North Carolina Symphony Brings Free Concerts to State’s Military | Jun 1-5

Red, White and Blue Tour, June 1-5

The North Carolina Symphony pays tribute next week to the men and women who have kept America safe for generations. Music Director Grant Llewellyn leads the orchestra in the five-stop Red, White and Blue Tour, presented by First Citizens Bank and made up of free concerts at multiple North Carolina military bases and a grand finale as part of the Symphony’s Summerfest performances in Cary.

The tour begins on June 1 at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in Goldsboro, where Lieutenant Governor Walter Dalton will serve as the Symphony’s special guest narrator. The tour continues at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock on June 2; Riverwalk Crossing Park in Jacksonville for troops at Camp Lejeune and New River Air Station on June 3; Fort Bragg on June 4; and at Summerfest in Cary’s Koka Booth Amphitheatre on June 5. All concerts take place at 7:30 p.m.

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Christal Sanders Rheams, a North Carolina native, joins the Symphony for patriotic favorites and classic showstoppers including World War II hits “Rosie the Riveter” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Other program highlights include Sousa’s Liberty Bell March, Copland’s commanding Fanfare for the Common Man, the finale from Dvořák’s “New World” Symphony and the local flavor of The Battleship North Carolina March.

“The Symphony is enormously proud to partner with our men and women in uniform and to present these patriotic concerts at military bases around our great state,” says North Carolina Symphony President and CEO David Chambless Worters. “In keeping with the Symphony’s long tradition of statewide service, this is a perfect opportunity to bring the state of North Carolina’s orchestra to our active duty personnel, their families and their host communities.”

Llewellyn, a native of Tenby, South Wales, adds, “The British flag is made from the same red, white and blue as the Stars and Stripes, and I feel the same allegiance toward the American armed forces as I feel toward my own British troops, amongst whom my grandfather, father and uncles served in the First and Second World Wars. It’s an honor to entertain the brave men and women of these military bases, here in our orchestra’s home state of North Carolina.”

The Red, White and Blue Tour is presented by First Citizens Bank, along with media partner Our State magazine. For venue details, visit

The June 2-4 concerts are free and open to the public. Advance tickets are required to attend the Cherry Point concert on June 2. They can be picked up for free at Cherry Point ITT, the New Bern Sun Journal, the Havelock News and the Carteret News-Times.

The Seymour Johnson Air Force Base concert on June 1 is free and open to those with military ID.

June 1-4 concerts are free. The June 5 concert is ticketed as part of Summerfest, with lawn seats $20 in advance.

For tickets to the June 5 concert in Cary or other information, visit the North Carolina Symphony Web site at or call 919.733.2750.

Concert/Event Listings

North Carolina Symphony
Red, White and Blue Tour
Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

Sgt. Christal Sanders Rheams, vocalist
June 1, 2010- FREE
Fitness Center Track and Field, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base

June 2, 2010– FREE
Station Theater, Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point

June 3, 2010– FREE
Riverwalk Crossing Park, Jacksonville

June 4, 2010– FREE
Main Post Parade Field, Fort Bragg

June 5, 2010- Lawn seats $20
Koka Booth Amphitheatre, Regency Park, Cary

Program Listing:

North Carolina Symphony
Red, White and Blue Tour
June 1-5, 2010

Grant Llewellyn, Music Director

The Star-Spangled Banner
John Stafford Smith/Sousa

The Air Force Hymn*
Robert Crawford/arr. Seredy

The Army Song**
John Philip Sousa

The Marines Hymn***

Fanfare for the Common Man
Aaron Copland

American Salute
Morton Gould

“Rosie the Riveter”
Redd Evans & John Jacob Loeb/arr. Kessler
Sgt. Christal Sanders Rheams, vocalist

“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”
Ron Raye & Hughie Prince/arr. Kessler
Sgt. Christal Sanders Rheams, vocalist

Pomp and Circumstance, Military March Op. 39, No. 1 in D Major
Sir Edward Elgar

“(There’ll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover”
Walter Kent & Nat Burton/arr. Haring
Sgt. Christal Sanders Rheams, vocalist

The Battleship North Carolina March
Steven Errante

Symphony No. 9 in E Minor, “From the New World”^
Antonín Dvořák
IV. Allegro con fuoco

The Liberty Bell March
John Philip Sousa

St. Louis Blues
W.C. Handy/arr. Holcombe

Traditional/arr. Bates
Sgt. Christal Sanders Rheams, vocalist

Mississippi Suite
Ferde Grofé
IV. Mardi Gras

From Sea to Shining Sea
arr. Robert Wendel

* Performed at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base only
** Performed at Fort Bragg only
*** Performed at Cherry Point and Jacksonville only
^ Performed at Cherry Point, Jacksonville and Cary only

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