Classical Mystery Tour
The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like The Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear “Penny Lane” with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of “Yesterday” with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged “I Am the Walrus.” From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of The Beatles like you’ve never heard them: totally live.
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
American mezzo soprano Elizabeth Bishop, founder and head of the Potomac Vocal Institute, is acclaimed for her powerful, nuanced portrayals and “lustrous” voice. A frequent guest of major opera companies and orchestras throughout the United States and overseas, she is also a widely respected teacher and passionate advocate for music education.
Charles Yang, violin
Described by the Boston Globe as one who “plays classical violin with the charisma of a rock star”, Juilliard graduate Charles Yang began his violin studies with his mother in Austin, Texas, and has since studied with world-renowned pedagogues Kurt Sassmanshaus, Paul Kantor, Brian Lewis and Glenn Dicterow. He has performed as a soloist with orchestras and in recitals in the United States, Europe, Brazil, Russia, China, and Taiwan, and is the recipient of numerous awards and honors.
With his lightning speed comedic timing, skills on the dance floor and a truly exceptional, emotional voice, Gavin Hope is a natural born performer and always a fan favorite! Gavin’s diverse career includes song, stage, TV and film, and feeds his wanderlust well. This Juno-nominated solo recording artist has been lucky enough to perform all around the world sharing the stage with such greats as Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Jill Scott, James Brown, and Deborah Cox, to name a few.
Jeans 'n' Classics
Peter Brennan’s Jeans ’n Classics is a winner! For almost 20 years the JnC approach to combining world class rock musicians and symphonies has been a game changer for orchestras in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences. Jeans ’n Classics is a group of musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to help in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America.
D. J. Sparr, composer and guitarist
D. J. Sparr merges art-concert craft with influences from music he performed as a young guitarist. For the performance of Sparr’s BMI/Boudleax Bryant Fund Commission for eighth blackbird, the Albuquerque Tribune wrote: “…in the sextet’s piece The Glam Seduction, the 1980s rock music of Eddie Van Halen meets the instrumentation of Niccolo Paganini. … The result: Paganini on coke.”
Theo Hoffman, baritone
Praised by the New York Times for his “concentrated and rich” baritone, New York-born Theo Hoffman joins LA Opera in 2016-17 for its prestigious Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artist Program. There he will sing Hermann in Les Contes d’Hoffmann, Second Nazarene in Salome, and Il medico in Macbeth, as well as cover Horemhab in Akhnaten and Pasha Selim in Die Entführung aus dem Serail. Also ahead, Mr. Hoffman joins Pittance Chamber Music for a concert at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, and debuts with the Winston-Salem Symphony as a soloist in Handel’s Messiah. Mr. Hoffman will perform Josef K. in the American premiere of The Trial by Philip Glass at Opera Theatre of Saint Louis in 2017.
Jonathan Blalock, tenor
American tenor Jonathan Blalock, winner of the 2014 Agnes Varis Prize for Bel Canto from the Opera Orchestra of New York, recently triumphed as Prince Claus in the world premiere of Mark Adamo’s Becoming Santa Claus at The Dallas Opera. His critically acclaimed performance was broadcast to Lincoln Center and will be released on DVD later this year.
Daniel Moody, countertenor
Countertenor Daniel Moody has garnered widespread acclaim for his commanding yet expressive vocal timbre and his breathtaking musicianship. Praised as having a “vocal resonance, [which] makes a profoundly startling impression” (The New York Times) and for his “vivid and powerful” voice (The Boston Musical Intelligencer), Mr. Moody is equally known for his “sweet and melancholy sound” (The Washington Post) and ability to “pierce hearts” and “utterly silence a room” (The Boston Musical Intelligencer) with his expressivity and deep connection with audiences.
Margaret Carpenter Haigh, soprano
Soprano Margaret Carpenter Haigh is in demand as a soloist and professional chorister both in the United States and abroad. A passionate proponent of both early music and new music, she regularly performs works by composers from the French, German, English, Spanish, and Dutch Renaissance and Baroque periods as well as music written by contemporary composers. Margaret is co-founder of the French Baroque ensemble L’Académie du Roi Soleil alongside UK-born organist and harpsichordist Nicolas Haigh.
“Heeeeere’s Johnny!” That lead-in, followed by a big band trumpet blast, was the landmark of late night television for three decades. The “Johnny” was Johnny Carson, the announcer was Ed McMahon and the bandleader was Doc Severinsen. Beginning in October 1962, The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson ruled the night air for thirty years. On May 22, 1992, it came to an end…
Soloman Howard, bass
A recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman Howard is garnering superlatives from the press for his vivid performances on the opera and concert stages. His voice is called “sonorous” by The New York Times, “superhuman” by The Denver Post, and “spectacular” by Maryland Theatre Guide.
Vale Rideout, tenor
American tenor Vale Rideout has garnered critical acclaim for his musical artistry and superb stagecraft throughout the United States and Europe. Possessed of both a beautiful instrument and an ability to consistently deliver passionate, energetic performances, he is equally in demand for leading tenor roles from the standard repertory to contemporary works. The Colorado native can be heard on his recently released solo CD of Britten and Finzi songs, as well as on live recordings of Rio de sangre (Albany Records, Grammy® Award nomination) and, as Frank Shallard, in Elmer Gantry (on Naxos, received two Grammy® awards, and voted No. 1 by Opera News “Best of the Year”), both produced by Florentine Opera.
Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano
Stephanie Foley Davis was praised by The New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” And Cleveland Classical said, “…Foley Davis and Culver were terrific in their singing and in delineating their sadness” about her recent role debut of Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther.
Christina Major, soprano
American Soprano Christina Major is a rising star, known for her sumptuous and agile “Italianate sound”. In Opera News, she was hailed as being a “sensitive actress” who “provided the highest emotional stakes of the evening.” The Dallas Morning News has acknowledged her as the “…standout, alternating fire and subtler warmth with touching, real emotional depths.”
André Watts, piano
André Watts burst upon the music world at the age of 16 when Leonard Bernstein chose him to make his debut with the New York Philharmonic in their Young People’s Concerts, broadcast nationwide on CBS-TV. Only two weeks later, Bernstein asked him to substitute at the last minute for the ailing Glenn Gould in performances of Liszt’s E-flat Concerto with the New York Philharmonic, thus launching his career in storybook fashion. More than 50 years later, André Watts remains one of today’s most celebrated and beloved superstars.
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
to Hold Open Auditions in August
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 6, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, directed by Dr. Christopher Gilliam, is holding open auditions on Monday, August 1 and Monday, August 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the choir room of Centenary United Methodist Church at 646 W 5th Street in Winston-Salem.
Announces Appointment of New
Chief Philanthropy Officer Kent Wallace-Meggs
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 5, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Kent Wallace-Meggs as Chief Philanthropy Officer (CPO). The CPO is responsible for securing revenues required to support institutional operating requirements and is an integral member of the Symphony’s executive leadership team, working closely with the Board of Directors and supervising fundraising staff.