For the sixth year in a row, the Winston-Salem Symphony will perform Handel’s Messiah during December. Widely regarded as music’s most affecting message of faith, this annual performance has become a Triad holiday favorite. Conducted by Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director, Handel’s Messiah is a truly spiritual experience perfect for the holiday season.
The concerts, presented by Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP, will take place on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, December 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Centenary United Methodist Church (646 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem). Tickets are $10 - $45 and can be purchased by phone 336-464-0145 or online at WSSymphony.org.
The Winston-Salem Symphony’s performance of the Messiah will feature guest artists Sara Jane McMahon, soprano; Mary Gayle Greene, alto; John McVeigh, tenor and Hyung Yun, bass. The 60 voice Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, part of the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, will perform. Chorus and orchestra size reflect the number of voices and musicians that would have been used during Handel’s time.
Centenary United Methodist Church provides a spiritual setting for the music, which is enhanced by seasonal decorations including greenery, poinsettias, and a large illuminated Moravian star. The musicians, the voices and the location all add up to a unique and magical experience.
“No Christmas season is complete without Messiah,” says Moody. “It is an extraordinarily moving piece of music that I love to conduct each year. It has been a privilege to make it an annual tradition for the Triad.”
This concert and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Messiah Presenting Sponsor Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP; Guest Artist Sponsors: Lis and Rich Marcotullio for Tenor John McVeigh and Marge and Jerry Silber for Bass Hyung Yun; as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.
The Winston-Salem Symphony is in its 66th season as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Under the baton of Music Director Robert Moody, its performance season includes: a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual performances of Handel’s Messiah; a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians; a Holiday Concert; three youth orchestra ensembles; and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs. For more information visit the WSS website at: WSSymphony.org.
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