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Symphony 2017 save the Date

After a highly successful visit in 2015, the Western Piedmont Chamber Symphony returns to Sparta on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 7pm to perform a Night Train: A Celebration of Railroads at the Alleghany Community Auditorium on the campus of Sparta School, 450 North Main Street, Sparta, NC. The performance is being sponsored by the Alleghany Educational Foundation, Alleghany County Schools, and the Friends of the Auditorium, as part of a long range plan to bring quality arts programming to Alleghany County. 2016SymphonyPost

There are two ticket levels, $20, and $10. The $20 seats are located in the upholstered seating area. Tickets will be available at the Alleghany Library, Books & Friends Book Store, Alleghany Chamber of Commerce, Sparky’s Coffee Shop, and Becca’s Backwoods Bean.

There are four levels of sponsorship available. Each sponsor level includes free tickets to the performance. Sponsor funds help to offset costs of Symphony performances for children, and also help to provide tickets for those who otherwise would not be able to attend. Available Sponsorships: Conductor $500, (6 tickets) 1st Chair $250, (4 tickets) 2nd Chair $100, (2 tickets) Friend $25 – $50, (1 ticket.)

About the Western Piedmont Symphony

Celebrating their 52nd season this year, the Western Piedmont Symphony is comprised of talented musicians from all over the state. The symphony performs five Masterworks concerts each season under the direction of Maestro John Gordon Ross, and holds other concerts in various venues throughout Western North Carolina. The Symphony believes that fine music is meant for all ages. Their goal is to provide musical performances of distinction that enrich and enliven the community’s classical music experience while they nourish new audiences through school concerts and family outreach programs. The Western Piedmont Symphony is based in Hickory, NC. For more information: www.wpsymphony.org SymBlogPost

Night Train

Performing a program celebrating trains, the Western Piedmont Chamber Symphony will present music featuring railroads and travel. There is something for everyone from John Henry by Aaron Copland to big band hits like Sentimental Journey by Les Brown and Ben Horner and Take the “A” Train by Billy Strayhorn to a polka by Strauss.


The Highland Camerata will be at the Alleghany Community Auditorium on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Other upcoming performances will be at Grayson County High School Auditorium in Independence, Virginia, on Sunday December 6 at 3pm and at First Christian Church in Galax, Virginia on Sunday December 13 at 3pm.


2015 Symphony Poster

Thursday, August 27, at 7pm, the Western Piedmont Symphony will be performing at Alleghany Community Auditorium. Tickets are available, from $5 to $20, at the Alleghany County Public Library, the Visitors Center, Books ‘N Friends, Becca’s Backwoods Bean, and Sparky’s Coffeehouse.

Challenge Set: Meet the Match!

On June 1st the Friends of the Auditorium announced a fundraising campaign to run through December 31, 2015. A local patron of the arts issued a challenge, offering to match all donations up to $25,000 toward the completion of the upholstered seating in the Alleghany Community Auditorium. A total match would provide $50,000 to finish 381 seats, which would include the entire center section and all but a handful of the side aisle seats.

“Upholstered seats mean more than just comfort for the audience,” said Dr. Suzanne Mellow Irwin, Chairman of the Friends of the Auditorium. “Completing the Seating Project will elevate the overall quality of the Auditorium and allow us to acquire the high quality performances you would travel outside the county to see.”

The Auditorium has already received accolades from the Western Piedmont Symphony for the upgraded sound system, stating that the facility rivals any in the region for capacity and sound system quality. Upholstered seating will reduce echo and provide additional benefits to the audience listening experience.

Letters were sent out to individuals and businesses asking them to “meet the match,” and preliminary response has been very enthusiastic. FOA is encouraged by this show of support and looks to the community to help make this opportunity a reality. By donating $135 for a single seat, or contributing funds for multiple seats on behalf of family members, a company, or an organization, every amount can be matched dollar for dollar, and because the Alleghany Community Auditorium is a 501-3c non-profit, donations are tax deductible.

For more information, contact Dr. Suzanne Mellow Irwin at 336-372-4401, or download and submit the Seating Challenge form and return it to us!