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 Announces
Appointment of Art Bloom As
New Chief Operating Officer
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 17, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is pleased to announce the appointment of Art Bloom as Chief Operating Officer (COO). The COO position is a new two-year temporary appointment.
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2015-2016 Annual Meeting
The Winston-Salem Symphony Association, Inc. announces the convening of its 2015-2016 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. at the Robert E. Elberson Fine Arts Center on the campus of Salem College, 500 E…
Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 10, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony today announces the resignation of Assistant Conductor/Youth Symphony Conductor/Youth Orchestras Program General Manager Stephen Mulligan effective May 31, 2016. Mulligan departs the Winston-Salem Symphony to focus on the increasing amount of work he is being offered outside of Winston-Salem.
Youth Orchestra Members’ Section
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Winston-Salem Symphony Announces
2016-2017 Discovery Concerts for Kids
and Messiah Dates!
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 5, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, announces its 2016-2017 Discovery Concert for Kids Series and the dates for the 2016 performances of Handel’s Messiah.
Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and
Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra to
Enjoy Collaborative Weekend
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MAY 4, 2016) –The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony and the Asheville Buncombe Youth Orchestra will take part in a collaborative weekend retreat May 13-15, 2016, at the Brevard Music Center in Brevard, North Carolina.
Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony
to Perform Free Spring Concert
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (APRIL 6, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will perform a free concert on Saturday, April 9, 2016, at 7 p.m. in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University.
Winston-Salem Symphony Presents
a Discovery Concert for Kids
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 30, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, will end the 2015-2016 Discovery Concerts for Kids series with a concert featuring the music of Star Wars.
Winston-Salem Symphony to Present
The Beach Boys Sound
Plugged-In Pops Season Finale Concert
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 18, 2016) – Experience good vibrations when guest conductor Jeff Reed returns to lead the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, in an evening of smash hits from the iconic American band The Beach Boys. Conducted by Reed, the Symphony will be joined by guest artists The Rewinders as they celebrate the sounds of summer, surfing, and fun, on Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Celebrate Spring with the Symphony
Copland’s Appalachian Spring, Peer Gynt, and Beethoven 2!
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 15, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony and Music Director Robert Moody will end the 2015-2016 Classics Series with a spring finale featuring Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring: Suite alongside Peer Gynt: Suite No. 1, op. 46, by Edvard Grieg; Pomp and Circumstance No. 1, op. 39, by Edward Elgar; and Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, op. 36 in D Major.