Free Patriot Pops concerts in July will feature local rock band Judy Barnes
The Summer Parks Series will conclude its six-performance inaugural season with free “Patriotic Pops” concerts at Triad Park at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday July 3 and Tanglewood Park at 6:00 p.m. Sunday July 13.
“The Piedmont Wind Symphony under the direction of Maestro Matthew Troy consistently brings audiences to their feet,” said Jim Sparrow, President and CEO of The Arts Council, “ and we are delighted that the symphony, along with the Judy Barnes Band, will present the final two concerts in our Summer Parks Series. Patriotic Pops -music for the entire family– is sure to be a crowd pleaser and a great way to spend an afternoon in one of our county parks.”
Maestro Troy has performed many times with Jodi Burns, who is the lead singer/songwriter for the Judy Barnes Band. They have performed both classical concerts and oratorios in addition to Burns being selected to sing the song “So There” with Ben Folds during his recent appearance with the Piedmont Wind Symphony. The Wind Symphony will present Judy Barnes on the first half of the concert and then will play some of the best patriotic pops and film music to close the program.
“Having worked with Matthew Troy many times as an opera singer, this opportunity to collaborate and unite my two passions, symphonic music and rock’n roll, is a dream come true,” said Burns. “It’s such a thrill to be able to work with so many talented musicians to bring our songs to life”
Matthew Troy said that these concerts fit perfectly into the Piedmont Wind Symhpony’s continuing mission to bring accessible and upllifting programming to all of the residents of the area. “The Piedmont Wind Symphony is thrilled to present these free concerts to the community on July 3rd and 10th! We have made great strides this year to present the highest quality artistic experiences while making them accessible and affordable for everyone,” said Troy. “This collaboration with the Judy Barnes band highlights our commitment to Winston-Salem and the incredible talent we have in this City of the Arts.”
Performances in the Summer Parks Series are free and open to the public. “Just come and bring a chair or blanket and settle in for a musical treat,” Sparrow said. Food trucks will be on site and refreshments will be available for purchase.
There are no rain dates but the Arts Council Theater at 610 Coliseum Drive in Winston-Salem is the indoor back- up site. However, seating is limited at the Arts Council Theatre and in case of inclimate weather, seating there will be on a first-come/first-served basis.
The Summer Parks Series is sponsored by The Arts Council of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, Lowes Food and the County of Forsyth. Several Forsyth County commissioners are working to increase family-friendly events at both Triad and Tanglewood Parks, and based on attendance at earlier events, this popular series is likely find support to continue.
Guest emcee for the July 3 performance at Kernersville’s Triad Park will be Chair of the County Commissioners, David Plyler. Commissioner Don Martin will be guest emcee at the Sunday, July 10, Tanglewood Park performance in Clemmons.
Judy Barnes band members are: Jodi Burns, Tim Nolan, Alexis Siebert, Scott Brandenburg, Philip Pledger and Rachel Endsley.