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WDAV Classical Public Radio and FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative Announce Arsena Schroeder As First Featured ‘NoteWorthy’ Artist

by | Apr 6, 2021 | Arts & Entertainment, Bottom Right Box, WDAV

‘Listen. Love. Take Note.’

 89.9 WDAV Classical Public Radio and FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative invite music fans to the debut of the new NoteWorthy concert series, featuring Charlotte singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder, at 7:30 PM on Wednesday, April 14th.

Schroeder will take the virtual stage on Facebook Live at She will be joined by composer and pianist Leonard Mark Lewis, violinist Lenora Cox Leggatt, and guitarist Chris Suter.

NoteWorthy pairs gifted Black and brown artists from Charlotte’s music scene with classically trained musicians. It’s what happens when jazz, soul, Latin, rock, hip-hop, pop, and R&B meet classical.

“During the pandemic, one of the things I missed most was creating music and drawing inspiration by working with new musicians,” said Schroeder, recording artist and founder of Dear Soul Music Co. “NoteWorthy gave me a chance to do so while also allowing me to work with musicians that approach music differently than I do. I believe merging the two worlds of contemporary and classical makes for a wonderful palette that listeners from both worlds should find enjoyable.”

“I can’t think of a better artist to kick off NoteWorthy than Arsena. Her talent and charisma shine through in everything she does,” said Will Keible, Director of Marketing at WDAV. “The pairing of Arsena with her classical companions, Mark and Lenora, has resulted in a collaboration that exceeded all of our expectations.”

The shared vision for NoteWorthy is to build one Charlotte music community that values all voices. Through this project, WDAV and FAIR PLAY aim to break down cultural divisions among music lovers by centering the contributions of musicians of color. NoteWorthy was awarded a Cultural Vision Grant by the Arts and Science Council.

“I’m excited about the NoteWorthy series as it’s an example of how difference can be a beautiful tool to bring us together, instead of divide,” said David “Dae-Lee” Arrington, Co-Founder of FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative and Hue House co-owner.

The six-concert series kicks off virtually with the first three taking place on Facebook Live. In late Spring, WDAV and FAIR PLAY will announce the final three concerts of the season and whether they will take place virtually or in front of a live audience. Details for the series can be found at


w/ Lenora Cox Leggatt (violin), Leonard Mark Lewis (piano), and Chris Suter (guitar)

Wednesday, April 14th @ 7:30pm

Charlotte singer-songwriter Arsena Schroeder takes the virtual stage for WDAV’s first NoteWorthy concert. Schroeder, who fuses R&B, pop, and folk influences into songs that tackle topics of personal healing and empowerment, will be joined by composer and pianist Leonard Mark Lewis, violinist Lenora Cox Leggatt, and guitarist Chris Suter.

Visit the Facebook Event


w/ Jane Hart Brendle (violin) and Matt Darsey (viola), and special guest A$H.

Wednesday, May 26th @ 7:30pm

GRAMMY-Award winning singer-songwriter, rapper, producer, and renaissance artist, Greg Cox brings his explosive blend of Hip Hop, R&B, and gospel to the NoteWorthy stage where he will perform alongside violist Matt Darsey and Charlotte Symphony Orchestra violinist Jane Hart Brendle. Charlotte recording artist A$H. makes a guest appearance.


w/ Kari Giles (violin) and Jeremy Lamb (cello)

Wednesday, June 30th @ 7:30pm

Singer-songwriter and cultural activist Quisol blends pop and Latin influences to create a sound as distinct as it is powerful. Quisol is joined by Charlotte Symphony Orchestra musicians Kari Giles (violin) and Jeremy Lamb (cello).

NoteWorthy is sponsored by OrthoCarolina and is made possible, in part, with funding from ASC. WDAV and FAIR PLAY thank Blumenthal Performing Arts for the use of Stage Door Theatre.

WDAV Classical Public Radio is dedicated to building a community focused on classical music by providing easy access to the art form, as well as opportunities for exploration and discovery. In addition to producing 149 hours per week for its own broadcast use on 89.9FM, HD-1, HD-2, and channels, the station produces nationally-distributed programs, including Concierto, and, in partnership with South Carolina Public Radio, Carolina Live. A service of Davidson College in Davidson, NC, WDAV’s main source of operating revenue comes from annual member contributions. The station’s 89.9FM signal reaches a 22-county region centered in the Charlotte, NC metro area and ranges from Rock Hill, SC to Galax, VA. WDAV’s broadcasts can also be heard live online 24 hours a day at and iTunes, as well as on any Android, iPhone, or iPad device equipped with the WDAV Classical Public Radio app, or the TuneIn, NPR Music, or Public Radio Player apps.

FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative advocates for a fair music ecosystem in Charlotte by engaging venue owners, event producers and organizations on the value of inclusivity in music programming as well as through establishing new equitable music platforms for all. Our vision is a fair Charlotte music scene where what makes us different is what makes the difference.



For more information, contact:

Will Keible
Director of Marketing and Corporate Support
WDAV Classical Public Radio
(704) 894-2983 or [email protected]

David “Dae-Lee” Arrington
FAIR PLAY Music Equity Initiative
[email protected]

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