CCC&TI Presents Spring 2020 Performing Artist Series – Caldwell Journal



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HUDSON, NC (December 19, 2019) — Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Program will host the Performing Artists Concert Series this spring with several featured events that are free and open to all students and the general public.

Here is a schedule of events and additional details.

On Thursday, January 23 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host jazz piano and guitar combo Chris Beyt and Pavel Wlosok.

Dr. Chris Beyt is a jazz guitarist, bassist, composer, sound engineer, and educator living in western North Carolina. His most recent album of original compositions “120” is available on iTunes and Amazon.

Beyt grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he learned the trombone and then switched to guitar. In 1999 he received music and academic scholarships to Loyola University in New Orleans where he studied with John Eubanks and earned a bachelor’s degree in jazz studies. During this time and for two years after, he performed in New Orleans at various venues on both guitar and electric bass. In 2005, he moved to Denton, Texas, where he studied guitar with Fred Hamilton and began his studies on the double bass, on which he has since performed in addition to guitar. Chris earned his Masters in Jazz Performance from the University of North Texas in 2008. Immediately after, he moved to Champaign, Illinois, where he earned his Doctor of Musical Arts in Jazz Performance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Larry Gray, Chip Stephens and Chip McNeill.

Czech-born American pianist, composer, arranger, educator, musical engineer, producer and photographer Pavel Wlosok started playing the piano at the age of five. He received his classical training in piano performance and composition at the Janacek Music Conservatory in OSTRAVA. He received his BA and MA in Jazz Studies with Honors from the University of North Texas (UNT) in Denton, Texas (1995 – 2000), where he studied composition with Professor Cindy McTee, jazz piano with Prof. Dan Haerle and classical piano with Prof. Adam Wodnicki.

While at UNT, Wlosok served as pianist-arranger for the One O’clock Lab Band (his work is included on 4 CDs produced by that band, the latest featuring Canadian ECM artist Kenny Wheeler) and as teaching assistant in auditory skills, music theory and jazz piano before leading the Four O’clock Lab Band in his final year of studies. He has also been featured as a soloist with the UNT Wind Symphony (CD “Luminaries” conducted by Eugene Corporon), and has toured Europe and North America as a pianist and composer. His first self-produced album as a frontman was Long Journey (1997) and featured his best friends from the early North Texas years, such as saxophonists Tyler Kuebler and Wayne Delano, bassist Mike McGuirk, drummers Ed Soph and Rich Matschulat and the trumpeter. Scott Harrel.

On Monday, February 17 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), CCC&TI’s Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host local favorite Strictly Clean and Decent.

Strictly Clean and Decent is an acoustic trio of Patrick Crouch, Ron Shuffler and Kay Crouch whose blend of brilliant vocal harmonies tops a solid instrumental base. They are dedicated to performing a variety of musical styles in an acoustic setting. Their eclectic repertoire includes modern folksongs by American, Canadian and Irish songwriters, the fiery breakdowns and songs of family and home found in traditional and contemporary bluegrass settings, as well as tunes and centuries-old Celtic dance tunes. All of this is sprinkled with a healthy dose of popular jazz standards, swing and western swing music, and some classic country tunes to deliver a program that will please everyone.

Since 1989, Strictly Clean and Decent have toured Ireland 10 times. They have performed three times at the Cobh International Folk Music and Dance Festival, the Bluegrass and Olde Tyme Music Festival in Cork and twice at the Irish Bluegrass Music Association festival in Athy. In the United States, the trio has opened for renowned artists such as Doc Watson, Ralph Stanley, JD Crowe, Vassar Clements, Tim O’Brien, Tony Rice, Lee Greenwood, John Cowan, Jerry Clower and Rhonda Vincent. The trio have performed at a variety of venues including Duke Gardens, Biltmore House, Joe Shannon’s Mountain Home Music Concert Series (Boone), Summer Sunday Concert Series (Beech Mountain), Red White and Bluegrass Festival (Morganton), the FreedomFest (Charlotte), WinterFest (Blowing Rock), MerleFest (Wilkesboro), and at many North Carolina colleges and auditoriums.

On Tuesday, March 10 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the CCC&TI Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the Lenoir Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble.

The Lenoir-Rhyne University Jazz Ensemble is led by Dr. Christopher Nigrelli and includes LRU students, alumni and local musicians. This audition-only ensemble performs an eclectic variety of big band jazz music.

On Wednesday, April 22 at 1 p.m. in the CC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the CCC&TI Caldwell Campus in Hudson will present the CCC&TI Chorus Ensemble.

The CCC&TI Chorus ensemble includes students from the CCC&TI Associate of Fine Arts Music degree program as well as staff and faculty members. The Choir is directed by Mrs. Celia Sexton. In addition to teaching at CCC&TI, Sexton is Associate Conductor for the Hickory Chorale Society and she was Choir Director of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Choir and Young Singers for 25 years. Sexton also served as minister of music at Holy Trinity and taught high school and college music classes in the Hickory area.

A special encore of the CCC&TI Chorus Ensemble will be performed Thursday, April 23 at 7 p.m. at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church located at 547 6th Street NW, Hickory.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information about CCC&TI’s fine arts related programs or these events, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or email [email protected].

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