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Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church announces the winter/spring Strobilus Arts series

Posted Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Pittsboro, NC - Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church announces the winter/spring Strobilus Arts series, slated for January through May 2015. The series features free performances in a broad range of acoustic formats. Also on the calendar is an art exhibition of works by members and friends of Chapel in the Pines.

Located on the south side of Chapel Hill in Chatham County, Chapel in the Pines has a hardwood interior and expansive views of the surrounding pine forests, and Strobilus Arts was conceived to take advantage of this potential.

Strobilus Arts coordinator Nathan Kotecki explained the vision of the series: "In addition to being a beautiful setting for worship, Chapel in the Pines has proven to be an inspiring context for aesthetic enrichment, as evidenced by the music performances we hosted in fall 2014. We're excited to continue in 2015 with an even more ambitious calendar of events. We hope the greater community will continue to visit us and experience the great local talents we have lined up for our second season."

At 3 pm on Saturday, January 17, soprano Kathleen Jasinskas and baritone Charlie Hyland will make their North Carolina debut with a vocal recital. Their eclectic program will feature works by Mozart, Rachmaninoff, and Strauss, all accompanied by Deborah Hollis on piano.

At 3 pm on Saturday, February 7, acclaimed area choir Sonam will present a winter program of new and ancient music to benefit Caring House in Durham. The program will include works from the Medieval, Renaissance, and modern eras.

The Strobilus Winter Art Exhibition will have its opening reception immediately following the Sonam concert. This curated show of artworks by members and friends of Chapel in the Pines will run for five weekends, from February 7 through March 8. Gallery hours will be Saturdays from 10 am to 4 pm and Sundays from Noon to 4 pm.

At 3 pm on Saturday, February 21, the Triangle Bluegrass Collective will present "What Color is Your Grass?" This all-star band of local bluegrass luminaries will explore many styles in the bluegrass genre and tell some great stories along the way.

At 4 pm on Sunday, March 8, local me's choir Vox Virorum will welcome the Muskingum Concert Choir (Muskingum University in Ohio) for an exciting joint choral performance. These ensembles will sing music ranging from the Renaissance to the traditional glee club era to the twenty-first century.

At 3 pm on Saturday, March 21, the Franklin Street Traditional Jazz Band will come together with the Gospel Jubilators in their first joint performance. This rousing program will explore the intersection of New Orleans jazz and the African-American gospel tradition.

At 4 pm on Saturday, April 11, singer/songwriter Martha Bassett's string trio will give a program of folk, swing, and jazz. This versatile singer has been hailed for her classically trained voice and her sensitive interpretations.

At 4 pm on Sunday, April 19, UNC-Chapel Hill jazz quartet The Bu Project will play a program of music by jazz great Art Blakey and the musicians he mentored. The legacy of the Jazz Messengers will be traced through signature compositions by Blakey, Hank Mobley, Benny Golson, Wayne Shorter, and Freddie Hubbard.

At 4 pm on Saturday, May 2, clarinetist Jane Hamborsky convenes a group of accomplished instrumentalists especially for Strobilus. A founding member of New York City's renowned Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, Hamborsky will lead a program of classical chamber ensemble music.

At 4 pm on Saturday, May 16, the Triangle Tuba Quartet will present "Sweet & Low: The Richness of Brass." The program will include classical and popular music, all showcasing the unique sounds of tuba and euphonium.

All events are open to the public and free with a suggested donation. More information about Strobilus Arts and all the events can be found at the series website,

Pastor Mindy Douglas said, "We were delighted with the performances and the audiences for the concerts in 2014. Strobilus has met every objective we've set for it, and we're thrilled to welcome everyone back in the new year for this exceptional lineup of events."

Located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway in southern Chapel Hill, Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church welcomes everyone, and the facility is fully ADA accessible.

The music series takes its name from the botanical term for the pinecone, which derives from the Greek *strobilos,* meaning *whirlwind.*

FMI: Nathan Kotecki

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