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Secrest Artists Series, Winston-Salem Symphony feature percussionist Evelyn Glennie

January 16, 2008

This news release was updated Feb. 4 to reflect changes to the scheduled events. The time for the masterclass with Evelyn Glennie has been changed to 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. Feb. 9 in Brendle Recital Hall.

Wake Forest University’s Secrest Artists Series and the Winston-Salem Symphony are partnering to present three symphony concerts in February featuring renowned percussionist Dame Evelyn Glennie.  Winston-Salem Symphony Music Director Robert Moody will conduct the concerts.

"An Evening with Evelyn Glennie” will be presented in Wake Forest’s Wait Chapel at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 9 as part of the Secrest Artists Series.  The program will be repeated at the Stevens Center at 3 p.m. Feb. 10 and at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12 as part of the symphony’s Classics Series.

Tickets for the Feb. 9 performance at Wait Chapel are $30 general admission; $20 senior citizens and non-Wake Forest students; and free to Wake Forest students, faculty and staff.  Tickets are available by calling the Wake Forest University Theatre Box Office Monday through Friday noon to 5 p.m. at 336-758-5295.  For more information, visit

Tickets for the Feb. 10 and 12 performances at the Stevens Center are $15-$50 and are available by calling the Winston-Salem Symphony Box Office at 336-725-1035.  Additional information is available at

The concert program will include Richard Strauss’ “Til Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks,” a humorous symphonic poem chronicling the misadventures and tricks of the legendary Flemish prankster, Til Eulenspiegel; “Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night)” by Arnold Schoenberg; and Joseph Schwantner’s “Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra,” which will feature Glennie.

Glennie is the first person in musical history to successfully create and sustain a full-time career as a solo percussionist.  Critics consider her one of the most eclectic and innovative musicians today.  She is known for redefining the goals and expectations of percussion by combining her technique, appreciation of the visual and musicality.  Glennie performs worldwide and collaborates with artists such as Sting, Bjork, Béla Fleck, Bobby McFerrin, Emmanuel Ax, the King’s Singers, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. 

To date, Glennie has 20 recordings. Her first CD, a recording of Bartok’s “Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion” won a Grammy award in 1988.  She won a second Grammy in 2002 for a collaboration with Béla Fleck for Sony Classical. 

She has commissioned 143 new works for solo percussion from many of the world’s most eminent composers.  She also composes and records music for film and television.  She was nominated for a British Academy of Film and Television Arts award for her first original score.  For more information about Glennie, visit

Several other events will also be held in conjunction with the concerts:

Music Lovers’ Luncheon.  Noon, Feb. 8, Piedmont Club.  Reservations required.  Tickets are $13/person.  Call 336-724-7077 for tickets.

Masterclass with Evelyn Glennie.  11 a.m. - 1 p.m., Feb. 9, Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest.  Two high school students and two college students from North Carolina have been selected to perform for Glennie based on taped auditions.  The students participating are Christian Covington, West Forsyth High School; Nate Tucker, NCSA; Jason DeCristofaro, Brevard College; and Mariana Poole, Elon University.  Admission is free to observers.

Secrest Signature Talk.  6:40 p.m., Wait Chapel Balcony Room.  John Beck, principal percussionist with the Winston-Salem Symphony and percussion instructor at Wake Forest and NCSA, will give a free pre-performance talk.

Postludes: Post Concert Q&A.  Moody and Glennie will host a question-and-answer session following the Feb. 10 and 12 performances.

The Winston-Salem Symphony is a guest artist sponsor for the Secrest concert, and the North Carolina Percussive Arts Society is a sponsor for the masterclass.

Press Contacts:

Pam Barrett
(336) 758-5237

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

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