Arts Council’s Summer Parks Series to End on High Note

 Piedmont Wind Symphony and Judy Barnes Band to Perform at Triad Park July 3 and Tanglewood Park July 10

 Arts Council, Forsyth County and Lowes Foods will sponsor

 ***Update as of 7/3:. The July 3rd event will be held at Triad Park as originally scheduled ****

Winston-Salem, NC (June 15, 2016) — The Summer Parks Series sponsored by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, the County of Forsyth and Lowes Foods will conclude its six-performance inaugural season with “Patriotic Pops” concerts at Triad Park at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday July 3 and Tanglewood Park at 6:00 p.m. Sunday July 10.

 

“The Piedmont Wind Symphony under the direction of Maestro Matthew Troy consistently brings audiences to their feet,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council, “ and we are delighted that the symphony, along with the Judy Barnes Band, will present the final two concerts in our Summer Parks Series. Patriotic Pops — music for the entire family – is sure to be a crowd pleaser and a great way to spend an afternoon in one of our county parks.”

 

Performances in the Summer Parks Series are free and open to the public.  “Just come and bring a chair or blanket and settle in for a musical treat,” Sparrow said. Food trucks will be on site and refreshments will be available for purchase.

 

Maestro Troy has performed many times with Jodi Burns, who is the lead singer/songwriter for the Judy Barnes Band.  They have performed both classical concerts and oratorios in addition to Burns being selected to sing the song “So There” with Ben Folds during his recent appearance with the Piedmont Wind Symphony.  The Wind Symphony will present Judy Barnes on the first half of the concert and then will play some of the best patriotic pops and film music to close the program.

 

 

There are no rain dates but the Arts Council Theater at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem is the indoor back- up site. However, seating is limited at the Arts Council Theatre and in case of inclimate weather, seating there will be on a first-come/first-served basis. For more information on the free, Summer Parks Series, visit www.intothearts.org.

 

“Our Summer Parks Series concerts underwritten by Lowes Foods are an important part of the Wind Symphony’s continuing mission to bring accessible and uplifting programming to all of the residents of the area,” said Troy. “We have made great strides this year to present the highest quality artistic experiences while making them affordable,” said Troy. “This collaboration with the Judy Barnes Band highlights our commitment to Winston-Salem and the incredible talent we have in this City of Arts and Innovation.”  Details on the Wind Symphony’s upcoming season will be announced shortly and information will be posted at www.piedmontwindsymphony.com.

 

Forsyth County commissioners are working to increase family-friendly events at both Triad and Tanglewood Parks.  Earlier events in the Arts Council Series have been well attended. Guest emcee for the July 3 performance at  Triad Park will be Chair of the County Commissioners, David Plyler.  Commissioner Don Martin will be guest emcee at the Sunday, July 10, Tanglewood Park performance.

 

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 of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County is now conducting its 2016 annual campaign drive.  Contributions enabled it to make 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.

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