Perfect for the whole family, A Carolina Christmas! is a great way to kick off the holiday season the weekend after Thanksgiving. With Robert Moody, Music Director, as the conductor and master of ceremonies, these concerts have become a beloved Triad holiday tradition. A Carolina Christmas! will take concert goers through a musical journey of popular and traditional holiday music, including selections such as I’ll be Home for Christmas, The Christmas Song, White Christmas, Sleigh Ride, a Christmas Sing-a-Long and more.
New for 2017! Joining the orchestra and Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale (Dr. Christopher Gilliam, Director) will be members the highly acclaimed North Carolina Black Repertory Company (Jackie Alexander, Artistic Director), who will perform excerpts from Black Nativity and also provide dramatic interpretations of a military family’s experiences during the holidays.
“A Carolina Christmas! is a perfect start to the holiday season,” Maestro Robert Moody said. “I love conducting these concerts each year, because they present the best of the holidays with their combination of upbeat carols and songs and moving spiritual music. I’m particularly excited this year to have incredible guests from North Carolina Black Repertory, who will offer a soulful experience for everyone in the audience. And yes, there will be a visit from Santa Claus!”
“As in past years, the first half of our concert will focus on holiday traditions,” he added. “Our holiday traditions portion of the concert will tell the story of an American family and a soldier being separated from each other during the holiday season. If you or someone close to you has or has had someone serving abroad in the military during the holiday season, this certainly will speak to you.”
A Carolina Christmas! is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s annual Toy Drive partnership with The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem. Concert goers to all Symphony concerts during the month of November are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 at the concerts. The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army of Greater Winston-Salem’s annual Christmas Program. The Salvation Army Advanced Band will perform before the 2 p.m. concert on Sunday.
The Winston-Salem Symphony’s A Carolina Christmas! is part of the Plugged-In Pops Series and will take place on Saturday, November 25th at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, November 26th at 2 p.m. at historic Reynolds Auditorium, located at 301 North Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem.
Tickets for A Carolina Christmas! range in price from an affordable $20 to $67 for adults and $16 to $37 for children ages 2–12 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSsymphony.org. There’s a great ticket package, the Family 4-Pack, which is an excellent value for families. It includes 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets for as little as $65, depending on seating. (With the Family 4-Pack you can purchase additional adult and children’s tickets for 20% off.) The Family 4-Pack is only available by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145. It is not available online. Groups of ten or more receive a 20% discount off of tickets.
The presenting sponsor of A Carolina Christmas! is Flow Motors. The Winston-Salem Symphony’s Season Presenting Sponsors are BB&T and Bell Davis & Pitt, and Plugged-in Pops’ Presenting Sponsors is BlueCross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.
About the Black Nativity
A powerful retelling of the Nativity story from an African-American perspective, the original Black Nativity was written in 1961 by poet Langston Hughes. The African-American viewpoint and gospel music make Black Nativity a unique and soul-stirring performance piece. Often adapted, the production takes the audience from a traditional black church to an Africanized Jerusalem through dance, powerful spirituals and anthems, and toe-tapping gospel numbers. The play tells the story of Mary and Joseph’s journey through song and dance, culminating in a rousing finale surrounding the birth of Christ.