Erin Heisel, soprano
Soprano Erin Heisel’s performances have been described as “brave, vivid” (The New York Times) and “clear, flute-like…beautiful” (Daily Hampshire Gazette, MA). In New York City, she has performed at the Cornelia Street Café with the Composer’s Collaborative series “Serial Underground,”…
Clara O'Brien, mezzo-soprano
Clara O’Brien’s international career began when she was awarded the Sonderpreis des Badischen Staatstheaters; a prize created specially for her at the 1st International Coloratura Competition, Sylvia Geszty in Stuttgart, Germany. She has appeared on such international stages as Chicago,…
Robert Bracey, Tenor
Robert Bracey has performed throughout the United States and made appearances in Canada, Russia, Europe, India, and Japan. He was awarded first place in the Oratorio Society of New York’s Annual International Solo Competition at Carnegie Hall. He returned to…
Join the Winston-Salem Symphony for their Discovery Concert for Kids The Mozart Experience
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 29, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting a Discovery Concert for Kids on Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 3 p.m. highlighting Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. The concert, entitled “The Mozart Experience,” will take place at Reynolds Auditorium…
Winston-Salem Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 26, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, announced its 2015-2016 season yesterday. The upcoming season includes a memorable selection of Classics concerts, Plugged-In Pops concerts, and Discovery Concerts for Kids. Existing subscribers can renew…
Robert Moody to Lead Another Three Seasons with the WSS
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 20, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony announced that it has negotiated a new contract with music director Robert Moody. Currently in his tenth season, Maestro Moody will continue as music director of the Winston-Salem Symphony for an…
Celebrate Valentine Romance with Storm Large
and the Winston-Salem Symphony
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 19, 2015) – Join the Winston-Salem Symphony for a romantic Plugged-In Pops! Valentine’s Day concert featuring dynamic vocalist Storm Large. Large and the Symphony will perform songs of love from a variety of genres ranging from jazz…
A Night in Vienna
Joseph Haydn was one of the most fortunate composers of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries in that, starting in 1761, he enjoyed the steady patronage of the wealthy and powerful Esterhazy family of Hungarian Princes, for whom he composed an astonishing large number of compositions.
Christina Pier, Soprano
American soprano Christina Pier has been hailed by Opera News for her “big, gleaming soprano and impressive coloratura”, and has received great critical and audience acclaim for her work on opera and concert stages. In the 2013-14 season Ms. Pier made her highly-anticipated role debut in the title role of Ariadne auf Naxos with Virginia Opera.
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
American mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop has been praised by Opera News for her “gorgeous voice” and is in equal demand for both opera and concert performances across the country. With a “burgundy mezzo-soprano” the Washington Post describes as “a rich well of color and emotion,” audiences and critics alike recognize her as one of this country’s predominant singing actresses.
Eric Barry, Tenor
Spanish-American tenor Eric Barry is “making an impressive mark” on opera and concert stages “with a clear timbre, evenness of projection and exceptional sensitivity”. (Opera News) His recent performances of Tom Rakewell in The Rake’s Progress at Wolf Trap Opera brought him remarkable critical and public acclaim.
Philip Cutlip, Bass-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.
Symphony Has Partnered with the Salvation Army
The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, has partnered with the Salvation Army to assist them with their Angel Tree Toy Drive. Through the drive, the Salvation Army provides toys to underprivileged children in our area.
Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform
Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites
This haunting and beautiful opera, depicting the communion and courage of Carmelite nuns facing fierce persecution during the French Revolution, is not performed often, making this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience this remarkable piece of music.
How can an individual keep faith in the face of a society that has lost its moral compass? This question lies at the very heart of Poulenc’s opera. Hindemith’s opera Mathis der Mahler addressed a similar question, but is rarely performed in its entirety. Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, on the other hand, has gained a regular foothold on opera stages (and concert halls) throughout the world.
The four symphonies of Johannes Brahms stand as monuments to Beethoven. No composer of symphonies after Beethoven could escape the shadow of his nine masterpieces. Mendelssohn’s solution to the problem was to circumvent them by returning to a Mozartian ideal. Robert Schumann struggled consciously to measure up by attempting to synthesize a historical perspective with novel innovations.
An Evening With
Heitor Villa-Lobos “Embolada” from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 1 Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos was born in Rio de Janeiro on March 5, 1887 and died there on November 17, 1959. He has been recognized as the most important composer of 20th-century…
The WSS Encourages Education
What is the role of music in educating our nation’s students? Today’s educational culture places a high value on quantifying academic achievement. Gauging student progress and learning is clearly important, but the true mission of education lies in shaping the students behind the scores, and “bubble tests” can only measure so much.
WSS to Perform Brahms’ First Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, will present Classics Series concerts featuring Johannes Brahms’ Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, op. 68, as well as Dmitri Shostakovich’s Overture Festivo, op. 96. Guest artists Brooks Whitehouse, cello, and Paul Sharpe, bass, (also known as Low and Lower) will perform with the Symphony for the world premiere of Lawrence Dillon’s Katabasis for solo cello, solo bass and orchestra.
Opening Weekend 2014/15!
Prokofiev’s magnificent Fifth Symphony is undoubtedly the finest of his seven efforts in the genre. The work was characterized by its composer as “the culmination of a long period of my creative life…a symphony of the grandeur of the human spirit…praising the free and happy man—his strength, his generosity, and the purity of his soul.”
Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano
Hailed by The New York Times as “bright, active, and fastidiously musical,” and by Opera News as having “a golden sound,” Sarah Jane McMahon is recognized for her “beautiful vocal sophistication” and “sparkling stage presence.” Recently, Sarah Jane sang a Gala concert opposite Placido Domingo and made her debut with The San Francisco Symphony.