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by Keith Barber

Ever wanted to develop a finer appreciation of classical music? Now, the Winston-Salem Symphony and Reynolda House offers you the perfect opportunity to develop that deeper understanding and connection with the music created by the greatest composers of all time. On Wednesday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m., Reynolda House Museum will host a course on music appreciation taught by Wake Forest University Professor of Music David B. Levy, Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Moody and Winston-Salem Symphony Education Director and Assistant Conductor Matthew Troy. The monthly course focuses on aspects of symphonic composition, performance, and how orchestral music connects to listeners. The instructors and their guest artists and speakers discuss “Orchestral Headliners,” “Exploring Brahms’s Symphony no. 2,” “Spanish Inflections,” and “Ode to Joy: Exploring Beethoven’s Symphony no. 9.” Course dates include March 3, April 6 and May 7. Registration is $100, Members/Winston- Salem Symphony Maestro Circle $75/students $25 (Fee per session: $25/$18/$8). Also, on Wednesday, War Memorial Auditorium in Greensboro hosts a performance of Mamma Mia. Through the story-telling magic of the songs of ABBA, we meet Donna, a feisty forty-something single mom, who recalls distant memories of carefree days and careless nights, while her daughter Sophie dreams of tradition, romance and a big white wedding. When Sophie invites mom’s old boyfriends to the wedding, it’s musical comedy at its best, starring 22 of ABBA’s best known songs, including “Money, Money, Money,” “Dancing Queen” and “Mamma Mia.” Ticket prices range from $50 to $65. For further information call 336.373.7400. On Thursday, Feb. 5, Reynolda House Museum screens director Dong Hyeuk’s film, My Father. Based on a true story of an adopted son who searches for his biological parents in South Korea, My Father will feature a question and answer session with local Korean adoptee, Amelia Zakour. Admission is free. Also on Thursday, Wake Forest’s student theatre group, the Anthony Aston Players present Ariel Dorfman’s play Death and the Maiden. A dramatic thriller, Death and the Maiden tells the story of a woman who believes that a stranger who comes to her home is the man who tortured and raped her many years before under a military dictatorship. The play is for mature audiences and will be performed at the Ring Theatre of the Scales Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wake Forest. Tickets are $3 for students and $5 for adults (cash only) and are available at the door beginning at 6:30 p.m. For further information, call 336. 758.5295. The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem presents I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change on Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. at the theatre located at 610 Coliseum Drive. A smash hit musical for both cynics and romantics, I Love You celebrates the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and inlaws. Ticket prices range from $18-$22. For further information, call 336.748.0857. The Stained Glass Playhouse, located at 4401 Indiana Avenue in Winston-Salem presents Mahalia, a musical about the life of Mahalia Jackson on Friday, Feb. 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets prices: $10-$12. For further information, call 336.499.1010. The High Point Theatre presents Submission on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. A stage play penned by Robin Stevens and directed by Garrett Davis tells the story of four couples who deal with everyday issues. Tickets are $15. For further information, call 336.887.3001.

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