Performances this Weekend

Three exciting performances this weekend. Friday night at the First Presbyterian Church in downtown Durham come hear two of my favorite vocalists in recital. I’ll be playing viola da gamba and baroque cello with Kristen Blackman and Erica Dunkle along with Scott Hill on harpsichord, John Orluk – lute, Sarah Griffin – violin, and Jane Lynch – organ.

Erica and Kristen are well known for their solo work with several of Rodney Wynkoop’s fine choral groups and are presenting this recital of works by Bach, Purcell, Monteverdi, Schutz, Dowland, and a beautiful new work by a composer friend of theirs – Paul Leary. The acoustics at First Presby are perfect for this music – it’s a wonderful room and we’re so lucky that the church is supportive of having concerts there. The recital is free and open to the public. 8:00 pm Friday the 23rd.

Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon I’ll be playing bass, cello, and bouzouki with Jim Crew and John Hanks accompanying the spectacular tap dancing of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble. If you’ve never seen these young people dance – well – you really need to come out and see and hear them. VERY fine group of young people that I have been working with for many years now. Carolina Theater in downtown Durham.

 

Bike to Fight MS

September 26th and 27th I’ll be riding to raise money to help find a cure for multiple sclerosis. I will be joining more than 2,000 other cyclists for the 2009 MS Bike Tour “BB&T Tour to Tanglewood” which will benefit the Central North Carolina Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. We will be riding a minimum of 90 hilly miles over 2 days to help end the devastating effects of multiple sclerosis, a chronic, often-disabling disease of the central nervous system that strikes people in the prime of life. Last year approximately 2,300 cyclists raised more than $1.5 million on the New Bern Tour that Karen and I did. We have both lost friends to this disease and each of us knows several people who are currently living with MS. As we have contacted people in our fund raising efforts we have discovered that almost everyone we have talked to either has friends or relatives with MS. We are asking for your help in this challenge. By making a pledge on my behalf, you will support national research efforts to find the cause and cure for MS in addition to helping fund local programs for the thousands of people in Central North Carolina who live with and reach beyond the daily challenges of MS each day. In the past 20 years, significant progress has been made in the treatment of MS, particularly for those who are newly diagnosed. Last year I raised over $1200 to help this cause. Please help me match or exceed that amount this year. Any amount is appreciated. If you can help you can easily donate securely online using your credit card at the National MS Society website. Here is the link: Robbie’s Donation Page

Click the “Donate to Robbie” button on top of the fundraising thermometer and follow the instructions. I will be automatically informed via email of your donation. Thank you so much for your support and for your interest in multiple sclerosis!

Notes: Due to schedule conflicts I am unable to do the Bike MS New Bern Tour that Karen and I have done for the last two years and which directly benefits our community. Karen is hoping to do at least part of that tour. But I wanted to continue working for this cause and the Central Carolina Chapter helps many people close to us.

Why only 90 miles this year? (Last year we rode 175!) The Tour to Tanglewood is very hilly compared to New Bern. I will have 3 route options to add up to 55 additional miles on Saturday. I plan to add at least one additional route – we’ll see how it goes from there!

 

Local Rides

Some rides from my house

21 miles to Maple View and down through Calvander:
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18 Miles American Drive, Mt. Sinai Hill Route
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The Sound of Women Singing

I love choirs. My earliest (enjoyable) musical memories are of singing in elementary school choir. Of course, I was a soprano then and got to sing the melody. Then there were years of no singing at all but in high school I happened to walk by the choir room as they were rehearsing “O Magnum Mysterium” (Victoria) and I was hooked. I gave up my lunch hour to sing second bass parts with buddy Steve Russell.

These days I mostly accompany choirs and we have such fine mixed choirs in the Triangle. But the sound that moves me the most is that of the unmixed choirs – all men, or all women – equally potent. This Saturday the Women’s Voices Chorus performs. I’ll be joining them on a few tunes playing bass as they celebrate dance. There will even be some dancers. John Hanks will play percussion.

Women’s Voices Chorus has been around since the early 90’s – founded by Mary Lycan. I’ve played with them many times over the years and they’ve had their ups and downs but tonight at rehearsal sitting in the middle of the ensemble I got goose bumps the singing was so beautiful. Rich, expressive, wonderfully in tune and oh, those altos! There is nothing like the sound of a women’s chorus. Cheerfully and artfully directed by Allan Friedman – yeah, a guy – but I can tell they love him. Should be a very pleasing concert – please come.

Saturday, May 2,  2:00 pm – Chapel Hill Bible Church

Basso in Concert

The Low End Gets To Play

Basso in Concert
Barbara Blaker Krumdieck ~ Baroque Cello
Robbie Link ~ Baroque Cello, Viola da Gamba, Violone
John O’Brien ~ Harpsichord, Violin, Flute

Chamber music by Bach, Ortiz, Gabrieli, Vitali et al

Two Performances:

The Music House
408 West 5th St., Greenville, NC
Admission Free but Reservation Required
Reservations: (252) 328-4137
Saturday April 18, 2009 7:00 pm

Harmony Hall
109 E King St., Kinston, NC
Sunday April 19, 2009 2:30 pm

Recent Reviews

Recent Reviews of Performances or Recordings I’ve Participated In

Many of these are from Classical Voice of North Carolina,
an excellent resource for upcoming events and reviews of events.

The Messiah at Duke Chapel – 12/6/09 – This is my favorite annual event. Review at cvnc.org

Choral Society of Durham – 3/1/09 – Fairly large orchestra for this one. Review at cvnc.org

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle – 2/22/09 – I got called in when their bassist broke her arm. Review at cvnc.org

Ciompi Quartet and guests – 2/14/09 – Schubert Octet – I get special mention in paragraph six. Thanks, John! Review at cvnc.org