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Friday, May 13, 2011

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With an idea borrowed from the American Idol playbook, the Winston-Salem Symphony will let the audience decide the winning Overture from two finalists. The audience voting will take place at each of three Symphony concerts this weekend.

More than 2,500 votes were cast online to narrow the Overture selection to Rossini’s Overture to The Barber of Seville and Verdi’s Overture to La forza del destino as the finalists. The symphony will play an excerpt of two pieces at each of the May 14-17 concerts, and audience applause will determine the selection for that evening’s concert.

“We’ve never done this before at the Winston-Salem Symphony. To my knowledge, no other symphony orchestra has done anything quite like this,” Maestro Robert Moody said. “I’ve heard of orchestras holding voting over the course of summer to determine a piece played later during season but I’m not aware of anything being done with live audience interaction like this.”

“I love shows like American Idol and think this will be tremendous fun for both the performers and audience participants,” he added.

The Winston-Salem Symphony present the final performances of the Symphony’s 2010-2011 Season with performances on May 14, 15 and 17. Concerts will feature Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastorale.”

Concerts are:

Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. — Kicked-Back Classics
Abridged Program — No Intermission
Tickets for this performance are very reasonable at $15, $25 and $35 – all seats are on the main floor

Sunday May 15, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. — Classics Series
Tickets are $15 – $55

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. — Classics Series
Tickets are $15 – $55

The Winston-Salem Symphony is offering a special last minute discount to Life in Forsyth readers for the Sunday, May 15 and Tuesday, May 17 concerts on its top two tiers of seating. Originally priced at $55 and $50, the top tier seats will be offered at $35 and $30 for the best seats in the house. To purchase tickets using the code, please call (336) 464-0145 and use the code BLG.

For more information, please visit www.wssymphony.org.
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