Triad Arts Weekend: December 7, 2012

Triad Arts Weekend: December 7, 2012

11:58am Dec 07, 2012

The fast growing Latino population in the U.S., and its impact on the November elections, has received a lot of press lately, but what about its many cultural impacts across the country, in our state, and right here in the Triad?

The Hispanic Arts Initiative in Winston-Salem is doing its part in making Latino arts and culture come alive. This year they’re bringing educational Latino dance and music programs to more than 5,000 area students. They’re also collaborating with some of Our State’s greatest arts institutions in all areas of the arts, including visual art.

Coming up Friday night, December 7, from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, HAI presents the exhibit Punto de Vista—Latino Perspectives featuring works by more than a dozen North Carolina Latino artists. The opening reception in the Womble Carlyle Gallery of the Milton Rhodes Center for the Arts is free and open to the public. Hispanic Arts Initiative Executive Director Maria Sanchez-Boudy recently dropped by to talk about the event.


Were you a band nerd in school? Or maybe you’re just someone who misses playing an instrument. Well, if you’ve ever drempt of buzzing your lips or soaking your reeds again, the Piedmont Wind Symphonymay be your answer.

The goal of the ensemble is to further adult music education and provide performance opportunities for post college age musicians. The Piedmont Wind Symphony has been enhancing, enriching and expanding the musical experience available to adults in the Triad area for more than 20 years. It’s one fine ensemble made up of professional, amateur and student musicians from all areas of the Piedmont.

Come hear for yourself on Tuesday night, December 11, at 7:30 p.m., at the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem. PWS will be joined in concert by Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G for an unforgettable evening of his greatest hits as well as your holiday favorites. Director Rob Simon dropped by to talk about the Wind Symphony he founded back in 1990.


Wouldn’t it be nice if you could take in a great concert for the whole family without paying an arm and a leg? Well, if you live in the Triad you can practically take in a new show every week during Greensboro’sOPUS Concert Series.

Best of all it’s brought to you, free of charge, by The Music Center at City Arts of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department. From small percussion ensembles and big bands to philharmonia orchestras, and woodwind quintets, OPUS has you covered. The next concert is Thursday, December 6 at 7 pm in War Memorial Auditorium, 1921 W. Lee St. with the Greensboro Oratorio Singers and a performance of Handel’s Messiah. Jay Lambeth, Conducts, and Admission is free, and donations are appreciated.

OPUS 2012-13 runs all the way through May, 2013. Music Center Director Jennifer Hance dropped by recently to fill us in.


Understanding Classical Music with Peter Kairoff at the Keyboard. This week Peter explores the music of Domenico Scarlatti.


Tonight the Kernersville Choral Society is proud to present The Kerner Chorale live in concert at 7:00pm in the Main Street United Methodistchurch in Kernersville. On the program will be Messiah by Georg Friedrich Handel. The chorale will be conducted by Jason A. Wright with soprano soloist Jacqueline Canter, mezzo-soprano Candice Burrows, tenor D’Andre Wright, and baritone Scott McLeod.

Jason dropped by to share the magic behind Handel, his Messiah, and the Kerner Chorale.


Live in Studio A!

Joiing us this week we have four-time Grammy Award-winning tenorAnthony Dean Griffey, and acclaimed concert guitarist, recording artist, arranger and University of NC School of the Arts faculty Joseph Pecoraro. They stopped by to give us a live preview of their new holiday CD This Little Light.

You can hear them together live in concert on Tuesday, December 18 at 7:00pm in the Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church 1225 Chestnut Drive in High Point. Also performing will be internationally renowned collaborative pianist Warren Jones who, like Tony Griffey, also grew up in High Point. Amazingly this world-class performance is free. A love offering will be taken at intermission and proceeds from the event will benefit Open Door Ministries.



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