2016-2017 Season

The Tar River Orchestra and Chorus is entering their thirty-first season with a full schedule of live performances in place for the 2016-2017 “Tar River Live” Concert Season. The following five concerts are included in the season ticket package. Visit the links below to purchase individual concert tickets, or click here for season tickets.


“Saluting Our Veterans” – Friday, November 11, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Dunn Center for the Performing Arts 

Join the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus along with special veteran guest speakers as we honor the commitment and service of the many brave and selfless men and women of the armed forces. This stirring evening of tribute will feature an original anthem by composer John Williams, music from the HBO series “Band of Brothers”, Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait” with celebrity narrator, as well as familiar patriotic selections. Come share your gratitude as we celebrate our veterans.


Sing for Joy! Friday, December 2, 2016 at 7:30 PM, Fellowship Church, Nashville, NC

“The joy of Christmas comes alive when our award-winning Tar River Children’s Chorus and Youth Strings present Christmas favorites and old world carols in fresh new settings.  What a delightful way for the whole family to begin the Christmas season! Come early for a seat for this popular annual concert.”


“Musical Zoo” (a special family concert) – Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Dunn Center for the Performing Arts

Lions and tigers and bears! Oh my! The Tar River Orchestra plays musical selections about animals that the whole family is sure to enjoy. This special 1 hour family concert includes music from the popular movies “Jurassic Park” and “How to Train Your Dragon”. The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences will be on hand beginning at 1:00 in the lobby with live animal displays. Come marvel at the mammals and music!

Big Band Classics through the Ages—Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM, Dunn Center for the Performing Arts

Join the Tar River Swing Band as we celebrate 70 years of Big Band Favorites. Enjoy musical selections from Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Stan Kenton, Frank Sinatra and more. Kick back, relax, and enjoy the smooth sounds of the jazz and swing music you know and love!

“Down Home on the Farm” – Saturday, June 3, 2017 at 6:30 PM, Crocker Farm, 3358 Turkey Foot Road, Rocky Mount

Also known as the Chairman’s Picnic and Pops Concert, the Tar River Orchestra, adult chorus, award-winning Children’s Chorus, and special guests Carolina Tradition Bluegrass Band kick off the summer with a relaxed outdoor concert on the beautiful Crocker farm.  Come enjoy the folk tunes, fiddle tunes and hoe downs, along with music from Rogers & Hammerstein’s classic musical “Oklahoma”, Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”, and the theme from the movie “Magnificent Seven”. Picnic food will be sold along with Webby’s Sno-cones. Bring a picnic, lawn chairs, and don’t forget the kids! Gates open at 5:00 PM.

Individual tickets are $15 for adults, or $65 per season ticket. Children 18 and under, and college students with ID are admitted to each concert at no charge. Click on the concert title links above to purchase individual tickets.