2013 - 2014 Arts at the Abbey
All concerts are at 8:00 PM Except as listed
All concerts are free. Donations are gladly accepted
All concerts are held in the Belmont Abbey Basilica on the campus of Belmont Abbey College (at Exit 26 on I-85) in Belmont NC and are free to the public. This series is made possible in part by the Associated Foundation, Inc. of Belmont, The Monks of Belmont Abbey and other private donors.
Arts 2013-14 series brochure and donation form
September 19, 2013
From the elegance and
grace of beautiful classical music to the hard driving sound of a big band, Carolina Brass will sweep
you off your feet.
“Carolina Brass puts it all together - performances with rhythmic drive and gorgeous lyricism, all with classical virtuosity and dynamic personality.”(WGBH Boston)
MORE INFO...Carolina Brass
Established in 1997, the Carolina Brass combines virtuosity and good humor, delighting audiences
wherever they go. Carolina Brass programs are fun and embrace the audience with music and
conversation. These programs provide audiences with an opportunity to hear and experience
quality chamber music in both formal and informal settings. The group has a wide variety
of exciting, entertaining and informative programs, including Classical and Contemporary
works, Medieval and Renaissance music, and pops programs encompassing Broadway, Jazz,
Dixieland, Big Band, and other popular forms.
In addition to classical recitals and pops concerts, Carolina Brass performs extensively in
educational settings. These educational and entertaining programs provide students with
performances, demonstrations, and master classes in an informal and interactive environment.
This allows audiences to ask questions and become more involved in the arts.
Carolina Brass is a group of dedicated professionals with a commitment to excellence in
performance and music education. Trained at some of the country's most prestigious schools,
including the New England Conservatory of Music, Indiana University, and the Eastman School
of Music, Carolina Brass personnel have extensive national and international performing,
recording and touring experience.
Carolina Brass is an ensemble made up of artist musicians who understand the value of offering
programs of integrity and entertainment.
Capture the excitement of Carolina Brass!
October 28, 2013
Carolina Pro Musica: The Court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
Viennese court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II (r. 1619-37) was the center of a rich music culture.
The Hapsburgs looked to Italy for their composers and performers. Works from the imperial court were the
earliest to incorporate Italian innovations of dramatic and melodic inventiveness north of the Alps.
MORE INFO...Carolina Pro Musica - The Court of Holy Roman Emperor Ferdinand II
The Abbey's artists in residence transport us to the 17th century to hear rarely performed music
of composers Castello, Arrigoni, Priuli and Bruni.
Carolina Pro Musica was established in 1977 to promote the performance of music written before
1800 through the use of historic instruments and/or copies and in the performance practice of the
periods in which the music was written. The Ensemble has had a concert series since that time
utilizing local churches and historic St. Mary's Chapel. They have performed in the Southeast,
Boston during the Early Music Festival and in Europe (Poland and the UK) including Handel's London
home, now a museum. Belmont Abbey College has honored them with Abbey Artists status since 2002.
November 7, 2013
Jones Maruri Duo - Cello and Guitar
in Spain, the noted duo of cellist Michael Kevin Jones and guitarist Agustin Maruri present a concert
of music from the baroque to contemporary periods including Schubert's “Sonata Arpeggione”.
MORE INFO...Jones Maruri Duo - Cello and Guitar
The Jones Maruri duo is the only established cello guitar duo in the world and enjoys an active concert
and recording career. Formed in Madrid in 1990, Michael Jones and Agustin Maruri have since played concerts
in Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia. Their first US tour was in 1991 and included concerts in New
York and St Augustine. Since then they have performed each year in the United States, giving recitals in
New York, Chicago, Houston, Washington DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco, at venues such as the Lincoln
Centre, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Hancock Centre and at festivals in the US, Cuba and Venezuela.
The duo has investigated the original historic repertoire for their combination. Agustin Maruri has
received scholarships and awards as a result of, and towards, his work as a musicologist, discovering
many lost or forgotten works in the Biblioteca Nacional de Madrid, the Munich Library and the British
Museum. Their discography includes the first recording in the world of original compositions from the
19th century for cello and guitar, including music by Leonhard von Call, Thomas Matiegka and Friedrich
Dotzauer. They have also recorded most of the original repertoire of the 20th century for this combination
and have inspired living composers to write for them. Their recording “Original Music for Cello
and Guitar” was a top ten in the classical market in Hong Kong for one year. Due to this success
in East Asia, they were invited to record a CD of traditional Chinese melodies for the Taiwanese record
In 1999 Jones and Maruri recorded for the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York “The Charm of
Spain”, a collection of Spanish romantic melodies from the 19th century performing on instruments
from the museum's collection. In 2004 they released their recording of “Don Quijote y Dulcinea”
and toured North America and the Middle East. Following their debut tour of Japan and the Far East in July
2007, the duo was invited to perform in China in 2008 playing concerts in the Forbidden City concert hall,
as well as Shanghai and other cities in the People's Republic.
Since then they have performed in Korea, Hong Kong and the Philippines and in 2013 have been granted
artists visas to play in the USA. In 2014 they will make their first tour of South Africa and return
to Hong Kong and Australia.
December 6, 2013
college choir and instrumental students present music for the season with carols for all to sing.
MORE INFO...Holiday Concert
The college choir and instrumental students present music for the season with carols for all to sing.
Feb 6, 2014
Poinsett Piano Trio
The ensemble has performed across the United States, and taken International tours to New Zealand and Germany. Their program will include Faure - Trio, Op. 120 and Brahms - Trio in B major, Op. 8.
MORE INFO...Poinsett Piano Trio
The Poinsett Piano Trio was founded in 2008 by pianist David Gross, violinist Deirdre Hutton,
and cellist Christopher Hutton. All three members live in Greenville, South Carolina where
they teach at Furman University. As a trio they have played concerts across the United States,
and International tours to New Zealand and Germany. They returned to New Zealand for a
13-concert tour in May of 2013.
The ensemble is named in honor of Joel Roberts Poinsett, a statesman, physician, and botanist
from South Carolina. Like the members of the trio he had an international life and career:
living in England as a child, training in medical school in Scotland, traveling extensively in
Europe and South America, and later was elected to Congress before serving as Minister
(ambassador) to Mexico. Poinsett is most remembered today as the discoverer of the Mexican
Poinsettia plant, whose bright red flowers are popularly included in festive Christmas
decorations throughout the world.
February 25, 2014
Music for Flutes and more
Blalock, harpist joins Sam P. Stowe III, flute; Gardner-Webb University Flute Ensemble also performs.
Belmont Abbey and Gardner-Webb faculty member Stowe will be featured in the Debussy Trio for flute,
viola and harp.
MORE INFO...Music for Flutes and more
Gardner-Webb University student Hannah Blalock recently performed at the American String
Teachers Association (ASTA) National Competition in New York City. She was one of only
three finalists from over 400 submissions across the nation in the harp division.
Blalock, from Matthews, N.C. is a harp performance and church music major in the GWU
School of Performing and Visual Arts. She also serves as a resident advisor at GWU, a
tutor for the Music Department, and is a Presidential Scholar in Music.
Blalock studies with New York harp professor, Sivan Magen. After making trips to New York
for rehearsal sessions, followed by her performance, Blalock is preparing for future
competitions like the Dutch International Competition and Music Festival to be held in
Holland in 2014.
Sam Stowe is professor of flute at Gardner-Webb University and director of the Flute
Ensemble there. He also directs the BAC wind ensemble. Stowe is known through the region
where he plays with several orchestras.
March 31, 2014
Carolina Pro Musica: St. Petersburg during Catherine the Great
the 1750s on, the Imperial Court looked to Italy for inspiration in cultural matters. Italian-born
Chapel masters including Galuppi and Paisiello also wrote musical entertainments. Many operas in
Italian and others in French premiered in St. Petersburg Russia!
MORE INFO...Carolina Pro Musica - St. Petersburg during Catherine the Great
During the reign of the Empress Elizabeth Petrovna, a large number of artists, architects,
sculptors and musicians left Italy for St Petersburg. The list of chapel masters of the Court
Choir during the 18th century is a continuous stream of foreigners. They wrote for the Court
chapel and had a lasting influence on young Russian composers, including Bortnyansky (1751-1825)
who studied with Galuppi in Italy from 1769 to 1779. On his return he became Chapel Master at
the Imperial Court, and then Director. He is the undisputable master of the Italian style, as
is shown by his large number of virtuosic choral concerti as well as his considerable quantity
of secular music. His lyrical style, in combination with western counterpoint, made him the
outstanding composer of this period. As French was the language of the Russian Court many
secular works were written in French.
Experience old St. Petersburg as presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Much of this music has never
been heard outside of Europe or even Russia!
May 4, 2014 3:00 PM
music students close out the college year with a variety of choral and instrumental selections both
sacred and secular.
MORE INFO...3PM Spring concert
Abbey music students close out the college year with a variety of choral and instrumental selections both sacred and secular.
Abbey Basilica. 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd, Belmont NC 28012
(I-85 exit 26)
Admission is free. Donations are gladly accepted.
Information is available at www.bac.edu.