The early 20th century Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev’s Peter & the Wolf may be one of the greatest introduction to the orchestra sorts of pieces of music ever written, but it’s also great music and a wonderful story all rolled into one. The Carolina Chamber Symphony Players will bring Peter to the Piedmont later this month. It’s part of Carolina Winter Music Festival 2013, and artistic co-director and Winston-Salem Symphony French hornist Joe Mount shares more.
This New Year’s eve, the Greensboro Symphony Pops presents a unique, feel good way to ring in 2014. The symphony along with Grammy award-winning arranger, composer and conductor Lee Holdridge will celebrate what would have been John Denver’s 70th birthday with the return of tribute artist Jim Curry. Jim has performed Denver’s songs in sold out shows all across the country, and he’s quickly become today’s top interpreter of Denver’s enormous legacy of multi-platinum hits. After listening to "Leaving on a Jet Plane", David Ford asked Jim about John Denver’s special songwriting gift.
Winston-Salem based John Stevens is an internationally renowned letter artist. His work can be seen everywhere from book covers and libraries to branding images, magazines, even on guitar necks. He has worked with clients such as Atlantic Records, Lucasfilm, and Pepsi, among many others.
Acclaimed bass Jason McKinney graduated from the University Of North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied voice with soprano Marilyn Taylor and tenor Glenn Siebert. He also studied conducting with Maestro James Allbritten, and composition with Kenneth Frazelle. Jason McKinney has performed the role of legendary bass Paul Robeson many times in "A Play Based on the Life of Paul Robeson" by Phillip Hayes Dean. In it, Jason embodies the many fascinating sides of Robeson’s life.
Just how many Christmas stories can you cram into 90-minutes? Well, the Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance answers that very question with their upcoming production: “Every Christmas Story Ever Told (And Then Some)?” Actors Ken Ashford and Michael Ackerman spoke with David Ford about the show. They along with Chad Edwards will team up for a hilarious and very thorough romp through Christmas stories from ancient times to pop culture and every carol in between.