Johnston County Event Calendar
Clayton Visual Arts invites you to a free “meet-the-artists” reception from 6-7:30 PM.
Exhibits change monthly and feature the work of local artists. Visit Clayton Visual Arts online for information about each artist.
Melinda Doolittle is a soul–stirring songstress. Her flawless vocals, irresistible artistry and effortless style compells her audiences to keep listening.
Tone deaf as a child, Doolittle’s choir teacher would plead with her not to sing, but just silently move her mouth. Undaunted, her love of singing drove her to enter a talent show in the seventh grade where she stunned the audience with her miraculously spot on vocals and beautiful voice. She never looked back!
After graduating with a music degree from Belmont University in Nashville, Doolittle became a highly sought after background vocalist singing for musical icons including Michael McDonald, Aretha Franklin, BeBe and CeCe Winans, Aaron Neville and Jonny Lang.
Doolittle became a household name during season six of American Idol in 2007. Although she came in third in the voting, she was first with Simon Cowell, who called her his “personal favorite.” She became the sweetheart of the season, winning over the hearts of all with her stunning powerhouse vocals and her personal charm.
In 2009, Doolittle released her debut album Coming Back to You, which garnered rave reviews from critics, including The New York Times, which hailed her as one of the most “phenomenally gifted” singers in years. In 2013, she released her sophomore album You’re The Reason. Between her album releases, she penned her book Beyond Me: Finding Your Way to Life’s Next Level. Doolittle was also the well-loved co-host of TV Line’s Reality Check.
Doolittle continues to thrill audiences everywhere from the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame to The White House, from the Copa Room to Carnegie Hall. In addition, she has been a featured guest with the Boston Pops, Charlotte Symphony and United States Air Force Orchestra to name a few, and was a featured performer at the 2015 Boston Pops Fourth of July Spectacular. She is currently headlining her own soulful show Great American Soul Book.
This is our Annual Woodall’s Strong Challenge to benefit Back Pack Buddies! Saturday December 7th at 9am! Call 919-553-0700 to Register or to Volunteer! We are currently accepting food donations at Woodall’s and the entry fee for this event is a FOOD Donation! Thank you everyone for your support! http://www.woodallsfitness.com
The 6th annual Holiday Bazaar will be held on Saturday, 12/7. We have over 60 vendors selling direct marketing items and handmade items. This indoor event will be held at Cleveland High School. It is sponsored by the Cleveland Band Parents Association to benefit the Cleveland Arts Performance Ensemble. Please come join us for great shopping and wonderful food.
Enjoy a 90-minute Christmas show with all your favorite holiday songs! Performed by the Around Town Singers and Orchestra, plus special guests Sophie Collins, Jennifer Jarvis, the Burnett Sisters Band, and many more! Featuring a 20-piece orchestra and the Around Town Dancers, too! This is a Christmas show the way they used to be! Visit the ATSO blog for the latest information.
This is a ticketed event. Ticket information to be announced.
The Clayton High School chorus and band ensembles perform all of your holiday favorites.
This year’s featured musical artists are husband and wife, Nikoleta Rallis, soprano, and Aza Sydykov, pianist, who make up a dynamic duo performance team whose combined experience crosses many different genres, musical traditions, and countries. A graduate of Moscow’s Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Aza now serves as President of the Kyrgyz American Foundation in New York City, which facilitates various cultural exchange and educational activities between international artists. Nikoleta is the founding director of Wilmington Music Festival, which presents concerts and provides educational opportunities from extraordinarily gifted emerging musicians and seasoned artists from around the world to the town of Wilmington, NC.
In Clayton Piano Festival’s 2019 Holiday Gala, this talented couple will be joined by Jonathan Levin and Nikoleta’s father, Michael Rallis, tenor for an eclectic mix of classical, Broadway, opera and holiday favorites.