Piedmont Wind Symphony Highlights Refugee Crisis with April 6 Concert
The Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS), in partnership with World Relief, Interfaith Winston-Salem, Pro Humanitate Institute at Wake Forest University, and Love Out Loud, presents Music Without Borders on Friday, April 6 at 7:30 PM at the Stevens Center in downtown Winston-Salem.
Lifts Up Local Refugee Community
Maestro Matthew Troy has created a program that is very diverse, artistically innovative, and culturally relevant highlighting our local and national refugee crisis, while lifting up the local refugee community. The program will feature music by composers and performers that have been directly affected by this crisis and will confront the audience with real issues that challenge many people in our world today. Music will be used as a catalyst for conversation and change as we all strive to make the world a better place.
The concert will feature new work by Arabic-American composer Mohammed Fairouz. His symphony that will be performed is a commentary on the 9/11 tragedy and its effects that continue to shape the way we live today. Guest cellist Elizabeth Cook will join the Piedmont Wind Symphony performing Theme from Schindler’s List and, along with her ensemble, will perform a traditional Palestinian Folk Song.
“We are excited to partner with the Piedmont Wind Symphony for Music Without Borders to artistically explore the human impact of the greatest refugee crisis in history. This event will not only acknowledge the struggles of 65 million refugees worldwide displaced by war, genocide, ethnic cleansing, and religious persecution, but will recognize refugee contributions to art and to our culture. The music and stories we will hear will be a powerful reminder that every human being can harbor a song that could resonate for generations,” said Jennifer Foy, Director of World Relief Triad. “World Relief Triad staff, clients, and community partners are deeply grateful to the fine musicians and the board of the Piedmont Wind Symphony for this bold and innovative program to focus the transformative power of music toward very real and very human issues we face today.”
Tickets are $15-$35 and can be purchase at www.piedmontwindsymphony.com/tickets or by calling 336-721-1945.
About Piedmont Wind Symphony – For 28 years, the Piedmont Wind Symphony (PWS) has provided excellence in the performance of symphonic music for the Piedmont of North Carolina and continues this tradition for the 28th season under the leadership of Music Director, Maestro Matthew Troy. Maestro Troy is known for his innovative and engaging programming to make great music accessible to all audiences. Each season the PWS presents Classical concerts, Holiday Pops with world-renowned artists, and Special Event Gala concerts, as well as educational and community engagement outreach. Season sponsors include Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, The Arts Council of North Carolina, Chris & Mike Morykwas, Hard Pressed Co., Winston-Salem Journal, WSNC 90.5 FM, Berkshire Hathaway, and The Salem Center. For more information about the Piedmont Wind Symphony visit www.piedmontwindsymphony.com.
About Maestro Matthew Troy – Maestro Matthew Troy is one of the most versatile and active conductors in America today. He has conducted extensively in the United States for a wide variety of performances. On the podiums of the Rochester Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, Portland Symphony, Greensboro Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, UNC School of the Arts Symphony, Salisbury Symphony, and was the conductor for the Cannon Music Camp in 2015 and 2016. Troy is familiar to local audiences’ due to his previous work as Associate Conductor with the Winston-Salem Symphony from 2009-2014. In this role he conducted on Classics, Pops, Handel’s Messiah, Discovery, Education, Holiday Pops, Side-by-Side, and Special Event Gala concerts. Recently Troy was selected to conduct the Oklahoma All-State Orchestra for 2016, the North Carolina Regional Honors Orchestra. This year he had conducting appearances in Tennessee and Alaska.