Mission: Enhancing Durhams rich cultural heritage, the Durham Symphony performs high quality orchestral concerts that foster accessibility and encourage the development of music appreciation and education. The Durham Symphonys programming reflects a commitment to familiar, American, and popular music. Vision: The Durham Symphony inspires, educates, and celebrates the relevance and joy of symphonic music. History: The Durham Symphony began in 1976 as an all-volunteer community orchestra, offering free concerts. The symphony was incorporated as a not-for-profit organization in 1977. Today, the Durham Symphony has evolved into a semi-professional orchestra composed of a combination of volunteers and professionals, all classically trained. Throughout its history, the Durham Symphonys mission has been to foster the appreciation of music through the production of high-quality music for and by the residents of Durham and surrounding communities. We honor our Founding Conductor, Vincent Simonetti and Conductor Emeritus, Alan Neilson.