Winston-Salem Symphony Announces 2016-2017
70th Anniversary Season!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (March 7, 2016) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, announced its 2016-2017 season on Friday, March 4. The upcoming season is the 70th anniversary season for the Symphony and includes a memorable selection of Classics concerts, Plugged-In Pops concerts, plus a special gala concert featuring celebrated pianist André Watts.

Existing subscribers can renew their subscriptions now through April 18th by mail or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145. Those interested in becoming new subscribers can purchase subscriptions online now at or by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145. Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale in early August. Subscribers will have exclusive V.I.P. access to tickets for the André Watts gala concert before they are made available to the general public in August.

“The programming for the Symphony’s 70th anniversary season is exciting and dynamic,” said Maestro Robert Moody. “I can’t wait for audiences to experience the concerts as we continue to introduce new and adventurous music as well as present timeless, beloved classics. We are dedicated to creating magical live-music experiences for our audiences and this season will be no exception! You won’t want to miss our Gala Season opening with renowned pianist André Watts. ”

The Symphony will be releasing information regarding the 2016-2017 Discovery Concerts for Kids and other special concerts in late spring. Visit for the latest information on concerts and activities.

The Symphony is proud to announce that Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. have confirmed their support as a season presenting sponsor for the 70th anniversary season.

Opening Gala Concert—70th Anniversary Celebration

Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
R.J. Reynolds Auditorium,
301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.

Robert Moody, conductor
André Watts, piano

BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture (*Played at 1946 First Concert)
BIZET/SEREBRIER Carmen Symphony in 12 Scenes
BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2

Classics & Kicked-Back Classics* Series

*Kicked-Back Classics concerts are full-length but with a more informal atmosphere and include educational insights from the conductor.

Classics and Kicked-Back Classics Concerts Location:
Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts
405 W. Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.


Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director

BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 (Choral)


Sunday, November 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Mark Stringer, guest conductor
Dan Skidmore, violin · Simon Ertz, viola

SCHUBERT Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)
BRITTEN Double Concerto (Violin and Viola)
MOZART Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)


Saturday, January 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, January 8, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
D.J. Sparr, guest artist

SIBELIUS Symphony No. 5
SPARR Violet Bond: Concerto for Electric Guitar
DVOŘÁK Symphony No. 9 (From the New World)


Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Charles Yang, violin

WILLIAMS “Dartmoor, 1912” from War Horse
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto


Sunday, April 2, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Elizabeth Bishop, mezzo-soprano
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director
Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, Dr. Sonja Sepulveda, Artistic Director

STRAUSS Also sprach Zarathustra (as featured in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey)


Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.*
Sunday, May 21, 2017 at 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Conrad Tao, piano

STRAVINSKY The Firebird: Suite (1945)
TAO The World is Very Different Now
PROKOFIEV Piano Concerto No. 3

Plugged-In Pops Series

Plugged-In Pops Concerts Location:
R.J. Reynolds Auditorium
301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.


Saturday, October 29, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Doc Severinsen, trumpet

HEEERE’s DOC! Enjoy the swinging sounds of big band jazz as special guest Doc Severinsen joins Robert Moody and the Winston-Salem Symphony. Bandleader of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson for over 30 years, Doc will bring his trumpet, style, and flair to Reynolds Auditorium for a night of incredible music!


Saturday, November 26, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, November 27, 2016 at 2:00 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, Dr. Christopher Gilliam, director
Cirque de la Symphonie, guest performers

Following last year’s sold-out run, Cirque de la Symphonie returns as part of A Carolina Christmas to deliver aerial and acrobatic artistry and family fun for the holidays. Celebrate the sounds of the season, complete with carols, holiday magic, and even a visit from Santa! Purchase your tickets early for the hottest holiday show in the Triad!


Saturday, December 31, 2016 at 8:00 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Rhiannon Giddens, guest artist

Greensboro native Rhiannon Giddens, best known as singer, violinist, and banjo player for the Grammy-award winning Carolina Chocolate Drops, comes home to the Piedmont to ring in the New Year for a special night of bluegrass, folk, and jazz standards! Fresh off her Grammy-award nomination for her solo recording debut album, Tomorrow Is My Turn, and 2016 induction into the N.C. Music Hall of Fame, Rhiannon joins the Symphony for an exclusive hometown concert not to be missed.


Saturday, February 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Mulligan, assistant conductor
Jeans ‘N Classics Band, guest artists

The Winston-Salem Symphony, joined by the Jeans ‘n Classics Band, presents an evening celebrating the life and music of the King of Pop, Michael Jackson! Paying tribute to Michael’s long and celebrated career, we will take you back to the earliest Jackson 5 hits and solo hits from Off The Wall, Thriller, and Bad.


Saturday, April 22, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Stephen Mulligan, assistant conductor
Classical Mystery Tour, guest artists

Beatlemania returns to Winston-Salem as the Classical Mystery Tour joins the Symphony to celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ groundbreaking album, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Spanning The Beatles’ vast catalog, expect to hear classic Beatles’ songs such as “Yesterday”, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”, “A Day in the Life”, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” “Penny Lane,” and “Let It Be” plus many more. Sgt. Pepper never sounded so good!

Please note that all dates and programs are subject to change.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 69th season in September 2015 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information, visit

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