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Salem Band performs their 2014 Winter Concert

The Salem Band, led by Adjunct Assistant Professor of Music Eileen Young, performed their 2014 Winter Concert in Brendle Recital Hall on Feb. 4. The band played a variety of pieces including Shostakovich’s “Festive Overture,” the “Morning Star Polka,” Benny Goodman’s “Let’s Dance” and Les Brown’s “Leap Frog” among other favorites. “This concert gives the band a chance to play in a formal hall,” said Young.

The band is made up of 60 musicians varying in age and levels of experience, from Kate Chanas who has only played with Salem for four months to Bob Ward who has been performing for 50 years. “This is another family,” Ward said. “It just speaks a different language.”

The Salem Band, established in 1771, is the oldest, continuous mixed wind ensemble in the nation. During the summertime, concerts are normally held outside in Salem Square.

Read More:

Scene & Heard: Before the snow, we were out and about, Winston-Salem Journal

Borwick’s ‘Spirit’ debuts in New York City

SashaProfessor of Music and composer Susan Borwick’s latest work for the bassoon, “Spirit,” premiered  in New York City on Jan. 28.

The piece was performed by her former student, Sasha Enegren. Enegren performed the work at a recital at Manhattan School of Music, where she is a doctoral candidate for bassoon performance.

Enegren graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest in 2005.

“Spirit,” written for bassoon and piano, is one of several original works for the bassoon that premiered that evening. The recital included small chamber ensembles, solos and two concertos with orchestra.

Borwick is the president of the International Alliance for Women in Music.

Faculty named as resident professors

The following faculty members have been selected to serve as resident professors at the Wake Forest overseas houses in 2015-2016:

Worrell House (London)

  • Fall 2015: Page West (Business)
  • Spring 2016: Mary Wayne-Thomas (Theatre)

Flow House (Vienna)

  • Fall 2015: Robert Hellyer (History)
  • Spring 2016: Lisa Kiang (Psychology)

Casa Artom (Venice) 

  • Fall 2015: Jacqui Carrasco (Music)
  • Spring 2016: Wanda Balzano (Women’s and Gender Studies)

Locklair’s work to be performed in Salisbury

Dan Locklair’s “In the Autumn Days” will be performed by the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra (David Hagy, music director and conductor) as part of its Thanksgiving Family Concert on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 4 p.m. in Varick Auditorium on the campus of Livingstone College (701 West Monroe Street) in Salisbury, N.C.

Locklair is composer-in-residence at Wake Forest, as well as a professor of music.

Locklair writes, “’In the Autumn Days (A Symphony for Chamber Orchestra)’ was composed during the spring of 1984. It is dedicated ‘To the memory of Wriston Locklair (1925-1984),’ whose distinguished career as a critic included writings for Musical America and Opera News. His impact on my life was very significant.” Read Locklair’s complete notes.

Adult tickets are $18, students $4, and children 8 and younger $2. For tickets and more about the November 24 event, call 704.637.4314 or visit

Locklair’s work to be performed by Winston-Salem Youth Chorus

Dan LocklairDan Locklair’s “The Playful Rainbow,” with text by poet Fred Chappell, will premiere on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at the by The Stevens Center of the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem. It will be performed by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus with Barbara C. Beattie, artistic and executive director, as part of its 20th anniversary concert.

Locklair is the composer-in-residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.

Locklair says: “‘The Playful Rainbow’ was commissioned by the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus, and is warmly dedicated to them. The piece celebrates the 20th anniversary season of this outstanding chorus founded by Barbara Beattie. ‘The Playful Rainbow’ was completed in February 2013 and is a setting of four new and delightful poems by the distinguished American writer and poet, Fred Chappell.”

The concert will feature about 100 current and former members performing the new work, as well as favorites from concerts performed during the past 20 years. Read about the concert here. For tickets, visit or call 336.703.0001.

In addition, Locklair’s “Glory and Peace” will be performed by organist Thomas Murray as part of his recital on Wednesday, Oct. 30, at 7:30 p.m., at The Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. This is presented as part of Great Music in a Great Space.

Young performs at UNCSA

Eileen Young (center) and UNCSA faculty

Eileen Young (third from left) and UNCSA faculty

Eileen Young performed by invitation of the UNC School of the Arts faculty on their recital, “Hindemith Lives!” on Saturday evening, Oct. 19, in Watson Hall on the campus of the School of the Arts.

Young played bass clarinet with other UNCSA faculty members on their performance of Paul Hindemith’s “Septet for Winds.” Eileen is the adjunct assistant professor of clarinet, saxophone, and woodwind ensembles at Wake Forest.

Locklair’s work featured nationally, performed locally on Sunday

Dan LocklairOn Sunday, Oct. 6, the music of Dan Locklair will be featured in several different ways. Locklair is the composer in residence and a professor of music at Wake Forest.

Locklair has been the focus of the nationally syndicated American Public Media series “Pipedreams” this week with a two-hour show called “Unlocking Locklair,” focusing on his music for organ. It will be broadcast in the Winston-Salem area on Sunday from 7-9 p.m. on WDAV (89.9 FM). It is also available on the web at any time by clicking here.

The show presents seven of Locklair’s major works, including the first national broadcast of his Concerto for Organ and Orchestra (2010)  in a performance by the Eastern Festival Orchestra, Gerard Schwarz, conductor, with soloist Susan Bates.

Also on Sunday, Locklair’s Hail the Coming Day (A Festive Piece for Orchestra) will be performed by the UNC Greensboro Symphony Orchestra at 3:30 p.m. at Aycock Auditorium on the campus. The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 336.334.5789 or visit

Hail the Coming Day is the result of a 2012 commission from the city of Winston-Salem in honor of the 2013 Centennial Celebration of the consolidation of the towns of Winston and Salem. This composition is in one movement, consists of five short sections, and is scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, triple brass, strings and percussion. Read the composer’s complete notes.

In addition, Locklair’s Preces and Responses and Phoenix Processional will be performed at 5:30 p.m. as part of choral evensong at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church (520 Summit Street) in Winston-Salem. This will part of the American Institute of Organ Builders convention.

Phoenix Processional for solo organ comes from a larger composition: Phoenix Fanfare and Processional for organ, brass quartet and percussion. The original three-minute Phoenix Fanfare was commissioned in 1979 by Union Theological Seminary in New York City for the February 1980 reopening and dedication of Union’s renovated James Memorial Chapel. Read more about the piece.

August 2013 comings and goings

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Klein named artistic director of the Secrest Artists Series

Scott KleinScott Klein, professor and chair of the department of English, has been named artistic director of the Secrest Artists Series.

Klein has been deeply involved with the Secrest Series for many years, serving on the artist selection committee and offering introductory lectures. He worked closely with Lillian Shelton during her 28 years as former director.

Klein brings a wide range of experience and enthusiasm to the Series and to the performing arts, particularly classical music and jazz, but also music, theater and dance.

Klein’s academic work crosses between literature and music, film and the visual arts. He has frequently performed as a pianist, most notably with Cambridge Footlights while at Cambridge University, including four-person performances in 1982 at Riverside Studios in London with Emma Thompson, Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie.

Samantha Perrotta, the events and special projects coordinator in the provost’s office, will provide logistical support to the Series.

Provost Rogan Kersh also expresses his deep gratitude to Stewart Carter and Peter Kairoff, professors of music, for their assistance in the selection process.