Welcome to the Classical Music Across Cultures website!

Marta RichardsonMy name is Marta Richardson. I am a public school violin teacher in Greensboro, NC, and the Project Coordinator of Classical Music Across Cultures, also known as the CMAC Project or CMAC. The goal of this year’s project is to bring Shana Tucker to Greensboro this fall. It is a privilege to welcome such a wonderful musician to our area.

In Fall 2011 Classical Music Across Cultures brought the Detroit-based all Black/Latino chamber orchestra Sphinx Virtuosi and the Catalyst Quartet to Greensboro as part of Greensboro’s first 17 Days Festival. Since then, CMAC has hosted the exciting string ensemble, Harlem Quartet, Grammy award-winning composer and violinist John McLaughlin Williams, and the Lorena Guillén Tango Ensemble to participate in 17 Days. This year we’re so excited because ArtsGreensboro invited CMAC to collaborate in bringing critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker to Greensboro!

Shana’s journey as a solo artist began in 2009, when she arrived in Durham, NC and quickly became a staple in the vibrant Triangle music scene. Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent … whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash­up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers. A radio interview on APM’s “The Story with Dick Gordon” led to an invitation to join the musical cast of KÀ by Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas, where Shana currently splits time when she is not on the road or home in her beloved North Carolina.

ArtsGreensboro and CMAC will present a two day, educational residency by critically acclaimed singer-songwriter and cellist Shana Tucker. Ms. Tucker will travel to schools across Guilford County to work directly with students including conducting a Masterclass. Her stay will culminate in a public performance at 8:00 p.m. at The Crown at Carolina Theatre on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Classical Music Across Cultures, which is fiscally sponsored by ArtsGreensboro, maintains its artistic, social and educational goals. We continue to desire to help build diverse classical music audiences, to reach out to underserved public school music students, and to help prepare teachers to better meet the needs of their underserved students. We hope this project will continue to bring together diverse people groups and cultures, influence children’s futures and much more.

Please feel free to browse our website and learn more about what CMAC does. When Shana Tucker arrives, it is my desire for her to feel welcomed back to Greensboro. Let’s fill up this beautiful performance space at Carolina Theatre and give Shana an appreciative audience. I invite you to join us in our endeavor, spread the word, and take ownership in this opportunity.


Marta Richardson