NCCMI Musicians are already spreading their wings in events throughout Wake County. As we begin to emerge from the relative isolation of the past 18 months, “Take Flight” is the theme of our year. As such, many ensembles have taken bird names… think Kingfisher String Quartet and Eagle Piano Quartet! Thanks to our supporters and major donors like the United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County and the Raleigh Arts Commission, our young artists have many more opportunities in the year ahead. We are particularly thankful to our newest partner Hayes-Barton United Methodist Church who, along with Highland United Methodist Church and Church of the Nativity host our weekly sessions and many events. During the journey ahead, staying safe and healthy continues to be a top priority.
Over the past summer, many people helped prepare for the year ahead, chief among them, the all-important NCCMI Health Advisory Committee. We are so grateful to these medical professionals who carefully crafted health guidelines, to ensure the health and safety of our community throughout the year ahead.
The North Carolina Symphony and Chamber Music Raleigh will once again provide our students with outstanding artists for master classes and workshops. Upcoming highlights: Rolston String Quartet, Carlos Miguel Prieto and the Harlem Quartet. In addition, there will be workshops in college/career planning and audition preparation. And our Faculty Artist Concert series will resume on October 25, 2021 (livestream Nov. 3), featuring Aurora Musicalis String Quartet in a World Premiere of Peter Askim’s Raw Heart of the Spinning World.
Look for our young songbirds as they soar in performance this year… We’ve already performed at one large outdoor event, the African-American Cultural Arts Festival. Soon we’ll take prudent steps towards performing indoors. Among our highlights: Pop Up Parks Concerts (with thanks to Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources); retirement communities and more formal concert settings. Some of our more migratory birds, the Tre Voce Piano Trio will even travel to New York for their Carnegie Hall debut this weekend. The sky is the limit!