Wilmington Symphony heads outdoors for free drive-in concert

Posted on: May 14, 2021

“The last time Wilmington Symphony Orchestra conductor Steven Errante was on stage with the 70-member collective was 14 months ago: Feb. 8, 2020,” writes Shea Carver in Thursday’s (5/13) Port City Daily (Wilmington, NC). “The maestro will return center stage on Friday night as part of a ‘Pops’ concert, presented by a chamber orchestra of 30 WSO members, along with … WSO Youth Orchestra violinist Danielle Swart…. Errante will lead … Mozart, Bach, Leonard Bernstein, English folk music, as well as popular songs, like Broadway’s ‘Mamma Mia’ and Black Violin’s hip-hop ‘Brandenburg.’ … For violinist Danielle Swart, ‘American in Paris’ will be a highlight of the show…. The Friday night concert is free to attend…. WSO will perform outdoors on the north campus in the parking lot. The grounds fit 100 cars, and concert-goers will be able to watch the show from inside their vehicles—or they can bring blankets, chairs, and picnics to enjoy outside in front of their automobiles. ‘Cape Fear Community College is having their graduation that day,’ [Executive Director Liz] Scanlon explained, ‘so they had this beautiful stage and tent set up, with jumbotrons and mics, lights and speakers. It’s perfect for an outdoor concert.’ ”