KidZNotes hosts Gala May 2 at Carolina Theatre in Durham

KidZNotes hosts its 2nd Annual Gala Wednesday, May 2 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham, NC. Join supporters for Salsa dancing, food, music and celebrate the work KidZNotes is doing to help turn Durham into a world-class city. Visit kidznotes.org for ticket information. 

From the historic to the health of Wake County’s art scene

When family and friends come to visit, don’t let yourself fall into the “been there, done that” frame of mind. There’s so much to see and do, and some of the best places to see it all are Wake County’s museums. Take a look at five we picked this week that range from large to boutique.

1. The new Raleigh Museum of Contemporary Art has local and national works, and the state-of-the-art structure is work of art itself. Visit http://camraleigh.org/

2. Page-Walker Arts & History Center (PWAH) is an off-the-beaten path
destination in neighboring Cary. Built in 1868, the PWAH was originally a hotel, but it became a museum devoted to local artists and events in 1979. Visit Town of Cary to learn more.

3. The Triangle is home to the finest medical centers in the world. But you migh
t be surprised there’s art to be seen there! Check out the Wake Med Art Exhibition. It’s supported by the United Arts Council and exhibits change every six weeks. Visit United Arts/Wake Med for info.

4. It’s large and has plenty to offer: the Progress Energy Art Center. This venue features local and regional artists and has become the hub of Raleigh’s cultural movement.  Visit http://www.nprgallery.com/

5. First Fridays have been a mainstay of the Raleigh art scene for many years. If your visiting uncle’s eyes glaze over in the galleries, he can groove to the free music and sample the nearby cuisine. First Friday showcases the established and up-and-coming artists the first Friday of every month. Visit godowntownraleigh for more.

But, don’t limit your guests to the visual arts. Sundays, stop by Tir Na Nog around 2pm to check out a true Irish Gaelic “jam session.” Take a look and see part of what makes Raleigh and this area special. 

(It’s 50 seconds, actually.)

KidZnotes of Durham in Holiday concert, part of global program supporting in need children

KidZNotes is holding a Holiday concert this Saturday, December 17th,  on the heels of a new partnership forged with the North Carolina Symphony. The concert coincides this month with performances by in-need children from organizations inspired by the world-renown El Sistema program in seven U.S. cities and 25 countries worldwide.

When: Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011, 10:30 am
Where: Auditorium, Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St., Durham, N.C.
What: KidZnotes Holiday concert of 110 students, grades K-4, performing holiday favorites, sing-a-longs, and showcasing their talents.

(courtesy, MetroNC)

The Venezuelan-borne El Sistema program uses the transformational power of classical music to help build new futures for children, targeting those who would otherwise be blocked by economic and social barriers. El Sistema graduates include Gustavo Dudamel, 30-year-old virtuoso conductor of the Los Angeles Philharmonic. The El Sistema program and those inspired by it have helped nearly 1 million children to date.

Duke University donates instruments to KidZNotes, and additional sponsors include Durham Public Schools, Durham Parks and Recreation, the Durham Arts Council, and the East Durham Children’s Initiative.

Established last year in East Durham, KidZNotes targets students from four low-income schools in Durham. They receive 10 hours of free music instruction each week. On Saturdays, the students come together for large ensembles and group instruction.

Katie Wyatt (courtesy, Durham Magazine)

KidZNotes Executive Director and close friend of Dudamel, Kathryn (Katie) Wyatt, said the Holiday Concert is a great way to celebrate the season and show how people and local businesses can come together to strengthen a community and turn Durham into a world-class city.

“Kidznotes is not just music for social change for children, it’s also about the business community,” Wyatt said. “It’s about encouraging the business community to get behind its neighborhoods to foster an environment of social and economic growth.”