Noel & Maria: Home for the Holidays
1st Annual Red Carpet Dinner & Concert
at the Dowd Center Theatre
Come to the Dowd to see a great Christmas concert and join us for a red carpet dinner featuring the very best from Main Street Bistro & Alice Jules Coffeehouse!
Dinner: 6 PM
Concert: 7:30 PM
Dinner and concert tickets are sold separately. You may attend either event, or both! (Please note: Dinner seating is limited to 40)
Concert tickets: Orchestra $30. Mezzanine.$25 Balcony $20
(Click green BUY TICKETS button on the right)
Maria Howell and Noel Freidline define chemistry. Musically they breath as one, communicating almost telepathically as they explore and re-interpret some of the best music of the last 80 years. Always approaching the music from “the left,” Noel and Maria have made a name for themselves as they offer listeners something they have heard, but that they have never heard before. Combine this fresh musical approach with a rapport and witty banter that harkens back to the days of the Rat Pack, and you have Noel and Maria in their element: on stage, thrilling an audience at every turn.
Mere words can only capture the refrain of actress and vocalist Maria Howell’s awesome talent and stage presence. As an actress Howell has appeared in the feature films The Color Purple, The Hunger Games, The Blind Side, and Hidden Figures as well TV’s “Revolution,” “Devious Maids,” and “Saints and Sinners.” As a vocalist Maria has shared the stage with Ray Charles, Najee, George Howard, Ramsey Lewis, George Benson, Nancy Wilson, lyricist Tim Rice and Marvin Hamlisch, among others.
A pianist, vocalist, educator and raconteur, Freidline has recorded 9 CDs, performed at jazz festivals as diverse as the Jacksonville (FL) Jazz Festival to the Bethlehem (PA) Musikfest to the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, has performed from Birdland in New York, to Hilton Head’s The Jazz Corner, held down a three-year house band position at the Bellagio in Las Vegas and performed for actress Julia Roberts’surprise 35th birthday party. A lecturer at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Noel is the creator and Artistic Director for a number of concert series including Baker & Baker presents (Columbia, SC), Noel Freidline and Friends Concert Series (Jacksonville, FL), and the NorthStone Music Series (Charlotte, NC). Noel is also the host and musical director for CLT After Dark, a new variety TV program launched the end of April, 2020. Noel has composed and recorded music for ESPN, ABC and the Walt Disney Company.