Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Program will host a Performing Artist Concert Series this fall with several featured events that are free and open to all students and the general public.
Following is a schedule of events and additional details.
On Monday, Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B–100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent with special guest Reggie Harris for “Hillbilly Jazz,“ a celebration of Americana Roots music.
Hillbilly jazz players blend elements of blues, dixieland, ragtime, old-time, country, bluegrass, western swing, rock, and jazz to create a free-flowing style of music that’s unique to the mountains. The music is highly improvisational with each selection containing many rhythmic and harmonic variations. Performers use traditional string band instruments such as guitar, mandolin, fiddle, bass, dobro, and banjo, sometimes combined with honky-tonk piano, percussion, and horns.
The Hillbilly Jazz program featuring Strictly Clean and Decent with Reggie Harris will highlight the jazz influences of Benny Goodman, Billie Holliday, Duke Ellington, Django Reinhardt, Stephane Grapelli, Vassar Clements, David Grisman and Charlie Parker.
Patrick Crouch says, “It is always amazing to hear the musical diversity in a Caldwell County jam session. You will hear the ancient tones of spirituals, blues, country, old-time, bluegrass, jazz, rock, and soul being played in casual settings. Musicians and audiences now have access to more archival music than in any other era thanks to modern technology, leading to a renaissance in roots music.“
On Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the Appalachian State University Trumpet Choir under the direction of Dr. James Stokes, Jr.
The Appalachian State University Hayes School of Music Trumpet Choir is a student ensemble that presents original and arranged compositions in concert on the ASU campus. A variety of styles are performed including traditional and jazz works. Music from the Renaissance to the 21st Century are performed. The Trumpet Choir has performed for National and International conferences and for schools and communities across North Carolina.
On Thursday, Nov. 8 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the Warren Wilson Gamelan Ensemble performing the music of Java and Bali in Indonesia.
Gamelan, a percussion-dominated ensemble consisting mainly of gongs and metallophones, is the major orchestra of Indonesia (especially in Java, Bali, and Sunda) and perhaps the most popular Asian ensemble in the world. There are over 150 sets of gamelans in the United States.
The Warren Wilson College Gamelan Ensemble was established in the spring semester of 2011 under the direction of Dr. Kevin Kehrberg. The ensemble introduces students to Indonesian gamelan performance, and it focuses on Central Javanese style, Sundanese gamelan degung style, or Balinese gamelan angklung depending on the semester. In addition to on-campus concerts, the group delivers school programs and performs at local venues and music festivals throughout the area.
On Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 12:15 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), on the Caldwell Campus in Hudson, CCC&TI will present the CCC&TI Chorus Concert. An encore performance will be presented on Thursday, Dec. 13 at 12:15pm at St. James Episcopal Church in downtown Lenoir.
All events are free and open to the public.
For more information on CCC&TI’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Programs or these events, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or email [email protected].