“Now the Battle Din is O’er” was appropriately enough the last tune played for General Robert E. Lee. It was also the last music played by the 26th Regiment North Carolina Troops, made up of Moravian musicians from Salem. In February New Winston Museum in collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation will be hosting performances of this historic music along with the touching “When the Swallows Homeward Fly” performed for Lee on the evening of the surrender at Appomattox, VA, and others.
The Unbroken Circle is Wake Forest University’s multi-generational string band. It’s a community of musicians who gather together regularly to share in the fellowship of music-making, song-sharing, story-telling, and poetry reading. They also come together for worthy causes, and on Saturday night, February 1st at 7:00 pm they’ll offer a free concert at Kulynych Auditorium in the Byrum Welcome Center on the Wake campus Winston-Salem.
Salem Band began performing way back in 1771 making it one of the oldest community bands in the nation. These days you can hear the ensemble perform free public concerts seven times a year. Five of them are outdoors in the beautiful, shaded confines of Salem Square. The Salem Band Winter Concert is one of two indoor performances. It’ll be held next Tuesday, February 4th in Brendle Recital Hall on the campus of Wake Forest University. As with all lSalem Band performances, the concert is free and open to the public.
In April 2013, living legend of the flute Sir James Galway performed a concert with the Winston-Salem Symphony. At that time he was just embarking on an innovative online teaching series for aspiring flutists. Sir James spoke with me about his method by phone from his hotel in Boca Raton, Florida.