Winston-Salem Symphony to Present Plugged-In Pops Concert The Music of David Bowie

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (MARCH 26, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, joined by the Jeans ‘n Classics Band featuring singer Jean Meilleur, will present an evening honoring the music of David Bowie on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Under the baton of Maestra Jessica Morel, the Symphony and the Jeans ‘n Classics Band will present a concert spanning Bowie’s diverse repertoire, including classics such as “Space Oddity,” “Rebel Rebel,” “Fame,” “Let’s Dance,” “Modern Love,” and many more!

The Music of David Bowie will take place at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Tickets range from $20– $67 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSsymphony.org.

The Symphony and Bookmarks will host David Bowie Trivia Night Tuesday, April 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Footnote, 634 W. Fourth St., Ste. 120. Gather your trivia team and test your knowledge on all things Bowie, including a special “Name That Tune” round featuring live music from Symphony musicians. Learn more about the David Bowie Book Club and the books that inspired the rock genius. Come dressed in your Bowie-inspired gear and enter to win fun door prizes, enjoy drink specials, and more. David Bowie Trivia Night is free and open to the public. Visit wssymphony.org/event/david-bowie-trivia-night for details.

Jean Meilleur has been a headliner with Jeans ’n Classics for over 20 years. In that time, he has performed with scores of major North American orchestras, lending his distinctive voice to some of the greatest popular music of our time. Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Meilleur was born and remains a Green Bay Packer fanatic. He moved to Detroit, Michigan at a young age. Living in the Motor City helped shape his penchant for the Motown, Soul, and R&B sounds of the early ’70s. Meilleur is a prolific songwriter who has been performing professionally for over 30 years. His singing voice

can best be described as passionate and provocative, with a robust timbre that is immediately recognizable. His voice stands as a true original. Meilleur’s voice has been heard over the years on many national radio and television jingles and advertisements. He was recently chosen as the Canadian voice of Jim Beam Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey.

For 20 years, Peter Brennan’s Jeans ’n Classics’ approach to combining world-class rock musicians and symphonies has been a game changer for orchestras in their quest to attract new and more expansive audiences. Jeans ’n Classics is a group of musicians who understand orchestra culture and are committed to help in the building of younger, loyal audiences for symphony orchestras across North America. While most definitely not a tribute act, Jeans ’n Classics faithfully interprets the music of legendary rock and pop albums and artists, with their own special and signature flair. Jeans ’n Classics works with over 100 orchestras in venues throughout North America, and has created almost 1,000 original rock and pop orchestrations which are presented across 45 unique and exciting productions. For more information, visit jeansnclassics.com.

The Music of David Bowie concert is sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsors BB&T and Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.; Plugged-in Pops Series Presenting Sponsor BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina; Guest Artist Sponsor Carolina’s Vineyards and Hops; and the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council. Media Sponsors include Fairway Outdoor Advertising and WXII 12.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, began its 71st season, which is Music Director Robert Moody’s Farewell Season, in September 2017. Under the baton of Maestro Moody, the season includes the Classics and Kicked-Back Classics series, Plugged-In Pops series, Discovery Concerts for Kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah, 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. 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 WSsymphony.org.

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