 12 Free.

    Three ways to order tickets:
    - in person: main floor lobby, Thompson Hall
    - by phone: (919) 515-1100
    - online: click here


    Map to Talley Student Union: http://maps.ncsu.edu/#/buildings/tsu

'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,


Price Music Center
NC State University
Raleigh, NC