North Carolina is home to some of the best music festivals in the country! Here’s a list of long-standing festivals for the music-enthusiasts and travelers looking for quality music experiences. The festivals listed are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council through our grant program, are featured on our cultural trail, Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina or components of the festival are being sponsored by Come Hear NC. This is an evolving list that the Come Hear North Carolina team will continue to update throughout 2019.


2020 North Carolina HIP Music Festival

January 31, 2020 - February 28, 2020, Locations throughout the Triangle, N.C.

Presented by the Mallarmé Chamber Players, the HIP (Historically Informed Performance) festival will be performed on Renaissance, Baroque and Classical era period instruments with historical performance practices. The festival will run from January 31 through February 28 in various venues in Chapel Hill, Durham and Raleigh. Drawing from the wealth of outstanding early music ensembles based in North Carolina as well as renowned international musicians, the NC HIP Music Festival will showcase over 100 musicians from eight different organizations in 17 events. This large-scale collaboration is managed by Mallarmé, which is organizing and marketing the festival, while each ensemble is responsible for its own artistic and fiscal management. Those wanting to attend more than three


 

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra: "Si Otsedoha (We're Still Here)" by William Britelle, featuring the Cherokee Chamber Singers

Friday January 31 & Saturday February 1, 2020, Charlotte, N.C.

The Charlotte Symphony Orchestra will perform "Si Otsedoha (We're Still Here)" by William Britelle, featuring the Cherokee Chamber Singers as guest artists. Cherokee Middle and High School students, under the guidance of the Cherokee Chamber Singers participants, conceived the idea for the musical, which documents the past, present, and future of the Cherokee people who have lived in the mountains of Western Carolina for several thousand years. The singers perform the work in the Cherokee language. The weekend's program will also include Copland's Appalachian Spring and Barber's Adagio for Strings.


 

Western Piedmont Symphony: Appalachian Concerto

Saturday February 29, 2020, Lenoir, N.C.

The Western Piedmont Symphony crosses genres in this concert that features a blend of classical music and bluegrass when the Kontras Quartet return to their N.C. roots to perform with N.C. bluegrass trio, The Kruger Brothers. The two groups will perform a piece titled Appalachian Concerto, written by Jens Kruger for banjo, bass, guitar, and string quartet. This uniquely American composition reflects the cultural history of the Appalachian region and features titles such as "Morning at Deep Gap" and "E Pluribus Unum."


Wortham Center's Artist in Residence: Shana Tucker

Saturday April 4, 2020, Asheville, N.C.

Cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker exudes musical magnetism, making fans from critics wherever she goes. With a deep respect for lyrical storytelling, her breathtaking, often intimate performances are steeped in a sound uniquely her own, a new genre the rising star calls chamber-soul. Both on and off stage, she charms her audiences, weaving melodies together from a mix of music — classical and jazz, strong hints of soulful folk, acoustic pop, a touch of R&B — creating a musical tapestry with distinctive rhythmic patterns. Often described as a blend of Dianna Reeves, Joni Mitchell and Tracy Chapman, with a complexity reminiscent of Bill Withers, Shana’s style and sound is internationally renowned by fans of all genres, touted as a talent “whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible,” in JazzTimes Magazine.


 

World Premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s “Through the Window” Song Cycle

Saturday June 20, 2020, Durham, N.C.

Hear the sounds of today’s North Carolina with chamber music of contemporary NC composers. World premiere of Kenneth Frazelle’s “Through the Window” Song Cycle (Mallarme commission), J. Mark Scearce – “Keeping Things Whole”, T.J. Anderson – Spirit Songs, Caroline Shaw – In Manus Tuas.


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