Carolina Pro Musica Arts at the Abbey presents resident early music ensemble Carolina Pro Musica in Spanish Splendor: Music from 18th century Europe and South America. www.belmontabbeycollege.edu. Mon., April 11, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey Basilica, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-461-6813.
Charlotte Symphony A performance of Beethoven's Symphony No. 1 and Brahms' A German Requiem. www.charlottesymphony.org. April 8, 8 p.m.; April 9, 8 p.m. $14-$68. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.
The Magic of Music Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestras present the annual youth festival concert. The concert will feature the Symphony Guild of Charlotte 2005 Young Artists Competition Grand Prize Winners. Wed., April 13, 7:30 p.m. $5-$8. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-972-2000.
Providence Chamber Music Series Musicians from the Charlotte Symphony present a concert featuring "The Piano," a Brahms Sonata and Dvorak's "Dumky" Trio. Sun., April 10, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.
Robin Huw Bowen Master of the Welsh Triple Harp will perform a solo concert of Welsh and other Celtic music. Wed., April 13, 8 p.m. $8. St. Alban's Episcopal Church, Davidson, 301 Caldwell Ln. 704-996-7724.
Spanish Splendor Carolina Pro Musica performs music of the Iberian Peninsula, Peru and Argentina. www.carolinapromusica.org. Sat., April 16, 8:15 p.m. $7.50-$15. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.
The Tuscan Sun Festival Presented by Carolinas Concert Association and featuring author Frances Mayes, The New European Strings Chamber Orchestra, and cellist Nina Kotova. Mon., April 11, 8 p.m. $20-$60. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
Blumenthal Performing Arts Center David Sedaris. The writer and NPR personality will present an evening of engaging recollections and readings. Sun., April 10, 7 p.m. 130 N. Tryon St. 704-372-1000.
The Comedy Zone Upcoming Performances:. Apr. 7-10: Frank Caliendo. www.thecomedyzone.net. 516 N. College St. 704-348-4242.
Dilworth Neighborhood Grille The Pink Turtle Sketchprov Experience. Whose Line, Second City, and Sketchprov- style improv comedy. Reservations suggested. www.pinkturtle.net. Sat., 8:30pm. $5. 911 E. Morehead St. 704-301-1564.
SK Netcafe Stand-Up. "Comedy for Cans." Bring canned goods to feed the hungry. Wed., April 6, 10 p.m. 1425 Elizabeth Ave. 704-334-1523.
Charlotte Museum of History Black Banjo Then & Now Gathering. A benefit concert featuring The Ebony Hillbillies, Cheikh Hamala Diabate, Tony Thomas, and Sule Greg Wilson. Presented by Charlotte Folk Society. Wed., April 6, 7:30 p.m. $10. Our Changing Landscape: Early Views of People and Place in the Carolina Piedmont. An exhibition that illustrates and interprets the changes in the Carolina Piedmont landscape. March 31-May 25. Rites of Spring. Celebrate the arrival spring with Colonial dance,crafts, and an opportunity to join in springtime chores on the farm. Also activities include natural dying, basket weaving, candle dipping and more. Sat., April 9, 1-4 p.m. 3500 Shamrock Dr. 704-568-1774.
Discovery Place If These Walls Could Talk. The exhibit investigates the science and history of the structures that human create. March 31-May 31. IMAX Dome. Now showing Roar: Lions of the Kalahari, Bugs! A Rainforest Adventure and Forces of Nature. www.discoveryplace.org. 301 N. Tryon St. 704-372-6261.
Levine Museum of the New South Cotton Fields to Sky Scrapers. Tue.-Sun. Rural Voices and Visions: Local Communities Speak Out About Their Landscapes. March 31-April 20. 200 E. 7th St. 704-333-1887.
Mint Museum of Art Creighton Michael: Patterns of Perception. March 31-July 3. Porcelain American Style. July 31, 2004-June 14, 2005. Retrospective of Prints by Chuck Close. April 14-Aug. 7. 2730 Randolph Rd. 704-337-2000.
Mint Museum of Craft & Design Murano Family Day. Come be Italian for a day at That's Amore! Family Day. View the MURANO: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection exhibition and participate in the many planned activities. Sun., April 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Free-$10. Murano: Glass from the Olnick Spanu Collection. April 2-Dec. 31. Speaking Volumes: Vessels from the Collections of Mint Museums. March 31-April 17. Tradition & Change: 19th and 20th Century Craft At The Mint. Tue.-Sun. Wine Classes. Decoding the Wine Label. Apr. 12, 6:30-8pm. $30. 220 N. Tryon St. 704-337-2009.
Museum of York County Eewww, Yuck!. Understanding Nature's Most Unhuggable Creatures. Through Summer 2005. Our Changing Landscapes: Early views of people and places in Carolina Piedmont. March 31-May 15. 4621 Mount Gallant Rd., Rock Hill. 803-329-2121.
Readings & Signings
Barnes & Noble, Arboretum Susan Wittig Albert. Author of the China Bayles Mysteries will be in the store to discuss and sign her latest work, Dead Man's Bones. Sun., April 10, 2 p.m. Nicholas Sparks. One of America's favorite chronicler of love stories will be signing his latest novel True Believer. Thu., April 14, 7 p.m. 3327 Pineville-Matthews Rd. 704-341-9481.
Beatties Ford Road Library Tanure Ojaide. Award-winning author will read excerpts from his first novel, Sovereign Body, followed by a book signing and reception. Tue., April 12, 7 a.m. Free. 2412 Beatties Ford Rd. 704-432-6706.