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?”
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.
Stephen Mulligan Named Assistant Conductor
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.”
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.
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.”
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.
The WSS Instrument Petting Zoo!
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!
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.
WSS Featured at 2013 Sealy/Fox 8 Holiday Concert
The Winston-Salem Symphony will perform at the Sealy/Fox 8 Holiday Pops Concert, playing a variety of holiday favorites including a selection of songs from beloved holiday movies, Sleigh Ride, a carol sing-along and much more!
Kathryn Mueller, soprano
Described as a singer “who thoroughly captures the imagination” by the Albuquerque Journal, soprano Kathryn Mueller has also been praised by San Francisco Classical Voice for her “lovely tone and easy agility.” Her frequent solo concert engagements across the United States include appearances with American Bach Soloists, the Washington Bach Consort, Phoenix Symphony, Miami’s Firebird Orchestra, Atlanta’s New Trinity Baroque, and Chicago’s Ars Antigua.
Daniel Stein, tenor
Tenor Daniel C. Stein, whose voice has been described as “ringing” and “warm and flexible”, began the 2013-14 season performing excerpts from Serenade for Tenor, Horn, and Strings (Britten) in a concert celebrating the centennial of the composers birth. He followed with performances of Messiah (Handel) and excerpts from La Bohème (Puccini) with the Winston-Salem Symphony.
Troy Cook, baritone
American baritone Troy Cook recently debuted with Hamburgische Staatsoper as Marcello in La bohème, where he also performed his first Ford in Falstaff in the spring of 2010, and with the Royal Opera, Covent Garden as Guglielmo in Così fan tutte. The 2013-2014 season also brought performances as Riccardo in Boston Lyric Opera’s I puritani, Marcello in La bohème with Pittsburgh Opera and North Carolina Opera, and the Marquis de la Force in Poulenc’s Dialogues des Carmélites with Opera Theatre of St. Louis.
Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 4 and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 Featuring Guest Pianist Myron Brown
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 24, 2013) – As part of its Classics Series, the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, is presenting a concert series featuring Siegfried Idyll, by Richard Wagner; Concerto for Piano No. 19 in F Major, k. 459, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; and Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major, op. 60, by Ludwig van Beethoven.
The Winston-Salem Symphony Celebrates Veterans Day with
The U.S. Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club
The United States Naval Academy Men’s Glee Club, under the direction of Dr. Aaron Smith, has achieved national prominence as one of America’s premier men’s choral ensembles. The 65 voices of the Men’s Glee Club, who have thrilled audiences throughout the world, will perform a wide variety of rousing and moving works.
Winston-Salem Symphony to Perform Headcase
The Winston-Salem Symphony’s October Classics concert series is entitled “Behind the Genius: Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik” and will feature several significant pieces highlighting the brilliance and fragility of creative genius.
Symphony Chorale to hold Open Auditions
The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale is holding open auditions on Monday, August 26 at 6 p.m. at the Symphony’s offices at 201 N. Broad Street in Winston-Salem. All voice parts are welcome, and the auditions are low-pressure!
For audition details, visit the Chorale’s audition page.
Casie Hammons Joins the WSS as Development Manager
The Winston-Salem Symphony has hired Casie Hammons as Development Manager, who will join the Symphony August 5. Prior to joining the Symphony, Hammons worked for Experiment in Self-Reliance, and had a multi-year career with Blue Cross Blue Shield of NC.
WSS Appoints New Education Position
The Winston-Salem Symphony has hired Jessica Munch-Dittmar as its first full-time education & community engagement director. Prior to joining the Symphony, Munch-Dittmar served as volunteer & program coordinator for the Creative & Performing Arts Program at the Salvation Army of Savannah, Georgia.
Symphony Receives $1.6M Bequest
The Winston-Salem Symphony is grateful to announce the receipt of a historic gift to its endowment. Jeanne (“Jan”) N. Hill, a passionate Winston-Salem Symphony patron who died on February 19, 2012 at the age of 52, provided a bequest to the Winston-Salem Symphony of more than $1,600,000.