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WINSTON-SALEM, NC—Music Carolina has announced its WinterFest schedule that includes the ever popular “Swingle Bells,” “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” and “Peter and the Wolf.”

 The Music Carolina 2018 WinterFest runs December 3 through December 27, 2018. Ticket prices range from $8 for students and children to $23 for adults. For more information, a comprehensive schedule, or to purchase tickets, visit

WinterFest takes place in venues around Winston-Salem. Concert sites include: The Millennium Center; the Centenary United Methodist Church Auditorium; and Salem College Fine Arts Center’s Shirley Recital Hall.

 The series kicks off with “Swingle Bells” on Mon., Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Millennium Center.  The concert features vocalist Martha Bassett with the Giannini Brass and the special Jazzmas Trio.

Swingle Bells continues to be a highly anticipated kick-off to the local holiday season, featuring holiday music with a fun jazz edge that appeals to people of all ages. Musical selections include “Sleigh Ride,” “Let it Snow,” “The Christmas Song,” “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and much more. Featured musicians include Martha Bassett, vocals; Federico Pivetta, piano; Matt Kendrick, bass, John Wilson, drums; Anita Cirba and Ken Wilmot, trumpets; Joe Mount, French horn; Chris Ferguson, trombone; and Matt Ransom, tuba.

Back by popular demand is “A Charlie Brown Christmas” on Wed., Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in Shirley Recital Hall at Salem College Fine Arts Center. Music from the beloved TV special will be performed by the Music Carolina Jazz Trio featuring Federico Pivetta, piano; Matt Kendrick, bass; and John Wilson, drums.  Selections include “O Tannenbaum,” “Skating,” “Linus and Lucy,” and much more. Members of the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus under the direction of Dr. Sonja Sepulveda will join the trio on well-known selections such as “Christmastime is Here” and “Sleigh Ride.”

 A Winston-Salem holiday tradition and a favorite for children of all ages, “Peter and the Wolf“ will be performed on Thurs., Dec. 27 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. at the Auditorium at Centenary United Methodist Church. The music by Sergei Prokofiev is performed by the Music Carolina Wind Quintet, with added percussion. Members of the ensemble include: Debra Pivetta, flute; Anna Lampidis, oboe; Ron Rudkin, clarinet; Joe Mount, French horn; Carol Bernstorf, bassoon; and Beverly Naiditch, percussion. This year’s performances will be narrated by singer Jason McKinney. McKinney is well known for his performances with opera companies in North Carolina and worldwide. His recent projects include a portrayal of the life and music of the African-American opera singer Paul Robeson.



Music Carolina WinterFest 2018 Swingle Bells

Monday, December 3 at 7:30 p.m.

The Millennium Center $23 General Admission and $8 Students/Children (price includes tax/fees)

Martha Bassett, vocals; Federico Pivetta, piano; Matt Kendrick, bass; John Wilson, drums; Anita Cirba, trumpet; Ken Wilmot, trumpet; Joe Mount, horn; Chris Ferguson, trombone; Matt Ransom, tuba

A Charlie Brown Christmas

Wednesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.

Salem College Fine Arts Center, Shirley Recital Hall $23 General Admission and $8 Students/Children (price includes tax/fees)

Beloved selections from the Charlie Brown TV special. The Winston-Salem Youth Chorus joins the Music Carolina Jazz Trio featuring Federico Pivetta, piano; Matt Kendrick, bass; and John Wilson, drums.

Peter and the Wolf

Thursday, December 27, 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Centenary United Methodist Church Auditorium $10 adults, $8 student/child (price includes tax/fees)

Enjoy the classic tale, up close to the musician, in its chamber music version. Jason McKinney, narrator, Debra Pivetta, flute, Anna Lampidis, oboe, Ron Rudkin, clarinet Joe Mount, horn, Carol Bernstorf, bassoon, Beverly Naiditch, percussion

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