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Salute to Sponsors

The North Carolina Symphony is a key player in the cultural life of the State of North Carolina. Our generous sponsors recognize the benefits that the North Carolina Symphony provides to all citizens through its excellence and artistry. The North Carolina Symphony gratefully salutes the following corporations, foundations, and individuals, who support the Symphony at the level of $25,000 or more.

Jay Irby, First Citizens Bank

First Citizens Bank
Jay Irby Triangle Area Executive

At First Citizens Bank, we’ve had a strong relationship for many years with one of the premier orchestras in the country—the North Carolina Symphony. We appreciate the depth and breadth of the Symphony’s programming, its great performances, and the many contributions it makes toward music education. First Citizens is headquartered in this state, and as a part of our Forever First commitment to our community, we’re proud to salute and support our wonderful Symphony. It is a cultural treasure that brings to life the musical arts for all North Carolinians.

Chris Bell, Truist Foundation

Truist Foundation
Chris Bell Triangle President, Triangle Region

At Truist, our purpose is to inspire and build better lives and communities. We are proud to have supported the North Carolina Symphony for many years and applaud the Symphony’s educational programs, which bring free concerts to school children all across the state. Through our sponsorship of the symphony, Truist continues its purposeful work in our beautiful state and supports our most precious assets—our children. We are proud North Carolinians!

Kerry Grace Heckle, UNC Health

UNC Health
Kerry Grace Heckle HCS Executive Director Corporate & Community Relations

Music has the ability to boost our mood, make a shift toward release and relaxation and supports a positive healing environment. Our long-standing partnership between UNC Health and the North Carolina Symphony is a beautiful one. It extends our reach into the community, helping us live our mission to provide high-quality care and improve the health of all North Carolinians.

Jeff Bertram, CEI

CEI – The Digital Office
Jeff Bertram President

As a privately held local organization, CEI – The Digital Office is committed to supporting the Triangle area’s cultural centerpieces. Since 1932, the North Carolina Symphony has delivered unparalleled access to some of the finest musical performances in the country. The Symphony’s youth programs and educational initiatives have provided a framework of inspiration for future generations of North Carolina musicians. We are extremely proud of our partnership with the North Carolina Symphony, and we look forward to supporting the Symphony’s continued efforts to bring musical enrichment to our great state.

Sharat Nagaraj, celito.net

Sharat Nagaraj President & Founder

At celito, our belief in the transformative power of music runs deep, as it has the ability to elevate, inspire, and unify entire communities. It’s our privilege to stand alongside the Symphony in their unwavering commitment to delivering world-class orchestral performances that touch audiences throughout the state. Whether through timeless symphonic classics or modern compositions, the Symphony’s rich and diverse repertoire strikes chords in hearts young and old. We’re thrilled to be the Presenting Sponsor for the Pink Martini concert. This collective’s remarkable fusion of genres stands as a testament to the allure of diversity and the universal language of melody. Join us in celebrating the synergy of music and culture.

Jim Hansen, PNC

Jim Hansen Regional President, Eastern Carolinas

The PNC Foundation takes great pride in helping the North Carolina Symphony reach young audiences in N.C. through the PNC Grow Up Great Music Discovery program. Since the program’s 2013 inception, nearly 17,000 preschool-age children and their families, including those in rural and underserved areas, have been introduced to the orchestra, its instruments, and NCS musicians. In such venues as libraries and early childhood centers, teachers and musicians have opened doors to a world of artistic enrichment and music appreciation for our youngest citizens. We are honored to be part of the Symphony’s legacy of service to the community and continued commitment to reach families across the state. 

Max Houseworth, Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown
Max Houseworth General Manager

Residence Inn Raleigh Downtown is thrilled to join our community partners in supporting the North Carolina Symphony’s productions of exceptional musical experiences for our residents and guests. We are proud to join our parent company, Summit Hospitality Group, in actively promoting area arts and education efforts. We look forward to serving patrons with our spacious accommodations, dining, and rooftop venues overlooking the Martin Marietta Center for the Performing Arts and the vibrant downtown scene.

Rosemary Kenyon, Smith Anderson

Smith Anderson
Rosemary G. Kenyon partner

As the largest business and litigation law firm headquartered in the Triangle, Smith Anderson has a deep commitment to public service. We are proud of our long tradition of supporting the Symphony in representing the work of diverse composers, partnering with artists from a variety of genres, and increasing access to orchestral music in communities across the state. We are excited to welcome Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto as he leads the North Carolina Symphony into a new era during the 2023/24 season.

Don Davis and Peggy Wilks

Mr. Don K. Davis and
Ms. Peggy L. Wilks

We’re proud to be part of the North Carolina Symphony Family. We support its dual mission of offering music education for school children in all 100 N.C. counties and providing the highest level of artistic performances throughout communities of North Carolina as the State’s orchestra.

Ross Lampe

Ross Lampe, Jr.

I am pleased to support the Symphony’s nationally recognized music-making. The North Carolina Symphony means excellence—in artistry and in service to the people of North Carolina. It enlivens and enriches our cultural heritage with outstanding performances and unparalleled music education opportunities for our youth, and brings innovative partnerships and world-class guest artists to our communities.

Mrs. Darliene S. Woolner

Mrs. Darliene S. Woolner

I am delighted to see our investment in the mission of the North Carolina Symphony yield such results in the form of beautiful concerts to enjoy, world class artists to applaud, and a tremendous positive impact on thousands of schoolchildren across the state. There are numerous ways to become involved with the Symphony and I encourage everyone to explore these rewarding opportunities.