Since 2008, Music @ St. Alban's has been devoted to taking music into non-traditional venues within our local community, including but not limited to Davidson's historic Westside. In addition to our regular concert series, we provide musical opportunities, at no cost to low income children, families and seniors. For more information, please contact us at [email protected]
M@SA OutreachOn Friday December 1, Music @ St. Alban’s, in conjunction with the Davidson branch of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and the Town of Davidson, presented an exclusive virtual event. Distinguished artists Katya Kramer-Lapin and Matvey Lapin engaged the audience in an intimate, up-close-and personal discussion of the musical journeys from Russia to their home in Cary, NC. The violin-piano chamber musicians performed selections from Tchaikovsky, Debussy and Mozart.
Katya Kramer-Lapin and Matvey Lapin
La Escuelita Preschool
M@SA OutreachThere were lots of smiling 3- and 4-year-olds on Wednesday, September 13, 2023, when Joey Rincon visited La Escuelita bilingual preschool in Davidson, NC. Sponsored by Music at St. Alban's (M@SA) and the Arts & Science Council, Mr. Joey had the children and teachers clap in time and play various rhythm instruments while he performed on his classical guitar. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star on the ukulele was a big hit. The children also enjoyed up close inspection and strumming of the guitar. It was a delightful experience for all.
Hinds' Feet Farm
M@SA OutreachOn Sunday, June 4th, Mike Alicke, guitarist, singer and songwriter, was featured in an inspiring concert for residents, staff and guests at Hinds’ Feet Farm in Huntersville. Hinds’ Feet Farm serves adults with brain injuries through activities that stimulate cognitive, creative, and social development. Sponsored by M@SA as one of its outreach missions, Mike presented two forty-minute sets of familiar songs by artists such as James Taylor, Neil Diamond, and Elvis Presley, along with a few of his own. The audience responded enthusiastically to this program made possible through ASC funding.
Hinds' Feet Farm
Ada Jenkins CenterM@SA hosted two enrichment events at Ada Jenkins LEARN Works after school programs. Lovell Bradford, of Davidson College and JazzArts Charlotte, performed jazz pieces accompanied by several young jazz musicians. Mr. Bardford introduced the young Ada Jenkins students to the various instruments and to the history of jazz and Harlem. The room was filled with joyful energy, smiling faces, and music.
Lovell Bradford at work
La Escuelita PreschoolOn Monday, December 5, 2022, Music at St. Alban's (M@SA) in conjunction with the Arts & Science Council visited La Escuelita bilingual preschool in Davidson, NC. Musician Joey Rincon performed on his acoustic & electric guitar. Joey quickly engaged the young preschoolers and staff with his interactive style. The children had an opportunity to play the guitar, drums, castanets & sing. Some of the songs required hand movements which the children performed very well. Joey's selections included both English and Spanish languages. Very inclusive, educational and fun experience for all.
Ada Jenkins CenterOn Thursday, May 6, 2022 Music @ St. Alban's, in conjunction with the Town of Davidson, provided a virtual music enrichment event. LEARN Works enrichment director, M@SA, Learn Music of Cornelius and a Davidson College graduate fellow and undergraduate art students, provided the "family engagement" event at the outdoor stage at Summit Coffee, Main St, Davidson. In March and April, Davidson College fellow, Maurice Norman worked with the Ada Jenkins LEARNWorks students to create slam style poetry. On May 6, the students performed their poems, with musical accompaniment by guitarist Joey Rincon of Learn Music. Joey improvised musical selections to highlight the emotions and energies of the students’ poetry. After the performance, Davidson College art students guided the LEARNWorks students in creating visual depictions with chalk on canvas. Family members of the LEARNWorks students were invited guests to the event.
Gethsemane Baptist Church
Noel Freidline TrioOn Friday, February 18, 2022, Music @ St. Alban's, in conjunction with the Arts and Science Council, visited Gethsemane Baptist church in Davidson. The Noel Freidline Trio, hosted by M@SA, performed “A Tribute to the Great Pianists - [Dave] Brubeck, [George] Shearing, and [Ahmad] Jamal.” The joyful energy of the trio was only outmatched by the audience’s abundant enthusiasm. The free concert was offered to the community at no-charge and was well attended.
La Escuelita Preschool
NC Baroque OrchestraOn Friday, December 17, 2021, Music @ St. Alban's, in conjunction with the Arts and Science Council visited La Escuelita Preschool. Hosted by M@SA, five members of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra provided a musical story to bilingual students and staff. The holiday themed story was created around songs the children had been learning. The students accompanied the musical story with their own voices and hand percussion movements. The NCBO members included Frances Blaker [melodica and percussion], Letitia Berlin and Barbara Weiss [melodica], Billy Simms [theorbo] and Barbara Krumdieck [cello].
Billy Simms - Therorbo
Ada Jenkins CenterOn Thursday, May 6, 2021, Music @ St. Alban's, in conjunction with the Town of Davidson, provided a virtual Family Engagement music enrichment event at the Ada Jenkins Center LEARN Works After School Academic Enrichment Program.
Paige Whitley-Baugess described the history of European court dances and the origins of dance in colonial America. Paige & the LEARN Works interpreter explained how the Spanish princesses brought their Spanish culture of music and dance to France. Paige performed a Spanish dance with castanets. Barry Baugess demonstrated various types of trumpet and brass instruments from the 15’s through modern times.
Students, along with their parents and older siblings were able to ask the performers questions about the music, the instruments and the style of dance.
Ada Jenkins CenterOn Thursday, February 25, 2021, Music @ St. Alban's, in conjunction with the Town of Davidson, provided a virtual Family Engagement music enrichment event at the Ada Jenkins Center LEARN Works After School Academic Enrichment Program.
The violinist, Mei-Li Garcia Beane, born and raised in Spain, spoke with the students in both English and Spanish. She performed numerous brief selections of musical offerings from 10th century Spain, 16th century Italy, 15th century Ottoman Empire, 18th century German along with music from North Africa, Ireland and Scotland.
The students were particularly delighted with the performer’s demonstration of sounds of nature which Antonio Vivaldi wove into his “Four Seasons” composition and delighted in identifying the sea gulls, flowing river and birds.