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Experience the Adaskin String Trio at First Methodist on Friday

The FirstARTS series of the Stanback Department of Sacred Music at First United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., will host the Adaskin String Trio with concert pianist Sally Pinkas in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Formed in 1994, the trio performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada.
In addition, the trio’s concerts have been recorded for broadcast by CBC Radio, Radio-Canada and National Public Radio.
Although the Adaskin String Trio is currently based in New England, the members of the trio are all originally from Canada.
They met in Montreal where they each studied chamber music with founding Orford Quartet cellist Marcel Saint-Cyr.
They later completed two years as ensemble-in-residence at The Hartt School under the guidance of the Emerson Quartet.
The trio is named in honor of Murray Adaskin, one of Canada’s most loved and respected composers, and two of his brothers, violinist Harry Adaskin and producer and music educator John Adaskin.
Joining the trio for this concert will be Israeli born pianist, Sally Pinkas.
Pinkas has toured extensively and is currently pianist-in-residence and Professor of Music at the Hopkins Center at Dartmouth College.
The concert is free and open to the public. An offering will be received for the Music Memorial Fund of First UMC.
For information about the FirstARTS series, email Matthew Brown, director of music, at matthew@fumcsalisbury.org or call 704-636-3121, extension 104.
Lee Street theatre will open auditions for the staged reading of “OrnaMENTAL,” a nuanced portrayal of women’s friendships written by Salisbury resident Jenny Hubbard, at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17.
This true-to-life comedy revolves around an annual Christmas tree decorating contest that brings together a diverse blend of characters.
Five actresses, ages 30-50, with the versatility to play multiple roles of varying ages, are needed. Marla Brown, executive director of Warehouse PAC of Cornelius, will direct.
Stage experience is welcome but not necessary. Auditions, consisting of cold readings from the script, are one day only at the new Lee Street Theater & Performing Arts Center, 329 N. Lee St.
Actresses must be available for evening rehearsals Dec. 2-5. Performance dates are at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-8 with audience talk-backs afterwards.
Email playwright Jenny Hubbard at jen4hubbard@aol.com with questions.
For more information regarding Lee Street theatre, email info@leestreet.org or call 704-310-5507.
KANNAPOLIS — A special children’s concert by the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will be performed at 10 a.m. Saturday at the historic Gem Theatre, 111 W. 1st St.
The ensemble is under the direction of its new conductor, Dr. Laurence Marks, recently retired music professor and director of bands at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
This free concert includes 50 musicians who reside in Cabarrus, Rowan, Union and Mecklenburg counties.
The program will feature compositions by Disney and John Williams, including a spectacular medley of selections from all eight Harry Potter films.
In addition, there will be selections by Dutch composer Jan van der Roost and American composer Frank Ticheli’s unique setting of “Amazing Grace.”
The Piedmont Prime Time Community Band, now in its 13th season, presents a diverse musical repertoire at concerts held throughout the year.
New members are always welcome. Individuals with high school or college band experience are encouraged to apply for participation in sections with openings.
Visit primetimeband.org for more information, or contact Marks at markslaurence@yahoo.com or 704-608-2197.
MOORESVILLE — The Mooresville Artist Guild announces a call for artists for its first juried exhibit and competition.
The Winter Juried Art Exhibition is supported by a grassroots sub-grant provided by the Iredell Arts Council and by Lake Country Gallery.
Cash prizes will be awarded, as well as gift certificates to Lake Country Gallery.
Anne Scott Clement, executive director and chief curator of Waterworks Visual Arts Center in Salisbury, will be the juror for this inaugural show.
Artwork intake is from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 at the Guild, 103 W. Center Ave.
The exhibit runs Tuesday, Jan. 14 through Thursday, Feb. 27 and the opening reception is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17.
Get additional information and a complete prospectus at magart.org
For more information, contact Jessica DeHart, chair, at jadehart7@gmail.com
The cast of Piedmont Players Theatre’s “Story Theatre” includes Garett Alewine, Madison Barrier, Elijah Carpenter, Micah Cross, Maggie Dees, Jaxon Evans, Jonah Evans, Joanna Gminder, Olivia Gregory, Zeb Harry, Kaylee Hawley, Elizabeth Jones, Ali Katib, Jacob Kluttz, Alexandra Luffman, Gavin McDaniel, Rachel Nuottila and Quinnlan Watson. Zoë Watson will serve as stage manager.
The play by Paul Sills consists of a group of famous fables from the Grimm Brothers to Aesop.
The audience will be reintroduced to Henny Penny, the Golden Goose, Venus & the Cat, the Fisherman & his Wife, The Robber Baron and other favorites.
Performance dates are Nov. 15-16 and 22-23. The box office opens Nov. 11.
Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and seniors.
“Story Theatre” will be performed for all of the second and third-grade classes in the Rowan Salisbury School System.
The Norvell Theater is located at 135 E. Fisher St.
For more information, call 704-633-5471 or visit piedmontplayers.com
November is National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), and Rowan Public Library is inviting aspiring authors to start writing their first novel.
The library is hosting a free creative writing workshop by author Nathan Kotecki geared toward students in seventh through 12th grades, but all are welcome.
The workshop is at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9 in the Stanback Auditorium.
Kotecki, author of “The Suburban Strange,” will share tips on how to bring characters, settings and plots to life.
For more information, visit rowanpubliclibrary.org or call 704-216-8234.
Tickets are now on sale for Waterwork’s Visual Art Center’s Nov. 16 event.
The cost is $45 per person, members pay $40 each.
The price includes chili tasting, dessert, beer, wine and other beverages as well as 15 tickets to vote for your favorites recipes. Event for those at least 21 years old.
Proceeds support Waterworks’ education and outreach programs.
Purchase tickets at waterworks.org or call 704-636-1882.
STATESVILLE —The Iredell Museums presents “Soldiers in Gray, A Musical Journey” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Local playwright Stan Clardy’s play, set to music, is based on many letters and facts of that period before, during and after the War Between the States.
The performance will be held at the Court Street Gallery, across from the old jail, at 134 Court St.
Tickets are $6 for adults and $3 for youth.
For more information, call 704-873-4734 or visit iredellmuseums.org.

Steve Eulberg in Concert
at Rowan Public Library

Friends of Rowan Public Library and the Cheerwine Music Hour present Steve Eulberg live in concert at the library headquarters in Salisbury at 7 p.m. next Thursday.
Doors open at 6:30 pm, and admission is free. Enter at the Fisher Street entrance near the historic Henderson Law Office.
An Award-winning multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter, Steve Eulberg uses a variety of unusual instruments to create thought-provoking, smile-inducing, toe-tapping acoustic experiences.
Born and raised in the German-heritage town of Pemberville, Ohio, Eulberg was exposed to a variety of music in his home and learned piano, trumpet, ukulele, guitar and harmonica in his youth.
While at college, he learned to play the mandolin and dulcimer.
Eulberg delights in introducing the sweet music of dulcimers to people in diverse settings.
He passionately believes that music crosses cultural and language barriers because music builds community.
Influenced by a variety of ethnic styles, his music weaves rock, folk, gospel, and blues. Think James Taylor with a dulcimer and a warm sense of humor, and you may come close to capturing the essence of Eulberg.
Visit steveeulberg.com to listen to his music or to learn more about the man behind it all.

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