Winston-Salem Symphony Classic Series Presents Valentine’s Weekend Music for Lovers

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (January 8, 2013) – As part of its Classics Series, the Winston-Salem Symphony will present a concert featuring music for lovers in the days preceding Valentine’s Day. A beautiful concert is the perfect way to celebrate your valentine!

Conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director, the Symphony will perform 20th century composer Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2, op. 30 (Romantic). They also will play Maurice Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé.

The concerts will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10 at 3:00 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center of UNCSA at 405 W. Fourth Street. Tickets range from $15 – $62 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online.

Howard Hanson (1896-1981) was an American composer, conductor, and educator. He is perhaps best known as the founding director of the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester. He composed his “Romantic” Symphony in 1930. Hanson was a great admirer of romantic composers Grieg and Sibelius and their influence can be heard in his music. Hanson’s symphony is an accessible and audience-pleasing work, emotionally engaging the listener.

Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, a ballet in one act based on the Greek myth, is considered by many to be his greatest work. His passionate depiction of this classic love story through music has captivated hearts since its debut. Poetry, seduction and love all play out in this magical tale.

The Sat., Feb. 9 performance is part of the Kicked-Back Classics Series. These concerts are one hour, without intermission and include a more informal atmosphere with educational insights from Maestro Moody. This concert will include Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé, but will not include the Hanson piece. After each Kicked-Back concert, concert-goers can join the Maestro and members of the orchestra for Brews with Bob at a location that will be announced from the stage.

These concerts and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Classics Series Co-Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A and Forsyth Medical Center; Kicked-Back Classics Presenting Sponsors Michael Morykwas and Christine Thornton; concert sponsor, Anonymous; 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.