The North Carolina Symphony was founded in 1932, and, through its approximately 175 performances annually, has become a staple in North Carolina’s arts scene. With a strong dedication to education and outreach, the NCS performs around 40 of its concerts for schoolchildren around the state. Five commercial recordings and monthly performances on WUNC 91.5 have brought the Symphony’s reputation and precision to a larger audience. Financial troubles in the past few years put the NCS’s future in question, but robust fundraising efforts have put the organization back on track to continue its legacy of superior performance.
North Carolina Symphony Information
- Venues: The main venue is Meymandi Concert Hall (2 East South Street, Raleigh), but the symphony also performs at Peace College in Raleigh and at other North Carolina venues in Chapel Hill, Southern Pines, Wilmington, Fayetteville, and New Bern
- Public Transportation: Depends on venue
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good for each venue
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule varies
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets range from $30–$45. $10 student rush tickets available one hour before performances for full-time students 26 or under. Group discounts available
- Subscriptions: Several subscription and series options are available and range from $36–$590. Subscriber benefits include ticket exchanges, lost ticket replacement, and special event tickets
- Memberships: Friends ($100–$249); Patrons’ Circle ($250–$999); Musicians’ Circle ($1,000–$2,4999); Principal Players’ Circle ($2,5000–$4,999); Concertmaster’s Circle ($5,000–$7,499); Conductor’s Circle ($7,500–$14,999); Chairman’s Circle ($15,000–$24,999); Pinnacle Circle ($25,000+). Depending on level, member benefits include a season pass to attend members-only open rehearsals; access to Opus magazine online, or a subscription for the magazine; invitations to the annual Patron Appreciation Concert; a 10% discount on single ticket purchases; a listing in the statewide program book; VIP Parking; invitations to special private events with Symphony musicians; invitations to post-concert receptions with guest artist; invitations to post-concert dinners with the North Carolina Symphony president and CEO and a guest conductor or artist; invitations to join the annual Chairman’s Circle trip; and more.