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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Maria von Trapp Talk led by Marian Strobel
Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm
Hughes Main Library

This event is a discussion, not an in-character performance. Hughes Main Library or Join Us Online. FREE.

Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Feb 28 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Theatre Converse 3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Feb 28 @ 7:30 pm
Converse University

3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Three plays. One production. Limitless innovation.

Converse Theatre & Dance presents three diversified and thought provoking plays in one production for an experience that explores fate and connection, the folly of human choice and inner strength.

Act 1 includes Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play COME AND GO and Benjamin Bettenbender’s dark comedy THE SIREN SONG OF STEPHEN JAY GOULD.
Act 2 features a new feminist twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jeff Wanshel’s breathtaking adaptation, OPHELIA.

February 28 @ 7:30pm
February 29 @ 7:30pm
March 1 @ 7:30pm
March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 2:30pm

Admission
$10 Adults + $2 fee
$ 5 Youth 22 & under + $1 fee
Free for Converse students, faculty and staff – Show your Converse ID at the door.

Jazz w/ Jorge Garcia
Feb 28 @ 8:00 pm
Blues Boulevard Jazz

Guitarist Jorge Garcia’s intense passion for his instrument is immediately visible and equally audible through his soulful original compositions. Impeccable, melodic solos and supportive, rhythmic guitar work are Garcia’s trademarks and are always a joy to experience. Jorge Garcia has performed with great talent the likes of: Tony Bennett, Richie Cole, Patti Page, Andrea Bocelli, Othelo Molineaux, Candido Camero, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Ed Calle, Bryan Lynch, Ignacio Berroa and Joel Grey to name a few.

Jorge has also performed with pop artists such as Enrique Iglesias, Trini Lopez, The Drifters, The Flamingo’s with Terry Johnson, Bobby Riddell, and many more. Garcia has recorded with Athenas Jazz Art, Carlos Oliva, Pete Minger, Richie Cole; his 2005 release The Sound of Strings with Federico Britos and his recent recording “The Color of Notes” with Israel “Cachao” Lopez, actor Andy Garcia, and the great Vibraphones Chuck Redd. Jorge is in the recording “Voyage” featuring Federico Britos released in April 2010 with Eddie Gomez, Mitchell Camilo, Ignacio Berroa and Giovani Hidalgo. He is on the new CD released in April 2015, Federico Britos Presents The Hot Club Of The Americas with Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Cecile Mclorin Salvant, Hendrik Meurkens, Atonio Adolfo.

Nicky Orta

Nicky Orta is a highly sought-after electric bassist from the South Florida area. His solid playing and musical versatility has landed him world tours, gigs, and recording sessions with renowned artists such as Julio Iglesias, Gloria Estefan, Engelbert Humperdinck, Cristian Castro, Arturo Sandoval, and Sammy Figueroa (with whom Nicky received a Grammy nomination) to name a few. Nicky taught at the University of Miami Frost School of Music, Florida International University and Miami-Dade College. He has given master classes and lectures in the United States, Africa, Brazil, Costa Rica, Venezuela, and Panama; organized and presented three Jazz Bass Conferences in Miami; and has appeared in various journals and sites such as Bass Player, BDGuide, Músico Pro and Forbassplayersonly.com. Nicky contributed a chapter on the electric bass for the book, Jazz Pedagogy: The Jazz Educator’s Handbook and Resource Guide. He is also a Founder of the Miami Jazz Cooperative.

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Feb 29 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Dan + Shay: Heartbreak on The Map Tour
Feb 29 @ 7:00 pm
Bon Secours Wellness Arena

Dan + Shay: Heartbreak on The Map Tour

ISRAELI CHAMBER PROJECT
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm
Parker Concert Hall

The Israeli Chamber Project has appeared at venues including London’s Wigmore Hall, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, the Morgan Library & Museum, Town Hall and Merkin Concert Hall in New York City, Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center, Herbst Theatre in San Francisco, The Clark Memorial Library at UCLA, Ottawa’s Chamberfest, on tour in China and Hong Kong, and has been featured on NPR’s Performance Today and WQXR radio’s Young Artist Showcase.

The Israeli Chamber Project’s tours have garnered rave reviews. “These players have to be heard to be believed.” (American Record Guide) “A band of world-class soloists…in which egos dissolve and players think, breathe and play as one.” (Time Out New York) The ensemble has established itself as a major artistic force on both sides of the Atlantic. These tours include appearances on some of the premier chamber music series, whether in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, New York or Beijing, as well as in remote towns where access to live chamber music is extremely rare. Guest artists on ICP tours have included the Guarneri String Quartet’s Michael Tree and Peter Wiley, the Cleveland Orchestra’s Principal Flutist, Joshua Smith as well as international soloists Antje Weithaas and Liza Ferschtman.

ARTISTS

Itamar Zorman, violin
Guy Ben-Ziony, viola
Tibi Cziger, clarinet
Assaff Weisman, piano

Auditorium seating is reserved.

Theatre Converse 3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Feb 29 @ 7:30 pm
Converse University

3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Three plays. One production. Limitless innovation.

Converse Theatre & Dance presents three diversified and thought provoking plays in one production for an experience that explores fate and connection, the folly of human choice and inner strength.

Act 1 includes Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play COME AND GO and Benjamin Bettenbender’s dark comedy THE SIREN SONG OF STEPHEN JAY GOULD.
Act 2 features a new feminist twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jeff Wanshel’s breathtaking adaptation, OPHELIA.

February 28 @ 7:30pm
February 29 @ 7:30pm
March 1 @ 7:30pm
March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 2:30pm

Admission
$10 Adults + $2 fee
$ 5 Youth 22 & under + $1 fee
Free for Converse students, faculty and staff – Show your Converse ID at the door.

Jazz w/ Steven Galloway
Feb 29 @ 8:00 pm
Blues Boulevard Jazz

MEET MULTI-INSTRUMENTALIST, STEVEN GALLOWAY!

This Greenwood, SC based, smooth jazz saxophonist has an impeccable degree — specifically a music degree from Lander University where he studied under Columbia jazz mainstay Robert A. Gardiner, whom he’ll still sit in with on occasion when passing through Columbia. For his music performance degree, Galloway said Gardiner would have him transcribe solos from the likes of Miles Davis and other jazz greats. However, Steven enjoys listening to a variety of music, from Grover Washington Jr., to Stevie Wonder and even Drake. Among his musical influences are, Charlie Parker, Hank Mobley, Thelonious Monk, Roberta Flack, Jim Snidero, Jerry Bergonzi, to name a few.

In addition to being a gifted saxophonist, Steven Galloway is also a jazz and classically trained pianist, so his supple licks are intricately constructed without being out there, and he drops in familiar covers of everyone from Michael Jackson to Patti LaBelle at his sold out shows. 

The soft-spoken Galloway considers himself to be an introvert, but he enjoys performing and exudes an amazing energy and a soul clenching performance that is unmatched. Stay tuned for more from Steven Galloway.

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WEBSITE

http://www.stevengalloway.net/

Friday, March 1, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Mar 1 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Theatre Converse 3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Mar 1 @ 7:30 pm
Converse University

3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Three plays. One production. Limitless innovation.

Converse Theatre & Dance presents three diversified and thought provoking plays in one production for an experience that explores fate and connection, the folly of human choice and inner strength.

Act 1 includes Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play COME AND GO and Benjamin Bettenbender’s dark comedy THE SIREN SONG OF STEPHEN JAY GOULD.
Act 2 features a new feminist twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jeff Wanshel’s breathtaking adaptation, OPHELIA.

February 28 @ 7:30pm
February 29 @ 7:30pm
March 1 @ 7:30pm
March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 2:30pm

Admission
$10 Adults + $2 fee
$ 5 Youth 22 & under + $1 fee
Free for Converse students, faculty and staff – Show your Converse ID at the door.

Saturday, March 2, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Everything Old is New Again
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
Gunter Theatre

Gary Robinson, conductor
Caroline Robinson, harpsichord
Christoph Wilibald Gluck: Overtura from Orfeo ed Euridice
Philip Glass: Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3

If for you, the sound of the harpsichord conjures the luxury and excess enjoyed at the court of Marie-Antoinette, this concert starts there and takes you to places you couldn’t imagine. The experience is a romp through eras starting with Gluck’s response to the excesses of the Enlightenment, his Orfeo ed Euridice Overture. Then it takes a hard left with composer Philip Glass who was sick and tired of being called a minimalist and decided to explore the flowery Baroque period with his Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra, premiered in Seattle in 2002. The last movement will make you want to dance. The grace of Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances is all the bright-toned elegance you could wish for, followed by the original master of the Baroque, the one and only Johann Sebastian Bach. The instantly-recognizable majesty and beautiful melody of his third orchestral suite brings everything that’s just happened into sharp focus, and ties it in a profoundly Baroque bow.
Conductor Gary Robinson collaborates here with his daughter and celebrated keyboardist Caroline Robinson. This is an unforgettable program for them and for all who will be in the room to share it.

Gary Robinson, Conductor

Gary Robinson has been a part of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra family since joining GSO’s percussion section in 1985. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist since 1977 in Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, as well as with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra of Pittsburgh, PA
In the 1990s, Robinson teamed up with then-GSO conductor David Pollitt to found the Side-By-Side project (at the time, the Apprentice Project) which paired GSO and student musicians for rehearsal and performance. Following the1997 completion of his Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina, Robinson took on other GSO assignments that included conducting chamber concerts, GSO/Greenville Ballet productions of the Nutcracker ballet, and Symphonic Expeditions concerts for school-aged children. Robinson’s work in joint student/professional concerts continued through 2021 in the Side-By-Side pairing of GSO musicians and the orchestra he nurtured starting in 1985, Greenville County Young Artist Orchestra.

Guest Artist: Caroline Robinson, Harpsichord

Organist and church musician Dr. Caroline Robinson has been featured as a solo recitalist across the United States, in venues including New York City churches St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, St. John the Divine, Trinity Church Wall Street, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral; in Boston: Church of the Advent, Harvard Memorial Church, Cambridge, Methuen Memorial Music Hall; St. James in the City, Los Angeles; and Kansas City’s the Kauffman Center. She has also performed in England, France, and Germany. Her playing has been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” “Pipedreams LIVE!,” and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. She has been a featured performer at conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and the American Guild of Organists, most recently performing in the closing concert of the 2022 AGO Convention in Seattle in collaboration with Seattle Pro Musica.
A prize winner at several distinguished organ competitions, Dr. Robinson is a laureate of the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and holds First Prize from the 11th annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and from the 10th annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She was a semifinalist in the 2014 Dublin International Organ Competition. In 2016, she was chosen as one of the Diapason’s “20 Under 30” promising young organists in the United States.
Caroline holds the post of Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. There, under the direction of Canon Dale Adelmann, she shares organ playing and accompanying responsibilities with Artist-in-Residence Jack Mitchener, and she leads the RSCM-based Chorister program. She is an active continuo player with early music ensembles, having performed at the Rochester Early Music Festival, San Francisco’s American Bach Soloists Academy, and now regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate work at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison. Aided by a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund, Caroline studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen (organ) and Yasuko Bouvard (harpsichord). Caroline holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs. Dr. Robinson also received from Eastman the Performer’s Certificate and the Advanced Teaching Certificate in Theory Pedagogy.
Dr. Robinson is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

Theatre Converse 3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Mar 2 @ 7:30 pm
Converse University

3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Three plays. One production. Limitless innovation.

Converse Theatre & Dance presents three diversified and thought provoking plays in one production for an experience that explores fate and connection, the folly of human choice and inner strength.

Act 1 includes Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play COME AND GO and Benjamin Bettenbender’s dark comedy THE SIREN SONG OF STEPHEN JAY GOULD.
Act 2 features a new feminist twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jeff Wanshel’s breathtaking adaptation, OPHELIA.

February 28 @ 7:30pm
February 29 @ 7:30pm
March 1 @ 7:30pm
March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 2:30pm

Admission
$10 Adults + $2 fee
$ 5 Youth 22 & under + $1 fee
Free for Converse students, faculty and staff – Show your Converse ID at the door.

Sunday, March 3, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Mar 3 @ 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum

Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!

Theatre Converse 3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Mar 3 @ 2:30 pm
Converse University

3-IN-1 REPERTORY
Three plays. One production. Limitless innovation.

Converse Theatre & Dance presents three diversified and thought provoking plays in one production for an experience that explores fate and connection, the folly of human choice and inner strength.

Act 1 includes Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play COME AND GO and Benjamin Bettenbender’s dark comedy THE SIREN SONG OF STEPHEN JAY GOULD.
Act 2 features a new feminist twist on Shakespeare’s Hamlet with Jeff Wanshel’s breathtaking adaptation, OPHELIA.

February 28 @ 7:30pm
February 29 @ 7:30pm
March 1 @ 7:30pm
March 2 @ 7:30pm
March 3 @ 2:30pm

Admission
$10 Adults + $2 fee
$ 5 Youth 22 & under + $1 fee
Free for Converse students, faculty and staff – Show your Converse ID at the door.

Everything Old is New Again
Mar 3 @ 3:00 pm
Gunter Theatre

Gary Robinson, conductor
Caroline Robinson, harpsichord
Christoph Wilibald Gluck: Overtura from Orfeo ed Euridice
Philip Glass: Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra
Ottorino Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No. 3
Johann Sebastian Bach: Orchestral Suite No. 3

If for you, the sound of the harpsichord conjures the luxury and excess enjoyed at the court of Marie-Antoinette, this concert starts there and takes you to places you couldn’t imagine. The experience is a romp through eras starting with Gluck’s response to the excesses of the Enlightenment, his Orfeo ed Euridice Overture. Then it takes a hard left with composer Philip Glass who was sick and tired of being called a minimalist and decided to explore the flowery Baroque period with his Concerto for Harpsichord and Orchestra, premiered in Seattle in 2002. The last movement will make you want to dance. The grace of Respighi’s Ancient Airs and Dances is all the bright-toned elegance you could wish for, followed by the original master of the Baroque, the one and only Johann Sebastian Bach. The instantly-recognizable majesty and beautiful melody of his third orchestral suite brings everything that’s just happened into sharp focus, and ties it in a profoundly Baroque bow.
Conductor Gary Robinson collaborates here with his daughter and celebrated keyboardist Caroline Robinson. This is an unforgettable program for them and for all who will be in the room to share it.

Gary Robinson, Conductor

Gary Robinson has been a part of the Greenville Symphony Orchestra family since joining GSO’s percussion section in 1985. He has performed as an orchestral percussionist since 1977 in Connecticut, Mississippi, Florida, Georgia, and North and South Carolina, as well as with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra of Pittsburgh, PA
In the 1990s, Robinson teamed up with then-GSO conductor David Pollitt to found the Side-By-Side project (at the time, the Apprentice Project) which paired GSO and student musicians for rehearsal and performance. Following the1997 completion of his Doctor of Music in Orchestral Conducting at the University of South Carolina, Robinson took on other GSO assignments that included conducting chamber concerts, GSO/Greenville Ballet productions of the Nutcracker ballet, and Symphonic Expeditions concerts for school-aged children. Robinson’s work in joint student/professional concerts continued through 2021 in the Side-By-Side pairing of GSO musicians and the orchestra he nurtured starting in 1985, Greenville County Young Artist Orchestra.

Guest Artist: Caroline Robinson, Harpsichord

Organist and church musician Dr. Caroline Robinson has been featured as a solo recitalist across the United States, in venues including New York City churches St. Thomas Fifth Avenue, St. John the Divine, Trinity Church Wall Street, and St. Patrick’s Cathedral; in Boston: Church of the Advent, Harvard Memorial Church, Cambridge, Methuen Memorial Music Hall; St. James in the City, Los Angeles; and Kansas City’s the Kauffman Center. She has also performed in England, France, and Germany. Her playing has been broadcast multiple times on American Public Media’s “Pipedreams,” “Pipedreams LIVE!,” and Philadelphia-based public radio station 90.1 WRTI’s Wanamaker Organ Hour. She has been a featured performer at conventions of the Organ Historical Society, the East Texas Pipe Organ Festival, and the American Guild of Organists, most recently performing in the closing concert of the 2022 AGO Convention in Seattle in collaboration with Seattle Pro Musica.
A prize winner at several distinguished organ competitions, Dr. Robinson is a laureate of the 2018 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance (NYACOP) and holds First Prize from the 11th annual Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival (2008) and from the 10th annual West Chester University Organ Competition (2010). She was a semifinalist in the 2014 Dublin International Organ Competition. In 2016, she was chosen as one of the Diapason’s “20 Under 30” promising young organists in the United States.
Caroline holds the post of Organist and Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Atlanta. There, under the direction of Canon Dale Adelmann, she shares organ playing and accompanying responsibilities with Artist-in-Residence Jack Mitchener, and she leads the RSCM-based Chorister program. She is an active continuo player with early music ensembles, having performed at the Rochester Early Music Festival, San Francisco’s American Bach Soloists Academy, and now regularly with the Atlanta Baroque Orchestra.
Dr. Robinson completed her undergraduate work at the Curtis Institute of Music, where she studied with Alan Morrison. Aided by a grant from the J. William Fulbright fellowship fund, Caroline studied at the Conservatoire à Rayonnement Régional de Toulouse with Michel Bouvard and Jan Willem Jansen (organ) and Yasuko Bouvard (harpsichord). Caroline holds the Doctor of Musical Arts and the Master of Music in Organ Performance and Literature from the Eastman School of Music, where she studied with David Higgs. Dr. Robinson also received from Eastman the Performer’s Certificate and the Advanced Teaching Certificate in Theory Pedagogy.
Dr. Robinson is represented in North America by Karen McFarlane Artists, Inc.

Carolina Youth Symphony Winter Concerto Concert
Mar 3 @ 4:00 pm
Furman University, McAlister Auditorium

Conducted by Simón A. Gollo, James F. Kilgus, and Ginger R. Greer, the Winter Concert will feature the Symphony, Concert and Repertory Orchestras performing works by Gershwin, Grieg, Holst, Lalo, Mozart, Myer, Verdi, Strommen, and Williams. The concert will also feature the winners of the 35th Annual Young Artist Concerto Competition, Henry Sun (piano) and Sara Miller (violin).

This concert is sponsored by Bernhardt House of Violins and Publix Super Markets Charities. This program is funded in part by the Metropolitan Arts Council which receives support from the City of Greenville, BMW Manufacturing Company, SEW Eurodrive and the South Carolina Arts Commission.

Tickets may be purchased online via Eventbrite or at the door (cash/check only). Audio and video recordings may be purchased via the QR code in the concert program.

Tuesday, March 5, 2024
Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred
Mar 5 @ 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Sigal Music Museum
Sigal Music Museum’s current special exhibition, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred, highlights items from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, which hails from all over the world. Showing November 2023 – May 2024, Worlds Apart uses a diverse range of historical instruments, objects, and visuals to bring together musical narratives from seemingly disparate parts of the globe.

 

Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred aims to increase public access to historical instruments from around the world and improve visitors’ understanding of musical traditions at the global level. Expanding beyond the typical parameters of the Western musical canon, Worlds Apart seeks to expose audiences to musical instruments and customs that are often overlooked or exotified. The instruments and other exhibit materials will offer visitors new perspectives on global music and a chance to consider how music is used for prayer and leisure in cultures around the world. By celebrating these stories, the museum intends to further its mission to collect and preserve historical musical instruments, objects, and information, which engage and enrich people of all ages through exhibits, performances, and experiential programs.

 

Displaying various objects from the JoAnn and Frank Edwinn Collection, Worlds Apart: Musical Instruments from Secular to Sacred focuses on international musical instruments and cultures, celebrating rites and traditions with ancient histories and contemporary legacies. Frank Edwinn, a successful basso in the mid-20th century, studied and toured internationally, eventually settling in North Carolina, where he taught music at the University of North Carolina Asheville. Throughout his life, he purchased various objects from around the world, aiming to expose students, and himself, to the wide and wonderful world of musical instruments. This impressive collection occupies a unique position for educating audiences unfamiliar with the vast scope of global music.

And, UNCA’s Ramsey Library Special Collections is now processing the Edwinn’s papers and a few recordings that will be accessible next semester!