Belmont Abbey College offers a full season of concerts at the beautiful Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mt. Holly Rd. Belmont. Each of these concerts is free for all, but donations are accepted. The college is off exit 26 from I-85, and very close to Charlotte in nearby Gaston County.
The first performance for the 2018/2019 season will be by the New Century Saxophone Quartet on September 17th, 2018, at 8 p.m., in the Abbey Basilica.
The New Century Saxophone Quartet was founded over 30 years ago by a group of graduates from the NC School of the Arts. One of the few quartets of its kind, the ensemble has been highly successful with commissions and recordings as well as concerts.
September 17, 2018 8:00 PM New Century Saxophone Quartet From Baroque to Contemporary
Quartet returns to present works by Bach, Shaffer, Lago, Riojas, Pollock and folk music from around the world. For over 30 years, the New Century Saxophone Quartet has entertained audiences with a combination of skillful artistry and down-home fun. Founded in Winston-Salem, NC, the ensemble has toured throughout the United States and the World.
October 15, 2018 8:00 PM Thomas Pandolfi, piano
American pianist is an exciting virtuoso who is becoming more and more sought after by audiences worldwide, and showered with superlatives by critics for his passionate artistry and amazing technique. Thomas make a return visit to the Abbey with music by Chopin, Debussy, Liszt, Gershwin and his own “Rhapsody on themes from Westside Story”- a tribute to Leonard Bernstein on the anniversary of his 100th birthday, August 2018.
November 18, 2018 3:00 Music for Queen Anne’s Revenge – the Golden Age of Piracy
Carolina Pro Musica presents music of Purcell, Pepusch, sea chanteys, and folksongs to highlight the life of Blackbeard as we remember his activity 300 years ago on the coast of NC.
December 8, 2018 8:00 PM Holiday Concert
Presented annually by the Abbey Chorus and Instrumental Ensemble, this concert is our best-attended event. The program includes music of the season, and carols for all to sing. Special feature will be the premiere of a new work by well-known American composer Michael John Trotta.
February 10, 2019 3:00 PM Charlotte Civic Orchestra with Carolina Pro Musica
A return visit for the Civic! Geoffrey Whitehead leads the orchestra in Music of Bach, Telemann and Mozart. Eddie Ferrell and Rebecca Miller Saunders of Carolina Pro Musica are featured soloists.
March 4, 2019 8:00 PM Pan Harmonia: Kate Steinbeck, flute and Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp
Pan Harmonia: Iconic harpist and flutist combine their expressive music mastery to create a program of sweeping sensations. The program features captivating classical and contemporary music by G.F. Handel, Osvaldo LaCerda, Henk Badings, Dana Wilson and more.
April 1, 2019 8:00 PM Rare Music: Hasse, Bach and more
Enjoy a performance of Carolina Pro Musica’s edition of an unpublished Hasse cantata for soprano and two flutes from Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, a cantata from the Santini Library, Münster and rarely heard instrumental works by J.S. Bach.
May 5, 2019 3:00 PM Spring Concert
Our final concert for the season with soloists, the Abbey Chorus and the college Instrumental Ensemble. Sacred and secular music.