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Concert Truck rolls into town for interactive performances

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People listen to a concert during an event held by The Concert Truck on Thursday.

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, April 12, 2019

Classical music took an unexpected turn Thursday— right onto Chestnut Street. That's where The Concert Truck parked for a free performance at the Dream Park.

Created by pianists Nick Luby and Susan Zhang, the 16-foot box truck tours the country as a fully functioning mobile concert hall, complete with lights, a sound system and a piano.

Thursday's interactive event was presented by ECU's Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival as part of its Next Generation initiative, which is designed to encourage children to become musicians and music lovers.

For its chamber music debut, The Concert Truck added a stage extension to fit as many as five musicians at a time. Along with ECU students and School of Music faculty artists Hye-Jin Kim and Ara Gregorian, The Concert Truck is performing interactive concerts this week at Wintergreen, Lakeforest, Pactolus and Belvoir schools.

Launched in 2016, The Concert Truck is designed to take live classical performances out of concert halls and into unexpected public spaces. During the last three years, it has performed works by composers including Brahms, Dvorak and Shostakovich across the country in schools, parks, shelters, town centers or anywhere else that they can park their truck.

A second public concert will be held today in Brookgreen neighborhood.

A Chapel Hill native, Luby earned a graduate certificate in performance from the University of South Carolina and a master of music in piano performance from the University of Michigan. Zhang, who has since been featured as a soloist with the South Carolina Philharmonic and the University of South Carolina Symphony, is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and the University of South Carolina and now studies at the Peabody Conservatory.

The winner of the Creativity in Music Award given by SPARK: Carolina's Music Leadership Laboratory and Most Original Idea in the 2018 Johns Hopkins University Business Plan Competition, The Concert Truck has been featured by Voice of America — VOA, Minnesota Public Radio, the Baltimore Sun and WYPR Maryland.

The Concert Truck's free concert is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. today a 107 Longmeadow Road. There is no seating, so those attending should bring a lawn chair or beach towel. For more information, contact fourseasons@ecu.edu or 328-6019.

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