Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic, and Premiere Strings Present Free Fall Extravaganza Concert

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (NOVEMBER 9, 2016) –The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras—comprised of the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony, Youth Philharmonic, and Premiere Strings—will perform a free concert on Monday, November 14, 2016 at 7 p.m. at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA), 405 W. Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem.

This concert is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual Toy Drive partnership with The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem. Concert goers to all Symphony concerts during the month of November are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 at the concerts. The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem’s annual Christmas Program.

“All three ensembles in the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Youth Orchestra program are an inspiring group of motivated student musicians,” said Morel. “They are eager and excited to perform their first program of the year at the Stevens Center, and we hope that the community will come out to support them!”

The Youth Symphony, under the baton of Morel will perform the Overture to The Magic Flute, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart; Fantaisie for Flute and Orchestra, by Georges Adolphe Hüe;  and Symphonic Dances, Op. 64, by Edvard Grieg. Flutist Dayna Hagstedt will be the featured soloist. Hagstedt is a senior in the high school program at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

The Youth Philharmonic, under the direction of Margaret Rehder, will present El Relicario by José Padilla; Chaconne and March by Art Sheinberg; Nocturne (from a Midsummer Night’s Dream) by Felix Mendelssohn; and Bacchanale from Samson and Delilah by Camille Saint-Saëns.

The Premiere Strings, led by Fabrice Dharamraj, will perform Country Fiddle by Johann Sebastian Bach; Evening Prayer by Engelbert Humperdinck; and Dance of the Tumblers by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

In addition, auditions for the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony will be held on Sunday, November 20 between 2 and 4 p.m. at R. J. Reynolds High School at 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. To arrange for an audition time, please email Jessica Morel, Assistant Conductor for the Winston-Salem Symphony and Director of the Youth Symphony, at or Charley Bryant, Education and Operations Manager for the Symphony, at


About the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras

The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony and includes about 130 student musicians. The Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Orchestras are currently comprised of two full orchestras and a string orchestra for aspiring musicians in the first through twelfth grades: the Premiere Strings, led by Fabrice Dharamraj, is a strings ensemble for young musicians; the Youth Philharmonic, led by Margaret Rehder, is a full orchestra for intermediate level students; and the Youth Symphony, led by Jessica Morel, is a full orchestra for advanced students. Both full orchestras consist of 50 to 75 members and perform several public concerts annually as well as occasional concerts for special audiences. For more information, visit


About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony, one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras, began its 70th anniversary performance season in September 2016. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, the season includes a special 70th anniversary opening gala concert, 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 Sponsor, Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. and 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.