Ode to Joy:
Beethoven’s Ninth

October 15, 16, & 18, 2016
Stevens Center of the UNCSA

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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”

Photo: © J Farley Photography

Tickets from $20 plus tax

Single tickets to these concerts available Monday, August 15.

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Stevens Center of the UNCSA
Kicked-Back Classics: Orchestra Level only

Saturday, Oct 15
7:30 p.m.
Kicked-Back Classics Series

Sunday, Oct 16
3:00 p.m.
Classics Series

Tuesday, Oct 18
7:30 p.m.
Classics Series

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405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

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Musical Morning

Saturday, Oct 8, 2016 at 10 a.m.
SalemTowne Retirement Community
190 Moravian Way Dr., Winston-Salem

Lively and informative preconcert program with guests from the Symphony. Free to the public, with light refreshments served.

Reservations required. Please contact Andreas Nasser via email to make a reservation!


Music Lovers’ Luncheon

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at noon
1703 Restaurant
1703 Robinhood Rd., Winston-Salem

Fun and informative preconcert lunch with Maestro Moody and special guest speaker, Wake Forest University musicologist and WSS program notes author Dr. David Levy—a respected world authority on Beethoven. Complete with a fantastic lunch from 1703!

$20 per person.
Reservations required: (336) 464-0145

The WSS in rehearsal, January 2015

Student Night!

Friday, Oct 14, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St., Winston-Salem

The Winston-Salem Symphony invites students to take part in FREE, open rehearsal Student Nights at the Stevens Center of UNC School of the Arts! Tickets are required for attendance. RSVP by Friday, October 7.

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Christina Major

Christina Major, soprano

American Soprano Christina Major is a rising star, known for her sumptuous and agile “Italianate sound”. In Opera News, she was hailed as being a “sensitive actress” who “provided the highest emotional stakes of the evening.” The Dallas Morning News has acknowledged her as the “…standout, alternating fire and subtler warmth with touching, real emotional depths.”

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Stephanie Foley Davis

Stephanie Foley Davis, mezzo-soprano

Stephanie Foley Davis was praised by The New York Times in her Glimmerglass Festival debut as “a poised, touching Ma Moss” and Opera News said she was “a loving, careworn Ma, warm of voice and presence.” And Cleveland Classical said, “…Foley Davis and Culver were terrific in their singing and in delineating their sadness” about her recent role debut of Charlotte in Nightingale Opera Theatre’s production of Werther.

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Vale Rideout

Vale Rideout, tenor

American tenor Vale Rideout has garnered critical acclaim for his musical artistry and superb stagecraft throughout the United States and Europe. Possessed of both a beautiful instrument and an ability to consistently deliver passionate, energetic performances, he is equally in demand for leading tenor roles from the standard repertory to contemporary works.

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Soloman Howard

Soloman Howard, bass

A recent graduate of Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Soloman Howard is garnering superlatives from the press for his vivid performances on the opera and concert stages.  His voice is called “sonorous” by The New York Times, “superhuman” by The Denver Post, and “spectacular” by Maryland Theatre Guide.

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On YouTube

Robert Moody leads the 2011 Arizona MusicFest Orchestra and Chorus, with soloists Christina Major, Rita Litchfield, John McVeigh, and Troy Cook, in the finale of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Winston-Salem Symphony musicians present in the orchestra include Corine Brouwer, Paul Sharpe, and Anita Cirba.

On Record

Beethoven 9 CD cover image

Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Winston-Salem Symphony / Robert Moody
© 2009 Winston-Salem Symphony Assoc., Inc.


In Print

Bookcover for Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony by David Levy
Beethoven: The Ninth Symphony
David B. Levy
© 2003, Yale University Press

WSS program notes author David B. Levy sets the scene with a brief survey of nineteenth-century Germanic culture and society, then analyzes the Ninth symphony in detail with special emphasis on the famous choral finale.


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