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.
Hindugrass was founded in Los Angeles in 1998 by John Heitzenrater and friends as an acoustic vehicle to explore the commonalities between the classical and folk music of Northern India and the folk and bluegrass styles of Appalachia. The band features Heitzenrater on the sarod, Laura Thomas on the violin, Leah Gibson on the cello, Wiley Sykes on the tabla, and Ed Butler on percussion. The sound of Hindugrass is a fresh new voice for Indian fusion, a surprising and engaging festival for the ears in an age where everything has “already been done.” Alternately haunting and soaring sarod melodies intermingle with the sweet twang and bite of instruments from the Smoky Mountains and the rich palette of chamber strings over a driving bed of percussion instruments from around the world.
The band recently recorded its second studio album, and they will perform some of their newest material at the Love House & Hutchins Forum. Bring a picnic blanket and stay for a while!