Created in Fall 2019 by Arts Everywhere and the UNC Department of Music, First Fridays is a concert series that features pop-up performances by different student and chamber ensembles on the first Friday of each month. These informal concerts allow students, faculty, staff, and community members to come and go as they listen to live music of all genres & configurations.
Service organizations, songs of identity, and a tuba tradition
This First Fridays season kicked off the Fall 2022 semester with a showcase by the Greek Music Council, comprised of the four music greek organizations in the Department of Music: Kappa Kappa Psi, Phi Mu Alpha, Sigma Alpha Iota, and Tau Beta Sigma. The 30-minute program included a quartet, a quintet, a guard performance, and two voice groups.
In November, the spotlight fell on Pauper Players: Troupe, a semester-long performance program produced by UNC Pauper Players, the premier student-run musical theatre company at UNC. This program focuses on giving potentially interested students a low-stakes opportunity to get involved with theater and performance. Their program was themed around the idea of identity and included selections from musicals Heathers, Waitress, Grease, and more.
December’s First Fridays concert showcased a Tuba quartet, directed by Professor Mike Kris, keeping with a tradition in the tuba and euphonium world that has existed since the 1970s known as “Tuba Christmas”.
Thank you to the performers and all the supporters who celebrated the sounds of Carolina with us this year! We hope to see you next year at First Fridays!