The N.C. Symphony performs a free concert in 2019 on the Town Common in Tarboro.

After a two-year hiatus brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic, the North Carolina Symphony will return to the Tarboro Town Common at 7:30 p.m. Friday for a free outdoor concert.

People are encouraged to bring either a blanket or lawn chairs to sit on.

Prior to the pandemic, the symphony annually came to Tarboro for a pair of concerts on the Common and a holiday performance in Keihin Auditorium.

Friday’s program will feature David Glover conducting the orchestra and will include works by Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Copland, including Beethoven’s “Overture to Egmont,” Brahms’ “Hungarian Dance No. 1,” Grainger’s “Irish Tune From County Derry” and Jennifer Higdon’s rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Tarboro Savings Bank is the concert sponsor.

Founded in 1932, the North Carolina Symphony was the first state-supported symphony in the country and performs under the auspices of the state Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.