Winston-Salem Symphony holiday program, blending bluegrass, folk, roots, and classical

Posted on: November 15, 2019

“The Winston-Salem Symphony kicks off the holidays with ‘A Carolina Christmas: The Gathering,’ a festive celebration blending Appalachian harmonies with the sounds of the season,” reads an unsigned article in Wednesday’s (11/13) Dispatch (Lexington, NC). “Music Director Timothy Redmond, the Winston-Salem Symphony and the Winston-Salem Symphony Chorus will [perform with] stars of bluegrass, folk and roots including Laurelyn Dossett (Polecat Creek band), Joe Newberry (Prairie Home Companion), Mike Compton (‘O Brother Where Art Thou’) and [fiddler/singer/stepdancer April Verch] on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1. ‘The Gathering’ … by singer-songwriter and Stokes County resident Laurelyn Dossett … is a story told through song of a prodigal daughter’s journey home for the holidays. It was commissioned by the North Carolina Symphony and premiered in 2011…. Dossett’s songs have appeared in film and television and have been recorded by many artists including Grammy-winning Levon Helm and Rhiannon Giddens…. Mike Compton [is] a true master of the modern American mandolin and a premier interpreter of roots and Americana musical styles. Known for his clawhammer banjo playing, Joe Newberry is also a powerful guitarist, singer and songwriter.”

Posted November 15, 2019