Constellation, a musical duo from Durham, will offer a special service, “The Language of Music,” at 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Eric Thomas and Helen Wolfson, playing acoustic guitar and hammered dulcimer, respectively, will present a range of vocal and instrumental music, including pieces they wrote themselves.
“Music can calm people or rouse them to military fervor,” Thomas said. “It can inspire or cajole the listener to embark on a journey of emotions such as empathy, joy, wistfulness or anticipation.”
A North Carolina native who began playing rock ’n’ roll in the 1960s, he plays and composes a great variety of music. Wolfson, who began playing dulcimer in 1993, is certified by the Music for Healing and Transition Program as a certified music practitioner. She plays therapeutic music at bedside for people in physical or emotional pain. The couple married in 1998.
Since forming Constellation, they have incorporated the influences of rock, Celtic, traditional acoustic, Appalachian music and lyrical waltzes. They play duets and solos, instrumentals and vocals, as well as original material.
Eno River has services at 10:30 a.m. Sundays during the summer and 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. during the school year at 4907 Garrett Road. This event is free and open to the public.
National Day of Seva
The Durham Sikh community will lead a National Day of Seva (selfless community service) to honor the victims and survivors of the Oak Creek Sikh temple shooting two years ago.
The Durham project is a partnership with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to fight hunger in 34 counties.
The event will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Sikh Gurdwara of N.C., 3214 E. Banner St.
On Saturday, kids will decorate pictures of flowers,coloring them and signing them. These pictures will then be sent to Oak Creek.
On Sunday, the temple will host a food drive with multiple stations for collecting food and money donations. A poster signed by members of the community will be sent to Oak Creek.
The temple has more than 200 people who attend its regular events and services.
Celebration and Praise
The Celebration and Praise Group of Durham has announced the 45th ministerial anniversary celebration honoring the Rev. Lawrence R. Turner Jr. at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hillside High School, 3727 Fayetteville St.
Guest speaker will be Bishop Kenneth Monroe, presiding bishop of the AME Zion Church. Musical guests will include Seed time and Harvest Choir of Durham, Holland Chapter AME Zion Church Choir of Apex and Hatcher Chapel AME Zion Church Choir of Parkton.
Special musical guest will be Pastor Luther Barnes of Rocky Mount.
The public is welcome.
Night Out Against Crime
“This year as part of the City of Durham Police Department’s National Night Out observance, neighborhood coordinators are encouraged to support Mayor Bell’s Anti Poverty Campaign,” said Kimberle Walker, senior public affairs specialist.
The introduction of National Night Out in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and to send a message to criminals that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.
Emergency Chaplains partners with the Police Department throughout the year to provide pastoral care for the men and women who answer emergency calls. They also respond to critical scenes to assist first responders as they deal with citizens in crisis, often taking part of the emotional burden from the responder on the scene.
Good News Clubs
A violin concert of classical music will benefit Good News Clubs, sponsored by the Child Evangelism Fellowship ministry in Durham.
The concert by Gabriel Meza is set for 4 p.m. Saturday at Peace Presbyterian Church, 6114 Russell Road. The concert is free, however tax-deductible contributions may be received at intermission to benefit Good News Clubs that are reaching more than 2,000 children and youth annually in the Durham area.
Discipleship of unchurched children and youth is the focus of neighborhood-based Good News Clubs. A brief report will be given during the concert on the impact these clubs are having on local children.
Gabriel Meza studied violin at the Peabody Institute at Johns Hopkins University where he received his bachelor of music and master of music degrees. He will continue his studies this fall in the Graduate performance Program at Peabody.
He will play works by Bach, Kreisler, Ysaye, Melstein and Massenet during his Durham concert.
Islamic studies director
Duke University has received a $3 million gift from alumna Bettye Martin Musham to establish a directorship for Islamic studies.
The director will oversee the Duke Islamic Studies Center, the university’s hub of teaching, learning and research about Islam and Muslim communities.
The first appointment to the position is Omid Safi, a Duke alumnus who also has an appointment in the Department of Asian & Middle Easter Studies.
“In our increasingly interconnected world, it is vital that non-Muslims and Muslims are educated in each other's cultures, beliefs, practices and contributions to the world,” said Duke President Richard Brodhead.
Safi is a prominent American public intellectual who specializes in classical Islam and contemporary Islamic thought. Before coming to Duke, he was a professor of Islamic Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing As We Rise,” featuring guest vocalist Ricky Skaggs, won the 2012 IBMA “Gospel Recorded Performance” award. Last year, Newberry shared co-writing honors with Eric Gibson for the IBMA Song of the year, “They Called It Music.”
He is a frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, including the recent 40th anniversary show.
He has played music most of his life, growing up in Missouri in a family of singers and dancers. He took up the guitar and banjo in his teens, learning fiddle tunes from great Missouri fiddlers.
He came to North Carolina as a young man and quickly became an anchor of the music scene in the state. Still going strong more than 30 years later, he does solo and studio work and plays and teaches at festivals and workshops in North America and abroad.
A reception will follow the concert.
Tickets are $15 and reservations are available by calling the church office at 919-732-9308.
Contact Flo Johnston at email@example.com or call 910-361-4135.