North Carolina Symphony Performs Music from Stage and Screen at Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series June 19 and June 20


“An Evening of Broadway” on Friday, June 19, Features Vocalists, “Stars of Tomorrow”; “Symphonic Wizardry featuring the Music of Harry Potter” Set For Saturday, June 20

The North Carolina Symphony, led by Associate Conductor David Glover, will perform two great evenings of music from stage and screen at the 2015 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series on Friday, June 19 and Saturday June 20, at 7:30 p.m. at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre. Gates open for the concert series at 5:30 p.m.  Children 12 and under are free on the lawn.

Friday night’s program is “An Evening of Broadway,” with music from Annie, Oliver, Wicked, and more, that features vocalists Ken Griggs and Lisa Jolley, as well as nine young “Stars of Tomorrow,” led by Peggy Taphorn, Artistic Director of the Temple Theatre in Sanford, N.C. – Abby Schiller, Violet Guthrie, Sydney Spaulding, Olivia McCue, Benjamin Farlow, Allison Podlogar, Alexis Hunt, Adele Baldina, and Abri Gross.

Saturday night’s concert will showcase “Symphonic Wizardry featuring the Music of Harry Potter,” a musical journey inspired by the world of Harry Potter, with selections from How to Train Your Dragon, Ghostbusters, and others.

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of performances in Cary and the orchestra’s 15th season in the stunning lakeside pavilion built by the Town of Cary, a major sponsor of Summerfest.  Gates open for the concerts series at 5:30 p.m., except for Independence Day, when they open at 3 p.m.  Thanks to sponsor Golden Corral, children 12 and under are admitted free on the lawn, so attending a North Carolina Symphony concert at Booth Amphitheatre is a wonderful summer bargain for families.  

The North Carolina Symphony’s popular Rex Healthcare Summerfest concerts bring great music for relaxed listening to Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre through July 9.  While concerts begin at 7:30 p.m., concertgoers may bring picnics, blankets and lawn chairs as early as 5:30 p.m. to enjoy the striking natural surroundings before the music begins. Some of music’s most exciting offerings—as well as contests and prizes, the MetLife Instrument Zoos for the kids, the Town of Cary’s Fourth of July celebration, with fireworks and so much more—make these evening performances under the stars a special treat for everyone in the family.

Tickets and Subscriptions

General admission lawn seating to “An Evening of Broadway” on Friday, June 19, is $28 in advance, $30 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $31 in advance, $33 at the door.   General admission lawn seating to “Symphonic Wizardry featuring the Music of Harry Potter,” on Saturday, June 20, is $33 in advance, $35 at the door. Covered table seating is also available for $35 in advance, $37 at the door.  Children 12 and under are admitted free for lawn seating at all Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts.

This year’s series lineup also includes:

  • Back by popular demand on Saturday, June 27, guest conductor Brent Havens, the North Carolina Symphony and a rocking tribute band salute The Music of the Eagles. Hits include “Hotel California,” “Peaceful Easy Feeling,” “Witchy Woman,” “Desperado,” “Tequila Sunrise” “One of These Nights,” and many more.
  • The Symphony’s free “Independence Day” concert with fireworks on July 4.  The gates open at 3 p.m., so come early to Booth Amphitheatre and grab the best seats on the lawn for the area’s biggest Fourth of July fireworks display.  This concert filled with patriotic favorites will feature David Glover and tenor Scott MacLeod.
  • The Finale of the Rex Healthcare Summerfest 2015 series on Thursday, July 9, will feature a concert presented by the North Carolina Symphony that showcases talents of the Hot Sardines, an electrifying band from Manhattan that is captivating audiences world-wide.  (The North Carolina Symphony is presenting, but not performing at this concert.)

Summerfest 2015 is presented by Rex Healthcare.  Co-sponsors are the Town of Cary and First Citizens Bank, Summerfest partners are Golden Corral, MetLife, CaptiveAire, Synergy Spa / Collins & Franklin Plastic Surgery, North State Bank, Deloitte, LORD Corporation, Raleigh Windows & Siding, and Crabtree Valley Mall.   Media sponsors are Cary Magazine, FOX 50,, MIX 101.5 WRAL-FM.

Booth Amphitheatre is located at 8003 Regency Parkway in Cary, N.C.

The 10-concert Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series offers music lovers a perfect family outing, and once again, concertgoers who display the biggest and boldest culinary skills can win prizes. The Whole Foods Market of Cary Picnic of the Week contest returns for the sixth year. Throughout the summer, groups of concertgoers selected as the best picnickers of that weekend’s concert will receive a $100 gift basket from Whole Foods Market of Cary. Two honorable mentions in the form of $25 gift cards will also be awarded. Select Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series concerts also feature other pre-concert activities, including MetLife Instrument Zoos for kids of all ages.

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