“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – The Music of Moravian Salem

Thursday August 25, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Erik Salzwedel from the Moravian Music Foundation will share insights into Salem’s earliest musical traditions and their importance in the everyday lives of Moravian settlers.

Winston-Salem’s unique musical history is even older than the United States itself. In the woods of the Wachovia tract on the North Carolina frontier, Salem’s Moravian settlers played music that would not have been out of place in the great concert halls of Europe. 



“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – From Banjos to Blues: the music of early Winston

Thursday September 22, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Richard Emmett of the Blue Ridge Music Center will moderate a lively and entertaining discussion with gifted local performers and music historians about the musical history of our community. Featured panelists include: Elizabeth Carlson, Steve Terrill, Bob Carlin, and Big Ron Hunter.

From the collision of African and European styles, to the racial segregation of musicians, to genres enforced by record companies, the music of the American South has a rich history. Host to an ever-increasing number of musicians, the music scene in newly incorporated Winston-Salem was no exception. 


Maestro Moody & the symphony, photo courtesy of J Farley Photography

“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – The WS Symphony @70: Stories from the Stage

Thursday October 27, 2016 – 5:30pm 

Music Director and Conductor Robert Moody, along with a panel of current and former Winston-Salem Symphony musicians, will discuss their experiences both on stage and off as the Symphony celebrates its 70th anniversary season.

The Symphony grew out of a small group of musicians who performed together regularly for special programs and played its first concert in 1947 to an overflow audience at Salem College’s Memorial Hall. 70 years later, the Winston-Salem Symphony has become one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. Learn about the early years of the Symphony, stories of memorable concerts with internationally acclaimed artists such as James Galway, Joshua Bell, and Yo-Yo Ma, and backstage ‘secrets’ of the Symphony from its 70 year history!

Joining the conversation are the following musicians:
Anita Cirba, Principal Trumpet player
Dr. William McCall, former violinist, board member, and longtime Symphony subscriber and supporter
Tim Papenbrock, Horn
Ron Rudkin, Clarinet


“Music in Winston-Salem” Salon Series – Music, The Brain, & Medicine

Thursday November 17, 2016 – 5:30pm 

In our final Salon Series program looking at local music, we wanted to focus on a 21st Century avenue in which music is making a local impact. Dr. Jonathan Burdette is a Professor of Neuroradiology at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Co-founder of the Laboratory of Complex Brain Networks. Dr. Burdette will be here to present current research linking music with brain function.
In addition to being a clinical neuroradiologist, he has studied the brain using functional MRI for the past 20 years. He is an avid supporter of the local music scene, currently serving on the Board of Directors of Piedmont Opera, previously serving on the Board of the Winston-Salem Symphony, and currently learning all he can about American music from Western North Carolina. His daughters are the local bluegrass/Celtic/rock band The Dan River Girls.