Durham teen pianist performs at Carnegie Hall
Durham pianist Christopher Camitta was recently chosen as one of five winners in the high school division of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.
As a result, he performed in the Winners Recital in New York in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall on May 17.
Christopher is the son of Mike and Debbie Camitta and a piano student of Greg McCallum, who teaches privately in Durham. He is a junior at Durham Academy where he is the pianist for the jazz/rock ensemble In the Pocket.
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Christopher began piano lessons at the age of six with Debby Titlow in Durham and remained her student through the spring of 2011 when she moved to Florida. Under her tutelage, he was the National First Place Winner in the 2007-08 Music Teachers National Association Composition Competition in the Elementary Category. From 2011 to present he has studied with Durham-based pianist Greg McCallum. Under McCallum, he has performed a yearly solo piano recital of new music in his hometown of Durham for the past four years, and received a scholarship to attend Brevard Music Center last summer. McCallum is particularly proud of Christopher's most recent accomplishment, since McCallum gave his own solo New York debut in Carnegie Hall in 2005.
Music joins Third Friday Durham lineup
Downtown Durham Inc. has added music to Third Friday Durham, where galleries and non-traditional venues across Durham host free receptions to celebrate their current exhibitions each month.
“Third Friday Durham has been a successful grassroots event in Downtown Durham,” says Melissa Muir, DDI’s Director of Business Relations. “We are excited to be adding a music component to add to the great energy of Third Fridays and to provide some additional marketing and promotion to bring more people out on the Third Friday of each month to experience all the art galleries, shops and restaurants that downtown Durham has to offer.”
Downtown Durham Inc. is working again with Tess Mangum Ocaña, of Sonic Pie Productions who ran the “Find Your Cool” Concert Series the past two years for DDI. Ocaña is coordinating the musicians and additional marketing and promotion for Third Friday’s. “The street musicians will be in multiple locations around downtown and will enliven the street for the evening to create a connection between our downtown centers of activity” says Ocaña.
The public is invited to come explore downtown Durham’s galleries, shops, and restaurants and to hear music at multiple locations throughout downtown from 6-9 p.m. on the third Friday of each month: June 19, July 17 and August 21.
Visit www.thirdfridaydurham.com for a list of exhibits and participating art galleries. Get more information about Downtown Durham Inc. at http://www.downtowndurham.com.
Ackland Museum to close for upgrades
The Ackland Art Museum at UNC will temporarily close for three weeks for building improvements.
The Ackland’s galleries will be closed to the public from Monday, June 8, through Tuesday, June 30.
“Along with such improvements as our conversion to 100 percent LED lighting and our repainting of the permanent collection galleries over the past couple of years, these further upgrades will significantly enhance the visitor experience, as well as contributing to the safety and security of our collections and our patrons” chief curator and interim director Peter Nisbet said. “We look forward to welcoming everyone back on 1 July 2015.”
The galleries will close at 5 p.m. Sunday, June 7,at the end of the current exhibitions, Adding to the Mix 9: Marcel Duchamp’s “From or by Marcel Duchamp or Rrose Sélavy” (1966) and The Land of No Things: Selected Works by the MFA Class of 2015.
The Ackland Museum Store, on the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets, in downtown Chapel Hill will remain open during the museum’s closure. The Ackland’s offices will remain open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Ackland’s collection of more than 17,000 works of art will remain accessible online at ackland.org.