Winston-Salem Symphony Presents a Free Concert for Community March 16

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (FEBRUARY 19, 2013) – The Winston-Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will present a Concert for Community on March 16, 2013 at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University (WFU) campus.

The Concert for Community is being presented in partnership with the Institute for Public Engagement of Wake Forest University and is sponsored by The Montgomery/Tucker Charitable Fund.

Although the concert is free and tickets are not required, if you would like to ensure a seat please visit to reserve your ticket.

On the day of the concert from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., the community is invited to dine at Red Hot and Blue at 613 Deacon Boulevard and show support for the Winston-Salem Symphony.  When diners mention the Concert for Community, a portion of their transaction will be donated to the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras.

“The Concert for Community is our gift to the community,” said Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “It is always a fantastic concert. It is definitely one of my favorite concerts of the season. It is a unique opportunity to hear remarkable music beautifully performed by professional musicians and tomorrow’s stars all for free.”

Both Maestri Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and Matthew Troy, Associate Conductor, will conduct portions of the Concert for Community, which features the combined symphonies, totaling approximately 150 musicians, joining together to open and close the concert.

The concert opens with Maestro Troy conducting the combined symphonies as they perform the Four Sea Interludes, op. 33a from Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes, considered by many to be one of the greatest English operas ever written.  Next, the Winston-Salem Symphony will perform with the two winners of the 2013 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search. The junior winner, 10-year-old pianist Kevin Xu, will play the first movement of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Piano Concerto in A K. 488. Chamber Thomas Loomis, the senior winner, is 19 years old and will perform Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat Major by Franz Liszt. The combined symphonies, under the baton of Maestro Moody, will conclude the concert with Háry János: Suite, by Zoltán Kodály. This piece incorporates Hungarian folk music into a classical setting and begins with a “musical sneeze” (Hungarian superstition decrees that if a statement is followed by a sneeze from one of the listeners, the sneeze confirms that the statement is true).

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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.