Piedmont Wind Symphony and The Vagabond Saints’ Society Join Forces for a Night of Classical Music and Classic Rock
Piedmont Wind Symphony is proud to announce a special collaboration with the local rock band The Vagabond Saints’ Society for a program called Classic Crossover. Taking place on Friday, March 22nd, at 7:30 PM, at The Ramkat, this concert was co-curated by PWS Music Director, Matthew Troy, and VSS band leader, Doug Davis.
“This concert is a perfect fit for the Piedmont Wind Symphony, as we continue our mission of making music accessible,” said Executive Director, Meghan Parsons. “We couldn’t be more excited to be sharing a stage The Vagabond Saints’ Society. They are fantastic musicians with a great following.”
“I am very excited to continue the Piedmont Wind Symphony’s practice of collaborating with members of the local arts community for this event,” said Matthew Troy, Music Director of the Piedmont Wind Symphony. “This concert will be an exploration of the connections between “classical” music and classic rock and will include everything from Stravinsky to Led Zeppelin.”
This innovative program will include Allegretto, Symphony No., Beethoven; House of the Rising Sun, Animals; Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Stravinsky; Immigrant Song, Led Zeppelin; and so much more. Community guest singers include Joey Barnes, Mitch Easter, Dell Guthrie, Nathan Harris, Donnie Jenkins, Joe Tappe, Steven Jones, Jill Martin-Byers, Karon McKinney, Anne Donovan, Mary Ellen Watson, Chuck Dale Smith, and Chris Stamey.
“The Vagabond Saints’ Society is absolutely thrilled and honored to have the opportunity to work with one of our city’s most venerable musical institutions,” said Doug Davis, VSS musician and band leader. “This will be a rare opportunity for us to perform some of the most epic classic rock pieces in suitably large-scale arrangements.”
Tickets start at $20 and can be purchased online at www.piedmontwindsymphony.com, by phone at 336-721-1945, or at the Stevens Center box office. Tickets will also be available at the door.
About Piedmont Wind Symphony
For 29 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 29th 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, Pops with world-renowned artists, as well as educational and community engagement outreach. Season sponsors include Chris & Mike Morykwas, the Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, The Arts Council of North Carolina, 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. Recently he had conducting appearances in Tennessee, West Virginia, and Alaska.