Winston-Salem Symphony
Kicks off its 2015-2016 Season
Discovery Concerts for Kids
with a Halloween Concert!

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (October 12, 2015) – The Winston-Salem Symphony is presenting its first Discovery Concerts for Kids performance of the 2015-2016 season on Saturday, October 31, 2015 at 3 p.m. This concert is sure to delight young ghosts and goblins with Halloween themed music of past and present and will take place at Reynolds Auditorium at 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.

Single tickets for Discovery concerts are $7 for children, ages three to 12 (age two and under, free) and $18 for adults. Subscriptions to all three Discovery concerts are $15 for children and $36 for adults. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336.464.0145 or online at

There’s no better place to celebrate Halloween than with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Winston-Salem Symphony Assistant Conductor Stephen Mulligan will conduct the afternoon concert full of musical delights. From tolling bells to ghostly woodwinds, screeching strings to belching brass, the symphony orchestra was made to thrill audiences. He will be joined by members of the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, who will be on hand to enchant and enthrall young concert-goers. There are sure to be some treats as well as a few tricks and don’t forget to come in costume.

As always, the doors will open at 2 p.m., an hour before performance time, for a variety of child-friendly pre-concert events. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in a Day of the Dead crafts and activities, take part in a drum circle, learn the steps to Michael Jackson’s Thriller, learn to perform a variety of circus acts, and more! They also will be able to hold, play, and learn about instruments at an instrument petting zoo. Pre-concert activities are included in the price of the concert ticket. Discovery Concert for Kids pre-concert activities partners include Tam Tam Mandingue, the UNCSA Arch program, Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital, Wake Forest Museum of Anthropology, and the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet.

Additional Discovery Concerts for Kids in the 2015-2016 season include:


Peter and the Wolf

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 p.m.)
Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University
Stephen Mulligan, conductor

The Winston-Salem Symphony and Winston-Salem Festival Ballet will tell Prokofiev’s timeless tale about a brave boy, his grandpa, and their quirky animal companions. Each character is represented by a different instrument and melody, from the bird’s flourishing flute to the grandpa’s grumpy bassoon, creating a classic that listeners of all ages will remember for the rest of their lives.


Star Wars

Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. (pre-concert activities begin at 2:00 p.m.)
Reynolds Auditorium
Stephen Mulligan, conductor

The Symphony celebrates the premiere of Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens with a concert of music from throughout the saga, written by one of America’s most celebrated living composers, John Williams. The music from Star Wars is some of the most beloved in the history of film music, including the Main Theme, the Imperial March, and the Duel of the Fates. The Winston-Salem Symphony will be joined by members of the Carolina Garrison of the 501st Legion of officially-sanctioned Star Wars re-enactors.

These concerts and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Discovery Concerts for Kids Presenting Sponsor Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital and Founding Sponsor Jeanne Hill as well as by the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 69th season in September 2015 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the performance season includes a Classics Series, a Plugged-In Pops Series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, a special concert in May 2016 featuring Tony- and Emmy-award winning comedian Martin Short, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. 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.