On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running-mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.
In 1543, England’s King Henry VIII married his sixth and last wife, Catherine Parr.
In 1862, during the Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill authorizing the Army Medal of Honor.
In 1909, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in passing the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, allowing for a federal income tax, and submitted it to the states; it was declared ratified in February 1913.
In 1962, The Rolling Stones played their first-ever gig at The Marquee in London.
The first thing Winston-Salem audiences learned about Timothy Redmond, was that the music comes first.
Redmond, a conductor and composer from the United Kingdom, has been named the Winston-Salem Symphony’s new music director. At his audition concert in April, he launched right into the first piece, Stravinsky’s “Pulcinella Suite,” before talking to the audience.
“I don’t like to speak before I conduct,” he said in an interview later.
Redmond’s first concert as the orchestra’s music director will be Oct. 27 and 29, featuring Stravinsky’s “The Rite of Spring.” He will conduct four more 2019–2020 Classics concerts and two of the four Pops concerts — “A Carolina Christmas: The Gathering” and “John Williams: Star Wars and Beyond.”
When Redmond did speak at the April concert, it was to introduce the Sibelius Symphony (No. 1) with a pitch-perfect combination of humor and smarts. He used context and anecdotes that ranged from WWII to The Beatles.
“We all want to be told a story,” Redmond said. “And I have never yet met an audience that didn’t respond better if they know something about the piece.”
Redmond, 47, is married and has two children in college — or “at university,” as they say in Great Britain. “They look forward to visiting when they can,” he said.
He will maintain residences in both London and Winston-Salem, and will be working here on a O-1 Visa, which is issued to “individuals with extraordinary ability or achievement,” according to the U.S. Government website.
His contract with the symphony is for four years.
“The 2019-20 season will be a year of transition as Tim works around other pre-existing commitments,” said Merritt Vale, who has been president and chief executive of the symphony for 19 years. “Tim looks forward to being settled as he begins his first full season with us in 2020-2021.
“Because this is not a full-time professional orchestra, we expect and encourage the new music director to pursue other conducting opportunities when not engaged in Winston-Salem. ... and to take the story of the Winston-Salem Symphony around the world.”
Redmond was the last of five finalists who interviewed and auditioned for the music director job in 2018 and 2019. Those five were vetted down from 121 applicants who lived on every continent except Antarctica. The symphony’s search committee considered input about the finalists from audience members and symphony musicians using surveys and direct inquiry.
David Levy is a professor of music at Wake Forest University and a former symphony musician who writes the program notes for the symphony’s concerts. He was on the search committee.
“Overall, Tim was the strongest candidate,” Levy said. “As a conductor, he got the musicians excited to play, and he got the audience excited. In some ways, he’s the most experienced of the conductors.
“He generated far and away the most enthusiasm. We have great hopes for how the orchestra is going to function under his direction.”
The Winston-Salem Symphony will be Redmond’s second music-director job. He is music director at the Cambridge Philharmonic. He has widely distinguished himself as a freelancer, conducting and presenting concert music and operas throughout Europe. He often conducts the London Symphony Orchestra and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and teaches conducting at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama.
Corine Brouwer has been concertmaster at the Winston-Salem Symphony for about 20 years. The concertmaster leads the first-violin section in an orchestra and, after the conductor, is the second-most important leader in an orchestra.
“We, the musicians, immediately felt a connection with Tim when he took the podium,” Brouwer said. “During rehearsals and during the concerts, his extraordinary level of musicianship and his leadership were inspiring. He was engaging and collaborative and fun both on and off the podium. I know he will be a great addition to our community.
“Another thing that I loved about Tim was his remarkable wit. Maybe it’s his British sense of humor, but he put us all at ease through his demeanor. I really appreciated that he asked the musicians for improvements during rehearsals in such a way that had us all laughing. Yet we also felt inspired, thinking, yes, of course we should play it that way in order to perform at our very best. His approach was refreshing and delightful.”
Redmond said that he is excited by the Winston-Salem’s Symphony’s existing educational programs and by the symphony’s potential.
“I’m exited about the possibilities. I’m excited for the potential for putting on different types of performances for the audiences that they haven’t experienced before — whether that’s bringing them from elsewhere or creating something completely bespoke for Winston-Salem,” Redmond said. “I’m excited about growing the connections with education — from the elementary schools to the universities.
“I have worked for large organizations with massive resources, but there are limitations. ... The larger an organization is, the harder it is to be spontaneous.
“A smaller organization like Winston-Salem Symphony can sometimes move faster. We know this in all kinds of business.”
Redmond said that he found the team at the symphony and the city of Winston-Salem to be inspiring.
“It seems like everybody wants to do more and better,” he said. “And you don’t get that vibe everywhere.”
Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp: “Pinocchio”: 10 a.m. today; 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday at the Andy Griffith Playhouse, 218 Rockford St., Mount Airy. For ages 5-18, must have completed kindergarten. For more information, go to www.surryarts.org.
Kaleideum’s Peppercorn Theatre Presents: “Stoo’s Famous Martian-American Gumbo”: 6:30 p.m. today; 2 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and July 20-21, 28; 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. July 19, 26; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 27 at The Arts Based School, 1380 N. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem. Admission is $12, $10 for Kaleideum members. For ages 6 and older. For more information, go to www.peppercorntheatre.org.
English Country Dancing: 6:45-9 p.m. today at the Historic Bethabara Visitor Center, 2147 Bethabara Road, Winston-Salem. Free but contributions will be accepted. For more information, go to www.facebook.com/ecdbethabara or call 336-712-7575.
True Temple Outreach Ministries: Pastor Essie C. McCullough will be speaking at the 43rd Pastoral Anniversary at 7 p.m. today. The church is located at 1415 S. Main St., Winston-Salem. For more information call 336-771-2111.
The Good Time Band with Bill Brady: 7 p.m. today at the Midway Event Center and Music Hall, 11141 Old U.S. 52, Suite 10, Winston-Salem. For more information, call 336-793-4218.
“High Noon” Screening: 7:30-11 p.m. today at Bailey Park, 445 N. Patterson Ave., Winston-Salem. Free.
“Hairspray”: 8 p.m. today, Saturday, and July 17-20; 2 p.m. Sunday and July 21 at Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem. Tickets are $16-$18 and are available at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4188088.
Ardmore Neighborhood Association Women’s Doubles Tennis: 9 a.m. today at the Miller Park tennis courts, 400 Leisure Lane, Winston-Salem. It is strictly for fun and exercise; no competition. Open to all women. All ages and levels are welcome. Free. For more information, call 505-239-4382.
Q: If you pick up dog poop while walking your dog, is it legal to throw the bag into someone else’s city trash cart?
Answer: That depends on where the cart is, a city official said.
Refuse carts are city property, said Chris Christmas, head of the city sanitation department. “There is no prohibition against its disposal in the cart as long as it’s bagged,” he said.
However, you can’t go onto someone else’s property to dispose of the bag without permission.
“We are aware that situations develop from time to time such as the one where someone places dog waste in a cart as they are walking down the street,” Christmas said. “While this may not be the best solution for disposing of dog waste, placing it in a cart within the right-of-way is not a violation of the city ordinance. Of course, there may be a trespass issue if the person crosses the right-of-way onto private property to access the cart.”
SAM’s solution is to carry the bags back to his own property when walking his dog, Daisy.
And while we’re on the subject, yes, if you are in the city limits you do have to pick up after your dog, or face a potential city code violation. Code 6-12 says that it is “unlawful for the owner of any dog to permit the dog to leave its feces on the property of another.” It is also unlawful for the owner of a dog to permit the dog to leave its feces on city property or in a city street.
“When the identity and contact information of the violator can be reasonably ascertained by the city, then the city may issue a notice of violation and take enforcement action against the violator,” according to the code.
A violation of that code constitutes a class 3 misdemeanor, and “shall subject the offender to a fine of not more than $500.”
Q: What’s going on with the post office at Hanes Mall? On Monday I went to the Hanes Mall location and the clerk said he did not have any stamps. I said to stop joking and give me the Marvin Gaye collection. He said no, we do not have any stamps.
Answer: Towana Cheathem, the head clerk at that location, said that the office did not run out of all stamps, but it did run out of the Marvin Gaye stamps, which have been especially popular. Stamp supplies ran low at that post office after the Fourth of July, in part because of a large number of purchases from businesses, but they were replenished on Tuesday. “When we sell out, a reorder takes awhile to come back in,” Cheathem said. At last word, they did have the Marvin Gaye stamps in stock, she said.
The Marvin Gaye stamps are sold in a sheet of 16 stamps designed to look like a vintage 45 rpm record sleeve, and are the latest stamps in the U.S. Postal Service’s “Music Icons” series. They are also available online at www.usps.com/store (click on the “Shop All Stamps” button).
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