News and Notes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Take it to the Limit with the Winston-Salem Symphony!
The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting “Take it to the Limit: The Music of the Eagles,” as part of its Plugged-in Pops Series. The performance will take place on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium.
Winston-Salem Symphony Names 2012-2013 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search Winners
The Winston-Salem Symphony has announced the winners of the 2012-2013 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search competition. The winner of the junior division, for students ages eight to 12, is pianist Kevin Xu, age 10, of Cary. The first place winner of the senior division for ages 13 through senior year of high school is Chambers Thomas Loomis, a pianist from Asheville.