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SECU Foundation Helps NC Symphony Carry Music Education Across the State!

SECU Foundation Helps NC Symphony Carry Music Education Across the State!

The NC Symphony works in conjunction with the NC Department of Public Instruction to develop programs within its music education curriculum, including a focus on the impact music education has in areas such as math, reading, and intellectual and social development. The orchestra hosts an average of 50 school concerts/programs annually and receives more requests than they can meet. The new van will provide the organization with the capacity to provide more offerings of its Ensemble in the Schools, Music Discovery, and Instrument Zoos programs, expanding the reach for an additional 1,000 individuals to experience orchestral pieces played by world-class talent.

L to R: Sandi Macdonald, NC Symphony President/CEO; Don Davis, NC Symphony Board Chair; Grant Llewellyn, NC Symphony Music Director; Mike Lord, President/CEO of SECU and the SECU Foundation; McKinley Wooten, Jr., SECU and SECU Foundation Board member; and Jama Campbell, SECU Foundation Executive Director. The NC Symphony works […]

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Giri & Uma Peters Release ‘Origins’ May 31

Giri & Uma Peters Release 'Origins' May 31

They’ve also performed at World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, North Carolina, and Folk Alliance International’s International Folk Music Awards in Kansas City, Missouri — and recorded Uma’s tune, “How to Help the World,” with Giddens for FAI’s 2018 festival compilation CD. After inviting them to join her at last summer’s ROMP Festival in Owensboro, Kentucky, Giddens loaned Uma a gourd banjo. The Tennessee Arts Commission’s folklife director saw a video of her playing it and asked the pair to apply for its traditional arts apprenticeship program. Uma’s eight-month apprenticeship to master artist Giddens wraps in June.

YOUNG BLUEGRASS SENSATIONS GIRI AND UMA PETERS RELEASE ORIGINS, THEIR DEBUT ALBUM, ON MAY 31 In the worlds of bluegrass and traditional folk, where music is still passed directly from one generation to the next, it’s not unusual to witness young talents astounding crowds with feats of instrumental dexterity. […]

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The violin maker is surrounded by change, but making music and instruments is a constant

The violin maker is surrounded by change, but making music and instruments is a constant

John Montgomery has been making violins on Raleigh’s Hillsborough Street since 1987. By Focus on John Montgomery’s violin shop on Hillsborough Street, and it appears unchanged from when he opened it in 1987, when entire days passed without a single person walking by, the words “Violin Maker” in gold […]

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‘I’m really shaken up’: Country star Travis Tritt’s tour bus sideswiped in crash that killed 2

'I'm really shaken up': Country star Travis Tritt's tour bus sideswiped in crash that killed 2

In this Oct. 8, 2018, file photo, Travis Tritt performs during “An Opry Salute to Ray Charles” at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, Tenn. (CNN) — A tour bus carrying country musician Travis Tritt was sideswiped during a crash that left two people dead in South Carolina, […]

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Boone teen performs at Carnegie Hall for 36th Pops Gala

Boone teen performs at Carnegie Hall for 36th Pops Gala

“It was a really awesome experience because I met a lot of other kids who are into the same thing as me,” Walton said. “Every time I go to one of these theater things, I just learn how much work it is and I love it. I love every second of it. Every time, I learn how much I want to do this as my career. But it’s a lot of work. No one’s going to teach you exactly the same so you have to prepare for anything.”

Broadway stars Alex Newell (center), Lena Hall (left of center) and Stark Sands (right of center) perform onstage during the Pops Gala. Peyton Walton is onstage to the left of Hall. One Boone native just wants to have fun — and make her way to the Broadway stage. Fifteen-year-old […]

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Boone musician goes national with new Nigel Dick-directed music video

Boone musician goes national with new Nigel Dick-directed music video

Boone musician Brooks Forsyth recently collaborated with noted music video director Nigel Dick. Brooks Forsyth released ‘So Much Beyond Us’ in 2018. For many roots music fans in the High Country, Brooks Forsyth is considered one of the best fingerpick guitarists and singers to come out of Watauga High […]