On Sunday July 24th Michael Stephenson lead the Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra and the New Bern Civic Strings in their first annual performance at the Union Point Gazebo on the New Bern waterfront.
The program consisted of marches, popular show tunes and patriotic salutes, and featured Amanda Minner and Eric Whaley as vocal soloists. The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra also welcomed back their founder after 4 years, Larry Spell for a performance of the Radetzky March. These guests helped to make the concert special and meaningful for both the orchestra and the audience.
As the evening progressed, the orchestra attracted a large audience from the community of New Bern, who congratulated the orchestra on a great performance and thanked them for coming out and sharing their love for music.
Special thanks goes out to the New Bern Parks and Recreation department for making the experience wonderful. It was the most beautiful venue the orchestra has ever performed at.
The PCC Orchestra operates out of the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina and is made up of student and community members. The group performs four times a year at venues around Pitt County. If you are interested in joining this community group, contact the director Michael Stephenson at Pitt Community College.