As the semester winds down, many student ensembles present their spring concerts. There are a slew of these this week; in shorter citations than is our custom, we’ll list a batch here to document the young musicians’ efforts. These concerts generally reflect the joy and enthusiasm of the participants and are thus well worth attending–even crusty old curmudgeons will find much to admire. Some (but not all) are free. And the musicians are destined to become members of our adult ensembles or their audiences–and to be their patrons, downstream–so it pays to support them now!

Wednesday, April 26

UNC Wind Ensemble and Symphony Band. Memorial Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. Free. 962-1039 or

Thursday, April 27

NCSU Chamber Singers. Ballroom, Student Center, NCSU, Raleigh. 7 p.m. $8. 515-2981 or

Meredith Choral Concert. Jones Chapel, Meredith College, Raleigh. 8 p.m. Free. 760-8536.

UNC Jazz Band with Charanga Carolina. Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. $10/$5/$2–scholarship benefit. 962-1039 or

Friday, April 28

UNC Jazz Combos. Room 107, Hill Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 4 p.m. Free. 962-1039 or

Duke Chorale, Rodney Wynkoop, director. Biddle Music Building, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. 8 p.m. Free. 660-3333 or

UNC Consort of Viols and Baroque Ensembles. Person Recital Hall, UNC, Chapel Hill. 8 p.m. Free. 962-1039 or

Saturday, April 29

NCSU Pipes and Drums–A Scottish May Day Celebration. North Plaza, Student Center, NCSU, Raleigh. 2 p.m. Free. 515-2981 or

Duke University String School: Beginning Ensemble and Intermediate I (at 3 p.m.); Chamber Music Groups (at 4 p.m.); and Intermediate II and the Duke University String School Youth Symphony (at 7 p.m.). Baldwin Auditorium, East Campus, Duke University, Durham. Free. 660-3333 or

Saturday-Sunday, April 29-30

Cardinal Gibbons High School Jazz Festival: Guitar Band, Jazz Band and Music Club; Jazz Band from Our Lady of Lourdes; Skydive Band featuring Gregg Gelb, saxophone; and Christopher Royce, guitar. Cardinal Gibbons High School, 1401 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh. 8 p.m. $5, students $1. 834-1625 x206.

Sunday, April 30

Genevieve Norton, cello, Matthew Morrow, xylophone, and Triangle Youth Philharmonic, Hugh Partridge and Grant Llewellyn, conductors. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. 3 p.m. $8/$5/$2. 467-2727 or

Tuesday, May 2

Triangle Youth Symphony and Triangle Youth Orchestra. Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. TYO at 7 p.m., TYS at 8 p.m. $8/$5/$2. 467-2727 or

Recommended Reviews

Friends, Colleagues Give a Heartfelt Farewell to Roger Hannay, by John W. Lambert
Former students and colleagues bade posthumous farewell to Roger Durham Hannay (1930-2006) during a moving celebration of his life and works in Hill Hall on the afternoon of April 9. Among the participants were folks Hannay called FSNCs (former students, now colleagues), pronounced (more or less) “fuznicks.”

Ciompi Winds Up the Season, by Elizabeth Kahn
In recent years, the Ciompi Quartet has featured exemplary programming by inviting guest artists to share the limelight and open our ears to unusual repertory. Such was the case at their end-of-season performance, to which they welcomed soprano Audrey Luna and pianist James Tocco for two seldom played works.