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October 2019

The Rite of Spring

Sunday, Oct 27, 2019 // 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019 // 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Famous for inciting a riot at its 1913 premiere due to its cutting-edge sound, Stravinsky’s Rite represents “the mystery and great surge of creative power of Spring.” Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon’s Low Brass Concerto has been called a “wonderfully accessible, richly melodic new work — one propelled by exhilarating rhythms, vibrant orchestral color, and an ingenious use of strings, woodwinds and percussion” (Chicago Sun-Times). Opening the program is Mozart’s “Haffner” Symphony, a staggering work of energy and invention. MOZART…

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November 2019

Swan Lake

Sunday, Nov 17, 2019 // 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2019 // 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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A wicked sorcerer has transformed princess Odette into a bird in Tchaikovsky’s beloved ballet Swan Lake; the composer’s sweet melodies and vibrant orchestral colors have made this suite an enduring favorite. Listen for more musical stories in Mendelssohn’s Overture, which conjures Shakespeare’s fairies and lovers. Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto puts his youth and vigor on display — Rach was merely 17 when he began to compose it.

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January 2020

Béla Fleck

Saturday, Jan 11, 2020 // 7:30 pm
Sunday, Jan 12, 2020 // 3:00 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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Banjo legend Béla Fleck has earned 14 Grammy Awards for his work across bluegrass, country, jazz, folk and more. In these can’t-miss concerts, Fleck joins the orchestra to perform his Second Banjo Concerto — named for Fleck’s son Juno, this striking concerto shines a light on an instrument rarely experienced in a classical setting. Beginning the program are two familiar favorites by Copland, as well as a work by Winston-Salem’s own Kenneth Frazelle, inspired by childhood memories of a joyride on New Year's Eve.

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March 2020

Sibelius Violin Concerto

Sunday, Mar 8, 2020 // 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Mar 10, 2020 // 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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It was Sibelius’ “dearest wish” and “overriding ambition” to become an esteemed violin star — instead, he ultimately composed one of the most treasured pieces in violin repertoire. Sibelius’ Violin Concerto, performed here by the masterful Rachel Barton Pine, balances substance with pyrotechnics. The first half of the program features two rivers: Schumann’s "Rhenish" symphony was inspired by a happy vacation along Germany’s Rhine, while Smetana’s Moldau winds its way through Prague.

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April 2020

Beethoven Celebration

Sunday, Apr 5, 2020 // 3:00 pm
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020 // 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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250 years ago Ludwig van Beethoven was born — within a few years, he would change the very face of music. As part of a global celebration of this revolutionary composer, WSS presents an all-Beethoven concert in his honor. The world immediately took notice of Beethoven’s First Symphony, a genre-changing masterpiece which marked a graduation from his education under Mozart and Haydn. This birthday party begins with the overture to his only opera, Fidelio, and culminates in his tranquil Mass in C, featuring the WSS Symphony Chorus.

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May 2020

Wagner’s Ring

Sunday, May 3, 2020 // 3:00 pm
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 // 7:30 pm
Stevens Center of the UNCSA
405 W. Fourth St.
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
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We close the season with selections from Wagner’s Ring Cycle, one of the most massively ambitious contributions to opera ever witnessed. Close your eyes and experience the Norse mythology that so inspired Wagner’s music, including goddesses, dwarves, giants, and his iconic Valkyries. Composer Lukas Foss called his Renaissance Concerto, which features a solo flute, “a handshake across the centuries.” Hector Berlioz also looked to the Renaissance when writing his vivid Roman Carnival Overture, which opens this program.

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The Winston-Salem Symphony receives operational funding from The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County

Educational initiatives made possible with funding by Wells Fargo, The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County and The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Schools.