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Celebrate New Year’s Eve with the
Winston-Salem Symphony at
“Sinatra Centennial” Plugged-In Pops Concert

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (December 10, 2015) – Ring out the old and sing in the new with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody Music Director, at its annual Plugged-In Pops New Year’s Eve concert. This year’s concert is a tribute to Old Blue Eyes—Frank Sinatra—himself, whose was born 100 years ago on December 12, 1915.

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Handel’s Messiah,
Winston-Salem Symphony’s
Annual Holiday Classic
Set for December 15 and 16

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (NOVEMBER 9, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual performance of Handel’s Messiah will take place on Tuesday, December 15 and Wednesday, December 16. Widely regarded as music’s most powerful message of faith, this is the Symphony’s ninth year performing what has become a Triad holiday favorite.

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Kickoff the Holiday Season at
Winston-Salem Symphony’s
Carolina Christmas Spectacular!

Celebrate the joy and magic of the holiday season at the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Carolina Christmas Spectacular! With Robert Moody, Music Director, as the conductor and master of ceremonies, these concerts have quickly become a Triad holiday tradition. Perfect for the whole family, Carolina Christmas Spectacular! is a great way to kick off the holiday season.

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Selections From Noted American Composers
to Accompany Mahler’s Fourth Symphony

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (NOVEMBER 3, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony and Music Director Robert Moody will present two Classics Series concerts featuring Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 4 in G Major, alongside Rusty Air in Carolina and Knoxville: Summer of 1915, op. 24l by American composers Mason Bates and Samuel Barber. All three pieces celebrate aspects of childhood memories or visions. Guest artist soprano Kathryn Mueller will join the symphony for the Mahler and Barber.

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Arts and Medicine Combine
for New Triad Orchestra

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – (Aug. 7, 2015)The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center are teaming up to provide a new creative outlet for medical professionals. The Triad Area Medical Orchestra brings dedicated medical professionals together to use their musical talents.

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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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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

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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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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


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


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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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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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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Coming Soon:
The Winston-Salem Symphony, March 2106

Beethoven’s Ninth

October 15, 16, & 18, 2016

Robert Moody, conductor
Christina Major, soprano
Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano
Vale Rideout, tenor
Soloman Howard, bass
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director
UNCSA Cantata Singers
Dr. Nathan Zullinger, director

Mason BATES Ode
BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, “Choral”

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