Children’s Hope Alliance and Heartstrings Therapeutic Music & Art Program, in conjunction with their collaboration partner, Iredell Arts Council, announce that the February Music Speaks event featuring Eli Yacinthe will be held February 24 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at the Heartstrings Program Gracie Building . The event is free and open to the community.
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Music Speaks is an inspirational speaker series for musicians taking place monthly throughout 2022 on the Barium Springs campus. A variety of guest speakers will share personal stories of overcoming adversity on their musical journey and will also perform some of their music for the local community and at-risk children in attendance.
Eli Yacinthe performs all styles of music: jazz, blues, country, rock, R&B, and even big band. He approaches every song, every note, with genuine energy and sensitivity.
This native of Statesville was immersed in music from his childhood. He sang harmony with his mother, at home and at church. When they watched musicals together, he was fascinated by the elaborate orchestration. Yacinthe discovered that he possessed the gift of extrapolating individual notes and reproducing them, even complex harmonies and rhythms. He learned the drums at the age of 2, and later the piano, but always preferred to play by ear.
At age 10, Eli’s father taught him to play the guitar, but it wasn’t love at first sight. His fingers were burning from constant training. “After a few days I hated that thing, I hated it so much,” he said.