Kickoff the Holiday Season at Winston-Salem Symphony’s Carolina Christmas Spectacular!

"Celebrate the joy of the holiday season at the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Carolina Christmas Spectacular! With Robert Moody, Music Director, as the conductor and master of ceremonies, these concerts are sure to create enduring memories and are a great way to kick off the holiday season. The concerts include a selection of popular and traditional holiday music. Joining the orchestra and Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale, Dr. Carole Ott, Director, will be magician Lyn Dillies, who thrills audiences with her own special magic.

The Winston-Salem Symphony’s Carolina Christmas Spectacular! returns for a second year with concerts on Saturday, November 29 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. (part of the Plugged-In Pops series) and a concert on Sunday, November 30 at 2 p.m. (part of the Discovery Concerts for Kids series) at Reynolds Auditorium, 301 N. Hawthorne Road in Winston-Salem. As with all Discovery Concerts for Kids, pre-concert activities for kids will begin an hour before Sunday’s concert.

Tickets range from an affordable $25 to $65 for adults and $25 to $40 for children 2 and up and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at There’s a new ticket package, the Family 4-Pack, which is a great value for families. It includes 2 adult and 2 children’s tickets for as little as $168 (a 20% savings). With the 4-Pack you can purchase additional adult and children’s tickets for 20% off. The Family 4-Pack is only available by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145. It is not available online.

“I really enjoy conducting the Carolina Christmas Spectacular!,” said Moody. “It is a wonderful way to spread holiday cheer with its combination of upbeat carols and songs and moving spiritual music. Carolina Christmas Spectacular! combines the best of the holidays bringing both the joy and the power of the season to audience members. And yes, there will be a visit from Santa Claus!”

Illusionist Lyn Dillies has been performing for more than 20 years and has astounded audiences throughout the United States and Canada. Dillies performs live with symphonies all around the country including at Lincoln Center. Her thrilling and jaw-dropping illusions and her engaging personality enchant adults and encourage children to discover the magic of classical music while experiencing her remarkable illusions. Visit for a full guest artist biography.

Carolina Christmas Spectacular! will take concert goers through a musical journey of holiday music from Christmas Bells are Ringing to “March of the Toys” from Babes in Toyland, “Mother Ginger” from The Nutcracker, Joy to the World, “Hallelujah!” from the Messiah, Sleigh Ride, a Christmas Sing-a-Long and more.

This concert is part of the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Angel Tree partnership with the Salvation Army. Concert goers are encouraged to donate new unwrapped toys for children up to age 12 at the concerts. The toys will be distributed through The Salvation Army’s Christmas Program. The Salvation Army Advanced Band will perform before the 2 p.m. concerts on Saturday and Sunday.

The Winston-Salem Symphony Chorale is comprised of 90 auditioned singers and is directed by Dr. Carole J. Ott. The group performs several times each year with the Winston-Salem Symphony. This year’s performance also will include special guests the Central Carolina Children’s Chorus, Anne Saxon, Artistic Director.

This concert and the Winston-Salem Symphony are sponsored by Season Presenting Sponsor Wells Fargo; Plugged-in Pops Presenting Sponsor BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina; Discovery Concerts for Kids Presenting Sponsor Wake Forest Baptist Health Brenner Children’s Hospital and Discovery Concerts for Kids Founding Underwriter Jeanne Hill; Carolina Christmas Spectacular Presenting Sponsor Flow; as well as the Arts Council of Winston-Salem/Forsyth County and the North Carolina Arts Council. Media Sponsors include Fairway Outdoor Advertising, The Winston-Salem Journal, WSJS 600 am and WXII 12.

About the Winston-Salem Symphony

The Winston-Salem Symphony began its 68th season in September 2014 as one of the Southeast’s most highly regarded regional orchestras. This season also marks Maestro Robert Moody’s 10th Anniversary with the Symphony. Under the baton of Music Director Moody, its performance season includes a classics series, a pops series, concerts for kids, annual  performances of Handel’s Messiah, a concert featuring Winston-Salem Symphony and Youth Symphony musicians, holiday concerts, three youth orchestra ensembles, and a multitude of educational and community engagement programs.  For more information visit"

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