Winston-Salem Symphony Announces 2015-2016 Season

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On Sunday the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, announced its 2015-2016 season. A season that looks to be eclectic and accessible to all audiences.  The upcoming season includes a memorable selection of Classics concerts, Plugged-In Pops concerts, and Discovery Concerts for Kids that includes a live recreation of what many critics consider the greatest album of all time.

“For my 11th season as Music Director, I couldn’t be more thrilled with the programming,” said Maestro Robert Moody. “We continue to be adventurous, encompassing of a ‘thread-of-connection’ between works, and fully dedicated to creating the most exciting live-music experiences. This will be a phenomenal season, and I can’t wait for the concerts!”

Kicked-Back Classics concerts are full-length but with a more informal atmosphere and include educational insights from the conductor. After each Kicked-Back concert, patrons can join the Maestro, guest artists, and members of the orchestra for Brews with Bob at a convenient downtown location.  Classics and Kicked-Back Classics events will be held at the Stevens Center of UNC School of the Arts.

Opening Weekend—Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
September 12, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (Kicked-Back)
September 13, 2015 at 3 p.m.
September 15, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Lara St. John, violin

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

All Mozart
October 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (Kicked-Back)
October 4, 2015 at 3 p.m.
October 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Edwin Outwater, conductor
John Hammarback, oboe

Mozart Divertimento K. 131

Mozart Oboe Concerto
Mozart Symphony No. 38—Prague

gustav mahler
gustav mahler

Mahler & More
November 15, 2015 at 3 p.m.
November 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Kathryn Mueller, soprano

Bates Rusty Air in Carolina
Barber Knoxville: Summer of 1915
Mahler Symphony No. 4

Rachmaninoff’s Third
January 9, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Kicked-Back)
January 10, 2016 at 3 p.m.
January 12, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Andrew von Oeyen, piano

Rimsky Korsakov Russian Easter Overture
Rachmaninoff Third Piano Concerto
Stravinksy Petrouchka

Brahms’ Beloved Requiem
March 6, 2016 at 3 p.m.
March 8, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Twyla Robinson, soprano
Philip Cutlip, baritone
Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale
Winston-Salem State University Chorale, D’walla Simmons-Burke, director

Bach/Stokowski Komm süsser Tod
Forrest In Paradisum
Brahms Requiem

Peer Gynt, plus Beethoven!
April 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. (Kicked-Back)
April 3, 2016 at 3 p.m.
April 5, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor

Grieg Peer Gynt Suite
Copland Appalachian Spring
Beethoven Symphony No. 2

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pet sounds

Plugged-In Pops Series

Plugged-In Pops Concerts will be held at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium.

Pops Divas—A 1960s Tribute
October 30, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor
Andrea Dora, Emily Drennan, Saycon Sengbloh, guest vocalists

Enjoy hits from female superstars like Aretha Franklin, Carole King, the Supremes, Tina Turner, Shirley Bassey, Karen Carpenter, and more. Enjoy solid gold hits of the sensational divas of the 60s.


Carolina Christmas Spectacular—with Cirque!

November 28, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

November 29, 2015 at 2 p.m.


Robert Moody, conductor and host

Cirque de la Symphonie, aerial acrobats

Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale

The Triad’s favorite holiday tradition will be back back—and this year features the return of Cirque de la Symphonie! Celebrate the magic of the holiday season with family and friends. Robert Moody leads carols, classic holiday pieces, and more as Cirque’s aerial acrobats leave you breathless.



New Year’s Eve – Frank Sinatra Centennial!

December 31, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor

Steve Lippia, guest vocalist

Ring out the old and swing in the new at a centennial salute to Ol’ Blue Eyes—Frank Sinatra. The Winston-Salem Symphony is joined by Steve Lippia as he brings the vocal styling of Sinatra to life. It will take you back to a time when a great voice and great songs came together to create magic.


A Salute to Elvis!

February 13, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Robert Moody, conductor

Terry Mike Jeffery, guest vocalist

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the songs of the King, Elvis Presley. Graceland’s favorite tribute artist, Terry Mike Jeffery will present an astonishing tribute to Presley. Bring your special someone and enjoy such hits as Love Me Tender, Return to Sender, Are You Lonesome Tonight, Can’t Help Falling in Love, and more.


The Beach Boys Sound—“Pet Sounds” Turns 50!

April 16, 2016 at 7:30pm

Jeffrey Reed, conductor

Guest vocalists
The perfect California harmonies and all the good vibrations will be present in this 50th anniversary tribute for what many consider the greatest rock album of all time. Jeff Reed returns to Winston-Salem to recreate the music of the Beach Boys. Relive hit after hit of the quintessential California band.

star wars
star wars

Discovery Concert for Kids Series

Discovery Concert for Kids Concerts will be held at the R.J. Reynolds Auditorium.

Pre-concert activities precede every Discovery Concert and include hands-on fun for children as well as an instrument petting zoo. Please note that all dates and programs are subject to change.

October 31, 2015 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m. for pre-concert activities)

Stephen Mulligan, conductor
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, guest artists

Halloween fun for young ghosts and goblins

Peter & the Wolf
February 28, 2016 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m. for pre-concert activities)

Stephen Mulligan, conductor
Winston-Salem Festival Ballet, guest artists

The classic musical tale will delight children.

Star Wars
April 17, 2016 at 3 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m. for pre-concert activities)

Stephen Mulligan, conductor

Existing subscribers can renew their subscriptions as soon as renewal packages arrive in the mail, which should be around January 28. Those interested in becoming new subscribers will be able to do so beginning March 23. Subscriptions can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336/464-0145 or online HERE. Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale in the early summer.

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