Hank, Pattie & The Current

Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians join forces with some of the Triangle area’s most versatile musicians to create modern, American, acoustic music featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. The band is on tour

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WFMY News 2 // Jan 7, 2018


Joe

Robert Franz, one of our five finalist-candidates for Music Director, was asked to tell us a unique story that shaped who he is. This was his thoughtful, eloquent, and deeply respectful response. Every once in a while someone comes into

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Join the Winston-Salem Symphony for a New Year’s Eve Celebration

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (DECEMBER 13, 2018) – Ring in the New Year with the Winston-Salem Symphony and dynamic guest conductor Sarah Hicks and enjoy an evening of beloved Viennese waltzes, upbeat standards, and other on-stage festivities. Guest soprano Jennifer Youngs will

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Winston-Salem Symphony Presents Robert Franz

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (DECEMBER 11, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2018–2019 season promises to be thrilling as five brilliant conductors vie for the role of Music Director. On Sunday, January 6 and Tuesday, January 8, 2019, Robert Franz, a University of

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John Buffett, baritone

John Buffett, baritone

Baritone John Buffett, praised by the Salt Lake Tribune for his “warm tone and ringing top notes,” has sung with the symphonies of Utah, San Antonio, and Syracuse, the Rochester Philharmonic, Apollo’s Fire, the Mark Morris Dance Group, Seraphic Fire, The Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bach Collegium San Diego, the Charlotte Bach Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, the LA Master Chorale, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Cleveland Orchestra, and Ars Lyrica.

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Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano

Clara Osowski, mezzo-soprano

Mezzo-soprano Clara Osowski, who sings “from inside the music with unaffected purity and sincerity” (UK Telegraph), is an active soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and Europe. Recognized for her excellence in Minnesota, Clara was a recipient of the prestigious 2018-2019 McKnight Artist Fellowships for Musicians administered by MacPhail Center for Music. In international competition with pianist Tyler Wottrich in March of 2017, Clara became the first ever American prize winner when she placed second at Thomas Quasthoff’s International Das Lied Competition in Heidelberg, Germany.

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Patrick Muehleise, tenor

Patrick Muehleise, tenor

Praised for his “real musicality and finely executed coloratura,” Patrick Muehleise is an acclaimed American tenor specializing in a wide variety of concert soloist repertoire and known for his “beautiful, evenly produced lyric tenor” and “pure tone.” In 2016, Mr. Muehleise was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the Best Choral Performance category for his collaboration on True Concord’s album Far In The Heavens: Choral Music of Stephen Paulus which won the award for Best Classical Contemporary Composition.

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What’s a Melodica?

A melodica.

We’re playing Missy Mazzoli’s These Worlds in Us with conductor-finalist Timothy Myers on this week’s Classics Series concerts. On a recent commute into Winston-Salem, I remembered that I had another Mazzoli piece at hand, one played by the incredible chamber

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Cirque Returns for A Carolina Christmas!

Cirque de la Symphonie is returning this year to deliver acrobatic artistry and family fun as part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s beloved Triad holiday tradition; A Carolina Christmas! With Jessica Morel as the conductor and WXII 12 News’ Lanie Pope as master of ceremonies, A Carolina Christmas! is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. The concerts take place the weekend after Thanksgiving on Saturday, November 24 and Sunday, November 25.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras Present Fall Extravaganza Concert

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 29, 2018) –The Winston-Salem Youth Orchestras program will perform their Fall Extravaganza Concert on Monday, November 5 at 7 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place in the Stevens Center of UNCSA located at 405 West Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus Presents a Concert Entitled Heaven to Earth—A Journey

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 22, 2018)—The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus under the direction of Dr. Christopher Gilliam with the Winston-Salem Symphony Chamber Orchestra will present a concert featuring Aaron Copland’s well-known and treasured “The Promise of Living” (from The Tender Land), Ola Gjeilo’s ethereal Sunrise Mass, and Jake Runestad’s powerful Proud Music of the Storm. The concert will take place on Friday, November 16 at 7:30 p.m. in Centenary United Methodist Church at 646 West 5th Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

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Winston-Salem Symphony Presents The Second Music Director Candidate Concerts

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 18, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2018–2019 season promises to be thrilling as five brilliant conductors vie for the role of Music Director. On Sunday, November 4 and Tuesday, November 6, meet candidate Timothy Myers as he

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The Search for a New Music Director

5 Conductors

The entire Music Director Search process could be compared to a four-movement Symphony, in and of itself—Opus 5, in our case, as the successful candidate will become the fifth Music Director in the Winston-Salem Symphony’s 72-year history.

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Winston-Salem Symphony to Open 2018–2019 Season

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (SEPTEMBER 24, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Symphony’s 2018–2019 season promises to be thrilling as five brilliant conductors vie for the role of Music Director. The season opens when the first candidate, Vladimir Kulenovic (pronounced “koo-LEN-o-vich”), takes the podium on Sunday, October 14 and Tuesday, October 16 for a dynamic program featuring C.M. Weber’s magical Overture to Der Freischütz (“The Magic Bullet”); Dmitri Shostakovich’s riveting Cello Concerto No. 1 with award-winning guest cellist Julian Schwarz; and Johannes Brahms’ dramatic Symphony No. 3.

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November 4 & 6, 2018

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky remains one of the most popular composers of all time, beloved especially for his symphonies, ballets, and concertos. His Symphony no. 6 was composed between February and August 1893, the final year of his life, and received its first performance in St. Petersburg on 28 October of that year.


Our Candidates’ Favorite Recordings

Record Player

“What are the five minutes or so — longer than a moment, shorter than a symphony — that you’d play for a friend to convince them to fall in love with classical music?” New York Times music writer Zachary Woolfe

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October 14 & 16, 2018

Weber’s 1821 opera, Der Freischütz, quickly became the standard that defined German Romantic Opera. Supernatural events, a rural landscape (the forest), religiosity, an alienated hero, and, above all, redemptive love are its primary ingredients. It is safe to say that without Weber’s model, the operatic achievements of Richard Wagner later in the nineteenth century would have been unthinkable. Beloved by the German people—but not to the exclusion of other nationalities—Der Freischütz is a work whose plot (based on Germanic folklore) and musical attributes were admired by not only Wagner, but also by the Frenchman Berlioz and many others.

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Mandolin Orange

Mandolin Orange

Released Sept. 30, 2016 on Yep Roc Records, Blindfaller builds on the acclaim of Mandolin Orange’s breakthrough debut on the label, 2013’s This Side of Jordan, and its follow-up, last year’s Such Jubilee. Since then they’ve steadily picked up speed and fans they’ve earned from long stretches on the road, including appearances at Austin City Limits, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, and Pickathon. It’s been an auspicious journey for a pair who casually met at a bluegrass jam session in 2009.

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Steven Moeckel, violin

Steven Moeckel

Violinist Steven Moeckel’s effortless virtuosity, vivid characterization and uncanny ability to capture the very essence of a work have been hailed by critics worldwide. As concerto soloist, recitalist and chamber musician, his ability to engage audiences in an astounding range of repertoire distinguishes him as one of the most versatile young musicians of today.

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Clara Yang, piano

Clara Yang

Praised by Fanfare as “a first-rate pianist who isn’t afraid of challenges,” Chinese-American Pianist Clara Yang has performed in notable venues such as Weill Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Forbidden City Concert Hall (Beijing), Remonstrantse Kerk (The Netherlands), the Seymour Centre (Sydney, Australia),…

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