Winston-Salem Festival Ballet

Winston-Salem Festival Ballet is a professional dance company under the direction of founder and artistic director, Gary Taylor, committed to excellence in the performing arts and providing extraordinary performances that are accessible and enjoyable.

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Jeffrey Reed, conductor

Jeffrey Reed

Reed has been bringing back the memories as music director of the acclaimed Orchestra Kentucky. His concert presentations are singularly authentic, recreating the soundtracks of pop music’s greatest decades.

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Terry Mike Jeffrey

Terry Mike Jeffrey in A Salute to ELVIS!

Veteran singer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Terry Mike Jeffrey began singing on stages at the age of 3. Fronting his own band since the early ‘70’s, he has performed all over the planet. A unique entertainer singing musical styles from most genres all of his life, Terry Mike is especially known world-wide for his presentation of Elvis Presley’s music.

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Steve Lippia

Steve Lippia in Sinatra Centennial

Steve Lippia has become one of popular music’s most prominent, in-demand vocalists and has quickly established his place among the finest interpreters of “standards” and traditional pop music in the nation. Lippia’s youthful, energetic talent, and powerful show creates a perfect blend of “classic” with “today.”

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Cirque de la Symphonie

Aerial acrobat from Cirque de la Symphonie

Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the orchestra hall. Each performance an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts, perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces and performed by accomplished veterans including world record holders, gold-medal winners of international competitions, Olympians, and some of the most original talent ever seen.

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Divas of the 60s

The Apollo Theatre, Harlem

Vocalists Ta’Rea Campbell, Andrea Dora, and Emily Drennan have been featured on Broadway and on television in recent years. Their new, high-impact show, Divas of the 60s brings the hits of Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Tina Turner, and more to the symphony pops stage!

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Twyla Robinson, soprano

twyla robinson | Photo: Kristin Hoebermann |CAMI

Twyla Robinson’s incisive musicianship, ravishing vocal beauty, and dramatic delivery have taken her to the leading concert halls and opera stages of Europe and North America. She has been heard in performance with the London Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Berlin Staatskapelle, The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others.

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Philip Cutlip, baritone

Philip Cutlip, baritone

Philip Cutlip has garnered consistent critical acclaim for his performances across North America and Europe. Established on both concert and opera stages, he has performed with a distinguished list of conductors that includes Nicholas McGegan, Yves Abel, Miguel Harth-Bedoya, Gerard Schwarz, and Donald Runnicles. His appearance as Joseph De Rocher in Heggie’s Dead Man Walking,with Joyce DiDonato and Frederica von Stade for Houston Grand Opera, has been released on Virgin Records.

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Edwin Outwater, conductor

Edwin Outwater

Edwin Outwater is Music Director of Ontario’s Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony (KWS), Director of Summer Concerts at the San Francisco Symphony, and regularly guest conducts the Chicago and New World Symphonies. Equally at home interpreting canonical masterworks, premiering new commissions, and creating truly innovative, audience-building programming initiatives, the American conductor is, as San Francisco Classical Voice recently observed, “headed for a top-tier future.”

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Lara St. John, violin

Lara St. John

Canadian-born violinist Lara St. John has been described as “something of a phenomenon” by The Strad and a “high-powered soloist” by the New York Times. She has performed as soloist with the orchestras of Cleveland, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, the Boston Pops, Toronto {…}

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Winston-Salem Symphony Appoints
Dr. Christopher Gilliam
as Symphony Chorale Director

Christopher Gilliam

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 9, 2015) — The Winston-Salem Symphony announced today the appointment of Dr. Christopher Gilliam to the positon of Symphony Chorale Director, effective immediately. Dr. Gilliam was selected following a national search. He replaces Dr. Carole Ott who is departing to focus on expanding responsibilities at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

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Robert Moody Appearing in Five Points'
Celebrity Chef Series

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (May 30, 2015) This Thursday, Maestro Moody trades Chef d’Orchestre for Chef de Cuisine when he appears as Guest Chef in Five Points’ Celebrity Chef Series! Enjoy a special menu and suggested wine pairings selected by “Chef Bob,” with 15% of proceeds benefitting the Winston-salem Symphony.

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Mahler’s First

Gustav Mahler, c. 1889

Anton Bruckner: Psalm 150, WAB 38 Austrian composer Anton Bruckner was born in Ansfelden, near Linz on September 4, 1824 and died in Vienna on October 11, 1896. A near contemporary of Johannes Brahms, Bruckner emerged as one of the

Chelsea Bonagura, soprano

A native of Rochester, New York, Chelsea Bonagura’s voice has been described as “beautifully warm and rich.” She has performed with regional companies including Opera Roanoke and Greensboro Opera Company. She placed Second in the Rosen-Schaffel Competition in 2013 and in 2011 placed Second in the Opera Guild of Charlotte Voice Competition. That same year she made her Charlotte Symphony début as a soloist under the direction of Maestro Warren-Green.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale Concert March 22

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 6, 2015) — The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale will present a concert on March 21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Dr. Carole Ott is retiring at the end of the 2014-2015 season as Chorale Director and this performance is her final occasion to conduct the Chorale.

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Join the Winston-Salem Symphony for their Discovery Concert for Kids Get Up and Groove!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 5, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a Discovery Concert for Kids on Sunday, March 22, 2015 at 3 p.m. featuring the dynamic organ/drum duo, the Sugar Free Allstars. The concert, entitled “Get Up and Groove!,” will take place at Reynolds Auditorium at 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale and Winston-Salem Youth Chorus Seek Choral/Artistic Directors

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 3, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale and Winston-Salem Youth Chorus today jointly announce searches for artistic leaders as follows: the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale seeks a part-time Symphony Chorale Director and the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus seeks a part-time Artistic Director.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Names 
2014-2015 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Winners

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (FEBRUARY 27, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony has announced the winners of the 2014-2015 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition. Pianist Kiffen Loomis and violinist Brian Lin will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Concert for Community on March 14, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus.

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Celebrated Comedian and Actor Martin Short
to Perform with 
Winston-Salem Symphony in May 2016
One Night Only!

The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a special concert, “An Evening with Martin Short,” on Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.. This one-night-only event is a unique opportunity to experience this popular and versatile comedian, actor, and singer.

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Music In Our Schools Month


Music In Our Schools Month – March 2015 – is a perfect time to get involved and do your part to ensure that America’s students have access to a comprehensive, sequential music education taught by exemplary music educators! The WSS will collaborate all month long via an extensive social media campaign, educational opportunities, and our annual Education Concerts for fifth graders in our local school systems.

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Lewis Moore, bass-baritone

Lewis Moore, bass-baritone, has appeared as soloist from the Triangle to the coast. His solo appearances include performances of Messiah, The Creation, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Beethoven’s Mass in C Major, Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors and the

Coming Soon:
The Winston-Salem Symphony, March 2106

Beethoven’s Ninth

October 15, 16, & 18, 2016

Robert Moody leads the orchestra, Symphony Chorale, UNCSA Cantata Singers, and star soloists in one of music’s most enduring testaments of peace. Mason Bates’ Ode, written as a preface to Beethoven’s work, opens the program.

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