We hope you were able to join us for some of this spring’s outstanding MOTP lineup. In case you missed it, or if you’d like to listen again, here are a few of our favorite things.
Music on the Porch returns on Thursday, August 25 with UNC’s amazing a capella group Harmonyx. We’ll see you then!
Join us at the Center for another performance by five stars from UNC’s outstanding jazz program. The quintet will perform “Songs We Know” from the Great American Songbook. UNC’s Faculty Jazz Quintet features Stephen Anderson on piano, Scott Sawyer on guitar, Juan Álamo on vibes, Jason Foureman on bass, and Dan Davis on the drums.
The UNC Jazz Studies program serves a growing undergraduate student population through a variety of courses in jazz history, improvisation, harmony, and composition/arranging. In addition to these classes, the program’s Summer Jazz Workshop continues to draw high school, collegiate, and adult learners from across North Carolina and beyond. Listen to tracks from Stephen Anderson’s 360 Jazz Initiative or watch a clip from last year’s Music on the Porch performance here.
This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
Kidznotes is a Triangle-based non-profit organization that seeks to use music as a catalyst for social change, offering free instruction in classical music to students from low-income communities. Studies show that music training is positively associated with more complex brain development, higher school achievement, and other social, economic, and emotional advantages. Research also suggests that the earlier the introduction to music, the greater the benefit. Kidznotes serves children in the years most crucial to their brain and behavioral development, aspiring to “change the life trajectory of underserved K-12 students through orchestral training.”
CSAS is proud to host the Kidznotes Ambassadors All-Star Quartet (7th grade) and the Vivaldi-Copland Band (3rd-7th grade). The ensembles will play a variety of classical and popular pieces inspired by this year’s theme, “Dream Big.” This show is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!
TUT is an up-and-coming recording artist out of Chattanooga, Tennessee, who has emerged with a sound that transcends the traditional hip-hop label. His spirited album, Preacher’s Son, is breathing into his beloved city a new inspirational life force. Co-founder of the music collective “The House,” alongside artists Isaiah Rashad, Michael Da Vinci, and producers Ktoven, The Antydote, D. Sanders and Chris Calor, TUT (Kevin Adams, Jr.) has already established himself as a prophetic voice of significance far beyond this region. Preacher’s Son is an album that depicts a young man growing up in the church and the streets–confronting the traumas of bad choice, experiencing the redemptive power of hope, and the overwhelming joys of love and charity.
This event is free and open to the public. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while.
Join us at the Center for a free reception to honor the final act of the 2015-16 Process Series. Based on the highly acclaimed book Help Me to Find My People, the play chronicles the journey of African Americans from loss to the search for and discovery of their loved ones immediately after Emancipation, a search that still reverberates in African American families today. The reception will include a dramatic reading as well as songs by Mary D. Williams, and light refreshments will be served.
Crafted by Obie Award-winning playwright Nikkole Salter, Torn Asunder also serves as the final act of the “Telling Our Stories of Home” conference festival, supported by an NEH grant for “Humanities in the Public Square.” The play will be performed on April 7th and 8th at Swain Hall. Get your tickets here!
Artist credit: Amanda Tumusiime, “The Long Stride”