DLPhotoA211The World Premiere performances of Dan Locklair’s Hail the Coming Day (A Festive Piece for Orchestra), commissioned by the City of Winston-Salem to celebrate their Centennial, will be presented by the Winston-Salem Symphony, Robert Moody, Music Director, on Sunday, May 12 at 3:00 PM as part of their concert at the Stevens Center of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem, and on Tuesday, May 14 at 7:30 PM, again at the Stevens Center.

Dr. Locklair has written about Hail the Coming Day, “Completed in January 2013, this approximately five-minute composition is in one movement and consists of five short sections. Scored for a large orchestra of triple woodwinds, triple brass, strings and percussion, the composition takes its title from an 1876 speech given by one of early Winston’s most influential leaders, Robert Gray. He said: “I speak of Winston and Salem as one place….Would that I could speak of them under one name. They are one in identity of interest and future…I hail the coming day [from] which shall rise one united town.” Download the complete program notes at http://www.w-s100years.com/events.cfm/5-12-2013/16/.

Other works on the Pictures at an Exhibition program will be Hovhaness’ Symphony No. 2, “Mysterious Mountain”, Mason Bates’ Liquid Interface and Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, orchestrated by Ravel.

Tickets for the May 12 and 14 concerts are $15 to $62 dollars. For tickets or more information, call 336-464-0145 or visit http://www.wssymphony.org/experience/concerts/pictures-at-an-exhibition/. More about Winston-Salem’s Centennial Celebration at http://www.w-s100years.com/index.cfm.

More information about Dan Locklair, including a bio, list of works and discography, can be found at http://www.locklair.com.

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