Southern Pines, NC (Vocus) March 4, 2010
A dozen performances of an eclectic assortment of styles of music – from operatic, symphonic and choral to big band swing, country rock, bluegrass, acoustic, soul, folk and country -- will essentially offer something for everyone’s taste at the four day Palustris Festival in March. The inaugural arts celebration for Moore County focuses on the performing, literary and visual arts with more than seventy-five events planned from March 25th through the 28th.
Professional musicians, as well as talented students, will be spotlighted. Before the Fayetteville Symphony plays an opening concert on Friday, March 25, musically inclined Moore Children of SCORE will appear in concert at 3:30 at the Pinehurst Elementary School, and Danny and June Infantino, a popular guitar and flute duo, will entertain at The O’Neal School from 6:30 to 7:45 pm.
At 8 pm on the first evening of the Palustris Festival, music lovers have a choice between the concert by the Fayetteville Symphony at the Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School in Southern Pines, and the western swinging trio of The Hot Club of Cowtown, appearing at the Poplar Knight Spot/The Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen. The program for the symphony includes works by Rossini, Haydn and Beethoven, while the Hot Club of Cowtown shows off its ever evolving sound that has won them a following on the international festival scene as well as appearances at The Grand Ol’ Opry, and on top rated radio and TV programs.
Friday’s schedule of musical performances includes a Baxter Clement Student Spectacular presented by and located at Penick Village in their auditorium at 1 pm, featuring young artists from Moore County. Then at 6:30 at the Sandhills Theater Renaissance School, Paul Murphy and his jazz band will perform along with the STARS Middle School honors choir.
Three entirely different musical styles are available for evening entertainment on Friday. Starting at 5:30 pm and lasting until 11 pm, “An Affair of the Arts” presents an elegant dinner dance and cabaret show at the Pinehurst Fair Barn, with Tom Bernet’s Swing Street Band, playing nostalgic tunes from the Big Band era and dance favorites from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Cabaret appearances by Sandhills celebrity performers round out the evening, sponsored by nine area organizations
Or come and enjoy a performance by the West Pine D.R.U.M. Ensemble, followed by a fun drum circle experience with audience participation led by the ensemble, starting at 7 pm. At the Poplar Knight Spot/The Rooster’s Wife, at 8 pm an Acoustic Free for All gets underway featuring Joe Craven, Joe Newberry and the Boulder Acoustic Society in a musical adventure from old time Appalachia to the modern urban soundscape.
Saturday afternoon, March 27, opera lovers can attend a performance of Hamlet, from the Metropolitan Opera, Live in HD, at the Sunrise Theatre in Southern Pines beginning at 1 pm. At the Old Bethesda Church in Aberdeen, the Moore County Historical Association presents two back-to-back concerts at 1:30 and 3:30.
First up is the Larry McNeely Band. A Moore County resident, Larry McNeely is an American five-string banjo player known for his collaboration with Glen Campbell and for recording several soundtracks for different motion pictures. On tap later in the afternoon is the father and son team of Craig and Patrick Fuller.
Craig Fuller is a founding member of the pioneering Country Rock band, Pure Prairie League. He now divides his time between Pinehurst and Nashville while performing 25-30 shows a year mostly with Pure Prairie League, but also as a solo. Patrick Fuller, currently a sophomore at UNC at Chapel Hill, has been performing since he was 17 years old and has been writing his own songs almost as long.
To cap off the afternoon’s musical offerings, at 5 pm a concert will be given at Brownson Memorial Presbyterian Church in Southern Pines by an ensemble from the Moore County Choral Society under the direction of Anne Dorsey.
The Arts Council of Moore County and the Moore County Historical Association are honored to present Tift Merritt in concert as a major event of the Palustris Festival on Saturday evening, March 27th at 8 pm at Robert E. Lee Auditorium at Pinecrest High School. This multi-talented Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter and recording artist delights audiences with her unique style, spanning rock and roll, soul, folk and country. She has received high critical acclaim for her three studio albums—Bramble Rose, Tambourine and Another Country and for her live album, Buckingham Solo released last year. For information about how to make reservations or buy tickets for all of these musical happenings at the Palustris Festival, access the Festival’s website at http://www.palustrisfestival.com . Additional details on the events and their locations may also be found on the website, or by calling 800 346-5362.