K. Sridhar, an internationally acclaimed sarod maestro, will give an afternoon concert of raga music June 14 at the Barn at Valhalla, 1040 Duffy’s Way in Chapel Hill. This is a fund-raiser for a Christian charity.
The sarod is an Indian lute considered one of the world’s most complex instruments. Sridhar will be accompanied by Krishna Ramdas on tabla, a percussion instrument similar to bongos that is used in Hindustani classical music and in traditional music of India.
K. Sridhar has done locally based charitable work in the Triangle before. In 2006, his concert at Duke University was turned into a video and released by Eight Gates as a fundraiser for cancer research and cancer patients. Profits from the “Live at Duke” DVD were donated to cancer charities, particularly the Duke Cancer Center and the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at UNC Hospitals.
In 2008, K. Sridhar aligned with Duffy Gilligan, then owner of the Barn at Valhalla, to raise money for Water.org, a favorite charity of Gilligan. Part of the ticket sales for the yearly concerts were donated to this charity that works on simple, sustainable solutions to the water crisis in third-world countries.
With the Barn at Valhalla under new ownership, this legacy will continue as the new owner, Dillon Manship, has expressed interest in supporting local non-profit groups.
Tickets for the 4 p.m. concert are $20 at the door for seating at the acoustically warm Barn. Chai and samosas will be provided by Spice Bazaar. Samosas are fried or baked pastries with a savory filling, typically triangular in shape, and served with mint sauce or chutney.
These yearly concerts at the Barn offer a benefit in addition to the music. They bring together Western and Eastern audiences in a unique and intimate venue in the Triangle.
The Triangle Tuba Quartet will perform at 4 p.m. Saturday, May 16, in the Strobilus Arts series at Chapel in the Pines Presbyterian Church.
The quartet plays a wide-ranging program of music for two tubas and two euphoniums.
Composed of tuba players Irvin Eisen and Jack Denniston and euphonium players Paul Gramman and Glenn Wilkinson, the quartet has been performing since 1998. Their programs capitalize on the versatility of these brass instruments, from classical selections to military marches and everything in between.
Located at 314 Great Ridge Parkway in southern Chapel Hill on the Chatham County side, Chapel in the Pines welcomes everyone to its fully accessible facility.
The church has a hardwood interior and expansive views of the surrounding pine forest. Strobilus Arts was conceived to take advantage of this venue. Its name comes from the botanical term for the pine cone, which derives from the Greek strobilos, meaning whirlwind.
“The sanctuary is conducive to intimate chamber ensembles,” said Nathan Kotecki, Strobilus Arts coordinator.
All events are open to the public and free with a suggested donation.
Day of Prayer
The pastors and prayer team of Christ United Methodist Church, 800 Market St. in Southern Village, has invited the community to be part of the observance of the 64th Annual National Day of Prayer on Thursday.
The event is set at 12:15 p.m. under the church bell tower. The theme this year is “Lord, Hear Our Cry.”
This event was first begun by President George Washington in 1789, honored by President Lincoln and then signed into law by Congress in 1952.
Terrell’s Creek Missionary Baptist Church, 3419 Old Greensboro Road, will honor the mothers of the church during the 11 a.m. service on Mother’s Day, May 10.
Special speaker will be the Rev. Stella Feaster, associate minister at Northeast Baptist Church in Durham.
The community is invited to attend and share in this special event.
Duke Chapel’s Sunday worship service last week was the final one in the building for about a year because of the upcoming project to restore the chapel’s ceiling and roof.
As in past years, no chapel worship service will be held on May 10, the Sunday of commencement. However, there will be a gathering at 6 p.m. that day in the Memorial Chapel, located next to the chapel’s main sanctuary, to offer prayers for all affected by the restoration project.
Regular Chapel services will resume at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 17, in Baldwin Auditorium and continue there through the summer.
Free parking will be available in the parking lots on East Campus. Handicap parking is available in the Brown and Bishop lots off Buchanan Boulevard.
Childcare will be available each Sunday, beginning at 10:45 a.m. in the Green Room on the bottom level of Baldwin Auditorium.
The Congregation at Duke Chapel will hold its fellowship and educational programs beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays in the Biddle Music Building, near the auditorium.
People unable to attend services in person can watch and/or listen weekly to services the following ways:
▪ WDNC Radio AM 620 (live)
▪ WPTF Radio AM 680 (the following Saturday at 10 a.m.)
▪ Chapel You Tube Channel (live and recorded)
▪ DukeStream video player on the chapel website (live)
▪ Duke Hospital channel 12 (live and recorded)
▪ Campus cable channel 1-3 (live and recorded)
▪ Durham Community Media cable channel (7:30 p.m. on Wednesday)
▪ Peoples Channel cable channel (11 a.m. on Wednesday)
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.