Winston-Salem Symphony Presents Discovery Concert for Kids 'Enchanted Fairy Tales'

The concert will take place Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem


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The Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, music director, will present a Discovery Concerts for Kids concert entitled Enchanted Fairy Tales with special guests Paperhand Puppet Intervention. Under the baton of Maestra Jessica Morel, the Winston-Salem Symphony’s assistant conductor, the concert will take place Sunday, April 23 at 3 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium in Winston-Salem. Pre-concert activities will begin at 2 p.m.

At the Enchanted Fairy Tales concert, stories and legends of old will come to life through music and puppetry. Attendees will enjoy the magic of storytelling through music and wonder as Paperhand Puppet Intervention joins the symphony to bring life-size puppets, masks, movement and sound together for an afternoon of magical delights. The concert will include Disney’s "Beauty and the Beast Orchestral Suite," by Alan Menken, in honor of the recently released live-action film version of the musical. In addition, the symphony, accompanied by a variety of life-size Paperhand Puppets, will perform Mendelssohn’s "Overture to a Midsummer Night’s Dream"; “The Hut on Hen’s Legs (Baba Yaga)” from Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition; “Empress of the Pagodas” from Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite; “Hedwig’s Theme” from "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone Suite," by John Williams; Dukas’ "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," made popular by its inclusion in the 1940 Walt Disney animated concert film "Fantasia," in which Mickey Mouse plays the role of the apprentice; and more.

Paperhand Puppet Intervention is a puppet theater company co-founded and co-directed by Donovan Zimmerman and Jan Burger, based out of Saxapahaw, North Carolina. For more than 17 years, the company has been creating original large-scale puppet extravaganzas complete with giant puppets, masks, shadow puppets, stilt dancing, painted flats, live music, and more to help promote social change, peace, and hope for a better world. Paperhand Puppet Intervention shows tell stories of the human heart, illuminate myths from around the world, and inspire young and old alike through their unique brand of creative expression. Paperhand Puppet Intervention creates extraordinary puppets that entertain, bring joy, instigate wonder, and inspire contemplation about the incredible world around us.

Single tickets for Discovery concerts are $7 for children, ages three to 12 (age two and under, free) and $18 for adults. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336.464.0145 or online at

The doors will open at 2 p.m. on April 23, an hour before performance time, for a variety of child-friendly pre-concert events. Guests will have the opportunity to take part in creating fairy-tale themed crafts, enjoying classic fairy tale stories at the Reading Corner, and watching fairy tale stories come to life by local puppeteers! Children also will learn and perform West African rhythms through participation in a drum circle and meet enchanted characters from beloved fairy tales. They also will be able to hold, play, and learn about instruments at an instrument petting zoo. Pre-concert activities are included in the price of the concert ticket.

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