Cirque de la Symphonie Returns for the
Winston-Salem Symphony’s A Carolina Christmas!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (OCTOBER 30, 2018) – 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.

A Carolina Christmas! includes a selection of popular and traditional holiday music including It’s Christmas Time, The Christmas Song, Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, “Waltz of the Flowers” from The Nutcracker, a Christmas Sing-Along, and more. In addition, members of Cirque de la Symphonie will thrill audiences with their daring, dazzling, and beautiful acrobatic feats all choreographed to music.

A Carolina Christmas! is a perfect start to the holiday season,” Dr. Jessica Morel said. “I am excited to be leading these concerts this year because they present the best of the holidays with their combination of upbeat carols and songs and moving spiritual music. I’m particularly excited to have the incredible acrobatic artists from Cirque de la Symphonie back this year. Their high-flying, aerial act is always a thrill. And I know you’ll love hearing beloved local celebrity Lanie Pope from WXII News as our emcee. And yes, there will be a visit from Santa Claus!”

This is the sixth season for the Winston-Salem Symphony’s A Carolina Christmas! Concerts will take place on Saturday, November 24 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 25 at 2 p.m. at historic Reynolds Auditorium, located at 301 North Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.

Tickets start at an affordable $20 for adults and $16 for children ages 2–12 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at Groups of ten or more receive a 20% discount off the ticket price.

A Carolina Christmas! is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual Toy Drive partnership with The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem. Concert goers to all Symphony concerts during the month of November are encouraged to donate new, unopened toys for children up to age 12 at the concerts. The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem’s annual Christmas Program.

Cirque de la Symphonie brings the magic of cirque to the orchestra hall. Each performance is an elegant adaptation of some of the most amazing cirque acts, perfectly choreographed to classical masterpieces and performed by accomplished veterans including world record holders, gold medal winners of international competitions, Olympians, and some of the most original talent ever seen. Fusing the power and majesty of the live orchestra with the best of cirque artistry, Cirque de la Symphonie is the only cirque company in the world that performs exclusively with symphony orchestras. Over one hundred orchestras worldwide have featured Cirque de la Symphonie in sold-out venues, adding energy and excitement to the concert experience. Join them on Facebook and explore their website for images, video, schedule, reviews, and more:

This concert and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsors BB&T and Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.; Presenting Sponsor Village Tavern; Guest Artist Sponsor BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina; as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council. Media Sponsors include Fairway Outdoor Advertising and WXII 12.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, began its 72nd season in October 2018. The season will include performances featuring the five finalists for the Music Director position. Each candidate will conduct a pair of Classics Series concerts, and attendees will have a chance to play a role in the selection process. In addition, the 2018–2019 season will include a Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids series, an annual performance of Handel’s Messiah, the Concert for Community featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs, including the newest offering, the P.L.A.Y. (Piedmont Learning Academy for Youth) Music program providing, primarily to under-served youth, instrumental music instruction and more. The Symphony is supported by Season Presenting Sponsors BB&T and Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A., as well as generous funding from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, the North Carolina Arts Council, and other dedicated sponsors. For more information, visit

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This project was supported by the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.

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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.