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I Mean to Be One, Too

  • November 6, 2017

I grew up in the Episcopal Church. My grandfather, Allen Webster Joslin, was vicar of St. Paul's, just down the road in Salisbury. As a boy, I had the chance to visit him in his church several times a year.…

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  • October 31, 2017

Simone Dinnerstein, an accomplished professional pianist, came to the nucleo this month to present for our students and families a program called “Bachpacking”, in which she unpacks the beautiful and complicated Goldberg Variations through a series of interactive performance exercises.…

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At Home in the Concert Hall

  • October 2, 2017

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle opened its season this weekend with an exceptional concert that featured, alongside works by Mozart and Shostakovich, the less well known Danzón #2 by Arturo Márquez. Less well known by name, anyway. Anyone who…

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I’m Baaaaaaack.

  • September 25, 2017

Worry not, fearless reader. Nick's Notes is up and running again. It's been an amazing couple of weeks at Kidznotes - weeks that have required a little bit of time away from the blog. It feels great finally to be…

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Ripping Off and Shouting Out

  • August 30, 2017

Two of my favorite things in the world: ripping off good ideas and shouting people out. Today, we got to do both at the same time! A few weeks ago, I was visiting the offices of the East Durham Children's…

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The art of losing

  • August 27, 2017

A man who changed my life passed away this weekend. Michael Cavanagh was professor emeritus of English at Grinnell College. He taught me Poetry as a Freshman; then he taught me Shakespeare as a junior. Poetry is one of the great joys…

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We’re rich!

  • August 23, 2017

Big news on my end today. Thought you might want to know that I'm now a multi-millionaire. I have in my wallet what I'm 99.9% sure is the $700 million winning Powerball ticket. And don't get any big ideas - the ticket…

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  • August 20, 2017

Last Friday, we celebrated a birthday at Kidznotes. Vandora Davis, our incredible Director of Finance and Operations, once again turned 39 years old. I love celebrating birthdays with our team and family (honestly, I love celebrating anything), and so we had party…

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  • August 16, 2017

The North Carolina Arts Council turns 50 years old this year. They are an incredible organization that has "invested in artists and arts organizations to create an enviable arts infrastructure that reaches every corner of our state" ( I had…

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  • August 13, 2017

I love golf. When I win the $430 million Powerball jackpot this week, the first thing I'll do is donate a ton to Kidznotes. The second thing I'll do is retire and play golf every single day. I've been incredibly…

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