The Charlotte chapter of the American Guild of Organists will begin its summer concert series June 1. They’re free, though donations pay for high-schoolers to take organ lessons and attend summer camps. These Stigall Scholarships honor Bob and Ann Stigall, who served at Myers Park Presbyterian for many years.
Concerts are at 7 p.m., except as noted. You can learn more about the events at charlotteago.org. Here’s the roster:
June 1: Todd Wilson, Covenant Presbyterian Church, with the choirs of Holy Comforter Episcopal Church and Covenant Presbyterian. June 8: Samantha Koch, Providence United Methodist Church. June 15: Budd Kirby, St. Martin’s Episcopal Church. June 22: Stigall Scholars Student Recital, Myers Park Presbyterian Church. June 29: Gianfranco and Mara DeLuca, St. Patrick’s Cathedral.
July 6: Timothy Belk, Covenant Presbyterian. July 13: Kevin Neel, Unity Presbyterian Church. July 20: 4 p.m., Royal School of Church Music Service of Evensong, Myers Park Baptist Church (director Bryan Mock, organist David Arcus). July 27: Andrew Pester and Dongho Lee, St. John’s Baptist Church.
Aug. 3: John Alexander, Providence United Methodist. Aug. 10: Adam Ward, Providence United Methodist. Aug. 17: Jimmy Jones and Patrick Scott with Charlotte Symphony and Winston-Salem Symphony members, Myers Park United Methodist. Aug. 24: Matthew Noonan, Westminster Presbyterian Church. Aug. 31: 6 p.m., Les Ackerman and Appalachian Faculty Brass Quintet, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church.
ATC hosts new plays
Actors Theatre of Charlotte will host the annual conference of the National New Play Network June 8-12. The NNPN is an alliance of nonprofit professional theaters that champions the development and production of new plays; more than two dozen theater companies will come for the conference.
Actor’s Theatre has been part of multiple rolling world premieres through NNPN. The next one will be Diana Grisanti’s “River City,” winner of last summer’s nuVoices festival, in September. Details: atcharlotte.org.
Tate tops filmmakers
Carter Tate has won the Charlotte Student Film Festival held at Charlotte Country Day School this month. The festival was started by Country Day junior Jacob Wishnek, who showcased 10 short student films chosen as finalists.
Carter, a senior at Charlotte Latin School, made the documentary “Dotsie;” it showed a typical day in the life of her grandmother, Doris Wallace of Gastonia. The 18-year-old photographer/filmmaker will enter New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts this fall to study film and television.
Joedance Jam coming
The Joedance Film Festival will host its second annual Joedance Jam from 6 to 10 p.m. June 14 at Prohibition Bar Charlotte, 200 N. Tryon St. The event will raise money for Levine Children’s Hospital, which receives all proceeds from Joedance activities.
The $20 donation at the door buys you two drinks, food from Dandelion Market, a raffle ticket and live music by Amigo, Dynamo, The Sammies, Sherman Hellville, Sinners & Saints and members of Ancient Cites and The New Familiars. The concert offers elements of folk, pop, rock, country and more.
The festival is Aug. 1-2 in Fourth Ward’s 10th Street Townhomes Courtyard. Joedance will accept short or feature-length entries through June 1. Details: joedance.org.