Kidznotes gets Getty Grant
DURHAM -- Kidznotes is one of 23 American orchestras selected by the League of American Orchestras to receive a 2013-14 Getty Education and Community Investment Grant.
Established in September 2010 in East Durham, Kidznotes serves students from five low-income Durham elementary schools. Enrolled students receive 10 hours of free music instruction weekly. Instruction occurs at students’ schools, and on Saturdays all students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.
Kidznotes has expanded in its fourth year to enroll 225 students in need at five low-income schools in Durham: Eastway, Y.E. Smith, E.K. Powe, Maureen Joy and Club Boulevard Humanities Magnet Elementary.
The orchestras will receive individual grants ranging from $10,000 to $30,000 for a variety of community-based programs taking place during the 2013-14 season. Kidznotes received a grant in the amount of $22,500. A total of $443,000 was awarded for the grants this year.
DAC to present exhibit of Heyden, London works
DURHAM -- The Durham Arts Council will present “Silvia Heyden and Edith London: Together Again” in the SunTrust Gallery of the Durham Arts Council from Jan. 11 through Feb. 28.
The show will feature 30 new tapestries by the weaver Heyden and 30 works by the late painter and collage artist Edith London. London, German by birth, and Heyden, who is Swiss, met in Durham because their spouses were recruited to work at Duke University—Fritz London in physics and Siegfried Heyden in medicine. The two artists, while working in very different media, became instant friends and colleagues and shared a modernist aesthetic rooted in the Bauhaus tradition. Silvia Heyden and Edith London had already laid the groundwork for their careers in Europe. London died at age 93 in 1997.
A free, public opening reception is scheduled for Jan. 17, from 5 until 7 p.m. Heyden will give an artist’s talk Jan. 28 from 7 until 8 p.m. Both events will be held at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St., downtown Durham. The DAC’s galleries are open during building hours, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. For more information, visit www.durhamarts.org.
Chorus hires Adams as director
DURHAM -- The Heart of Carolina Chorus has chosen William Adams as its musical and artistic director effective Jan. 1. Open auditions, meeting the director, and hearing the Durham-based Heart of Carolina Chorus can all be done every Thursday night at Blacknall Memorial Presbyterian Church (www.blacknall.org ), 1902 Perry St.
The Heart of Carolina Chorus (www.hoccmusic.org) recently placed first in its Plateau, a division in the Carolina’s District of the Barbershop Harmony Society (www.barbershop.org). This is the group’s second time receiving the award in three years.
Adams is an educator, conductor, performer, composer, and scholar. His studio in Durham provides instruction in voice, woodwinds, piano, guitar, theory and jazz improvisation and covers a wide range of musical styles from opera through musical theater, jazz, and folk. He maintains an active schedule as a conductor and clinician, primarily in vocal music, throughout the country, including work with honor and festival choirs.
Women’s Voices Chorus announces concerts
DURHAM -- Women's Voices Chorus will present two winter concerts titled "Songs of My Sisters," Jan. 25 at 7:30 p.m. at University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.
The chorus also will perform Jan. 26 at 3 p.m. at First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St. in Durham.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for students; group rates are available. More information is available at www.womensvoiceschorus.org.
--From staff reports