Memorial concert honors band master Daniel Hiestand
The doors of the Kimmel Center were thrown open Wednesday at 6 p.m. and, to a crowd of about 2,500, the orchestra played a no-intermission 90 minutes of Tchaikovsky, Mozart, and Ravel. Music director Yannick Nezet-Seguin traded his usual concert garb for a royal blue v-neck sweater, and told the audience that when the Carnegie concert was scratched, the orchestra considered staying home and watching TV. “But we are musicians . . . and what we like to do on our night off is play music.” An orchestra spokeswoman declined to make Nezet-Seguin available for an interview. Word of the concert spread throughout the day after being announced in late morning. “I just think this is awesome, this is the kind of thing they do in Philly,” said Sandra Ackler of Center City, who heard of the concert on the radio and brought along a South Philadelphia friend who had never been to Verizon Hall. It was, she said, slightly reminiscent of another orchestra gift to its listeners that she wished she had attended – an evening in 1994 when members of the orchestra were snowed in, and the public was invited in to hear music director Wolfgang Sawallisch take a spin through knotty Wagner scores alone, accompanying singers from the keyboard. Carnegie Hall stagehands struck Wednesday morning over a jurisdiction issue, not only depriving New Yorkers of a chance to hear the orchestra in Tchaikovsky, Ravel, and Saint-Saens, but also keeping the ensemble from impressing gala cochairs such as philanthropists Mercedes T. Bass and Marie-Josee and Henry Kravis. Violinist Joshua Bell and double-bassist/vocalist Esperanza Spalding were to have been guest soloists.
Concert fundraiser helps Pittsboro animal refuge
About 60 percent of the students are music majors.” The concert will then feature the 60-member Alumni and Friends Band. Ray Craig was invited to be guest conductor because he was Dr. Hiestand’s very close friend. Craig is a deeply respected music educator who often lectures students at Chico State. He was instrumental in helping to start the Alumni and Friends Band. This band will include the famous “Surum Corda” by Edward Elgar, the “Caccia and Chorale” by Clifton Williams and a new work by Soren Hyldgaard, “Marche Americana.” The concert will conclude with “Stars and Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa, a staple when Hiestand conducted concerts. “Alma Mater” and the “Chico State Fight Song” will inspire the audience and everyone will be urged to sing. “It’s a very entertaining concert,” Dr. Tevis said. “It helps us keep the music scholarship going. Even if they can’t attend, people send contributions. It has made a big difference to the students who have received the scholarship since I’ve been here.
talian artist Siglinda Scarpa noticed the trend about six years ago. I live out in the country and people began bringing their unwanted cats and dogs here. They mustve discovered I love animals, so they thought OK, theyll be fine there. Scarpa said thats how Goathouse Refuge in Pittsboro, one of the biggest no-cage, no-kill animal shelters in North Carolina came to be. The refuge found homes for more than 1,000 cats last year. More than 200 cats are currently up for adoption at the 16-acre refuge, which is so named because it once was a goat farm. Dogs, goats, chickens and turkeys can also be found there, as well. Sale of Scarpas functional pottery help fund the refuge, but she said it takes $20,000 a month to operate. Its fortunate for me that people like my pottery. That helps us help these animals, she said. A dance concert to benefit the nonprofit organization will take place Friday at the Haw River Ballroom, 1711 Saxapahaw-Bethlehem Church Road, Saxapahaw. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and the show will be from 8 p.m.