Triad Arts Weekend: July 5, 2013

Triad Arts Weekend: July 5, 2013

1:03pm Jul 05, 2013
Courtesy of the Eastern Music Festival

Diana Greene

Diana Greene makes multimedia stories that explore our sense of identity, place and memory. She’s long been fascinated both the everyday and the intimate truths that we often keep hidden within ourselves. Chip Bristol is a Chaplain at Prodigals Community looking for ways to blend the creative with the spiritual in the context of twelve-step living, his writing, and painting. The traveling portrait and essay exhibit "Finding Home: Portraits of Courage" has brought Diana and Chip together to empower the men recovering from addiction at Prodigals Community to share their intimate truths, and to support their decisions to live clean and sober lives. The exhibition opens Monday afternoon, July 8, at 5:30 pm at the Winston-Salem Central Library, and it will remain on display through September 30th.

Sarah Siskind

Singer/songwriter Sarah Siskind was born and raised in Winston-Salem. At 4 years old she was singing and playing piano. She wrote her first songs by age 11, and when she was 14, she’d already completed her first album. After making a big name for herself in the highly competitive world of Nashville honing her craft and writing songs recorded by the likes of Allison Krauss, and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, Sarah’s moved closer to home. The now Virginia-based singer/songwriter recently brought her unique voice to the Triad with a performance at the Newsong Concert Series at the Hanesbrands Theatre in downtown Winston-Salem.  While her music transcends category, it's a blend of the traditional and modern. Today, we sample from her newly released EP In the Mountains, and her CD Novel. And on Tuesday, July 16th, Sarah’s debut album titled Covered will be re-released. Amy Grant, Bonnie Rait, and Spin Magazine give it a big thumbs up, and if you love hearing beautiful Appalachian music carried to new and exciting places, chances are you’ll like it too. 

Appalachian Music Festival

An Appalachian Summer Festival 2013 kicks off July 5 and runs through August 1 on the App State campus in Boone with an exciting and diverse mix of music, dance, theatre, visual arts and film. For nearly a decade, the festival has been named one of the "Top Twenty Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. App State Office of Cultural Affairs Marketing Manager Megan Stage is now in her fourth year managing the festival. She provided a sneak preview of App Fest 2013 beginning with one of this year’s headline musical performers: The Band Perry. 

Gerard Schwarz

Gerard Schwarz, the legendary conductor, former principal trumpeter with New York Philharmonic, composer, and Mostly Mozart Festival director for many years has led the Eastern Music Festival since 2007. EMF 2013 in Greensboro runs from June 24 – July 27, and this year’s line-up of world renowned performers is arguably the most incredible in the festival’s 52 year history. Violinist Joshua Bell, pianist Andre Watts and cellist Lynn Harrell are just a few of the many wonderful guest artists performing concerts with the Festival Orchestra, and chamber music as well as teaching the talented EMF students. Since taking the reins at EMF, Gerard has expanded the festival's audiences to the largest in its history while enhancing education and programming to include a composer in residence and 3 new concert series. He’s also been responsible for bringing regular premieres of new works to EMF each season by some of this country’s greatest living composers. He spoke with David Ford recently by phone from his home in New York. 

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