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Reformation Symphony

By Susan Shinn Turner

As part of St. John’s Reformation celebration, the Salisbury Symphony will perform Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, “The Reformation Symphony,” in the Sanctuary at 7 pm Saturday, Sept. 23.

Tickets are available in Seasons Gifts or online for $20 each.

“This is quite a rare treat,” says Rob Durocher, St. John’s minister of music. Over the years, the symphony has performed only a handful of times outside of a concert hall, according to Maestro David Hagy. “But the symphony’s sound in the St. John’s sanctuary is sure to be spectacular.”

Rob adds, “The idea came about as we were thinking through our events for Reformation 500. When we dreamed of collaboration with the symphony, we asked Rosemary Kinard, who serves on the symphony board, to make some initial inquiries. David Hagy and Linda Jones, the symphony’s former executive director, were immediately excited about the idea.”

Rob notes a need for volunteers to serve as ushers, hosts, parking assistants and shuttle drivers.

“It’s going to take a lot of teamwork,” Rob says of the event. “This is very similar to a concert premiere.”

If you’d like to help, please call the church office at 704-636-3431.

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