Appalachian Songbook

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.

Salem College Fine Arts Center, Shirley Recital Hall
$24 General Admission/$8 Students
Kenneth Frazelle, piano; Jodi Burns, soprano

For over three decades, composer Kenneth Frazelle has explored the balladry, bird song, and wildflowers of his beloved Blue Ridge Mountains. The versatile soprano Jodi Burns will join the composer/pianist in selections from his Appalachian Songbooks, Wildflowers, and Lullabies and Bird Songs.

Artist Bios

Kenneth Frazelle

Composer Kenneth Frazelle’s music has been commissioned and performed by numerous prominent artists, including Yo-Yo Ma, Jeffrey Kahane, Dawn Upshaw, Anthony Dean Griffey, Emmanuel Ax, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Ransom Wilson, Paula Robison, John Adams, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Jan DeGaetani and Gilbert Kalish. He has received commissions from Music@Menlo, the Ravinia Festival and the Spoleto Festival. Frazelle first received international acclaim with his score for Still/Here, a multimedia dance theater work for the Bill T.Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Co. Frazelle has received awards and fellowships from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the American Academy in Rome, and Columbia University, and he was the winner of the 2001 Barlow Prize, the international competition administered through Brigham Young University. He has held residencies with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the Santa Rosa Symphony and the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Frazelle was a pupil of Roger Sessions at The Juilliard School and attended high school at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where he studied with Robert Ward. His music is published by Subito Music Corporation.

Jodi Burns

Jodi Burns has been described as singing with a “plush voice and rich expressivity”(The New York Times). In her recent appearance the Southeastern premiere of Kevin Puts’ Silent Night,The Winston-Salem Journal noted, “Burns dazzled with her lustrous soprano and bright charisma. The production is elevated whenever she appears on stage." Whether performing in intimate venues or on the opera stage, she appeals to a rich and diverse audience.

Roles include, Anna, (Silent Night, Piedmont Opera), Ann Trulove (The Rake's Progress) and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with The Princeton Festival, Micaela (Carmen), Josephine (H.M.S. Pinafore), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Barbarina (The Marriage of Figaro), the Dew Fairy (Hansel and Gretel), and Ida (Die Fledermaus) with Piedmont Opera and conductor Jamie Allbritten, and Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi) with Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Mary Turner (Carolina Chamber Symphony Player’s, Of Thee I Sing, Gershwin). At the Fletcher Opera Institute she gave commanding performances as Maria (Maria Stuarda), Adina (L'Elisir d'Amore), Rose (Street Scene), and Flaminia (Il Mondo della Luna, Haydn).

Jodi sings frequently with the Winston-Salem Symphony, under the baton of Robert Moody. She recently performed her own compositions along with her band Judy Barnes with The Piedmont Wind Symphony. She also had the pleasure of singing with Ben Folds at his 2015 “Home for the Holidays” Concert at LJVM Coliseum, also with The Piedmont Wind Symphony.

Jodi toured with The North Carolina Symphony performing Beethoven and Mozart, and has performed with them any times over, singing Handel's Messiah, and Mozart arias and masses conducted by Grant Llewellyn. She performed with the Winston-Salem Youth Symphony (Poulenc Gloria, Vaughan Williams Benedicite) and with the UNCSA Symphony (Mahler, Symphony No. 2) conducted by John Mauceri.

Jodi was a semi-finalist at the Metropolitan Opera National Competition and sang on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera House.

Jodi was a fellow at The Fletcher Opera Institute at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts where she received a Masters of Music and studied with Marilyn Taylor. She holds BME from The Ohio State University.

Take Five: A Tribute to Dave Brubeck

Saturday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.

Salem College Fine Arts Center, Shirley Recital Hall
$24 General Admission/$8 Students

Music from Dave Brubeck’s iconic recording Time Out, including “Take Five” and “Blue Rondo a la Turk”. Featuring  Federico Pivetta, piano; Bob Faub, saxophone; Matt Kendrick, bass;  John Wilson, drums.

Latte and Learn

“Baroque and Beyond” discussion with John Mochnick

Tuesday, August 7, 10:30 a.m.
Bookmarks, 634 W 4th St


Jazz @ Tate’s: Open Mic Night

Tuesday, August 7, 8:00-11:00

Tate's Craft Cocktails, 279 W. 4th St.

Kevin Timmons, piano; Matt Kendrick, bass; and John Wilson, drums, Matt Kosma, saxophone and Cameron MacManus, trombone.


Zinc Kings: Piedmont Old Time String Band

Thursday, August 9, 7:30 p.m.

Footnotes Breezeway

Christen Blanton Mack; fiddle, banjo; Dan Clouse; banjo, washboard, tuba; Mark Dillon; guitar, banjo; Ryan Mack; bass, ukulele, bad jokes



Artist Bios

Zinc Kings

The Zinc Kings began in the fall of 2010 when musicians playing in the University of North Carolina Greensboro Old Time ensemble. Christen Blanton, Dan Clouse and Mark Dillon realized that while they loved Appalachian music there was a huge area of music that was not being addressed, the music of the North Carolina Piedmont. Music from this region tends to be more heavily influenced by the blues tradition and it is reflected in the playing of many of the tunes played. After starting the band they quickly found themselves overwhelmed by demand for music from the North Carolina Piedmont.

Each the three founding members have long backgrounds in music. Blanten is a professional viola player, Dillon a longtime songwriter and Clouse a professional tuba player. Very few of these skills make it into the Zinc Kings but their experience in playing the music is reflected in their lively performances.

Since their inception as a band in the fall of 2010 The Zinc Kings have been playing seemingly non-stop including performances at local venues and festivals including Hoppin John fiddle festival, The Charlie Poole Festival, Fiddlers Grove, Asheville's Bele Chere Festival and multiple private engagements. In the summer of 2011 The Zinc Kings became the house band for the North Carolina State University (NCSU) Theaterfest production of Where Music Kills Sorrow.

In the spring of 2011 The Zinc Kings released their self-titled debut album The Zinc KIngs. Recorded over the course of a extended weekend with no overdubs and two microphones the album is an accurate representation of The Zinc Kings live performances.

The Orphée Project: An evening of Intergenerational Dance and Music

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.

Brendle Recital Hall, Wake Forest University
$15 General Admission/$5 Students

Christina Soriano returns to choreograph another inspiring intergenerational dance and music event, this time featuring the music of Philip Glass performed by Yong-Im Federle.

“Musical Passport” with the Harmonium Winds

Sunday, August 12, 3:00 p.m.

Bookmarks, 634 W 4th St
Free Admission

Peter Shanahan, flute; Jessica Warner, oboe; Carmen Eby, clarinet; Joe Mount, horn; Juan Antonio Diaz, bassoon.


Artist Bios

Peter Shanahan

Peter Shanahan, flute, is a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and is a frequent performer with the Greensboro and Winston-Salem Symphony Orchestras.  He serves as the instructor of flute at Radford University in Virginia.   Alongside his wife, Lissie, Peter is the co-director of the Winston-Salem Flute Academy, one of the largest flute studios in North Carolina.   He holds degrees from Indiana University and UNCSA.

Jessica Warner

Jessica Warner, oboe, is a member of the Western Piedmont Symphony and has also performed with the Charlotte, North Carolina, Winston-Salem, Peoria (IL), Monterrey (Mexico) Symphony Orchestras and the Auckland (NZ) Philharmonia.  She is a graduate of the University of Michigan and the University of Texas.  Ms. Warner currently resides in Boone, NC with her husband, Drew Leslie and their two children, Thad and Natalie.

Carmen Eby

Carmen Eby, clarinet, is an active freelance artist and educator in the Piedmont Triad region, She holds the position of principal clarinet with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Opera Roanoke in Virginia.

In addition to her position as Instructor of Clarinet at High Point University, Greensboro College, and Guilford College, Ms. Eby maintains a private lesson studio in Greensboro, North Carolina. Ms. Eby gives clinics and master classes throughout the Piedmont Triad Region as well as working regularly with the Roanoke Youth Symphony Orchestra in Virginia. She has also been on the faculty at UNCG Summer Music Camp, Lutheran Summer Music Program and New England Music Camp.

Previously, Ms.Eby was on the faculty at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio and has been an active clinician and educator in the Central Ohio region. She holds her MM in clarinet performance from Ohio State University and her BA in Music Education from Luther College. Carmen lives in Greensboro with her husband, Chad Eby, and their two children Spenser and Mira.

Joe Mount

Joe Mount has been a member of the French horn section of the Winston-Salem Symphony since 1986. He also performs with the Greensboro Symphony and he is a member of the Giannini Brass. Joe hails from California and holds music degrees from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music and UNCSA. He is a founding member and Artistic Co-Director of Music Carolina.

Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz

Colombian-born Juan Antonio Rodriguez Diaz is Principal Bassoon of the Union Symphony Orchestra. He has appeared in performances and festivals in Europe as well as North and South America. Trained in Colombia and the USA, he holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Caldas and an Artist Diploma from Duquesne University. He is currently pursuing his Master of Music at UNCSA.

Latte and Learn

“Music from a French Salon” with James Allbritten

Tuesday, August 14, 10:30 a.m.

Bookmarks, 634 W 4th St


Jazz Classique: Baroque and Beyond

Friday, August 17, 7:30 p.m.

Salem College Fine Arts Center, Shirley Recital Hall
$24 General Admission/$8 Students

A unique program that blends “classical” music with elements of blues and jazz. John Mochnick, piano, Roberto Orihuela, vibraphone; John Wilson, drums; Matt Kendrick, bass

Artist Bios

John Mochnick

John Mochnick, pianist, conductor, composer, arranger, teacher, and administrator was conservatory trained at Heidelberg College, Indiana University, and the University of Cincinnati. His choral compositions and historical performing editions are widely published, and his works have been performed at national and divisional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association as well as venues abroad. In the summer of 1990, he was invited to Austria to assist with the preparation of the choruses at the Bregenz Opera and conduct at the music conservatory in Feldkirch. After a thirty-five- year teaching career, Dr. Mochnick retired as Professor Emeritus from Southern Illinois University in 2005 and moved to Winston-Salem. Equally at home in classical and jazz styles, Dr. Mochnick continues to write and perform in both idioms.

Matt Kendrick

Matt Kendrick, bassist is a native of Winston-Salem, where he attended the North Carolina School of the Arts. In 1977, he moved to New York City and performed for four years in numerous avant-garde venues. After studying with jazz educator Jerry Coker at the University of Tennessee, and playing in the Knoxville Symphony, he returned to Winston-Salem in 1981. As a performer/composer, Matt has released five CD’s, including more that forty of his own compositions, to critical acclaim. He has also garnered many grants and fellowships.

Matt has performed with numerous jazz artists, including Marian McPartland, Tierney Sutton, Archie Shepp and Jaki Byard. He serves on the board of Music Carolina, and is the music director for Carolina Music Ways. He has scored music for three films, and his own ensemble, the Matt Kendrick Unit, has played festivals, museums, clubs, etc. throughout the southeast.

Roberto Orihuela
Roberto Orihuela, vibraphonist, was born in Havana, Cuba and emigrated to the United States in 1961. He started his early career as a drummer, but his interest in the melodic aspect of music led him to the vibraphone. Although initially influenced by the musical styles of Frank Sinatra and Tony Ben- net, Roberto discovered jazz while visiting relatives on a Manhattan rooftop terrace. The sounds coming from a nearby apartment sparked an interest in jazz, and he was captivated by the sophistication, elegance and raw emotion of this genre. The discovery of Milt Jackson, vibraphonist with the Modern Jazz Quartet, sealed his fate and jazz vibraphone became his passion. Roberto has performed as a percussionist for national acts (e.g. singer Aretha Franklin and trumpeter, Arturo Sandoval) and jazz vibraphonist on recordings by Tom Browne, West End Mambo and Blue A-Matic. He has also appeared as a sideman with numerous regional entertainers like Melva Houston and Joe Robinson. Active as a band leader for many years, Roberto is frequently heard in Greensboro, Winston-Salem and Charlotte. He resides in Greensboro, North Carolina
John Wilson
John Wilson, drummer, has been exploring his love of music in bars, clubs, concert halls, dance studios and recording spaces for nearly twenty-five years. A graduate of the North Carolina School of the Arts and the Manhattan School of Music, John has served as percussionist for a variety of organizations including cruise ships, the Glenn Miller Orchestra, and Music Carolina. In addition, he has taught at Davidson College, Pfeiffer University, Hartwick College Summer Music Festival, and the John Coltrane Jazz Workshop. Throughout the last decade, John has been operating Spot Studio, a unique recording space constructed mostly of salvaged materials. John recently retired as an accompanist at the UNCSA Dance Department, where he was inspired for nearly twenty years on a daily basis through his work with students and faculty

Piedmont Opera:
A Romantic Salon: Music from Bohemian Paris

Sunday August 19, 2:00 p.m.

Calvary Moravian Church
$24 General Admission/$8 Students