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Heralded Music Academy of the American South

returns to Winston-Salem June 14-16

Tickets on Sale May 1 at the Stevens Center Box Office

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (APRIL 25, 2013) – The University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will present the second annual Music Academy of the American South (MAAS) June 14 through June 16, 2013.  MAAS celebrates the music of the American South through dynamic performances and workshops by noted musicians and will take place on the UNCSA campus at 1533 South Main Street and at nearby Old Salem Museums & Gardens in Winston-Salem, N.C.

A 2006 graduate of UNCSA, MAAS Artistic Director Justin Poindexter currently designs and leads community and education concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center. He is also a member of the celebrated Americana music collective, The Amigos Band.

“Our inaugural MAAS, which took place last year, was a huge success. We celebrated the unique musical melting pot of our region, particularly noting the traditions of mountain music, African-American influences, and the European classical traditions in local Moravian music." Poindexter said. “There is nothing else like MAAS anywhere in the world, and I’m extremely pleased that the festival is returning for a second year to share and celebrate the music of our region.”

A focus in MAAS programming for 2013 is the interactions of American roots music (folk, bluegrass, gospel, country) with each other as well as with other genres. This will be highlighted in the performance of "Appalachian Concerto" by the virtuoso bluegrass group, The Kruger Brothers, with a string quartet led by UNCSA School of Music faculty member Kevin Lawrence.

“We also will celebrate the iconic soul music of Muscle Shoals, Alabama, with three of the original musicians and songwriters that wrote and played on timeless music by Aretha Franklin, Percy Sledge, Wilson Pickett and others,” Poindexter added.

“This incredible music fused black and white influences to create a highly popular and influential catalog of music that defined ‘soul’ music in the 1960s and ‘70s,” Poindexter added.  “Dan Penn, Spooner Oldham and David Hood will perform in a unique concert with Jim Lauderdale and The Amigos Band.  This is a rare performance not to be missed.”

Other featured performances scheduled during MAAS include Grammy Award-winning Appalachian musician and radio/television host David Holt; legendary gospel performers, the Branchettes; and a unique evening of 19th-century Moravian music by female composers from historic Salem.

In addition to the performances, many of the musicians also will participate in workshops and master classes during MAAS. “The workshops and master classes offer a rare opportunity to interact with, and gain valuable insight from, the master musicians who will be at UNCSA during MAAS,” Poindexter added. Octogenarian bluesman Boo Hanks and Appalachian ballad interpreter Molly Andrews are among the many renowned musicians scheduled to participate in workshops.

All workshops and master classes are free and open to the public. 

The 2013 MAAS schedule is below. Please note: All events will take place on the UNCSA campus unless otherwise noted.  More detailed information will be available soon on the UNCSA website (uncsa.edu):

Friday, June 14, 2013

7:30 pm

The Household Muse: Salem Composers of the 19th Century

In collaboration with the Moravian Music Foundation and the “Music at Home” concert series

Home Moravian Church, Old Salem

Hanna Carter, Mary Siebert, Glenn Siebert, Jason McKinney, Susan Foster, Barbara Lister-Sink


Saturday, June 15, 2013

11:00 am

Kruger Brothers Instrumental Master Class

Performance Place Arena Theatre

The Kruger Brothers

12:30 pm

Southern Picnic Lunch/Bluegrass and Old-time Jam Session

Hanes Student Commons

2:00 pm

British Ballads and Their American Cousins

In collaboration with Fiddle & Bow Society

Performance Place Arena Theatre

Molly Andrews

3:30 pm


Location TBD

5:00 pm

Interview/Q&A: Muscle Shoals Sound in the Round

Location TBD

Hosted by Jim Lauderdale with Muscle Shoals musicians Spooner Oldham, Dan Penn, David Hood

7:30 pm

Evening Concert

Performance Place Freedman Theatre

The Kruger Brothers “Appalachian Concerto,” Jim Lauderdale and The Amigos Band, special guests from Muscle Shoals


Sunday, June 16, 2013

1:30 pm

David Holt Bluegrass/String Band Master Class

Performance Place Arena Theatre

David Holt

3:00 pm

Blues Summit: Interview and Performance

Performance Place Patrons Theatre

Hosted by Logie Meachum, with Big Ron Hunter, Boo Hanks

4:00 pm

MAAS Song Collaborative Jam/Recording Session

Location TBD

All artists are invited to participate

6:00 pm

Informal Jam Session/Bring your own Picnic Dinner

St. Phillips Heritage Center, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

7:30 pm

Evening Concert

St. Phillips Heritage Center, Old Salem Museums & Gardens

David Holt, The Branchettes, special guest Laurelyn Dossett

Beginning May 1, tickets for the concerts can be purchased at the Stevens Center, 405 West 4th Street, Winston-Salem, or by calling 336-721-1945. Tickets may also be purchased online at uncsa.edu.


About The Music Academy of the American South (MAAS)

MAAS is unique among existing festivals and summer programs because it presents roots music genres simultaneously—highlighting their cross-pollination. Attendees of MAAS will have the hands-on experience of exploring musical vocabularies across genres. They will discover the musicians that developed these uniquely American styles and those that continue the tradition today. MAAS will serve as a venue with a living history, a catalyst for collaboration and experimentation between genres, and as a guide for integrity in roots music concert programming, education, and preservation.

The music of the American South has had an enormous influence far beyond the region, ultimately impacting culture on a global scale. Traditional folk music was brought into the southern United States by immigrants from Western Europe and intermingled with the songs of African slaves. The collision of these musical vocabularies led to the development of the styles that define American roots music today. Blues, country, bluegrass, string-band, gospel and jazz are America’s great claims to the global artistic landscape, and are revered as uniquely American and worthy of preservation. UNCSA is a natural leader for the performance and study of American roots music, because it is the preeminent conservatory of the South and its campus lies in a region where much of this music originated.

About The University of North Carolina School of the Arts

As America’s first state-supported arts school, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts is a unique stand-alone public university of arts conservatories. With a high school component, UNCSA is a degree-granting institution that trains young people of talent in music, dance, drama, filmmaking, and design and production. Established by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, the School of the Arts opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu.


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