Arts Council Summer Park Series
Arts Council, County of Forsyth and Lowes Foods Bringing Six Events to County Parks this Summer
All events free and family friendly
Winston-Salem, NC (March 15, 2016) — The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Forsyth County and sponsor Lowes Foods, will present “The Arts Council Summer Parks Series” – six performances in two county parks beginning April 17 with a rollicking Shakespearean comedy Much Ado About Nothing preceded by popular music by great American composers. All events are free and family-friendly.
“We have two excellent public parks on opposite sides of Forsyth County and our county commissioners have been looking for a way to increase family-friendly events there. The Arts Council has the experience to do that – we have three theaters that we own and operate – so, working with the county, we have six events scheduled for the summer that will be real treats for the residents of Forsyth County,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of the Arts Council. “We are grateful to Forsyth County and Lowes Foods for their support, which helps make this diverse summer series possible.”
“Lowes Foods is thrilled to partner with Forsyth County as a sponsor for the Arts Council Summer Parks Series,” said Michael Moore, Chief Marketing Officer at Lowes Foods. “We are a local company, and we care deeply about growing community. This is the perfect opportunity to share the joy and talent of local artists along with our passion for food and fun.”
The Arts Council Summer Series will offer six events – three at Triad Park near Kernersville and three events at Tanglewood Park on the west side of the county.
Sunday, April 17, 4:00 p.m.
“Shakespeare and Music” with an opening act by Carolina Chamber Symphony Players Jazz All Stars, featuring vocalist Chris Murrell performing “The Great American Songbook” hits by Johnny Mercer, Cole Porter, Duke Ellington and others. Following the popular music program, actors from the University of North Carolina School of the Arts under the direction of Josh Foldy will perform one of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies, Much Ado About Nothing
Sunday, May 15, 7:30 p.m.
“Film and Dance” with an opening act by the professional dancers of Fred Astaire Dance in Winston-Salem performing live on stage in a tribute to dance on the silver screen with Show Dance routines specifically designed for the theater and stage. Riverrun International Film Festival will show the movie, Strictly Ballroom, a romantic comedy about an Australian championship ballroom dancer who wants to dance “his own steps”.
Sunday, July 10, 6:00 p.m.
“Patriot Pops.” The Judy Barnes Band joins the Piedmont Wind Symphony for a unique Patriotic Pops concert featuring original music by Judy Barnes as well as favorite patriotic and film music under the director of Maestro Matthew Troy.
Sunday, May 1 – 4:00 p.m.
“Ballet and Music” with opening act by The Genuine who will perform their heartfelt, often hymn-like tracks in ensnarling harmonies. They will be followed by the Winston-Salem Festival Ballet which will perform Gary Taylor’s heart-felt tribute to the price of freedom, Journey of Honor, saluting our nation and its armed forces.
Sunday, June 5, 5:00 p.m.
Internationally recognized Bluegrass group committed but to be announced later in partnership with The Blue Ridge Music Center.
Sunday, July 3, 6:00 p.m.
“Patriot Pops.” The Judy Barnes Band joins the Piedmont Wind Symphony for a unique Patriotic Pops concert featuring original music by Judy Barnes as well as favorite patriotic and film music under the direction of Maestro Matthew Troy.
Refreshments and food will be available for purchase on site. There are no rain dates but there will be a back- up indoor site but with limited seating. For more information on individual events, visit www.intothearts.org.
Winston-Salem and Forsyth County have a robust arts community that enriches the lives of area residents every day and accounts in large part for the recognition we continue to receive as a great place to live, learn, work and play. The Arts Council raises funds and advocates for the arts, sponsors events in conjunction with other arts organizations, promotes and funds arts education, creates cultural and learning opportunities, develops social capital and aids economic development. The Arts Council made 109 grants totaling $1,807,116 in 2015. Organizational Support Grants, $1,398,500; Annual Event & Series, $112,000; Wells Fargo Arts-In-Education Grants, $100,000; Duke Energy Regional Artist Grants, $25,000; Innovative Project Grants, $49,000; and Community Enrichment Mini-Grants, $15,000.