Celebrate the power and joy of music at KidZNotes’ third annual spring concert on Saturday May 18 at 10:30 am at the Holton Career and Resource Center (401 N Driver St. Durham,NC).
Listen to 200 Durham kindergarten through fifth grade children showcase the classical music skills they have learned through a local program inspired by El Sistema, a world-renowned music for social change program that has swept the nation and the world. A family and friends potluck lunch will directly follow the concert.
KidZNotes students will perform on their individual instruments and in song, both as a whole and in small groups. Not only will KidZNotes students demonstrate their musical abilities, but special musical guest Nicholas Kitchen of the New England Conservatory of Music and the Borromeo String Quartet will perform alongside the students.
Nicholas Kitchen is one of the most active and innovative performers in the music world today. He is a solo violinist, chamber musician, teacher, video artist, technology innovator and arts administrator. Born in Durham, North Carolina, Mr. Kitchen has traveled the world with his music, performing in many of the world’s most illustrious concert halls: the Philharmonie in Berlin, the Tonhalle in Zurich, the Dvorak Hall in Prague, Suntory Hall and Dai-Ichi Semei Hall in Tokyo, the Arts Center in Seoul, Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York, Tanglewood and Ravinia Festivals, the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the US, to name just a few. KidZNotes has been fortunate to have Mr. Kitchen as an artist in residence this semester, teaching and developing a curriculum called MatheMusica, in which the students of KidZNotes are learning the math behind the music.
Established in September 2010 in East Durham, KidZNotes serves students from five low-income Durham elementary schools. Enrolled students receive 10 hours of free music instruction weekly, and, on Saturdays, all students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.