Winston-Salem Symphony Presents a Free Concert for Community March 18

Winston-Salem Symphony Presents a Free Concert for Community March 18

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2017-02-22

– The Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony will present a Concert for Community on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 3 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public and will take place at Wait Chapel on the Wake Forest University campus. Although the concert is free, please visit the Symphony website at WSsymphony.org to reserve your ticket. 

“I love the fact that this concert highlights the enormous talent here in our community, both established and emerging,” said Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “It is a unique opportunity to hear remarkable music, beautifully performed by professional musicians and tomorrow’s stars, all for free. It is truly one of my favorite concerts of the season.”

Maestro Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and Jessica Morel, Assistant Conductor, will both conduct portions of the Concert for Community. The program features the combined professional and youth symphonies, totaling approximately 120 musicians, performing multiple pieces. 

The Winston-Salem Symphony will open the concert with Derek Wesley Arnold’s The HMS Victory Under Full Sail. The 2017 Peter Perret Youth Talent Search winners will then perform with the Winston-Salem Symphony. Angelina Ning, the junior division winner (ages eight to 12) will perform the opening movement, Molto allegro con fuoco, from Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in G minor, op. 25. Hannah Lee, a violinist and the winner of the senior division (ages 13 through senior year of high school), will perform the fifth movement, Rondo, from Édouard Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole, op. 21. 

The annual Youth Talent Search, named in honor of former Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Peter Perret, was developed to identify the region’s most gifted and talented young musicians, to develop young talent, and to recognize and support the teachers and families of musically-gifted children. Participation in the competition also provides students with experience and motivation to continue their musical studies. Many have gone on to become professional musicians, including the winner of the very first Peter Perret Youth Talent Search, who is now a member of the New York Philharmonic.

“We’re very excited to have Angelina Ning and Hannah Lee perform with us at our Concert for Community,” said Maestra Jessica Morel, Assistant Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “Angelina possesses stunning technique and virtuosity for her age. During the competition, it was amazing to see how fast her fingers flew across the keyboard on the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto, with what seemed like effortless mastery. Hannah produces the most beautiful deep and rich sound on her violin, perfectly capturing the sultry character of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Her performance during the competition displayed terrific showmanship and musical maturity.”

For the second half of the concert, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony Youth Symphony will combine to play five movements from Gustav Holst’s magnificent and beloved work, The Planets, op. 32. The symphonies will perform the movements entitled: Mars, the Bringer of War; Venus, the Bringer of Peace; Uranus, the Magician; Saturn, the Bringer of Old Age; and Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity.

Angelina Ning is 12 years old and is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She began playing piano at the age of five and is currently studying with Dr. Marina Lomazov and Dr. Joseph Rackers. She has won many awards, including grand prizes at the 2016 Carmel International Piano Competition in the intermediate solo and concerto divisions, second place at the 2016 Kathleen Price and Joseph M. Bryan Youth Concerto Competition, first place and best performance of a solo piece in the 2016 East Carolina University Young Artists Competition, first place in the 2016 North Carolina MTNA solo performance, and first place in the 2014 Romantic Impressionistic Piano Competition in Atlanta. She made her orchestral debut with the Alicante Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Uri Segal in July 2015 and 2016. She also has been awarded many top prizes for the North Carolina Music Teachers Association. 

Sixteen-year old Korean-American violinist Hannah Lee is from Cary, North Carolina. At the age of five she began her piano study, and she won first place in four consecutive NC Music Teachers Association piano competitions. Lee began playing the violin at the age of nine. In her sophomore year of high school, she transferred from a public school to the University of North Carolina School of the Arts as a violin major, to study with Kevin Lawrence in pursuit of a music career. In 2015, Lee won first prize in the Raleigh Music Competition, receiving the Wieniawski Prize. She has been selected to perform in masterclasses with Ara Gregorian and Min-Young Kim of the Daedalus Quartet.

The Concert for Community is sponsored by The Montgomery/Tucker Charitable Fund; Season Co-Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis, & Pitt, P.A. and BB&T; as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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 wssyo.org.

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 Co-Presenting Sponsors Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A. and BB&T, 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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336.722.9660 or ann@capturevalue.com

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“I love the fact that this concert highlights the enormous talent here in our community, both established and emerging,” said Maestro Robert Moody, Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “It is a unique opportunity to hear remarkable music, beautifully performed by professional musicians and tomorrow’s stars, all for free. It is truly one of my favorite concerts of the season.”

“We’re very excited to have Angelina Ning and Hannah Lee perform with us at our Concert for Community,” said Maestra Jessica Morel, Assistant Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony. “Angelina possesses stunning technique and virtuosity for her age. During the competition, it was amazing to see how fast her fingers flew across the keyboard on the Mendelssohn Piano Concerto, with what seemed like effortless mastery. Hannah produces the most beautiful deep and rich sound on her violin, perfectly capturing the sultry character of Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Her performance during the competition displayed terrific showmanship and musical maturity.”

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Winston-Salem is centrally located in North Carolina between the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Atlantic Ocean beaches. It is easily accessible by car via Interstate 40, Business Interstate 40, Interstate 77, Interstate 85 and U.S. Highway 52. Scheduled air service is available through Piedmont Triad International Airport just 20 minutes east of Winston-Salem. Accommodations range from bed and breakfasts to luxury hotel rooms. For more information on Winston-Salem, call toll free 866.728.4200; go to visitwinstonsalem.com; or stop by the Winston-Salem Visitor Center, 200 Brookstown Avenue in the historic Brookstown Mill area just south of downtown Winston-Salem.

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