HIGH POINT, N.C., April 27, 2009 ? The High Point University community and guests enjoyed a special concert by the North Carolina Symphony on April 24 in the Pauline Theatre of the Hayworth Fine Arts Center. The concert included a special appearance by award-winning harpist Catrin Finch.
The packed-house audience of more than 450 people included guests from Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church, Culler Senior Center, and retirement communities River Landing at Sandy Ridge and Pennybyrn at Maryfield.
The North Carolina Symphony was organized in 1932 under the direction of Pulitzer traveling fellowship recipient and composer Lamar Stringfield. Under the 33-year leadership of Dr. and Mrs. Benjamin Swalin, the Symphony developed its grassroots emphasis on taking the orchestra to the people of North Carolina. That tradition has continued every year since the 1943 ?Horn Tootin? Bill? was passed by the State Legislature. Now celebrating 75 years, the North Carolina Symphony is a full-time, professional orchestra with 68 members under the artistic leadership of Music Director Grant Llewellyn.
The Symphony has released five recordings, the most recent of which, ?Sketches 2004-05,? featured a work called ?Sketches from Pinehurst? by Terry Mizesko written in honor of the U.S. Open?s 2005 return to Pinehurst.
Finch has performed at Buckingham Palace, Windsor, Highgrove House and St. James Palace. Prince Charles has described her as ?a credit to Wales.? Her love for music began at age 5 when she was introduced to the Welsh harp. Her career has flourished and she has collaborated with fellow musicians for a Sony Classical album. She released her own solo performance album, ?Catrin Finch Live,? in 2006. Finch now plays live, with a full band named CF47, across the globe.
At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among ?America?s Best Colleges.? The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at .
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