Vivace Strings Upcoming Appearances

As the instructor of the USCHAP string ensemble, Vivace Strings, I would like to invite you to come and hear our upcoming performances. We have a great lineup for the spring season:
Downtown Monroe Spring Art Walk -  Friday, April 15, 2011 (6pm at First Baptist on Main & 7:30pm at the Loft, 211 N. Main St.) - free admission
Red Cross Rhapsody in Red Charity Ball - Saturday, May 7, 2011 6–7pm
Waxhaw Women’s Club Benefit for Loaves & Fishes - Friday, May 13, 2011
Waxhaw Spring Fest - Saturday, May 14, 2011 10am
New South Music Festival - Saturday, May 21, 2011 (Pre-concert and dinner music)

Chamber Music at St. Peter’s Episcopal

The Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art presents a chamber music concert featuring Kellan Toohey on clarinet with the Union Symphony String Players performing the Quintet for Clarinet and Strings by Brahms. There will also be performances by the Master’s Musicians String Ensemble, Tamar Rowe on harp, Timothy Dinsmore on guitar, and the Union Symphony Youth Chamber Players, Vivace Strings. The concert will be held on Saturday, November 13th at 7:30pm at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on the 2nd floor parish hall. The church is located at the corner of Tryon and 7th St. There is free parking behind Red Rocks Cafe. Tickets are $10 and a reception will follow the concert. Proceeds for the concert will go to support young artists and musicians through grants and scholarships funded by the Charlotte Area Foundation for Music and Handcrafted Art.

Vivace Strings Plays at Deer Stone Lodge

Vivace Strings will be playing at Deer Stone Lodge, home of Dr. and Mrs. George Pinsak, for the Dream Home Open House on Saturday, November 6th 2010. This is 120 acre custom built Montana style estate has magnificent panoramic views from 148 over-sized windows. The tour also includes collector automobiles in a porte-cochère, a garden, and green houses. Home baked refreshments, mulled wine and punch will be served. The open house will go from 2:00pm until 6:00pm, and Vivace Strings will play for approximately one hour beginning at 3:30. Shuttle service will be provided from the parking lot at Sunset Dr. and Hayne St. in Monroe. Admission (adults only) is $25, and the proceeds will benefit the Union Symphony.

Bravo! Beethoven

Are you looking for something fun and musical to do this coming Sunday? Come to the Batte Fine Arts Center at Wingate University for a great concert featuring the music of Beethoven, featuring Sara Saba on the piano. The concert begins at 4:00pm with pre-concert lecture by Mekel Rogers beginning at 3:15. And don't miss our Vivace Strings performance before the lecture at 2:45. Admission is $15 and includes a reception to follow.

Vivace Strings Plays at “Art Walk” in downtown Monroe

The string ensemble that I lead, Vivace Strings, did an hour long performance Friday, October 1st at the Art Walk  in downtown Monroe. The Art Walk is a venue for local artists to display and sell their art at various galleries in the downtown area. Vivace Strings played in the Loft, which is a great open space with excellent acoustics. They did a great job and were received very well. I filled in on the cello and had a great time playing with the group I normally lead. It lent me a whole new perspective, and was also a lot of fun.