blueAbbeyart Arts at the Abbey Schedule

2014 – 2015 Arts at the Abbey

All concerts are at 8:00 PM Except as listed. All concerts are free. Donations are gladly accepted

All concerts are held in the Belmont Abbey Basilica on the campus of Belmont Abbey College (at Exit 26 on I-85) in Belmont NC and are free to the public. This series is made possible in part by the Associated Foundation, Inc. of Belmont, The Monks of Belmont Abbey and other private donors. Click here to download the 2014-15 PDF schedule. 

Click here to download the 2014-15 PDF schedule. 

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

September 9, 2014
Violin & Piano: Lopez Tabor Duo

1LopezTabor 1024x839 Arts at the Abbey ScheduleThe duo from Venezuela makes a return visit to the Abbey playing traditional European music as well as that of Spain and Latin America.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

The Lopez Tabor Duo, Alfonso Lopez, violin, and Michelle Tabor, piano, have performed and toured together in the southeastern U.S. and Venezuela since 2004. Alfonso Lopez is one of the most prominent and versatile musicians of his country. He holds the important position of concertmaster of the Venezuela Symphony Orchestra, the national and principal orchestra. He is also a conductor, teacher, and composer. Michelle Tabor grew up in Venezuela and now lives in Tallahassee, FL. She holds doctorate, master’s, and bachelor’s degrees in music from Florida State University, the University of Denver, and Tulane University. You can find more information and videos of performances of the Lopez Tabor Duo on their website.

The program features  traditional violin/piano repertoire by Beethoven including the romance in F major, opus 50 and a work by Brahms written as a birthday present for Joseph Joachim friend and violinist.

The rest of the program from the Hispanic world includes a Spanish sonata by Joaquin Turina, and works by Argentine composers including  Piazzolla. The final piece, “Alma Llanera,” is a Venezuelan joropo, familiar to every Venezuelan, as it is almost a second national anthem.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

October 6, 2014
Music around Frederick the Great or C.P.E. Bach at 300!:  Carolina Pro Musica

2FredtheGreatflute Arts at the Abbey ScheduleThe Abbey’s ensemble in residence presents music with period instruments and voice celebrating the 300th birthday of J.S. Bach’s son C.P.E.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

When King Frederick II of Prussia ascended the throne in 1740, C.P.E. Bach was named court musician in Berlin and Potsdam. Bach remained there for 30 years and wrote some of his most important works during this time. Other composers in the court were Quantz and Graun. Frederick (later called the Great) played the flute, composed and even wrote an opera libretto. Come experience a variety of music as you hear rarely performed wonderful works.

Carolina Pro Musica was established in 1977 to promote the performance of music written before 1800 through the use of historic instruments and/or copies and in the performance practice of the periods in which the music was written. The ensemble has had a concert series since that time utilizing Charlotte churches and historic St. Mary’s Chapel. They have performed in the Southeast, in Boston during the Early Music Festival, and in Europe (Poland and the UK) including Handel’s London home, now a museum. Belmont Abbey College has honored them as Abbey Artists since the 2001-2002 academic year.  www.carolinapromusica.org

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

November 3, 2014
Two at the Organ: John Apple and Karen Hite Jacob

3JohnApple Arts at the Abbey ScheduleJohn Apple, organist/choirmaster at Mt. Holly’s Good Shepherd Lutheran, and Abbey organist Karen Hite Jacob join to perform a variety of works for two performers on the Basilica’s organ. Composers featured will be by known such as Schubert and little-known Lachner and Ruddnick from the 19th and 20th century.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

Much of this music has been discovered and resurrected by Michael Johnston of Michael’s Music Service in Charlotte. (www.michaelsmusicservice.com)

D. John Apple, a native of Michigan, has lived in Charlotte, NC since 1982. He has degrees from Westminster Choir College (M.M.), Houghton College (B.M.) and Concordia Lutheran Junior College/Ann Arbor (A.A.). He is historian for the Charlotte Chapter AGO and founder/president of Metrolina Theatre Organ Society. Since 1987 John has been involved with preserving the Carolina Theatre, Charlotte’s 1927 movie palace, with plans for a theatre organ there. As a result, he co-founded the Carolina Theatre Preservation Society in 1997, of which he is vice-president. In April 2003, he was elected to the board of directors of the American Theatre Organ Society. He is the author of Pipe Organs of Charlotte (1985).

Karen Hite Jacob has been organist for Belmont Abbey Basilica and College since 2000. She is lector in music at the college, instructor of piano, organ, harpsichord, choral activities and director of Arts at the Abbey. She is also founder and artistic director of the early music ensemble Carolina Pro Musica.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

November 23, 2014
Abbey Arts Extra: UNC Charlotte Chamber Singers

Chorale 4 28 14 38 200x300 Arts at the Abbey Schedule The UNC Charlotte Chamber Singers present an eclectic concert of sacred music from the 16th-20th centuries, featuring William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices.

Location: The Abbey Basilica

Donations are gladly accepted.

The UNC Charlotte Chamber Singers present an eclectic concert of sacred music from the 16th-20th centuries, featuring William Byrd’s Mass for Four Voices on Sunday November 23, 2014 at 3:00 P.M.in the wonderful acoustics of Belmont Abbey Basilica. The Chamber Singers are an auditioned group of 14 singers from many different majors across campus, who travel and perform regularly across the state and around the region. Specializing in a cappella repertoire, this undergraduate ensemble is equally at home with medieval polyphony and vocal jazz. Dr. Randy Haldeman, director of Choral activities at UNCC directs this ensemble. Admission is free.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

December 5, 2014
Holiday Concert

4winds2013 Arts at the Abbey ScheduleThe college choir and instrumental students present music for the season with carols for all to sing.   This is a great way to start off your Christmas season.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

Feb 9, 2015
So longs the Soul – Music for Lent: Carolina Pro Musica

5CPM Arts at the Abbey ScheduleLooking toward Easter preparation, Carolina Pro Musica presents an exquisite program including Fiocco’s Lamentations for soprano and viola da gamba solo, sonatas by Veracini and Marcello and J.S. Bach arias including “Bete, bete” from Cantata 115 and “Blute nur” from the St. Matthew Passion.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

In the Catholic liturgy, the Lamentations of Jeremiah provided a source of inspiration for many composers. The genre spanned several centuries. Found in the Book of Lamentations, they are part of the liturgy of the Holy Week, and exemplify the important component of lament, atonement and repentance of the Paschal festivities. Hector-Joseph Fiocco, born in Belgium to Italian parents, worked in Antwerp where he composed the Lamentations. The work is scored for soprano voice and viola da gamba solo and is based on Lamentations, Chapter 2 verses 12-15. The work ends with the call: Jerusalem convertere ad Dominum Deum tuum (Jerusalem, return onto the Lord thy God) which comes from Hosea 14:1.

“Bete, Bete” from J.S. Bach’s Cantata 115 asks us to pray while awake so as to be prepared and be able to be made free from sin. The longing of this request is demonstrated in the florid musical lines which are shared by the flute, the viol and the singer. In keeping with the sacred atmosphere, Carolina Pro Musica uses a small 18th c style chamber organ for this program. Carolina Pro Musica was established in 1977 to promote the performance of music written before 1800 through the use of historic instruments and/or copies and in the performance practice of the periods in which the music was written. Belmont Abbey College has honored them as Abbey Artists since the 2001-2002 academic year.

www.carolinapromusica.org

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

February 20, 2015
Music from the 16th to 20th century: The Cecilia Ensemble

6Cecilia Ensemblen Arts at the Abbey ScheduleA group of professional singers from South Carolina will perform an all-English program.  Included will be William Byrd’s Mass for four voices, English anthems and motets, James Macmillan’s Cantos Sagrados, and Benjamin Britten’s Five Flower Songs.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

The Cecilia Ensemble is a choral ensemble based in Augusta, Georgia, consisting of a core of twelve professionally trained musicians.  Established in 2011, The Cecilia Ensemble has developed a reputation for its clarity, expressivity, and commitment to the performance of early music.  Recently, the ensemble has expanded its repertoire to include music of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.  The Cecilia Ensemble has performed throughout the region, including invitations to the Westabou Festival, Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Georgia chapter of the American Choral Directors Association Summer Conference, and an engagement with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta.  Highlights for 2014-2015 include performances for the South Carolina chapter of the American Choral Director’s Association and concerts in Atlanta, Charlotte, and Columbia.  In January, The Cecilia Ensemble will join with the Symphony Orchestra Augusta to present Johann Sebastian Bach’s Mass in B Minor. The ensemble is directed by Dr/ Joel Scraper, director of choral activities at the University of SC at Aiken.

http://www.thececiliaensemble.com/

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

March 26, 2015
Palmis Trio (clarinet, cello and piano) from Europe

7Palmis2 Arts at the Abbey ScheduleThe Palmis Trio was formed very recently (2013) when the musicians played together on a tour in the USA. The result was so successful (and fun) that the musicians decided to start playing together regularly. The Palmis Trio is a truly international ensemble, the cellist Pamela Smits is from Holland, Sabine Simon, Piano, from Germany and Allan Ware, clarinet, from the USA.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

The early programs of the trio were the traditional literature from Beethoven and Brahms, and the lesser known Trio from Alexander Zemlinsky. The Palmis Trio performances in Europe have all been met with critical acclaim and repeated invitations from concert organizers.  The coming season takes them across Germany and to the US and Amsterdam.  All three of the musicians are active teachers with extensive experience in giving master classes. Their program at the Abbey will be a combination of traditional works and contemporary ones.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

May 3, 2015 – 3:00 PM
Spring Concert

8Spring2014 Arts at the Abbey ScheduleThe college music students, chorus and instrumental ensembles present the annual end of the college year concert.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu)

Please call 704-461-6813 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.