The Winston-Salem Symphony presents ‘Mixtape’

Published 11:02 pm Tuesday, February 2, 2021

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Stage Pass available for $45 from Feb. 1–14

WINSTON-SALEM — The Winston-Salem Symphony will present Mixtape,” just in time for Valentine’s Day. “Mixtape,” which will present a romantic blend of orchestral favorites from Mozart to Puccini and beyond, will be available on demand beginning Saturday, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. This concert will be available to Spring Stage Pass members or can be purchased for $20 per stream (concerts will be available on demand until March 13.

For two weeks only, from Feb. 1 through Feb. 14, the symphony is offering their Spring Stage Pass for just $45 (originally $75). The Spring Stage Pass will cover the remainder of the 2020–2021 season, which includes “Mixtape,” “Center Stage” (Saturday, March 13, at 7:30 p.m.), “The World Beloved: A Blue Grass Mass by Carol Barnett” (Saturday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m.), and “For Your Eyes Only: Music of James Bond” (May 8, at 7:30 p.m.). Stage Pass can be purchased at Stage Pass is a digital membership program providing access to exclusive online content including live-streamed performances, “Etherbound” presentations, behind-the-scenes extras, and interviews with musicians and special guests. The Winston-Salem Symphony’s spring concerts also can be purchased for $20 per stream (concerts will be available on-demand for 30 days after initial post).

Conducted by Music Director Timothy Redmond, Christopher Gilliam (director of the Symphony Chorus), and Karen Ní Bhroin (assistant conductor) and recorded at Stevens Center of the UNCSA, “Mixtape” will take audience members back to the days of making mixed tapes, CDs, or playlists for their “crush” or loved one.

“We are delighted to offer a blend of some of the greatest romantic music from across the centuries and across musical genres with our very own Mixtape, made just for you,” said Redmond. “Featured pieces include Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake,” Mahler’s “Adagietto,” and Puccini’s “O mio babbino caro” performed by one of Winston-Salem’s favorite sopranos, Jodi Burns. Also on the mixtape playlist is Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy, Ella Fitzgerald, and the theme from the film ‘Love Actually.’ ”

In addition to Burns, the symphony will be joined by dancers from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ world-renowned dance program. Marrianna Flores, a young poet currently enrolled at Salem College who was the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools Poet Laureate for several years and won the 2020 North Carolina Poetry Out Loud contest, will participate in the “Mixtape” concert as well.

“Mixtape” is sponsored by “A Season Remimagined” presenting sponsors Truist and Bell, Davis & Pitt, P.A.; concert sponsor: Richard W. Averill Foundation; as well as generous funding from the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council.