The Greensboro Symphony?s mighty oak has grown from the most acornic of beginnings?its story started in the 1920s with a group of musicians at Woman's College. Over the years, the symphony has grown into a cultural cornerstone of the community, with community-outreach programs, youth-involvement events, a secret volcano headquarters, and an endowment fund.
Studio B's lofty, 2,400-square-foot arts and performance space is the perfect place to enjoy an evening of cultured conversation and ubiquitous urbanity. Soaring ceilings craft an acoustically decadent experience, while the glossy aquamarine cement floor tempts taciturn toe-tappers to reach down and pull out their inner Bob Fosse by the bespangled ankles. Studio B's ever-evolving events calendar brings the cochlea-captivating sounds of local and national jazz, rock, folk, and instrumental groups ($5–$10 per event), such as the Carolina-based experimental folk group Songs of Water or the pop leanings of Thieves and Villains (June 23). Jazz lovers get half off tickets to Studio B's Saturday Night Jazz events ($15–$25), usually held on the third Saturday of every month. In June's offering, singers channel the chops of jazz legends Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Cab Calloway, and others in two productions of Harlem Nights, at 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on June 19. Stop by on First Fridays (the first Fridays of each month) for an aural and visual feast, replete with newly exhibited art and danceable tunes.
Brazilian-born Eumir Deodato deftly infuses R&B, combo jazz, Latin, funk, and symphonic musings into a zesty swirl of Grammy-winning harmony. Deodato boasts production and arrangement credits for a diverse net of performers including Aretha Franklin, Björk, Kool & The Gang, and more. High Point Theatre cradles its melody seekers in the spacious yet inviting confines of its nearly 1,000-seat auditorium, ensuring all ears are filled to the brim during Deodato's palpable performance.
Following the baton of music director and conductor David Stewart Wiley, the members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and its chorus deliver concerts that cover a wide spectrum of genres, regaling ears with everything from sci-fi soundtracks to masterpieces by classical composers. Roanoke Symphony Orchestra also surprises audiences with visits from renowned performers by the likes of singer-songwriter LeAnn Rimes and triple-threat Bernadette Peters. Before masterwork concerts, Wiley stages preconcert talks that give audiences musical insight on the pieces that will be performed. To complement its programming, the RSO records a podcast called Inside the Music, which broadcasts playlists off Beethoven’s first generation iPod.
Disney's Daytime Emmy Award–winning Imagination Movers will perform their In a Big Warehouse concert in the grand interior of the Lisner Auditorium, playing their most popular songs and bringing the magic of their eponymous TV series to life. The popular New Orleans–based rock band bridges all generation gaps with fun and educational songs chock-full of memorable melodies and bounding rhythms that adults love as much as kids, fueling long van drives and kindergarten karaoke. With an extravagant set and ecstatic energy, the Imagination Movers give a performance that gets audiences dancing, clapping, and singing along, with guest appearances from Playhouse Disney favorites Choo Choo Soul, Nina, and Warehouse Mouse.