Whether you’re a first time visitor or a long-time season subscriber, you will thoroughly enjoy an evening with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra. Audience members are delighted each year by the classical and pops concerts presented by the orchestra, which includes 65 to 70 experienced musicians from around the Cape Fear Region. Founded in 1971, the WSO is one of the region’s distinctive cultural treasures.
The Wilmington Symphony Orchestra has established a unique artistic profile and civic stature in southeastern North Carolina. What distinguishes the Wilmington Symphony is its distinct identity as a local cultural arts group that showcases local talent. The WSO’s 47 year tradition of service enhances the quality of life in the Cape Fear Region starting with great music-making showcasing the considerable talents of our area’s own musicians, and extending through a host of vibrant and vital educational programs for all ages. The musicians are local instrumentalists, and gifted students and faculty, selected each year by audition. Now beginning his 32nd year as conductor of the Wilmington Symphony, Dr. Steven Errante is also Professor of Music at University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
In addition to a series of concerts for its audience, the Wilmington Symphony provides both performance opportunities and an array of unique educational programs for Wilmington and Cape Fear Region residents that includes the Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, a Free Family Concert, the annual Richard R. Deas Student Concerto Competition, Artist-in-Residence Programs in area schools, and the Wilmington Symphony Birthday Club for young children.