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Program Notes: Mahler and More!

The fourth of Mahler’s nine completed symphonies was begun in the summer of 1899 and completed the next year. It received its first performance on November 25, 1901 in Munich where it met with vicious attacks from the audience. Its Viennese premiere occurred in 1902. On that occasion the audience was deeply divided between opponents and enthusiasts.

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Opening Weekend // September 2015

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, op. 35 Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky was born on May 7, 1840 in Votinsk, Russia and died on November 6, 1893 in Saint Petersburg. He remains one of the most popular composers of

All Mozart // October 2015


This program by the Winston-Salem Symphony presents three different instrumental compositions that range chronologically from 1772 to 1786, and geographically from Salzburg to Prague. The Divertimento in D Major, K. 131 represents the kind of light party fare that was popular in aristocratic homes of wealthy citizens and patrons of Mozart’s native Salzburg.

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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

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.

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Powerful Opera

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.

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Brahms' First

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.

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An Evening With
Yo-Yo Ma

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

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.”

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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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