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

Christina Pier, Soprano

Chirstina 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.

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Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano

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.

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Eric Barry, Tenor

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.

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Philip Cutlip, Bass-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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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.

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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.

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The WSS Encourages Education
To Be

Broader Minded.

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.

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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.

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Sarah Jane McMahon, soprano

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.

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Low and Lower

Low and Lower

Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and Bassist Paul Sharpe are “Low and Lower,” America’s #1-selling cello/bass duo. This ensemble’s performances are a mash-up of artistry, virtuosity, and satire. Low and Lower has developed a whole new genre in answer to the question, “Cello and bass…seriously?”

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Travis Creed Joins the WSS as Artistic Operations Director

The Winston-Salem Symphony today announced the engagement of Mr. James Travis Creed as its new Artistic Operations Director effective August 1, 2014. A native of Surry County, North Carolina, Mr. Creed has spent the past 13 years behind the scenes at hundreds of productions all over the state. He joins the Winston-Salem from the North Carolina Symphony in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he served most recently as Director of Operations.

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Stephen Mulligan Named Assistant Conductor

Stephen Mulligan

The Winston-Salem Symphony today announced the engagement of Mr. Stephen Mulligan as its new Assistant Conductor effective August, 2014. Mr. Mulligan was selected from a very competitive field of nearly 100 worldwide applicants. Mr. Mulligan shared, “I am truly honored and excited to be joining the Winston-Salem Symphony. I have been so inspired by the warmth and enthusiasm of the entire community, and I cannot wait to move to Winston-Salem, connect with everyone, and share great music together.”

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Winston-Salem Symphony Names
Diane Shelton Volunteer of the Year


This award is given annually to a member of the Encore Society who best exemplifies the spirit of volunteer support of the Symphony.
Shelton was nominated by her fellow Encore members for her involvement with the Discovery Concerts for Kids series during the 2013-2014 season.

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Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform Gershwin and Ravel

As the final Classics concert of the 2013-2014 season, the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, will perform a concert highlighting early 20th century masterpieces by George Gershwin and Maurice Ravel. “Gershwin and Ravel admired and were influenced by each other’s music,” said Maestro Moody. “The impact of each composer on the other’s work is clearly evident in their music.”

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Winston-Salem Symphony Names 
2013-2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Winners

The Winston-Salem Symphony has announced the winners of the 2013-2014 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition. First Prize Winner, pianist Ryan Jung and Second Prize Winner, organist Ray Hawkins will perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony at the Concert for Community, which will be held on March 22, 2014, at 3:00 p.m. in Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. The concert is free and open to the public.

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The WSS Instrument Petting Zoo!

A child plays a violin during Discovery Concert lobby activities

The Winston-Salem Symphony’s new and exciting Instrument Petting Zoo travels to area classrooms, community events and WS Symphony performances to give both children and adults the opportunity to see and hear the different instruments of the orchestra – up close and personal!

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WSS to Perform Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JANUARY 14, 2014) – As part of its Classics Series, the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, is kicking of its Spring portion of the 2013-2014 season with an exciting concert series featuring Orli Shaham, an internationally acclaimed

The WSS Celebrates Valentine’s Day

Under the baton of guest conductor Jeffrey Reed with guest artists, The Rewinders, the Symphony will remind you what love is all about with hits from The Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Bread, Barbra Streisand, and more.

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Coming Soon:
Doc Severinsen

Doc Severinsen

Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm
Doc Severinsen, trumpet
Robert Moody, conductor

HEEERE’s DOC! Enjoy the swinging sounds of big band jazz as special guest Doc Severinsen joins Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Bandleader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for over 30 years, Doc will bring his trumpet, style, and air to Reynolds Auditorium for a night of incredible music!

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