A concert titled "Cape Fear" kicks off the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra's season Saturday.
In calling the first concert of its season "Cape Fear," the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra isn't neglecting the "fear" part of the title.
"We're celebrating kind of spooky music, but also music that is related to the sea and pirates and everything that the Cape Fear might inspire," said Stefan Sanders, the symphony's music director. "We're obviously capitalizing on our region and, of course, the title of the horror thriller."
The concert, scheduled Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Huff Concert Hall on the campus of Methodist University, kicks off a season of North Carolina-themed concerts for the symphony. The title of the season is "Gone to Carolina."
It's also the first Fayetteville concert for Sanders, who was hired in April after a two-year long search. Sanders is wrapping up his last year conducting the Buffalo Symphony Orchestra; he is also music director of the Round Rock Symphony in central Texas.
The "Cape Fear" concert will focus on the Carolina coastline and some of the history and myths surrounding it.
The musical selections include Richard Wagner’s "Overture to The Flying Dutchman," Felix Mendelssohn’s "Hebrides Overture," John William’s “Shark Theme” from the movie "Jaws," Benjamin Britten’s "Four Sea Interludes" from "Peter Grimes" and music from the movies "Hook" and "Pirates of the Caribbean."
Later concerts in the 2017-18 season will further explore the Carolina theme.
On Dec. 2, the orchestra will present "A Carolina Holiday. On Jan. 11, it will explore the area's heritage with the concert "The French Connection."
On Jan. 25, the orchestra will perform "Music of the New World," followed Feb. 10 by a concert commemorating the 150th anniversary of Fayetteville State University.
The season continues March 10 with an "Americana" concert focusing on patriotic pieces, and it concludes April 21 with "Appalachian Spring." More information is available at fayettevillesymphony.org.
Sanders was chosen as musical director and conductor of the orchestra after an audition period last season in which each of the five finalists for the position conducted a concert and met the public.
Sanders' audition concert was held in November. He noted that although Saturday's concert will be his first as music director, he already has nearly a year-long association with the orchestra.
The "Cape Fear" concert will be an informal affair. Both the audience and the performers are being encouraged to wear Halloween costumes if they wish.
"This is not just a 'sit down and be quiet' kind of concert," Sanders said. "I'll be talking to the audience. We want to engage the audience and make it more meaningful and fun."