Students, Staff to Perform Excerpt from “Coming of Age: Decisions” on April 6

Join us as TRIO and Mariot and G.M. Productions present an excerpt from “Coming of Age: Decisions” in Tate Hall on April 6 at 2:30 p.m., during Sensoria. The performance is free.

“Coming of Age: Decisions” tackles the topic of sexual assault and the many elements that lead to this tragic incident.

The performance will feature Central Piedmont DRE and ENG students, as well as individuals from Central Piedmont’s TRIO office. Following the performance, there will be a brief discussion about the play led by the writer and cast.


Music Department to Offer Free Concerts this Fall

The CPCC Music Department announces two early music recitals to be held in Tate Hall in the Overcash Building on Central Campus this fall.
On August 27, the college welcomes back former faculty member Webb Wiggins in a harpsichord recital during which he will play on both of the college’s Kingston harpsichords.
Then on September 10, music faculty member Holly Maurer will be joined by Gail Schroeder on viola da gamba, Kelly Roudabush on baroque flute, and Barbara Weiss on harpsichord in a program of music of the late Baroque.
Both concerts are at 12:30 p.m., are free and open to the public. Parking is available in the event parking deck.

Center for Sustainability to Host Film Screenings

CPCC’s Center for Sustainability is excited to host to two educational film screenings this semester. Both events are free and open to the college community and local residents. We hope to see you there!

April 24, 7 p.m.
The Real Dirt on Farmer John
Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

May 28, 7 p.m.
MOTHER: Caring for Seven Billion
Tate Hall, Overcash Center, CPCC Central Campus

To learn more about these films and events, please visit


Free Music Concerts

The classical guitar duo of Mary Akerman and CPCC instructor, Bob Teixeira, will present a concert to the CPCC community.

WHEN:   Tuesday, April 1, 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall


Viola da gamba performers Gail Schroeder and CPCC instructor, Holly Maurer, will present an Early Music concert accompanied by harpsichordist, Barbara Weiss.

WHEN:  Thursday, April 3, 12:30 p.m. Tate Hall

Both concerts are free and open to all.

Diversity Committee Celebrates Black History Month

Little Known Black History Facts:

Thomas Day:  Father of the North Carolina Furniture Industry

Thomas Day (1801-1861), a free African-American cabinetmaker (fine furniture maker) and businessman, lived and worked in Caswell County, North Carolina from the early 1820′s until he disappeared from the records in 1861. By 1850, he had the largest furniture business in the state. A great deal of his furniture has survived and is cherished today in private homes and museums primarily in North Carolina and Virginia. Day’s life opens a window into a world most Americans know little about: 19th-century African-American history, and especially the experience of the small percentage of African Americans who were not enslaved, who were known as “free people of color” or “free blacks.”

Thomas Day is at once anomalous and representative of the antebellum free black experience. The fact that such an extraordinary figure in business and in American decorative arts could have lain in obscurity for as long as he did, makes him a symbol of the many African Americans who anonymously contributed to American history and culture. In the words of historian Ira Berlin, “Day and many other antebellum African Americans refused to accept the hand that was being dealt to them.” Fortunately, like Thomas Day, many of these unsung heroes are now being brought out of the shadows.

Bechtler Ensemble Concert Feb. 13

The Bechtler Ensemble will be presenting their next chamber concert on Thursday, February 13 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Recital Hall.

The concert will have a Valentine’s theme, and the musicians will include CPCC instructors Tanja Bechtler, Adam Watkins, Christine Van Arsdale, and opera singer and former CPCC student, Daidree Tofano.

The concert is free and all are invited.


Attend EntreMANUREship on Dec. 10



Join us for “EntreMANUREship,” a must-see, highly entertaining presentation, presented by Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmitt, Founders of and CanvasonDemand.

Know what you don’t know…then learn it!

Successful entremanures know all the aspects of their business.  If they dont, they learn them no matter how “outside of their comfort zone” the aspect seems.  There is no “comfort zone” in entremanureship.

Learn from two of the most successful and entertaining Entrepreneurs in North Carolina:

Tom Lotrecchiano and Joe Schmidt find great joy in sharing their journey of being entrepreneurs over the last 15 years with businesses such as and was acquired by CafePress. CaféPress had an IPO in Feb 2012. Tom and Joe were Ernst & Young Entrepreneurs of the Year finalists in 2008, and CanvasonDemand was included in the INC 500.

They have delighted thousands during their public presentations, stories about their business adventures which range from hilarious to heart-wrenching. They refer to their shrewd (and sometimes outrageously unconventional) wisdom gained from a combination of education and real-life experiences as Entremanureship!

They will share their often hilarious lessons learned while launching seven businesses in seven months! They will also present their sales, marketing and e-commerce experiences.

Get a preview by clicking on this link to Entremanureship.

DATE: Tuesday, Dec 10; 2:30 to 5 p.m.

WHERE: Tate Hall, CPCC Central Campus (above the Halton Theater)

2:30 – 3 p.m.    Registration and Networking
3 –  5 p.m.    Program

COST: FREE with a CPCC ID; non-student/CPCC guest: $20



For more information, click here.


Free Music Concerts This Week

Come enjoy a rich variety of music during your lunch hours this week:

  • CPCC Early Music Consort will be featuring a glittering array of 16th century music from the field of the cloth of gold – Wednesday, Nov. 20 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall
  • The Bechtler Ensemble will be featuring music from the Italian film “Cinema Paradiso,” a Shostakovich string quartet, and a salute to John Lennon in their Thursday, Nov. 21 concert at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall


Free Concerts in Tate Hall During the Month of October

Beginning this Thursday the 24, through the end of October, you can enjoy some amazing music here at CPCC and in the uptown area.

  • Thursday, October 24 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, the Bechtler Ensemble returns to CPCC for the first concert of the new season!
  • Sunday, October 27 at 4 p.m. — The Charlotte Composer’s Forum will feature music of CPCC’s own faculty, Craig Bove and Rebecca Cook-Carter, at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at 420 S Tryon St. (between W. 1stSt. & MLK Jr, Blvd.)
  • Monday, October 28 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, a Jazz Mass will feature several area choirs, a jazz combo, and CPCC music instructor, Paul Reynolds.
  • Wednesday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m. in Halton Theater, the Charlotte Symphony returns to CPCC for their annual “Orchestra on Campus” series.   This concert will have a Halloween theme.
  • Thursday, October 31 at 12:30 p.m. in Tate Hall, CPCC’s guitar faculty member Jame Easteppe will be performing in duo with guitarist, Jeremy Polley.

All concerts taking place in Tate Hall are free and open to the public.  Other venues are ticketed events.


Enjoy Three Days of CPCC Jazz

Come and enjoy Three Days of CPCC Jazz this week!  Tuesday, April 23 is Jazz Vocal; Wednesday, April 24 is Jazz Improv, and Thursday, April 25 is Big Band Jazz.  All concerts are at 12:30 p.m. in Bryant Hall (Sloan 101). Music
Looking ahead to next week: Tuesday, April 30  provides two opportunities — 12:30 p.m. is the Class Music Recital in Bryant Hall, and at 7:30 p.m., the Recorder Ensemble will be presenting a concert in Tate Hall, Overcash. Wednesday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m. is the Baroque Ensemble in Tate Hall.  Thursday, May 2 at 12:30 p.m. is the Applied Music Student Recital in Bryant.  Our final concert of the season will be the Composition class recital at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 3, in Tate Hall.

Free Music Recitals

Come and enjoy some pre-Sensoria music with the following recitals of members of CPCC’s own Department of Music. Rebecca Cook-Carter and friends will present a recital of the music of Poulenc on Thursday, April 4, at 12:30 p.m. in MusicBryant Recital Hall (SL 101).  The following Thursday, April 11 at 12:30 p.m., Christine Leimer Van Arsdale will present a harp recital in Tate Hall Overcash.  Both recitals are free and all are invited.