Need a Valentine’s Date Ideas?
Try the Symphony or Theaters
By Sara E. Butner
You don’t have to be an expert on classical music to enjoy the symphony – in fact, both the Greensboro Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony have planned concerts that’ll make a perfect date night for you and your Valentine.
The Greensboro Symphony’s Tanger Outlets Pops Series will present Broadway, Our Way! on Saturday, Feb. 13. Classically trained vocalists, entertainers and recording artists Will and Anthony Nunziata bring fresh takes on timeless Broadway classics in a concert that soars, entertains and comes straight from the heart. The concert includes lush arrangements from West Side Story, South Pacific, Man of La Mancha, including songs like “The Impossible Dream,” “Make Someone Happy,” “Somewhere,” “Being Alive” and their signature mash-ups of songs like “Who Can I Turn To / What Kind of Fool Am I” and “This Nearly Was Mine / Some Enchanted Evening.” The concert takes place at 8 p.m. at Westover Church (505 Muirs Chapel Road, Greensboro). Tickets: $25-$50; purchase online at www.GreensboroSymphony.org.
If rock ‘n roll is more your style, the Winston-Salem Symphony’s Plugged-In Pops Series welcomes Terry Mike Jeffrey for A Salute to Elvis!, also on Saturday, Feb. 13. Jeffrey, an Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and instrumentalist, is known world-wide for his performances of Elvis Presley’s music. With the blessings of Graceland/EPE, and the original orchestra charts from the official Elvis archives, he and his band blend with full orchestras in presenting their salute to the King of Rock & Roll, (minus the impersonator element). The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Reynolds Auditorium (301 N. Hawthorne Road, Winston-Salem). Tickets: $20-$67; purchase online at www.wssymphony.org.
Twin City Stage presents Neil Simon’s Proposals
A warm summer day in 1953 finds the Hines family – Burt, daughter Josie, and housekeeper Clemma – awaiting the arrival of Burt’s ex-wife for a visit to their cottage in the Poconos. When Josie’s old boyfriend and Clemma’s estranged husband show up at the same time, romantic entanglements ensue for one delightfully funny and poignant afternoon. An Opening Night Reception, hosted by NewBridge Bank and Raffaldini Vineyards, will include complimentary hors d’oeuvres and sweets by Savory St. Catering, wine and punch. The Saturday, Feb. 13, performance includes a pre-show Valentine’s Day Wine and Chocolates Reception, courtesy of Raffaldini Vineyards and Black Mountain Chocolates. Performances: Feb. 5 & 6, 11-13 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7 & 14 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $25; purchase online at www.twincitystage.org or call (336) 725-4001.
Stained Glass Playhouse marks Black History Month with The Piano Lesson
Also opening Feb. 5 is August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play The Piano Lesson, which the Stained Glass Playhouse presents in honor of Black History Month. Set in Pittsburgh in 1936, the play focuses on the dispute between Boy Willie and his sister, Berniece, over a family heirloom piano. Boy Willie wants to sell the piano to purchase land down south, but it’s covered with incredible carvings detailing the family’s rise from slavery. The Piano Lesson is a moving story of family, history and survival in which the Charles family must come to terms with their legacy. Performances: Feb. 5 & 6, 12 & 13, 19 & 20 at 8 p.m., Feb. 7, 14, & 21 at 3 p.m. Tickets: $11-16; purchase online stainedglassplayhouse.org (336) 499-1010.
Spirit Gum Theatre Co. returns with biting comedy Seminar
Rounding out a busy month for Winston-Salem theatre, Spirit Gum Theatre presents Theresa Rebeck’s provocative comedy, Seminar. Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private writing classes with Leonard, an international literary figure (played in the original Broadway production by the late Alan Rickman). Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon and hearts are unmoored. The wordplay is not the only thing that turns vicious as innocence collides with experience in this biting Broadway comedy. The production includes adult themes and language. Location: 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. Performances: Feb. 19 & 20, 26 & 27 at 8 p.m., and Feb. 21 & 28 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $10 at door. Visit http://www.spiritgumtheatre.com/ for more information.