Concert 1: Beethoven and Beyond! (10/30/22). With a combination of standard chamber works, unfairly neglected pieces (Ex. Women composers like Germaine Tailleferre) and new works by NCCMI-commissioned composers, there is something for everyone. All performed by NCCMI faculty musicians and members of the NC Symphony.
Concert 2: Chamber Music Treasures: Music by Black Composers. Held on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (1/16/23 at 7:30pm), this is a celebration of composers historically underrepresented in classical music. Curated by Dr. Timothy Holley and performed by NCCMI faculty musicians with exceptional young NCCMI artists. Note: This event was the ONLY concert covered by Classical Voices NC for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2022.
Concert 3: Valentine’s Concert with Tactile Tour of Instruments (2/12/23 Tactile Tour opens at 3pm/Concert at 4pm). This recently-added musical event for all ages features classical and popular selections performed by select NCCMI ensembles. NCCMI Teachers prepare the students for this concert and in some cases, play alongside them. An inclusive experience with a Pre-Concert Tactile Tour of Instruments. Audio descriptions provided by Arts Access
The NCCMI IMPACT Series began as 2 Faculty Artist Concerts in the 2018-19 program year, with a focus on traditional chamber music. But from the beginning, works by NC composers like Caroline Shaw and Robert Ward were included. These concerts were intended to be a model of excellence in terms of the professionalism of the performers, something that is true to this day. NCCMI hosted its first Chamber Music Treasures concert on 01/22. NCCMI videotaped this performance and repackaged it as a free live-streamed event in 2021. In 2022, a new “Chamber Music Treasures” program was presented and the Valentine’s Concert was launched. The event represented NCCMI’s first partnership endeavor with Arts Access. It made profound impact on performers and audience alike: faculty and students were able to directly interact with people who have low vision or blindness, guiding them to play or feel the shape of the instruments, some of which were “deconstructed” so they could really understand the structure and shape. The concert experience that followed was enhanced with audio descriptions. Among the families with children who have low vision/blindness, the response was consistently glowing. Many of them mentioned how unique this experience was for them.