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Carolina Chocolate Drops make stop at Aycock

The last time Rhiannon Giddens performed at UNCG’s Aycock Auditorium, it was in opera productions. Music faculty member Levone Tobin-Scott remembers that year’s performances and classes well. “I was her voice teacher.”

Giddens, today best known as a leader of the popular Carolina Carolina Drops, performed the title role in “Susannah” in Fall 2003, and was Beth in “Little Women” in Spring 2004. Both were First Place winners in the National Opera Association Production Competition, notes David Holley, director of opera. “I don’t think I’ve ever known a more versatile artist than Rhiannon,” he says, praising her “beautiful lyric soprano voice.”

Tobin-Scott vividly recalls Giddens’ audition when she joined UNCG. “It was just amazing.”

Tobin-Scott and Holley have followed her career ever since that year.

Tobin-Scott has purchased her tickets. “I plan to be right there. With bells on!” Holley is looking forward to the show as well.

Giddens’ band, the Carolina Chocolate Drops, play old time stringband and jugband music, with a strong nod to African-American musical heritage. Alamance County’s Joe Thompson, a renowned fiddler, was a mentor. Their CD “Genuine Negro Jig” won a Grammy Award last year. Their recently released CD “Leaving Eden” got a four star review from Rolling Stone Magazine. The band is nominated for “duo or group of the year” for the 2012 Americana Music Awards.

The Carolina Chocolate Drops perform Tuesday, Sept. 4.

Other performers in the series include:
The Second City – comedy troupe, with emphasis on political satire – Oct. 19
Time for Three – musical trio, with elements of classical, country western, gypsy and jazz – Jan. 18
Keiwgin + Company – A vision of dance embodying a theatrical sensibility of wit, style and heart – April 5

All shows begin at 8 p.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Triad Stage Box Office, 232 South Elm Street; by phone at 272-0160; or online here.

By Mike Harris