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 perform.
The Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concert is part of the Pops series and will take place Monday, December 31 at 8 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $20 to $67 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSsymphony.org.
The concert will be conducted by Sarah Hicks, an internationally acclaimed guest pops conductor who crosses the line between classical and popular music through her innovative concert programming and collaborations. The evening will feature toe-tapping numbers and timeless classics such as five of Johann Strauss’ beloved waltzes, including On the Beautiful Blue Danube; favorite Broadway selections from My Fair Lady, Carousel, Singin’ in the Rain, and Bernstein’s On the Town; spicy tangos like Piazzolla’s Oblivion…and much more!
The Symphony’s New Year’s Eve concerts are always a festive and fun way to ring in the New Year. Guests are offered party hats, noise makers, and other party favors to ensure a spirited evening.
Noted in The New York Times as part of “a new wave of female conductors in their late 20’s through early 40’s,” guest conductor Sarah Hicks’ versatile and vibrant musicianship has secured her place in “the next generation of up-and-coming American conductors.” Since October of 2009, she has been Principal Conductor of Orchestra Live with the Minnesota Orchestra where she has been instrumental in creating new Pops productions while also heading the innovative classical series, “Inside the Classics.” Throughout her career she has collaborated with diverse artists, from Jamie Laredo and Hilary Hahn to Josh Groban and Smokey Robinson. During the summer of 2011, she was on a two-month tour with Sting as conductor of the final leg of his Symphonicities Tour. Sarah Hicks was born in Tokyo, Japan and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii. Trained on both the piano and the viola, she was a prizewinning pianist by her early teens. She received her BA magna cum laude from Harvard University in composition. She holds an Artists’ Degree in conducting from the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with the late renowned pedagogue Otto-Werner Mueller. For more information, please visit sarahhicksconductor.com.
The New Year’s Eve Pops concert is sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. and BB&T; Symphony Unbound Sponsor Chris & Mike Morykwas; the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council; and media sponsors WXII12 and Fairway Outdoor Advertising.
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 WSsymphony.org.