ArtsLogoGreen2015 – 2016 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.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

September 14, 2015  8:00 PM

Songs Without Words, Dances Without Tutus: Carla Copeland-Burns, flute

Assisted by Inara Zandmane, piano and Michael Burns, bassoon

UNC-Greensboro faculty members present a colorful program that spans the ages and explores the voice of the flute through the inspiration of song, dance, and folk music. Music is by Couperin, Bizet, Mendelssohn, Bartok and Piazzolla.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.
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Flutist Carla Copeland-Burns enjoys an active teaching and performing career based in the artistically diverse and thriving state of North Carolina. Copeland-Burns currently performs with the Greensboro, Salisbury, and NC Symphonies as well as the NC Opera Orchestra, Carolina Ballet Orchestra, Blue Mountain Ensemble, Mallarmé Chamber Players, and with the performer-composer collective Forecast Music. Performances with the North Carolina Symphony include all positions of the flute section, including numerous appearances as Principal Flute.
Faculty positions have included the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Radford University, and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music Preparatory Division. As a guest artist-teacher, Copeland-Burns has appeared at schools including the New Zealand School of Music, Auckland University, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, and Florida State University. She has been a featured performer at the National Flute Association Conventions in New Orleans (2013) and Charlotte (2011), and at several International Double Reed Society Conferences including Melbourne, Australia, Banff, Canada and Madison, Wisconsin. Copeland-Burns has enjoyed performing opportunities under such noted conductors as Grant Llewellyn, Gerard Schwarz, Bobby McFerrin, Stuart Malina, Gerhart Zimmermann, Timothy Myers, William Henry Curry, and Dmitry Sitkovetsky. In summers she has been associated with the New England Music Camp and the Eastern Music Festival, and in 2013 she joined the faculty of the InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Tuscany, Italy. Copeland-Burns has recorded with ensembles on the Albany, Centaur, and Klavier labels and has been heard on several editions of NPR’s Performance Today. Mentors include Charles DeLaney, Lois Schaefer, Carol Wincenc, and Nadine Asin and her degrees are from Florida State University, New England Conservatory, and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. www.carlacopelandburns.com

Born in the capital of Latvia, Riga, Inara Zandmane started to play piano at the age of six. Ms. Zandmane holds BM and MM from Latvian Academy of Music, MM in piano performance from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, and DMA in piano performance from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. She has been the staff accompanist at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2003, performing up to fifty recitals per year. Ms. Zandmane is frequently invited to serve as an official accompanist at national competitions and conferences, among them the North American Saxophone Alliance conference and the MTNA National competition since 2004. Ms. Zandmane has been presented in solo recitals in St. Paul, Kansas City, Cleveland, St. Louis, and New York, as well as in many Republics of former Soviet Union. In April 2000, she was invited to perform at the Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Inara Zandmane has appeared as a soloist with the Latvian National Orchestra, Liepaja Symphony, Latvian Academy of Music Student Orchestra, SIU Symphony, and UMKC Conservatory Symphony and Chamber orchestras. She has performed with various chamber ensembles at the International Chamber Music Festivals in Riga, Vilnius, Tallinn, Helsinki (Finland), and Norrtelje (Sweden). Ms. Zandmane has collaborated with such musicians as Martin Storey, Paul Coletti, Branford Marsalis, Michel Debost, Kelly Burke, Steven Stusek, and Susan Fancher. Zandmane has performed with Blue Mountain in numerous recitals, recording projects, and at the National Flute Association 2011 Convention in Charlotte.

Bassoonist Michael Burns has an active career as a teacher, composer and performer. He is Professor of Bassoon at the University of NC-Greensboro, and is a Yamaha Performing Artist. Burns has recorded extensively and his solo CD Primavera: Music for Bassoon and Piano by Bassoonists was released on the Mark Masters label to critical acclaim. He currently performs as a soloist, in chamber groups, and orchestrally with numerous recent performances at International Double Reed Society conventions, recitals and masterclasses throughout North America, Germany, China and the South Pacific. He serves as principal bassoon with the Asheville Symphony and the North Carolina Opera and as bassoonist in the EastWind and Blue Mountain Ensembles, and Forecast Music. He also performs regularly with the North Carolina, and Greensboro Symphonies and as a guest with the Ciompi Quartet and Mallarme Chamber Players. His students have earned positions on the faculties of some of the leading universities in the U.S. Burns has also been associated with the Eastern Music Festival the Bands of America/MFA Summer Symposium, New England Music Camp, and the Affetti Music Festival in Alaska. Many of his compositions are published by TrevCo Music. www.michaelburnsbassoon.com

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

October 5, 2015   8:00 PM

Captivated by Love and Dancing: Carolina Pro Musica with John Pruett

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International artist baroque violinist John Pruett joins Carolina Pro Musica for a rare glimpse into musical genius.  Handel’s virtuosic cantata Il Delirio Amoroso (text by Cardinal Pamphili), and Telemann’s enthralling Paris Quartet in E minor are part of this thrilling period instruments performance.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

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 local churches and historic St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte. 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.

All Carolina Pro Musica members have training and studies in ‘early music’.

Founder/director Karen Hite Jacob is organist for Belmont Abbey monastery and college where she also teaches voice and keyboard instruments and directs the concert series. Vocalist Rebecca Miller Saunders, a Gastonia native studied early music at the University of Indiana, Bloomington. Holly Wright Maurer teaches early music at Central Piedmont Community College. Both she and Eddie Ferrell of Carolina Pro Musica studied at the New England Conservatory of Music. www.carolinapromusica.org

Guest Artist John Pruett plays both modern and baroque instruments including violin and viola. He is regularly heard in the Carolinas from the Triangle to the Triad, in South Carolina and with El Ensamble Barroco de Arequipa in Peru. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music. John has played principal viola for 26 years with the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle. He is also first violin of the Triangle Quartet. For several years he has been organizing orchestras and ensembles of period instruments for Old Salem, the Moramus Choir and Piedmont Chamber Singers. He also is concertmaster for the Collegium Musicum Salem a group devoted to authentic instrument performances. John appears as a guest artist on Carolina Pro Musica’s CD “Following the Lamb”.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

November 2, 2015  8:00 PM

Music for Violin and Guitar: Jamie Laval, violin  and Amy Brucksch,  classical guitar

U.S. National  Scottish Fiddle Champion, Jamie Laval presents rarely heard  music for violin and guitar  including works by Paganini. (sweet, charming, and melodious like bel canto opera rendered on violin) and some of his own compositions.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

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Hailing from the Pacific Northwest and now making his home in Tryon, NC, Laval studied classical violin at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in British Columbia. During the earlier years of his professional career he performed with the Victoria Symphony, Northwest Chamber Orchestra, and Seattle Opera. In 2002 Laval won the U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship which launched his now full-time career in Celtic music with a schedule of over 80 solo performances per year nationally. He is featured regularly on NPR, has recorded numerous movie sound tracks and three solo albums (“Best World Traditional Album, 2012 Independent Music Awards), and gave a private performance for Her Majesty The Queen. A devoted and respected educator, Laval teaches classes and workshops for institutions such as St. Andrews University (Laurinburg, NC), Davidson College (Davidson, NC), California State University (San Marcos, CA), John C. Campbell Folk School, and The Swannanoa Gathering. Laval performs on an exquisite violin made by Kurt Widenhouse of Belmont, NC.

www.jamielaval.com/

 

Amy Brucksch, classical guitar

Classical guitarist Amy Brucksch performs throughout the Southeast, celebrating the rich heritage of the classical guitar, and exploring musical connections with world-renowned musicians as diverse as Celtic fiddlers, Baroque harpsichordists and African percussionists. She has a highly regarded CD, Luminescence, with flutist Kate Steinbeck, and plays regularly with Pan Harmonia, a chamber music ensemble based in Asheville, NC. Her local performances include the Greenville Symphony Spotlight Series, Wofford College Troubadour Series, and at Brevard College and Anderson University. Formerly on the faculty of the University of Toledo and Adrian College, she was an Ohio Arts Council Touring Artist. Her music degrees are from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and Bowling Green State University. She currently teaches classical guitar at Thomas Jefferson Classical Academy and has a private studio at Wild Roots Fine Arts Center in Forest City. Amy lives in Tryon, NC and plays a guitar custom made for her by California luthier, Gregory Byers.

www.amybruckschguitar.com/

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

December 4, 2015  8:00 PM

Holiday Concert

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The college chorus, voice and instrumental students present music for the season. There will be carols for all to sing.  This is a great way to start your Christmas celebration.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

The College Chorus is a mixture of students and faculty under the direction of monastery organist Karen Hite Jacob. Samuel P. Stowe III directs the instrumental ensemble.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

February 1, 2016  8:00 PM

Romantic to Modern: Mark Valenti, piano

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Chicago-based pianist performs an eclectic mix of piano pieces from the elegant gracefulness of Classicism, the passionate lyricism of Romanticism, the atmospheric Impressionism of Debussy to the rhythmic percussiveness of Modernism.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

“He has a wonderfully narrative style” – Ruth Slenczynska

“A colorist with a lot of technique and a lot of ability” – Alexander Fiorillo

Mark Valenti received his Master of Music from Northwestern University, Bachelor of Music from the Philadelphia Musical Academy and has studied with such notable teachers as Benjamin Whitten, Zoltan Kocsis and Mary Sauer. In addition to giving solo recitals in cities throughout the U.S. and Canada, Mr. Valenti has performed in France, Belgium, Hungary and Luxembourg as well as for former First Lady Barbara Bush in Washington, D.C.

Mark Valenti has performed in recital live on WFMT classical radio. He has also done extensive work in the Jazz field including performances with Gregory Hines, Frank Foster and Al Grey and has appeared on television with Joe Sudler’s Swing Machine and singer/actor Christopher Durham.

 

Formerly Professor of Music at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Xavier University in Chicago and the Loire Valley Music Institute in France, Mr. Valenti currently teaches at his studio in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago and is available for lessons for all levels and all styles.

www.markvalenti.com

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

 

February 21, 2016    3:00 PM

Innovations Italian Style: UNC-Charlotte Chorale

 6UNCCChoraleMonteverdi turned music upside down, making emotionally charged creations. The intensity of works by Carissimi and Monteverdi changed the world forever. The UNC Charlotte Chorale, Randy Haldeman, director, joins for this program of madrigals, oratorio excerpts, vocal solos and instrumental works.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

The Chorale: UNC-Charlotte Chorale is an auditioned mixed chorus that performs music of many styles from the Baroque period to the present. The ensemble is open to all UNCC students with extensive choral experience.

Randy Haldeman, director

A native of Wisconsin, Randy Haldeman (b. 1967) has taught Choral and General Music at all levels of academia – Pre-K through collegiate – in Wisconsin, Idaho, Illinois, Florida, Vermont, and Italy. Haldeman earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater, the Master of Music degree in Voice and Opera Performance from Northwestern University, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Music Education (Choral Conducting emphasis) from The Florida State University. Dr. Haldeman’s choral arrangements and compositions are published by Colle Voce and Walton, including six in the Rodney Eichenberger Choral Series. His work has been commissioned/performed by groups under the direction of André Thomas, Rodney Eichenberger, Donald Brinegar, Steven Zielke, and other directors throughout the country at several state and regional MENC and ACDA conferences (including All State choruses), and at the ACDA National Convention in Miami.

Dr. Haldeman lectures extensively on developing young conductors and efficiency in the choral rehearsal; in the past year alone he has presented lectures and clinics in Spain and Italy as well as in California, Oregon, Washington, Missouri, and Tennessee.

Formerly active as a performer, Haldeman garnered critical praise on the operatic, musical theatre, and concert stages. As a conductor, his choral groups have received enthusiastic responses from audiences and critics alike in 11 states and Europe. At UNC Charlotte, Haldeman is the Director of Choral Studies and teaches conducting and music education courses.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

March 14, 2016  8:00 PM

Music in the Isles – with a salute to Ireland: Carolina Pro Musica

 

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Eighteenth-century Britain included four different countries, plus European immigrants.  Composers produced new music, and made concert arrangements of folk melodies. Native composer John Stanley’s works were performed along with those of Handel, J.C. Bach and C.F. Abel.  Included are familiar Irish tunes and works by O’Carolan.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

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 local churches and historic St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte. 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.

This program is a mix of works by composers such as Handel and folk tunes arrangements as may have been included on a concert in the 18th century.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.

May 1, 2016  3:00 PM

Spring concert

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Annual end-of-year concert with music students, chorus and instrumental ensemble.

Location: The Abbey Basilica
Donations are gladly accepted.

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

Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.