by Lenise Willis

Before running down my usual ranting of shows performing this week, let me first take the time to give a shout-out to the Greensboro Symphony Orchestra, which I saw give a free public performance on Jan. 24 at High Point University.

They were riveting. I left the concert feeling invigorated, inspired, lightweight and clear headed. I actually chose to sit closer to the stage against my better judgment, and was glad I did. The passion that I was able to see in Music Director and Violinist Dmitry Sitkovestsky’s face was powerful and contagious. He simply feels the art.

I left thinking simply this: I do not go to the orchestra enough. And most likely… neither do you all! Check them out at greensborosymphony. org or check out the Winston-Salem Symphony at Hint, hint… they both happen to have V- day concerts.

The 12 th Annual Greensboro Fringe Festival continues this week, exhibiting a completely new set of works by local playwrights and artists Thursday through Feb. 9 at Greensboro Cultural Center. Thursday through Saturday is the debut of Bones of the Earth, a new work by John Gamble Dance Theatre. The performance is described as a mythic journey of a community searching for the right place in the world for the pregnant women to give birth. Performance times vary.

Also performing Thursday through Saturday as part of the festival is Fringe Dance A, a collection of choreography by local dancers.

Saturday through Monday, Prime Mate makes its debut, presented by the Fly-By-Night Theater Co. The show is a romantic comedy about an affair between a man and a gorilla.

The festival will present more than 22 original pieces in all. For tickets and a schedule of shows visit Entry is a suggested donation of $10 unless otherwise stated.

Friday through Feb. 4, UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem presents Les Contes d’Hoffman, or “The Tales of Hoffman,” a romantic opera about a poet searching for love who finds that it lies just beyond his reach.

In other news, Tyler Perry’s new stage play, Hell Hath No Fury Like A Woman Scorned, is coming to Greensboro’s War Memorial Auditorium for three performances Feb. 7-8. !