The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

May 7, 2013

Mom can attend free music performances

CNHI News Service

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 — Enjoy one or two music performances on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh. At 1 p.m. the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble will take the stage, and at 3 p.m. the mother-daughter duo Myrna Bascunan and Claudia Lopez Bascunan will sing Chilean folk songs, play drums and tell stories. Both performances are free, and weekend parking is free!

The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble

               With saxophones, trumpets, trombones and more, this 20-member group of advanced high-school musicians will treat you to the best of big-band jazz. Hear Duke Ellington compositions, a variety of big-band music from the swing era, and some Latin jazz.

               Accomplished and award-winning musician Dr. Gregg Gelb directs the talented group. In addition to working with the Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble, Gelb leads his jazz quartet, eight-piece swing band, big-band, Latin jazz band and other small groups. He is founder and director of the Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra and Jazz Society, and is co-founder and player with the N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

               The Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble is part of the Philharmonic Association, an organization that fosters the love of great music in young musicians.

Music of the Carolinas: Myrna Bascunan and Claudia Lopez Bascunan

             Myrna Bascunan and her daughter, Claudia Lopez Bascunan, came to the United States from Chile as political refugees in 1976. They started singing together in 1995 and have been performing folk songs and sharing stories of their home country ever since. The Chilean folk songs, though influenced by music from Spain, are woven together with native touches from Mapuche or Araucanian melodies, harmonies and rhythms.

                  This mother-daughter duo performance is part of the museum’s Music of the Carolinas series. The May 12 performance is presented with PineCone, with support from the North Carolina Museum of History Associates, Williams Mullen, and WLHC-FM/WLQC-FM.


      For information about the Museum of History, call 919-807-7900 or access or Facebook.  

About the North Carolina Museum of History

The museum is located at 5 E. Edenton Street, across from the State Capitol. Parking is available in the lot across Wilmington Street. Hours are Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The Museum of History, within the Division of State History Museums, is part of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources.


About the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources (NCDCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state’s cultural resources to build the social, cultural and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan W. Kluttz, NCDCR’s mission to enrich lives and communities creates opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history and libraries in North Carolina that will spark creativity, stimulate learning, preserve the state’s history and promote the creative economy. NCDCR was the first state organization in the nation to include all agencies for arts and culture under one umbrella.

Through arts efforts led by the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Museum of Art, NCDCR offers the opportunity for enriching arts education for young and old alike and economic stimulus engines for our state’s communities. NCDCR’s Divisions of State Archives, Historical Resources, State Historic Sites, and State History Museums preserve, document and interpret North Carolina’s rich cultural heritage. NCDCR’s State Library of North Carolina is the principal library of state government and builds the capacity of all libraries in our state, developing and supporting access to traditional and online collections such as genealogy and resources for the blind and physically handicapped.

NCDCR annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported symphony orchestra, the State Library, the North Carolina Arts Council and the State Archives of North Carolina. NCDCR champions our state’s creative industry that accounts for more than 300,000 jobs and generates nearly $18.5 billion in revenues. For more information, please call 919-807-7300 or visit