Davidson College concert features large collaboration

DAVIDSON – Davidson College choirs and orchestras will collaborate for the first time in a concert of popular operatic and classical music.

More than 200 musicians from the Davidson College Choral Arts Society, Symphony Orchestra and Opera Workshop will fill the stage.

The performance will feature songs from “The Magic Flute,” “Gilbert & Sullivan” and “Les Misérables.”

“For years, Dr. (Kara) Keith and I have dreamed about putting our student opera singers and orchestra together for an operatic collaboration,” said Jacque Culpepper, director of the Opera Workshop. “With the addition of our fantastic and energetic choral director, artist associate Chris Gilliam, the time was right!”

The curtain rises at 7:30 p.m. April 14 at the Duke Family Performance Hall, 207 Faculty Drive.

Students get in free. Tickets cost $5-15.

For tickets, call the box office at 704-894-2135 or buy www.davidson.edu/tickets.


Community Arts Project organizes wine fundraiser

CORNELIUS – The Community Arts Project will host its seventh annual Taste of Art Event featuring hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting with one-ounce pours of more than 30 different wines.

Wine discounts will be available on purchases made by guests that evening.

There will also be a silent auction and raffle, which will include local art from well-known artists.

The event will be held 8-10 p.m. May 15 at the Fresh Market Store, 20623 Torrence Chapel Road.

The Fresh Market will be closed to the public while guests enjoy the event.

Admission costs $30 in advance or $35 at the door.

Ticket sales will benefit the Community Arts Project in its mission to support the growth of artists through art education and outreach.

Details: www.thecommunityartsproject.org or 704-896-8980.


School of Rock headlines FunFest

CORNELIUS – School of Rock FunFest will feature students from School of Rock Charlotte performing from current Top 40 hits.

Otis, from Kiss 95.1, will emcee the festival, which will be held May 3 at Bailey Road Park, 11536 Bailey Road. Gates open at 4:30 p.m.

Ricky Calud-Ellis, winner of Lake Norman Has Talent, will open the show at 5 p.m.  

The festival continues 5:15-8 p.m. with musical performances from School of Rock Charlotte, inflatables, arts and craft activities, face painting, a balloon artist, interactive games and concessions.

School of Rock Charlotte has been teaching children how to amaze audiences for more than 10 years, pioneering a performance-based curriculum.

Details: www.cornelius.org/parc or 704-892-6031.


Latta Equestrian Center hosts Parelli Jamboree 

HUNTERSVILLE – Latta Equestrian Center hosts its third annual Parelli Jamboree with instructional horsemanship coaching.

Six professionals will be on site to answer questions, help with specific needs and offer encouragement.

Trail riding will also be available throughout the weekend.

The Jamboree package includes games for horses and humans and riding and ground skill tournaments. It also includes a stall and two bags of shavings.

Horse lovers of all ages and levels are welcome.

Check-in begins 11 a.m. April 25-27 at the Latta Center, 6201 Sample Road. There will be a cookout and tack swap for guests on April 25.

The jamboree costs $200 for the all-inclusive package. Proceeds will benefit the Parelli Education Institute.

Details: parellidawn@gmail.com