The N.C. Symphony recently began its annual Concerts in Your Community series, featuring 10 free outdoor concerts across central and eastern North Carolina.
“The North Carolina Symphony has been known for a long time for state-wide service — that’s really what we do,” said Joe Newberry, a spokesperson for the symphony. “So this is a way for us to go around and be a presence in communities.”
The series began on June 1 and will run until July 4. The symphony will be in Chapel Hill on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at Southern Village’s Village Green.
Evan Gray, a student at Appalachian State University, attended the first concert in the series in New Bern.
“One thing that I just loved about it was listening to the whimsical music while seeing the birds fly by, and the sun was setting as we were listening to it, and the weather was perfect,” he said.
Gray said having this free, open venue is important for people who may not often be exposed to classical music.
Amy Mason, a violist with the N.C. Symphony and lecturer at UNC, said the series is one of the many ways the N.C. Symphony tries to reach people across the state with classical music.
“I think that the great thing about the North Carolina Symphony is that we have a lot of different types of concerts,” she said. “We have educational concerts, we have different classical music series and we have these free concerts. And I think all of those concerts do a great job of getting classical music to as many people as we can.”