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N.C. Symphony to play concert in Moore Square

Posted August 31, 2009
Updated September 1, 2009

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— Budget cuts forced the North Carolina Symphony to cancel its popular Pops in the Park concert, but the musicians want to still give a free concert for the public.

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Raleigh Mayor Charles Meeker announced Monday that the concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 12 in Moore Square. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic baskets, lawn chairs and blankets.

"Even if you're not in the fundraising business, you're always in the friend-raising business," symphony Chief Executive David Worters said.

"This is a great way to emphasize the wonderful relationship the orchestra has with this community, and it's a great initiative on part of the musicians to make this happen," he continued.

The symphony’s budget of $11.9 million for the upcoming season is $2.2 million smaller than last year's. Worters, conductor William Henry Curry and musicians have all taken pay cuts, but the symphony also had to shorten its season to balance its books.

The musicians started the idea of a free concert, and the community jumped on the idea, Worters said.

The Red Clay Ramblers offered to perform for free, and On Stage Gear and Southern Coach are donating light, sound and transportation services. Triangle Brass Band will also perform. The City of Raleigh is also assisting with set-up.

"The orchestra is one of Raleigh's dearest treasures and contributes in countless ways to the economic development of our downtown and to the quality of life statewide," Meeker said.

WRAL was a co-sponsor of the annual Pops in the Park concert, and officials said they plan to brainstorm on ways to improve the event in the future.

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  • justlistentome Sep 1, 2009

    I hope the new downtown amphitheater becomes the new "summer home" of the N.C. Symphony instead of Koka Booth.

    I think their ticket prices are reasonable.

    Moore Square is not a dangerous place, night or day. It must have been a loong time since you've been down there.

  • spot183 Sep 1, 2009

    what a great birthday gift for me from the city, im so excited. ive always wondered why there werent more outdoor activities like this, other than pop music played there sometimes... i love live music, hope it doesnt rain :0

  • FromClayton Aug 31, 2009

    i wonder what time I should get there to get a good spot on the grass? any suggustions? (apparently the way I worded my last post did not make it through the moderator, hope it goes through this time. I really want to know!)

  • colliedave Aug 31, 2009

    The musicians started the idea of a free concert, and the community jumped on the idea, Worters said.

    NOTHING comes for free (expect in the minds of liberals). Which organizations are picking up the costs for the event? Who in the community jumped on the idea? I don't recall being asked for my input?

    These people are so talented, yet they earn hardly any money... If it was mind numbing sports, they would be overflowing with donations, etc !

    These individuals are well compensated. It is the responsibility of the organization to promote itself and seek for donations.

  • 3forme Aug 31, 2009

    TOO BAD SOME OF THE LEGISLATURES PORK DOLLARS DIDN'T FALL IN THEIR DIRECTION ..AFTER ALL IT IS THE NC SYMPHONY...

  • dukecaniac Aug 31, 2009

    The folks that pulled the plug on this was WRAL, they dropped the sponsorship.

  • smegma Aug 31, 2009

    $11.9 million dollars for a season? What do they spend it on?

  • maydaymanny Aug 31, 2009

    Love them...I can only afford them when they are free so that is lovely. Thanks!

  • chargernut69 Aug 31, 2009

    These people are so talented, yet they earn hardly any money... If it was mind numbing sports, they would be overflowing with donations, etc !

  • censorbait Aug 31, 2009

    If they have the concert at Moore Square, the attendees and musicians had better come heavy(packing iron) or have a bunch of police on site for protection. That area is dangerous in the daytime and even worse at night.

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