2017 – 2018 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 our latest brochure. For more information contact Karen Jacob (karenjacob@bac.edu) Please call 704-461-6012 for more information about Arts at the Abbey.


Gaston Arts Council is Arts at the Abbey Media Partner, for more information, click here.

September 10, 2017  3:00 PM  The Path of Faith   Carolina Pro Musica & guests Guest artists Carl DuPont, bass-baritone, Alicia Chapman baroque oboe from Boone and Allison Willet, baroque violin and viola d’amore of Raleigh, join Carolina Pro Musica for J.S.Bach’s intimate cantata BWV 152. Carl DuPont, bass-baritone (Jesus) and Rebecca Miller Saunders, soprano (the Soul) dialogue about getting on the right path. Guest instrumentalists join with recorder, and viola da gamba to create the unique sounds of this work. Additional works by Bach and Telemann. Click here for a sample of their music

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September 25, 2017  8:00 PM   Lopez-Tabor Duo: violin and piano from Venezuela

Venezuelan violinist Alfonso Lopez and Michele Tabor make a third appearance on Arts at the Abbey. The program features works by Mozart, Brahms, Albeniz, Sarasate and Latin American dances by Lopez himself.  Lopez, a graduate of the University of Michigan, concertizes annually in the southeast United States with Michele Tabor, a Venezuelan who resides in Florida. Lopez lives and teaches in Caracas.


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October 16. 2017 8:00 PM  Southern Piano Music during the Civil War: David Thompson, piano

The American Civil War shaped every aspect of life in the South, and music was an important part of that life.  Along with songs and military band music published in the South during the Civil war, a considerable repertoire of solo keyboard music written by white, black, male and female composers also exists.

During the Civil War Era, a unique Lecture and performance, brings this unknown repertoire to modern ears.  David Thompson of Limestone College presents this fascinating program.

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November 13, 2017  8:00 PM  Queen City Ringers

Community handbell ensemble from Charlotte, NC, brings music and excitement to the region. Originally formed in the 1970’s as an outlet for directors to ring, Queen City Ringers now attracts performers from many walks of life and musical backgrounds. Thrill to a variety of music including some for the Christmas season.


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December 9, 2017  8:00 PM    Annual Holiday concert

Presented annually by the Abbey Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble, this concert is our best-attended event. The program includes music of the season, and carols for all to sing.


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February 12, 2018 8:00 PM Divinely Inspired Carolina Pro Musica The wonderful acoustics of Belmont Abbey Basilica create the perfect performance space for 17th and 18th century European sacred music. Delight in works by Monteverdi, Arrigoni, Castello, Lotti, Handel, Bach, Vivaldi and Telemann. Carolina Pro Musica performs with period instruments and voice. www.carolinapromusica.org Click here for a sample of their music

March 1, 2018 8:00 PM French Fireworks: Allan Ware, clarinet & David Gilliland, piano 

North Carolina native Alan Ware who has lived in Germany for years returns to perform “French Fireworks” with the highly regarded collaborative pianist David Gilliland. The program includes works of Poulenc, Milhaud, Saint-Saens and Debussy

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April 9, 2018  8:00 PM Flutes4:  Music for Flute Quartet

An eclectic program of flute quartet music ranging from baroque to contemporary including works by Casterede, Tcherepnin, Vivaldi, and Peris among others.

The quartet is made up of a couple of flutists from the Charlotte Symphony (Erinn Frechette, Amy Orsinger-Whitehead), the principal flute of the Greenville Symphony Carolina Ulrich, and Carla Copeland-Burns, flute instructor at Duke University.

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April 16, 2018    8:00 PM Internationally Acclaimed Swedish Flutist   Göran Marcusson with Lillian Buss Pearson, piano

Göran Marcusson burst onto the American flute scene in 1987, winning the National Flute Association’s Young Artist Competition. Soon after he won an award at Crussellweek in Finland and in 1991, a prize at the Bodensee Music Competition. In 1992, the same year he received his Soloist Diploma from the University of Gothenberg, he received a prize at the Vienna Music Competition and was awarded a handmade flute of Waterford Crystal for his outstanding performance in the masterclass of James Galway. This was followed by a duo-performance on television with Mr. Galway.
Mr. Marcusson’s CDs have received rave reviews and include The Nordic Flute with the Camerata Roman, The Swedish Romantic Flute with the strings of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, American Sonatas with his duo-partner, Joakim Kalhed, Reflective Flute with the GoteborgsMusiken, which includes both light and jazz selections, and his latest CD, Inspiration by Bach with the Camerata Calluna. Highly versatile and interested in his native Swedish music, he has introduced many new pieces into the American flutists’ repertoire.
He teaches at the Wildacres Flute Retreat every summer in July.
There are some NC photo on his website here.
At home in Sweden he plays with the GotesborgsMusiken Chamber Ensemble and manages to keep a busy international schedule, giving solo appearances and masterclasses in the USA, South America and throughout Europe. He is renowned for his stunning performances and sympathic teaching along with his interest in renovating old buildings and furniture.
Mr. Marcusson is a Miyazawa Artist (Miyazawa Flutes, New York City)


April 29, 2018 3:00 PM Spring concert

Our final concert for the season with soloists, the Abbey Chorus and the college Instrumental Ensemble. Sacred and secular music.


All concerts are at 8:00 PM except as noted.

These concerts are made possible by the monks of Belmont Abbey, The Associated Foundation of Belmont and other contributions. Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted.

Concert location. Belmont Abbey Basilica 100 Belmont-Mt.Holly Rd, Belmont, NC 28012

For more information: karenjacob@bac.edu 704-461-6012