Chapel Hill: Community

On Faith: Concerts to benefit church choir tour, Buddhist summer camp

Concerts on successive Fridays at United Church of Chapel Hill will feature a world premiere and performances by local artists and the church youth choir.

Both concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. No admission fee will be charged, but donations are welcome.

On Friday, cellist Roman Placzek and pianist James Rice will present “From Brahms to Dumka,” featuring sonatas by Brahms, Debussy and Chopin. A composition by Placzek “Dunka for Cello and Piano” will have its world premiere.

The offering at this concert will support the refurbishment of the church’s 3-octave Schulmerich handbells.

On March 27, Alexander Anderson will present “Bach to the Future,” to benefit the summer tour of the United Church Youth Choir. The program will feature preludes and fugues in C major and B minor. The program will also include Bach chorales, sung by members of the choir, paired with the matching organ chorale preludes.

Placzek is a cellist, composer, soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player and music educator who has performed with many artist, ensembles and orchestras across Europe and the East Coast of the U.S.

Pianist Rice holds a master’s degree in Collaborative Piano from the UNC School of the Arts. He earned his undergraduate degree in music education from the University of Tennessee and studied at the Ian Tomlin School of Music at Napier University, Edinburgh.

Born in Scotland, Anderson was educated at Glasgow University and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. As assistant organist at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, he was a prize winner at the St. Albans International Competition. He was organist and director of chapel music at Rollins College in Florida and back in England was director of music at Haileybury College in Hertfordshire.

Buddhist benefit

The Won-Buddhist Meditation Temple will hold a benefit concert for Dharma Camp scholarships from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Friday, March 20.

Each summer the temple offers a unique five-day Dharma Camp for children. Because of growing interest, this summer it will offer a week in June and/or a week in July.

Last year 15 children received scholarship support.

The concert will offer a variety of music: violin, flute, piano, dulcimer, guitar as well as singing.

A donation of $10 to $20 is suggested.

The Meditation Temple is located at 8021 Old N.C. 86 between Chapel Hill-Carrboro and Hillsborough.

Organ recital

Robert Parkins, university organist and professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, will give an organ recital at 5 p.m. Sunday at Duke Chapel.

His recordings have appeared on the Calcante, Gothic, Musical Heritage Society and Naxos labels.

The recital, titled German Organ Music of Three Centuries, will include music performed on the Flentrop organ by Buxtehude, Bach, Mendelssohn, Brahms, Reger and others.

This is the final program in the Duke Chapel Organ Recital Series. All are welcome.

Interactive Easter

To prepare for Easter, Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village is offering an interactive experience from 4:45 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 25.

Individuals and families will journey through five stations, following Jesus’ footsteps during his last days on earth.

The journey will take you from Jerusalem on Palm Sunday, to a sit-down Last Supper, to prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane, to rediscovering the sacrifice of Good Friday and finally to celebrating Jesus’ resurrection at the empty tomb.

Designed for parents/caregivers and their elementary-age children to experience the Easter story together, the event focuses on hearing, seeing, smelling and even tasting some of what Jesus experienced.

Child care will be provided for very young ones.

IFC donation

The Inter-Faith Council for Social Service has received $3,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation to help feed Chapel Hill residents. IFC will use the gift for food purchases or nutrition education.

“Our neighbors in need are extremely grateful for the gift. Without gifts from Food Lion and other support we receive from our community, we wouldn’t be able to provide food to the homeless, hungry and working poor households who come to us for help,” said John Dorward, IFC executive director.

For more than 50 years, IFC has mobilized the community to address homelessness, hunger and economic disparity. Its food pantry provides monthly grocery allotments and holiday meals to more than 4,600 local households. The Community Kitchen serves three free meals 365 days a year, to anyone.

Orange County has an estimated 20,900 households needing food, according to Feeding America. Last year, the Community Kitchen served 84,645 meals and the food pantry distributed 16,826 bags of groceries and 867 holiday meals.

Jungian dreams

Chris Beach, a Jungian analyst and registered counselor with a private practice in Portland, Maine, will discuss “Big Dreams” in a lecture at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 27, and on Saturday, March 28, in a workshop from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Olin T. Binkley Memorial Baptist Church on Willow Drive.

These events, sponsored by the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle, will examine three kinds of numinous experiences that are inner in nature, i.e. big dreams of great importance individually or collectively, visions as if dreaming while awake and active imagination.

These will be considered in the lives of historical figures, such as Jung, German writer and composer Hildegard von Bingen and Black Elk of the Oglala Lakota (Sioux) as well as in the lives of participants and others they have known.

Beach works with individuals, facilitates dream groups and teaches courses on dream interpretation, psychological type, Jungian psychology, active imagination and ethics.

Formerly, he served as a teacher and headmaster in Kenya and as an assistant attorney general representing Maine’s Department of Human Services.

For more information visit the website of the Jung Society of the Triangle.

Contact Flo Johnston at or call 910-361-4135.