Music movie

Symphony Movie Night combines music, film and beer

The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has planned an unlikely pairing of classical music and beer for a truly unique cinematic experience.

After its successful debut last fall, Symphony Movie Night returns Friday, May 13 at the Dirtbag Ales Brewery, starting at 8 p.m.

The 1921 silent film “The Kid,” directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin, will light up the outdoor screen as the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra performs a live arrangement of Peter B. Kay’s score.

“We did our first movie night in October with a screening of Nosferatu,” said Anna Meyer, community engagement manager. “It was a big hit and a little surprise for many viewers. We hope to spread the word well in advance so that more people can come and enjoy the show.”

“It’s a fun, lighthearted film, and even those unfamiliar with silent films, people tend to recognize Charlie Chaplin. We thought it would be a good choice for spring,” he said. she explains.

Meyer, who has been with the orchestra for a year and has a background in theater and arts management, is thrilled to be part of Fayetteville’s vibrant cultural movement. She is passionate about creating opportunities to engage with the community.

Events like this and Symphony on Tap, which brings classical music to local breweries, are a few initiatives to keep the symphony connected to the community it serves.

“This event is in line with what I love to do,” she told Up & Coming Weekly. The Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra has been here for a long time. We want to focus on bringing the symphony to people instead of waiting for people to come to us.”

The symphony began in 1956 as a community orchestra, humbly rehearsing in musicians’ living rooms before securing a space of its own. Over the past six decades, the orchestra has grown into an institution, a professional orchestra with the best of North Carolina’s best musicians on its roster.

“I think we bring cultural enrichment to the community. We provide great exposure to different types of music,” Meyer said of the symphony’s importance in the community. “From classical music at our traditional gigs to jazz and pop covers at Symphony On Tap, we try to have something for everyone.

“It’s such a vibrant community,” she said, speaking of downtown Fayetteville’s arts and culture movement. “There are so many affordable options and opportunities for people to experience.”
Symphony Movie Night is free to the public and all are encouraged to attend. Weather permitting, the event will take place on the terrace, with an indoor travel plan if necessary.

“We hope to reach everyone,” Meyers said. “Kids are welcome, and Dirtbag is very family friendly, but I think it would make a great date night,” she suggested.
Symphony Movie Night was originally scheduled for Saturday May 7, but has been rescheduled for Friday May 6.

Dirtbag Ales Brewery and Taproom is located at 5435 Corporation Dr. in Hope Mills.
For more information about the event and the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, visit their website at