Symphony Launches New Series Symphony Unbound
First Concert to Feature Up and Coming Duo Mandolin Orange

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (August 1, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is launching Symphony Unbound, a new music series that is a break from the traditions and norms of classical music. The Winston-Salem Symphony is taking music out of the concert hall and into the community while joining forces with some of hottest up-and-coming acts in various genres. The first installment will feature members of the Winston-Salem Symphony alongside Chapel Hill’s Mandolin Orange in Winston-Salem’s new, cutting-edge music venue, The Ramkat. Symphony Unbound: Mandolin Orange will take place on Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8 p.m.

Tickets start at $26 and can be purchased beginning August 10 at 10 a.m. (EST) by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at

Symphony Unbound: Mandolin Orange will kick-off with Symphony musicians performing Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring in its original setting for 13 instruments—an iconic, instantly-recognizable, and beloved piece. Afterwards, the Symphony musicians will join the audience while Mandolin Orange takes the stage to play some of their most well-known tunes. To round out the evening, Symphony musicians will return to the stage with Mandolin Orange for some of the band’s favorite songs, featuring orchestral arrangements by renowned composer and guitar guru, D. J. Sparr. Symphony Unbound: Mandolin Orange will be an evening of music and camaraderie that will offer a truly unique musical experience.

Mandolin Orange, an Americana/folk duo, was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Comprised of songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar), Mandolin Orange performs modern American roots music, combining folk, country, bluegrass, gospel, and pop. Showcasing their virtuosic musicianship and tight vocal harmonies, Mandolin Orange has toured throughout the United States and Europe to high acclaim. Appearances include Austin City Limits, South-by-Southwest, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Newport Folk Festival, Pickathon, and Merlefest. They have produced five albums, the most recent being Blindfaller.

“The musical tapestry of Blindfaller is delicately woven with lush threads of acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, violin and pedal steel, all ever-present without ever overplaying. However, it’s the vocal interplay of Frantz and Marlin that is the band’s most distinctive calling card. Opening track ‘Hey Stranger’ crystallizes all of Mandolin Orange’s unique qualities into one three-and-a-half minute heart punch that both soothes and aches.”—Rolling Stone, “40 Best Country Albums of 2016”

“Mandolin Orange has been quietly gathering local and faraway fans since its debut album was released back in 2010. The North Carolina duo’s music—laced with bluegrass, country and folk—is often wistful and contemplative without being somber, and always firmly grounded in the South.”—WNYC Soundcheck

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About the Winston-Salem Symphony
The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, begins 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.

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.