Winston-Salem State University Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Myron D. Brown will be the guest pianist for Winston-Salem Symphony concerts on Saturday, Nov. 16 (7:30 p.m.) and Sunday, Nov. 17 (3 p.m.) and Tuesday, Nov. 19 (7:30 p.m.).
He will perform with Symphony musicians on Mozart’s “Concerto for Piano No. 19 in F Major, k. 459.”
The concerts will also feature “Siegfried Idyll” by Richard Wagner and “Symphony No. 4 in B-flat Major” by Ludwig van Beethoven. The concert series will be conducted by guest conductor Philip Mann, music director of the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra.
The “Music Lovers’ Luncheon,” a fun and informative pre-concert lunch with Maestro Mann, Brown and Beethoven scholar Dr. David Levy, will take place Friday, Nov. 15 at noon at The Piedmont Club, 200 West Second St. Reservations are required for the luncheon and can be made by calling 336-724-7077.
The Nov. 16 performance is part of the Kicked-Back Classics Series. After each Kicked-Back concert, concert-goers can join the maestro, guest artists and members of the orchestra for Brews with Bob at W-S Prime in the Marriott.
This series 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.
Brown won the Alys Stephens Piano Competition at Birmingham-Southern College for three consecutive years, from 2002 to 2004, and is also a three-time winner of the Frances & Dorsey Whittington Concerto/Aria Competition at Birmingham-Southern College.
In 2004, he received the Trotter Award for “Most Outstanding Performance” from the Alabama Music Teachers’ Association and the Theodore Presser Scholarship from the Presser Music Foundation.
In June 2008, Dr. Brown performed in “A Celebration of Black Music 2008,” at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. That same year, he was selected as the winner of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s “Piano Idol” competition.
Shortly afterward, he made his debut as a soloist with the late Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. In addition to the classical art form, Dr. Brown also has a passion for gospel music and has had the opportunity to share the stage with gospel recording artists such as Tramaine Hawkins, BeBe & CeCe Winans and BET’s “Sunday Best” winner Crystal Aikin.
Dr. Brown was a recipient of the Sarah & Robert Flemister Scholarship from Birmingham Southern-College, where he studied with William DeVan. He received his master’s degree from the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. He earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory of Music.
All the concerts will take place at the Stevens Center, 405 W. Fourth St. Tickets range from $15 – $62 and are available in advance by calling the Symphony Box Office at 336-464-0145 or online at WSsymphony.org.