Union Symphony Orchestra
Deanna Tham, Music Director
The human voice, the original instrument, remains one the most expressive and emotional sounds in our lives. A voice can evoke deep memories, profound empathy, and ancient held remnants of our histories and ancestries. Composers of the orchestral medium, with their myriad of instruments and timbres, have for centuries tried to draw out with worlds of symphonies the intense sentiment that can be found in a single spoken word or sung note. The Union Symphony presents some of the soul-stirring repertoire that is inspired by the voice. Prepare to be immersed in the ringing depths of Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Variations on a theme by iconic English choral composer Thomas Tallis, and risen by Mendelssohn’s “Choral” Symphony No. 5. Also featuring Gina Gutierrez in her City of Monroe Dowd Center Theatre debut with USO in a set of beautiful songs by Spanish composer, Manuel DeFalla. Read More.
Let the Union Symphony Orchestra rock you to your core with dramatic works by iconic composers. Operatic death and deception, and the four most famous notes in all of music are sure to shake the ground beneath your feet. Mozart’s Don Giovanni overture — a visceral and soul trembling work coined by the composer the morning of its premier — foretells the German masters’ obsession with destiny. Beethoven then wrestles with his mortal time in his most famous work, the fifth symphony, where four famous notes vividly depict fate knocking at the door. Additionally, we unveil the Dowd Piano with a performance by local piano virtuoso, David Brooks, in his mastery of Joseph Haydn’s most famous D major piano concerto. The piano is a gift to Union Symphony In Loving Memory of W. Frank Dowd, III. This opening season performance will take place at the City of Monroe Dowd Center Theatre. Read More.
Bring your family to come learn about how scientific the symphony can be! The Union Symphony partners with the new Monroe Science Center to bring an explosive performance of on stage shenanigans, using music to explore our technological marvels from simple machines to space. This concert is appropriate for all ages, from the young to the young at heart, and will be complete with lobby activities, demonstrations, and fun for all!
The Union Symphony goes bohemian as we pair up with the City of Monroe Annual Art Walk in a finale afternoon of music inspired by painters, dancers, and artists. The painterly symphonic colors of Delius, Elgar, and the French impressionists will submerge you in a wash of hues. We finish our concert with a true and unique Dowd Theater experience, featuring the silent film, One Week, starring Buster Keaton. Be thrown back into the golden era of film in Monroe’s expertly restored and iconic theater as the Union Symphony plays the live film score, written by silent film organist expert, Ben Model. Read More.
Union Jazz with pre-show in the gallery
Saturday, January 15, 2022
Join Union Jazz for an immersive evening of music by local jazz artists. A truly American art form, jazz music brings together people and cultures with respect and curiosity and a fascination for what is to come in the future. Read More.
Thank you to our Season Partner, Union County Community Arts Council.
Union Symphony is pleased to have the support of The Braswell Trust, City of Monroe, The Dowd Foundation, Union County Community Foundation, Union County Public Schools and Wingate University.
For a complete list of our partners and patrons, please view our membership page.