Exploring Durham

The sweet sounds of Durham Symphony
Mar. 01, 2014 @ 11:01 AM

There is great music everywhere in Durham.  Whether it is indie rock at some of Durham’s hottest clubs, Piedmont Blues that originated here, great jazz by folks like Durham resident Branford Marsalis, or something a little more …  classical, Durham’s got an offering to sooth every taste. One part of that community, the Durham Symphony, has been making music for more than 35 years.

The Durham Symphony began in 1976 as an all-volunteer community orchestra, offering free concerts. Today, the Durham Symphony has evolved into a non-profit semi-professional orchestra with a combination of classically trained volunteers and professionals. There are around three dozen musicians in the orchestra.

From its humble beginnings, the Durham Symphony’s mission has been to foster the accessibility and appreciation of music through the production of high-quality orchestral concerts for, and by, the residents of Durham and surrounding communities. Concert tickets are sold on the Symphony’s website.

The Durham Symphony performs familiar pieces including popular and classical music. Like other symphonies, the Symphony’s musicians play instruments like the violin, flute, piccolo, oboe, cello, clarinet, bassoon, French horn, trombone, trumpet, double bass and more.

The current maestro, William Henry Curry, has directed and conducted the symphony since 2009. He has conducted more than 40 orchestras in his career spanning more than 35 years. 

The symphony has many community partners, like the Durham Children’s Choir and the African Dance Ensemble. The symphony performs several concerts each season at various venues in Durham, including a concert today entitled, “Durham Symphony and All the Jazz:  NC Connections,” at the Carolina Theatre. Check out their website at www.durhamsymphony.org for tickets and more information.

Did You Know? The Durham Symphony holds auditions once a season in September to find new members.

The Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau (DCVB) is Durham’s official marketing agency. For more information about things to see and do in Durham, visit www.Durham-NC.com and www.DurhamEventCalendar.com, or stop by the Visitors Information Center at 101. E. Morgan St. in Downtown Durham and pick up the Official Durham Visitor & Relocation Guide.