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Winston-Salem Symphony has announced its 2022-23 concert season.

As the symphony seeks a new conductor, the concert series will serve as a trial run for the six finalist candidates. Each finalist will conduct two Classic Series concerts.

The finalists are: Andrew Grams, Paul Haas, Vladimir Kulenovic, Stilian Kirov, Vinay Parameswaran and Michelle Merrill.

Classics Series

The Classics Series programs will be held at the Stevens Center at UNC School of the Arts, 405 W. Fourth St. in downtown Winston-Salem. Here is the program :

7:30 p.m. September 17 and 3 p.m. September 18: “Mendelssohn’s Muse”, Andrew Grams, conductor and Simone Porter, violin. Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 3, 1st movement; Felix Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto; and Modeste Moussorgski – “Pictures at an Exhibition” (arr. Ravel).

7:30 p.m. October 8 and 3 p.m. October 9: “Still Points and Turning Worlds”, Paul Haas, conductor, and Awadagin Pratt, piano. Ludwig van Beethoven – Overture “Coriolanus”; Jessie Montgomery – “Rounds”, for piano and strings; and Sergei Prokofiev – Symphony No. 5

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7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 and 3 p.m. Nov. 13: “Concerto (R)Evolution”, Vladimir Kulenovic, conductor, and Julian Schwarz, cello. Prix ​​Florence – Concert Overture #, Joseph Haydn – Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major and Béla Bartók – Concerto for Orchestra.

7:30 p.m. January 7 and 3 p.m. January 8, 2023: “Innovators and Legends”, Stilian Kirov, conductor, and Terrence Wilson, piano. Ruth Crawford Seeger – Andante for Strings, Ludwig van Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1 and Sergei Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2.

7:30 p.m. March 4 and 3 p.m. March 5: “Music of the Homelands,” Vinay Parameswaran, conductor, and Lara St. John, violin. Jean Sibelius – Finlandia, Antonín Dvořák – Violin Concerto and Witold Lutoslawski – Concerto for Orchestra.

7:30 p.m. May 20 and 3 p.m. May 21: “Of Feasts and Gods,” Michelle Merrill, conductor, and Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus. Gustav Holst – The Planets and William Walton – Belshazzar’s Feast.

Bursting Music Series

The Music That Pops series programs will be held at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. Here is the program :

7:30 p.m. Nov. 26 and 3 p.m. Nov. 27: “Caroline’s Christmas with the Cirque!” Karen Ní Bhroin, conductor, and Cirque de la Symphonie, guest artists. Cirque aerial acrobats perform stunning death-defying routines above the Symphony.

7:30 p.m. February 4: “In the Air Tonight: Symphonic Genesis and Phil Collins. Stuart Chafetz is the conductor. Highlights of the show include “Follow You Follow Me”, “Abacab”, “I Missed Again”, “Turn It On Again”, “Sussudio”, “One More Night”, “Take Me Home”, “Two Hearts” and the iconic “In the air tonight”.

7:30 p.m. April 15: “REM explored with Mike Mills and Robert McDuffie”. REM founding member Mike Mills joins the Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestra for a symphonic evening exploring the music of indie-turned-mega-rock band REM. The concert will also feature the Concerto for Rock Band, Violin and String Orchestra, which Mills composed for the violinist. and longtime friend Robert McDuffie.

7:30 p.m. May 8: “The Music of Star Wars,” a musical evening by legendary composer John Williams. The concert will feature music from all three Star Wars trilogies.


West End Mambo will kick off the Summer Parks Concert Series at 5pm on June 5 at Tanglewood Park, 4061 Clemmons Road, Clemmons.

Food and beverages from local vendors and food trucks will be available for purchase. Additionally, community members and arts organizations will have booths in the parks, and all six concerts will include free arts activities for children sponsored by Publix Charities.

Concerts and parking are free.

Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs and can bring a picnic or frequent on-site food trucks. Refreshments such as water, beer, and wine are available, with all proceeds going to the Arts Council of Winston-Salem & Forsyth County. No outside alcohol is allowed.

The series is a collaborative presentation of Forsyth County Government and the Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council.

“We are grateful for the continued partnership and support of Forsyth County that allows us to bring these concerts to our entire community,” said Chase Law, President and CEO of the Arts Council, in a press release. . “This family concert series offers something for everyone. We are certain that this year will be our best year yet!

Doors will open at 4 p.m. The concerts will begin at 5 p.m.



Winston-Salem Theater Alliance will present “Cabaret” at 650 W. Sixth St., Winston-Salem.

Decadent nightlife meets dangerous times at Berlin’s alluring Kit Kat Klub in the classic Broadway musical. Cliff Bradshaw, a young American writer newly arrived in Berlin, falls in love with cabaret singer Sally Bowles. Their romance sizzles amid the backstage culture of cabaret and the tumultuous atmosphere of pre-Nazi Germany.

Performances will take place at 8 p.m. on May 27-28 and June 3-4 and at 2 p.m. on May 29 and June 5.

Tickets are $19-$21 at



Salem Band continues its 250th anniversary season with a summer concert series at Salem Square, 649 S. Main St., Winston-Salem.

7:30 p.m. May 27: “Vision”

7:30 p.m. June 18: Combined concert with Bethlehem, Pa., Municipal Band

7:30 p.m. July 4: “Stars & Stripes” with Winston-Salem Pops Chorus. Pre-concert music will be at 6:45 p.m. (rainy date July 5

7:30 p.m. July 19: “Trombone mania!” with commissioned composition, trombone soloist Erik Salzwedel and Community Trombone Ensemble. Pre-concert music will be at 6:45 p.m. (rain date July 22)

7:30 p.m. August 9: Salem Band Alumni Concert with singer Mignon Dobbins (rain date August 12)

The concerts are free. Bring chairs or blankets. Food vendors will be on site.

Open day

The official launch of Culture, a studio/gallery space will take place on June 4 from noon to 7 p.m. at the Liberty Plaza Building, 102 W. Third St. No. 470 in downtown Winston-Salem.

An exhibition of work by local photographers will be presented. The event will also feature spoken word poetry and refreshments by Admission is free.


Triple S Productions will present Triad Live at 4 p.m. on June 4 at the PGBC Family Life Center & Corporate Office, 4633 Grove Garden Drive, Winston-Salem.

The event will include comedy, music and food.

The performers will be Carlos BigLos Massey, Chris Mound and DJ Triple S.

Tickets are $15 for general admission and $20 for reserved seating on, search for “Triad Live.”

Art exhibition

The Winston-Salem and Forsyth County Arts Council will host the interactive exhibit “Mediums in Motion” – a dynamic and engaging exhibit featuring local artist and designer Affee Vickers through June 11 at the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts, 251 N Spruce St, Winston-Salem.

After a long career in manufacturing, construction and music, Vickers founded Affee’s Art Design in 1990. He uses his creative ingenuity in glass, acrylic, oil, stainless steel, titanium and abstract art. “Mediums in Motion” is the culmination of Vickers’ passion for seeing art in all aspects of life.

“As a self-taught artist, I have honed my craft through life experience and creative expression in the world around me,” Vickers said.


The Yadkin Arts Council will present “Let There Be Light!” – An exhibition of stained glass by Michael Isley until June 24 at the Welborn Gallery at the Yadkin Cultural Arts Center at 226 E. Main St., Yadkinville.

Light is the catalyst that brings stained glass to life. Any stained glass window can be beautiful, but it takes on a different personality when light shines through its different colors, textures and shapes.

Isley and her husband of 22 years live in Winston Salem with their three Maltese rescue dogs. Originally from the Greensboro area, Isley found his affinity for stained glass in the windows of local churches, as well as churches and cathedrals in Western Europe and Havana, Cuba. He took classes at the Sawtooth School for Visual Art in Winston-Salem. He learned to draw patterns, choose colors and textures of glass, as well as cut, grind, solder and the other steps necessary to create stained glass.

Isley also plays piano and organ and has sung in several choirs over the years. Gardening is another hobby.


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