2018-19 Concert Season

The Trinity Artist Series is excited to present its seventh season, featuring Jamie Laval, celtic musician, Dom Flemons, an American folklore/roots musician, the Ciompi Quartet, and the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble. All concerts are Sundays at 3:00 p.m.

September 30, 2018: Jamie Laval with Soprano Megan McConnell

The Trinity Artist Series opens  its seventh series with nationally acclaimed performer, composer, arranger, and educator, Jamie Laval is hailed as “One of North America’s finest practitioners of traditional Scottish music” (San Jose Mercury News).  Laval’s unique approach to traditional Celtic music blends the simplicity of an ancient art form with stunning virtuosity and contemporary flair that resonates with families, youth, seniors, and devotees of ethnic, jazz, and classical music.  

Currently making his home in Tryon, North Carolina (near Asheville), Laval grew up in the Pacific Northwest where he received his musical training at the Victoria Conservatory of Music. During the early years of his career he was a member of the Northwest Chamber Orchestra, the Seattle Opera, and the Victoria Symphony. At that time Laval recorded numerous movie and television sound track recordings including the solo for Emmy-nominated theme song  Everwood  which aired weekly for two years on The WB. Laval collaborated on Dave Matthews’ platinum album  Some Devil   and gave a private performance for Her Majesty the Queen.

Laval teaches classes and workshops for institutions such as St. Andrews University (North Carolina), California State University (California), and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (Glasgow). Jamie presented a TEDx Talk on the value of arts and music in our communities. 

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November 4, 2018: Dom Flemons

Our series continues with exceptionally talented Dom Flemons. He is originally from Phoenix, Arizona and currently lives in the Washington, D.C. area. He is known as “The American Songster” since his repertoire of music covers nearly 100 years of American folklore, ballads, and tunes. Flemons is a music scholar, historian, record collector and a multi-instrumentalist. He is considered an expert player on the Banjo, Fife, Guitar, Harmonica, Percussion, Quills, and Rhythm Bones. He has performed with leading musicians, such as, Mike Seeger, Joe Thompson, Martin Simpson, Boo Hanks, Taj Mahal, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Guy Davis. He has been a professional touring musician for the past ten years and has traveled around the nation and the world presenting traditional folk and roots music to diverse audiences. Flemons has performed as a soloist at prestigious venues, such as, Carnegie Hall, Cecil Sharp House, the Grand Ole Opry, the Opening Ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, National Cowboy Poetry Gathering, Newport Folk Festival and represented the United States at the 2017 Rainforest World Music Festival in Kuching, Malaysia.
In 2005, Flemons co-founded the Carolina Chocolate Drops who have won a GRAMMY for Best Traditional Folk in 2010. He left the group to pursue his solo career in 2014. In 2016 the Carolina Chocolate Drops were inducted into the North Carolina Music Hall of Fame and are featured in the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.

February 24, 2019: The Ciompi Quartet

We open the 2019 year with the Ciompi Quartet. Since its founding in 1965 by the renowned Italian violinist Giorgio Ciompi, the Ciompi Quartet of Duke University has delighted audiences and impressed critics around the world. All its members are professors at Duke, where they teach instrumental lessons, coordinate and coach chamber music, and perform across campus in concert halls, libraries, dormitories and classrooms. In a career that spans five continents and includes many hundreds of concerts, the Ciompi Quartet has developed a reputation for performances of real intelligence and musical sophistication, with a warm, unified sound that allows each player’s individual voice to emerge.
In 2018-19 Caroline Stinson joins the Quartet, replacing Fred Raimi as cellist. Her refined musical voice, brilliant instrumental technique and distinguished history as a solo and ensemble player augur an exciting new chapter in the distinguished history of the Ciompi Quartet. 
In recent years, the Ciompi Quartet has performed from Washington State to California, Texas, New York, Washington DC and New England, and abroad from China to France, Italy, Germany, Prague, Serbia and Albania. In the summer the Quartet has performed at the Great Lakes Chamber Music Festival in Detroit, North Carolina’s Eastern Music Festival and Highlands Chamber Music Festival, and at Monadnock Music in New Hampshire.
Eric Pritchard – Violin, Hsiao-mei Ku—Violin,

March 24, 2019: Davidson College Jazz Ensemble

The series closes this season with a performance by the Davidson College Jazz Ensemble.

Under the direction of J. Estes Milner Professor of Music Bill Lawing, the Jazz Ensemble is an auditioned “big band” of approximately 18 musicians. The group rehearses and performs throughout the year, with several events highlighting the schedule.

Each season, the Jazz Ensemble opens the Town of Davidson’s Concerts on the Green with the Davidson College Symphony Orchestra in September, and holds their first full concert during Family Weekend in late October.

Over the past decade, the Jazz Ensemble has collaborated with the Berklee College of Music to bring a major guest artist to Davidson's campus for a three-day residency, culminating in a thrilling performance in a packed Duke Family Performance Hall. Over the past several years, their guests have included Allen Vizzutti, Grace Kelly, Aubrey Logan, Delfeayo Marsalis, and Anat Cohen. This season, the Jazz Ensemble has the great honor to host Chick Corea.