Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute

CCC&TI Presents: The Spring 2024 Performing Artists Series

CCC&TI Presents: The Spring 2024 Performing Artists Series

Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute’s Associate in Fine Arts - Music Program will once again host the Performing Artists Concert Series this spring with several featured events that are free and open to all students and the general public.

Following is a schedule of upcoming events and additional details.

On Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host Onyx Club Boys.

Onyx Club Boys is an acoustic string band (violin, guitar, and upright bass) rooted in Django Reinhardt’s Gypsy Jazz sounds of 1930's Paris, and Stuff Smith's New York City Swing. However, being from 21st Century North Carolina, their diverse influences take the music beyond borders. It's a trip around the world, which will make you swoon, tap your feet, and realize how universally similar music really is.

The band released their album, “Million Color Vision” in 2018. It features catchy originals along with a few classics and was carefully crafted and recorded over the last few years. Appearances have included Shakori Hills Festival, Festival for the Eno, Haw River Ballroom, Cat's Cradle, Raleigh First Night, Artsplosure, NC Museum of Art, WUNC’s Back Porch Music at American Tobacco Campus Durham, Carrboro Django Reinhardt Festival, Carolina Theatre of Durham, National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, and many more. Members of the Onyx Boys Club have performed in bands such as The Squirrel Nut Zippers, The Old Ceremony, Diali Cissokho and Kaira Ba, and the Paperhand Puppet Intervention band.

Onyx Club Boys

On Thursday, March 14 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host solo pianist Dr. Bair Shagdaron.

Pianist Bair Shagdaron was born in Moscow, Russia and began studying music at age of four. In 1964 he entered the prestigious Moscow Gnesins Music School for Gifted Children where he studied under Esther Fedorchenko and Valeria Polunina. After graduating in 1976, Mr. Shagdaron studied at the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory under the renowned Tatiana Nikolaeva. In 1984, Mr. Shagdaron obtained his Doctorate degree in piano performance from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. In 1988, he assumed the position of Assistant Professor at the Conservatory and was an Assistant of Tatiana Nikolaeva for six years. In 1990, Dr. Shagdaron graduated from the Conservatory with his second degree in composition, studying under Albert Leman.

As an accomplished soloist, Dr. Shagdaron took fourth prize at the 1980 International J.S.Bach Competition in Leipzig, Germany and third prize at the 1992 International Competition for Piano and Orchestra in Mazara del Vallo, Italy. Also in 1992 he was awarded the Honorary Title of "The People's Artist of Buryat Republic" (Russia). Dr. Shagdaron has given master classes in Japan and also performed throughout the USA, Russia, Japan, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Belgium and Mongolia.

After coming to the USA in 1996, Dr. Shagdaron taught at Ottawa University in Kansas. In the fall of 2000, he joined the faculty of Appalachian State University as Assistant Professor of Piano. Dr. Shagdaron continues to actively participate in the music world of today, including the world premiere of Edward Bullock's Concerto for Piano and Orchestra. He has been guest artist for An Appalachian Summer Festival, and soloist with the Western Piedmont Symphony performing the Second Piano Concerto by Shostakovich.

Dr. Blair Shagaron

On Monday, April 8 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host Jazz Appreciation Month with the Todd Wright Quintet.

As a studio musician, Todd Wright can be heard on numerous recordings. His own debut recording, Begonia, was released in 1995, and Christmas Time Is Here followed in 1998. In 2001, Reflections, a duo collaboration with New York recording artist Frank Kimbrough at the piano, was released. Wearing the hat of both a performer and educator, Wright was chosen for the Outstanding Teacher Award in the School of Music for the 1996-1997 school year. In 1998, he was presented with the prestigious Aegis Community Service Award by the Appalachian Black Faculty and Staff Council. In addition, the North Carolina Arts Council awarded Wright with a music fellowship in recognition of original compositions by North Carolina jazz composers. He had entered into the competition original works from the Begonia CD.

Wright has performed with jazz greats Jon Faddis, Clark Terry, Richie Cole, Louis Bellson, Bill Watrous, Buddy Baker, Peter Erskine, Benny Golson, Herb Ellis, James Williams, Billy Taylor, Nick Brignola, Donald Brown, Allen Vizzutti, Eddie Daniels, Duffy Jackson, Marvin Stamm, and many others. He has also shared the band stand with entertainers such as Joe Williams, Rita Moreno, The Fifth Dimension, and Patti Page.

Todd Wright

On Wednesday, May 1 at 1 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the CCC&TI Chorus.

The CCC&TI Chorus ensemble features students in the CCC&TI Associate of Fine Arts Music degree program as well as staff, faculty, and community members. The CCC&TI Chorus is directed by Professor Alexandria McNeely. Professor McNeely earned her master’s degree in vocal performance from the renowned Eastman School of Music, and she most recently performed for the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival as Diana in Orpheus and in Tosca with Opera Carolina. The CCC&TI Chorus serves as the only community chorus in the area that is open to all community members ages 16 and up. If you are interested in singing with the CCC&TI chorus please contact the college’s music director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457,

CCC&TI Chorus

On Thursday, May 2 at 7 p.m. in the CCC&TI Recital Hall (B-100), the Caldwell Campus in Hudson will host the Spring 2024 CCC&TI Music Student Recital

This concert highlights the college’s music degree students performing a variety of musical styles with small ensembles and solos.

All events are free and open to the public.

The Associate in Fine Arts Music degree program at Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (CCC&TI) started in 1983 to serve Caldwell County and surrounding areas. CCC&TI’s Music Program was established in 1983 by Bill Jones, directed by Kay Crouch from 1985 to 2013, and has been directed by Justin Butler since 2013. From 1984-88, CCC&TI housed and sponsored The Unifour Jazz Ensemble (UJE), 1987 Community College Jazz Ensemble National Champions. In 1990, UJE was named Community Jazz Ensemble of the 1980s by the International Association for Jazz Education and in 2013 its director Tom Smith was inducted into the Down Beat Jazz Education Hall of Fame.

For more information on CCC&TI’s Associate in Fine Arts – Music Programs or these events, contact Program Director Justin Butler at 828-726-2457 or email