Concert Series

The 2015-16 season includes performances from Barnaby Bright, the illustrious Davidson Trio, acclaimed PBS host David Holt & the Lightning Bolts, Tadeu Coelho & David Gilland, Carolina Sax & Barbeque, and the WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition. Discounted Concert Series Season Package tickets for all six exciting performances are on sale now. Unless otherwise noted with an asterix (*), all concerts are on Sundays at 3 p.m. in Tyler-Tallman Hall of the Sloan Music Center.

Please check back in August 2016 for a list of upcoming events in the 2016-17 academic year.


Barnaby Bright

Since the release of their first album, "Wake the Hero," Barnaby Bright has garnered high accolades for their songwriting and sound. Grand prize winners of the NY Song Circle competition, their follow-up EP, "Gravity," was named one of the top 100 records of the year by Amazon. They continue to tour in support of their most recent album, "The Longest Day." Get a sample of Barnaby Bright's sound by watching their video for "Old Coats."


Internationally regarded flutist Tadeu Coelho was joined by artist associate in accompanying David Gilliland for Bach's Chaconne, Franck's Sonata in A Major, and Prokofiev's Sonata in D Major. Coelho, a member of the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, is a champion of new music, a prolific recording artist, and leader of regional and national flute societies.

Carolina Sax & Barbecue

Featuring top musicians Tim Gordon, Jeff Tippett, Doug Henry, and Phil Thompson, Carolina Sax & Barbecue offered a diverse blend in the saxophone tradition containing modern elements of harmony and rhythm with a strong jazz influence. Their repertoire includes works by Mike Mower, Russell Peck, Phil Wood, and Bob Mintzer.

Concert Series: Duos, Trios & Quartets

A concert of Duos, Trios & Quartets featured Davidson artist associate in violin, Joseph Meyer; artist associate in cello, Alan Black and artist associate in accompanying David Gilliland. The performance also featured guest musicians Jenny Topilow, violin; Kirsten Swanson, viola; and Marlene Ballena, cello.

David Holt & the Lightning Bolts

David Holt & the Lightning Bolts enlivens old-time music with a newtime jolt. The wide diversity of ages, styles, and dynamic personalities gives the spark that keeps their music fresh, fun, and fired up. At the heart of the group, four-time Grammy Award-winner, host of "Folkways" on PBS, radio host, recording artist and multi-instrumentalist David Holt has lead the charge to preserve, promote and perform traditional Appalachian music for the past three decades.

WDAV Young Chamber Musicians Competition

Classical Public Radio 89.9 FM WDAV, with the generous support of OrthoCarolina, presented the Young Chamber Musicians Competition for musicians ages 14-24. Aspiring young chamber ensembles were invited to compete for a chance to win their share of $12,000 in cash prizes.