Spotlight


Union Symphony Spotlight

Principal Timpanist and USO Manager David Markgraf


A Conversation with David Markgraf, Union Symphony
By David Brandt

David Markgraf, principal timpanist and USO manager, shares about his excitement for music as well as the important roles he serves for Union Symphony.

“People get to discover something inside themselves that perhaps they didn’t know they had. I hope everyone watching this will take the opportunity to go to one of our concerts and like I said, you may discover something inside that you didn’t know was there and will make you want to come back again.” — David Markgraf

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USL Member Shannon King

Union Symphony spotlights Shannon King for her transformative contributions to music and the arts in our community. SAVE the DATE, September 5, 2020. Shannon King (King Residential Group) along with her daughter Karsyn King (The Dandelion Company) and her fellow Union Symphony League members host a Run For the Roses Symphony Soirée at the King-Juba residence as a benefit for Union Symphony and Union Symphony Youth Orchestra. If you love horses, bourbon and dancing – don’t miss it! More details to come.

Shannon, originally from Houston, Texas, moved to Monroe, NC about six years ago — and loves it here. Read More.

[Union Symphony] “It changes the lives of the people and it changes the hearts of the people because music transcends color, race, time, creed — if you can change people, you can change your community.” — Shannon King

A conversation with Shannon King, Union Symphony League
By David Brandt

 

 

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Principal Oboist Javier Perez

A Conversation With Javier Perez, Union Symphony
By David Brandt

Union Symphony salutes Principal Oboist Javier Perez.
Javier, originally from Venezuela, started playing with Union Symphony six years ago.

“The principal oboe is the one that has the most difficult part, because you have to play
all these solos, and if you mess it up, (laughingly) everyone will know it.” — Javier Perez

 

 

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Photographer Nathalie Long

Nathalie Long, widely recognized for her portraiture, has contributed the photography for our season signage for the past three years.

We love Nathalie’s philosophy:

“My family was the driving force behind the start of my business years ago and I must also give credit to my father who purchased my first camera at the age of 9.  He certainly planted the seed for my love of photography!  I am a passionate photographer always searching for ways to improve my craft and deliver beautiful images to my clients. Being photographed doesn’t have to be stressful.  It’s my job to make you feel wonderful, comfortable, confident, and look amazing.  Just have fun.  That’s all you have to do!”

 

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Community Leader Jim Black

Union Symphony thanks Jim Black for his ongoing support of Union Symphony and music and the arts in our community. Jim has had a life both behind and in front of the camera, working as a photographer, model and television reporter and producer. These days, Jim Black (aka Blackman) is the admin of a Facebook group “Land of the Waxhaws”, which has 5,347 members. The following gives the essence of the group; taken from their page:

“THIS GROUP IS TO PROMOTE WAXHAW, NC AS THE NUMBER ONE SMALL TOWN IN THE USA..WE WANT PEOPLE TO SUPPORT OUR LOCAL BUSINESSES, CONSIDER BRINGING A NEW BUSINESS HERE AND RAISING A FAMILY HERE..WAXHAW IS A GREAT PLACE TO RETIRE, BECAUSE IT IS SO SAFE.. WE USE OUR INTERNET TV CHANNEL, TO “SHOW-OFF” WAXHAW’S PEOPLE PLACE AND EVENTS…”

Jim captures on video a weekly show called “Your View” hosted by Mark Appleyard. Kim Norwood has appeared on this show numerous times promoting Union Symphony.

 

 

 

 

Union Lifestyle September/October 2014

 

 

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Photographer David Brandt

Union Symphony thanks photographer David Brandt for telling our story and capturing all our special moments.

“I really didn’t get into photography, photography got into me. The same with music. Thanks to my parents I was exposed to both at a very early age. My Dad always had a camera in hand during vacations and family gatherings and both of my parents encouraged my sisters and me to learn how to play a musical instrument starting in the 4th grade.

My musical journey ended after high school but not before I was able to develop an immense appreciation for music. My personal photography journey started after college when my parents gave me my first 35mm camera and continues today as a true passion.

I care so much about both of these art forms simply because by developing photography skills it changes the way you see things and the appreciation and exposure to a variety of music changes the way you hear things. Photographing the Union Symphony Orchestra has allowed me to experience the emotion of amazingly expressive music played by incredible artists while at the same time capturing and preserving that emotion with the click of the shutter forever. It’s the best of both worlds!” — David Brandt

See some of David’s favorite Union Symphony photos.

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