The WSS Celebrates Valentine’s Day

with The Music of the Carpenters—and More!
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 14, 2014) – Celebrate romance with the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, on Valentine’s Day at a Plugged-In Pops! concert featuring songs of love from the 60s and 70s. The performance will take place on Friday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $15– $62 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at

Under the baton of guest conductor Jeffrey Reed with guest artists, The Rewinders, the Symphony will remind you what love is all about with hits from The Carpenters, Stevie Wonder, Chicago, Bread, Barbra Streisand, and more. From We’ve Only Just Begun to You Are the Sunshine of My Life, Can’t Take My Eyes of You, Power of Love, Happy Together, Daydream Believer, and many more, you will be able to cap off Valentine’s Day by enjoying music that shaped a generation.

“This concert is a perfect way to celebrate love,” said Maestro Moody. “You’ll recognize all these classic hits from the magical 60s and 70s. Many of you grew up listening to incredible performances by Chicago, Donna Summer, The Carpenters, and others who will be featured that night. This concert is a once-in-lifetime opportunity to hear live performances of cherished music that has stood the test of time.”

Guest conductor, Jeffrey Reed, is the founder, music director, and conductor of Orchestra Kentucky, and also serves as music director of the North Charleston Pops. Reed is known for his unorthodox method of combining classical and popular music on the same program. In October 2012, music legend Neil Sedaka invited him to conduct a concert with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Albert Hall in London, England. The concert featured the European premieres of Sedaka’s symphonic works, Joie de Vivre and Manhattan Intermezzo.

Reed made his European conducting debut in 2003 with the St. Petersburg (Russia) State Symphony and the St. Petersburg Orchestra of Popular Classical Music. In 2006, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013, he guest conducted the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and the Piccolo Spoleto Festival Orchestra in the grand finales of the City of Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In 2007, Reed had the honor of being the first American to conduct the Busan Sinfonietta of Busan, South Korea. He is a 2008 recipient of the Jefferson Award for outstanding public service.

Born in Goshen, Indiana, Reed holds a Master’s degree in conducting from the University of Iowa, where he studied with James Dixon and Myron Welch. He is also a graduate of the University of Louisville, where he studied trumpet with Leon Rapier and conducting with James Livingston, both of the Louisville Orchestra.

The music of Motown, The Beatles, and the 70s have one common link, The Rewinders. Since the group was founded in 2001, they have performed “record copies” of hits from the 60s and 70s for thousands of people. Band members were hand-picked by Jeffrey Reed in preparation for the Bowling Green orchestra’s first concert of Beatles music. The group has performed with the Charleston Symphony Orchestra as the headliner in the finale of the nationally-renowned Piccolo Spoleto Festival. According to festival director, Ellen Moryl, “Countless people who attended have sent comments and notes saying it was the very best Piccolo Spoleto Finale in the history of the festival.” The band is comprised of nine members bringing diverse musical backgrounds.

This concert and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Plugged-in Pops Co-Presenting Sponsors BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina and Novant Health, Concert Sponsor Carolina’s Vineyards and Hops, as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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

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.