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World Music

Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe, taiko

Taiko (ˈtīkō): A wide range of Japanese percussion instruments, although outside of Japan the term most often refers to a specific type of...

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Taiko (ˈtīkō): A wide range of Japanese percussion instruments, although outside of Japan the term most often refers to a specific type of drum. The term can also refer to the musical styles using these instruments, which have variously included roles in religious, military, and social activism movements.

Through improvisations, original compositions and contemporary arrangements, Kenny Endo and Kaoru Watanabe bring the ancient sound of Japan directly into the modern world. Fusing Japanese folk and classical traditions with jazz and experimental music, composer Kaoru Watanabe is a gifted practitioner of Japanese bamboo flutes, western flute and the taiko drum. Master drummer Kenny Endo is a prominent force in contemporary taiko performance in the US and Japan, synthesizing Japanese drumming, world music rhythms and western jazz percussion styles. Devoted to cross-cultural and multi-disciplinary collaborations, the artistic path of these exquisite musicians is defined by intensive study and performance with some of the most acclaimed figures in Japanese music.


Before the Performance

Hidden Legacy
Japanese Traditional Performing Arts in the World War II Internment Camps

A documentary screening presented by the Carolina Asia Center

Thursday, September 24 at 7:30pm
FedEx Global Center, Mandela Auditorium

This event is free and open to the public.

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This performance was selected by Arts@TheCore Curatorial Fellow Heidi Kim. A professor in the Department of English & Comparative Literature, Dr. Kim identified this performance to connect with her course on the legacy of Japanese American internment and other classes offered across the university.

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Mariza

Fado (ˈfɑːdu): A musical style that emerged from oral traditions in 19th-century Portugal, combining poetry and music. International...

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Fado (ˈfɑːdu): A musical style that emerged from oral traditions in 19th-century Portugal, combining poetry and music.

International sensation Mariza returns to Memorial Hall with her bewitching renditions of fado—the haunting torch songs of old Portugal rooted in folk poetry, Arabic cadences and African and Brazilian rhythms. With her majestic beauty, impassioned performances and dramatic stage presence, she is a reigning diva in world music, bringing a thrilling contemporary edge to fado’s ancient sound. The first Portuguese musician to be nominated for a Grammy Award, her multi-platinum recordings infuse the timeless melodies of her homeland with her signature style, winning legions of fans across the globe.

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Danay Suárez

“A voice of resilience and passionate self-invention.” – The New York Times A key figure in Cuba’s underground rap movement,...

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“A voice of resilience and passionate self-invention.” – The New York Times

A key figure in Cuba’s underground rap movement, Danay Suárez went on to join the ranks of rising Latina alternative music artists carving their own musical paths. Blending traditional and contemporary rhythms with socially conscious lyrics and poetic verses, she navigates jazz, hip-hop, reggae, soul, R&B, dub-step and traditional Cuban music with ease and warmth, her sultry voice drawing comparisons to Erykah Badu and Lauryn Hill. Following Jay-Z’s scathing track “Open Letter,” which picks apart Cuban-American relations, Suárez was the first Cuban musician to respond, looking past the resulting fracas to tell the story of the Cuban people through her own eyes

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Roots

Lucinda Williams

“A deft, economical songwriter with a main line to the truth.” – The Telegraph (UK) An object of cultish adoration, three-time...

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“A deft, economical songwriter with a main line to the truth.” – The Telegraph (UK)

An object of cultish adoration, three-time Grammy-winning rock/folk/alt-country singer-songwriter Lucinda Williams was named America’s Best Songwriter by TIME Magazine. For the past 30 years, she has channeled her perspective as a fiery but vulnerable Southern woman into a string of stellar albums including Car Wheels on a Gravel Road, Essence, World Without Tears, Little Honey and Blessed. Rich in literary detail and brimming with raw emotion, her songs embody hard-earned, hard-lived experience. With admirers ranging from Bob Dylan to Emmylou Harris, she is hailed as a major talent by critics and musicians alike.

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Buddy Guy

“Buddy Guy…was born for the stage.” – Slant Magazine Famous for his blistering vocals and high-voltage playing, blues idol Buddy...

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“Buddy Guy…was born for the stage.” – Slant Magazine

Famous for his blistering vocals and high-voltage playing, blues idol Buddy Guy is the genre’s most intoxicating guitarist. A major influence on Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan and still touring the globe at age 78, he’s a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and a Kennedy Center honoree for lifetime contribution to American culture. He has received six Grammy Awards, a 2015 Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award, 34 Blues Music Awards (the most any artist has received), Billboard’s Century Award for distinguished artistic achievement and the Presidential National Medal of Arts.

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Del McCoury and David Grisman – Songs and Stories

International Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer and 2014 Grammy Winner for Best Bluegrass Album, Del McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass...

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International Bluegrass Music Hall of Famer and 2014 Grammy Winner for Best Bluegrass Album, Del McCoury is a living link to the days when bluegrass was made in honky tonks and schoolhouse shows. Mandolinist/composer David Grisman has been a guiding force in acoustic music for half a century, his wide musical range embracing jazz and bluegrass with many international flavors to create his own distinctive idiom. Del and David celebrate a 50-year musical friendship in this concert, which marks the first time they’ve toured as a duo.

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Cooder-White-Skaggs

In a most exceptional pairing, guitarist Ry Cooder, country music songbird Sharon White, and country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs are...

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In a most exceptional pairing, guitarist Ry Cooder, country music songbird Sharon White, and country and bluegrass musician Ricky Skaggs are combining forces for a national road show. The three music vets have announced the “Cooder-White-Skaggs” tour, their maiden voyage as a musical trio.

Master multi-instrumentalists Cooder and Skaggs will come alive on stage to deliver a program of blues, gospel, and bluegrass music. They will be joined by White, Joachim Cooder on drums and Mark Fain on bass.

This performance is co-presented by the Southern Folklife Collection.

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Steep Canyon Rangers

“True bluegrass...is a thing of art, and the Steep Canyon Rangers are the genre’s current Rembrandt.” - EXAMINER.COM Proving that...

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“True bluegrass…is a thing of art, and the Steep Canyon Rangers are the genre’s current Rembrandt.” – EXAMINER.COM

Proving that traditional bluegrass music can adapt to its times without losing its history, the Steep Canyon Rangers are forging their own path in American music. Among bluegrass’s great ambassadors, the Grammy Award-winning UNC-Chapel Hill alums have backed Steve Martin live and on record; and continued on to Carnegie Hall, the Hollywood Bowl and the White House. Winners of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year Award, appearances include the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits and their own Mountain Song festival along with Late Show with David Letterman and The Today Show.

Please Note: This performance is presented in collaboration with Cat’s Cradle.

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Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up – Lucy Alibar

Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, reads from her latest...

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Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, reads from her latest work – a tale of a man, his family and his burnpile. A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats and Febreze and Daddy’s .38 special are just some of the elements in this magical brew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County. Embracing the compelling and often confusing connections between people, animals, the weather and everything in between, Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up is a landscape you won’t soon forget.

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor

“One of the country’s most popular amusers..." - The New York Times Among today’s most cherished raconteurs, master...

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“One of the country’s most popular amusers…” – The New York Times

Among today’s most cherished raconteurs, master storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor is best known as the host of National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, with an audience of more than 17 million on over 900 public radio stations each week. A prolific author and poet who was featured in Robert Altman’s final film—a fictional version of behind-the-scenes activities on A Prairie Home Companion— he is the recipient of numerous honors including the National Humanities Medal and induction into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications. Here, he shares hilarious anecdotes about growing up in the American Midwest, the people of Lake Wobegon, and “late-life fatherhood.”

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Abigail Washburn and Friends

"One of the world’s most accommodating virtuosos. " — The New York Times on Abigail Washburn Singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo...

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“One of the world’s most accommodating virtuosos. ” — The New York Times on Abigail Washburn

Singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn (Béla Fleck duo, Sparrow Quartet, Uncle Earl) creates inventive cross-cultural takes on folk and old-time music with haunting, bare-bones songs, evocative vocals and earthy sophistication. Fluent in Mandarin and armed with profound connections to communities across the Pacific, her efforts to share international musical traditions exist with the hope that cultural understanding and the communal experience of beauty and sound rooted in tradition will lead the way to a richer existence. Here, she joins forces with Silk Road Ensemble Members: tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and sheng player Wu Tong.

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Theater

Antigone, by Sophokles – Featuring Juliette Binoche, Directed by Ivo van Hove

“Binoche has real power, a way of seizing the colloquial beauty of Anne Carson's new translation.” – The Times (UK) Oscar-winning actress...

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“Binoche has real power, a way of seizing the colloquial beauty of Anne Carson’s new translation.” – The Times (UK)

Oscar-winning actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in this stunning contemporary interpretation of Sophokles’ classic Greek masterpiece, translated afresh by T.S. Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson. This explosive tragedy explores many struggles: man against woman, political against ethical leadership, the laws of society against the right of the individual, family and its unbreakable blood ties. When her dead brother is decreed a traitor, his body left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this most severe of punishments. Forging ahead with a funeral on her own, she places personal allegiance before politics and triggers a cycle of destruction.

Produced by the Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam

Co-produced by Edinburgh International Festival, Théâtre de la Ville–Paris and Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen

Performance Related Content:
The unanswered question – how to get to the dark soul of Antigone
by Ivo van Hove

What ancient Greek theatregoers knew
by Edith Hall

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La Verità – Compagnia Finzi Pasca

“Sheer BEAUTY and offbeat HUMOR.” - LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL Written and directed by Cirque du Soleil's Corteo creator...

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“Sheer BEAUTY and offbeat HUMOR.” – LE JOURNAL DE MONTRÉAL

Written and directed by Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo creator Daniele Finzi Pasca, La Verità is a theatrical homage to the life and work of surrealist artist Salvador Dalí. Ideas and images collide in a decadent Vaudeville channeling of Dalí’s vision, as acrobats play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown and can-can amongst unfurling flowers, distorting shadows, ladders suspended in empty space, impossible balances, dismantled corpses, blindfolds, feathers and sequins. The work will feature a gigantic replica of the hand-painted Dalí backdrop, the original of which has not been in use since 1944 at New York’s Metropolitan Opera.

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

This performance is sponsored by The Charles Goren and Hazen Family Foundation, Tom and Lisa Hazen,Trustees.

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Recitals

Gil Shaham, violin – Bach Six Solos – with original films by David Michalek

Hallowed violin virtuoso Gil Shaham, a Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, appears on the great concert...

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Hallowed violin virtuoso Gil Shaham, a Musical America Instrumentalist of the Year and winner of multiple Grammy Awards, appears on the great concert stages and the most prestigious festivals around the world. Here performs Bach’s deeply expressive works for solo violin – perhaps the most challenging music ever written for the instrument. This performance is a newly commissioned multi-media collaboration with visual artist David Michalek, whose mammoth video installations have been projected on outdoor facades at New York’s Lincoln Center and London’s Trafalgar Square.

PROGRAM

J.S. Bach
Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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The Knights with Gil Shaham, violin

A trailblazing orchestral collective, The Knights' roster features composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters and improvisers whose diverse repertoire...

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A trailblazing orchestral collective, The Knights‘ roster features composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters and improvisers whose diverse repertoire and innovative programming include classical masterworks, world premiers, jazz, klezmer, pop, indie rock and more.

One of the foremost musicians of our time, Grammy winner Gil Shaham‘s musical athleticism, inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master. Sought after on the world’s great concert stages, he has more that two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the record charts in the US and abroad.

Program

Jean-Féry
Les élémens
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, “Eroica”

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan,Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank theTrustees for their visionary generosity.

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Fred Hersch, piano and Julian Lage, guitar

The relentlessly probing pianist, composer and conceptualist Fred Hersch opens undiscovered doors while exploring the jazz tradition to...

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The relentlessly probing pianist, composer and conceptualist Fred Hersch opens undiscovered doors while exploring the jazz tradition to its fullest. With eight Grammy nominations, ongoing jazz and classical partnerships and historic collaborations with jazz legends Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he appears on more than 100 recordings, Grammy-nominated guitar prodigy and composer/arranger Julian Lage, subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at Eight, distills guitar traditions from pre-bop swing to bluegrass flash, appearing with musicians as varied as Jim Hall, Mark O’Connor, Gary Burton, David Grisman, Joshua Bell and Yoko Ono. Together, this duo takes co-improvisation to new heights.

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Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tabea Zimmerman, viola and Clemens Hagen, cello – The Brahms Piano Quartets

The searching interpretations and commanding technique of charismatic Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes have earned him worldwide praise along with...

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The searching interpretations and commanding technique of charismatic Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes have earned him worldwide praise along with six Gramophone Awards and eight Grammy nominations. Spanning repertoire from the time of Bach to the present day, his discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers. He returns to Memorial Hall with three outstanding instrumentalists – German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clements Hagen – to perform the complete cycle of Brahms’ piano quartets, some of romantic music’s most passionate masterpieces.

Program

Johannes Brahms
Piano Quartet No. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Piano Quartet No. 2 in A Major, Op. 26
Piano Quartet No. 3 in C minor, Op. 60

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan,Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank theTrustees for their visionary generosity.

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Les Arts Florissants with William Christie, harpsichord and director

“A bona fide SEASON HIGHLIGHT.” -The New York Times Pioneers in the renaissance of early music, unearthing treasures unheard for...

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“A bona fide SEASON HIGHLIGHT.” -The New York Times

Pioneers in the renaissance of early music, unearthing treasures unheard for hundreds of years and presenting them in acclaimed performances and recordings on original instruments, Les Arts Florissants under the leadership of conductor/harpsichordist William Christie are among today’s foremost champions of Baroque vocal and instrumental works. Touring the world and creating a significant discography, the ensemble collaborates with distinguished performers and theater directors.

This program, Serious Airs and Drinking Songs, features works by 17th-century French composers Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Etienne Moulinié, Sébastien Le Camus and Michel Lambert.

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan,Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank theTrustees for their visionary generosity.

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Ensembles

Gil Shaham, violin, with the UNC Symphony Orchestra and Tonu Kalam, conductor

One of the foremost musicians of our time, Grammy winner Gil Shaham’s musical athleticism, inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have...

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One of the foremost musicians of our time, Grammy winner Gil Shaham’s musical athleticism, inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master. Sought after on the world’s great concert stages, he has more than two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name, including bestsellers that have ascended the record charts in the US and abroad. As Carolina Performing Arts’ artist-in-residence for the 2015-16 season, he will appear in three performances and work throughout the year with UNC students and faculty. Here he performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major—considered one of the most technically demanding works for the violin—with our own UNC Symphony Orchestra led by music director/conductor  Tonu Kalam.

PROGRAM

Verdi: Overture to La forza del destino
Hindemith: Suite from Nobilissima visione
Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Chicago Symphony Orchestra with Riccardo Muti, music director and conductor

Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is lauded as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. From Baroque through contemporary...

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Founded in 1891, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is lauded as one of the greatest orchestras in the world. From Baroque through contemporary music, the CSO commands a vast repertoire, collaborates with visionary artists and uses innovative approaches to develop new audiences. Among the preeminent conductors of our day, the CSO’s 10th music director Riccardo Muti holds more than 40 years of experience at the helm of major orchestras, festivals and opera houses around the world, including the Maggio Musicale Fiorentino in Florence, the Philharmonia Orchestra in London, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. This performance features treasured masterworks by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

PROGRAM

Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank the Trustees for their visionary generosity.

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, chief conductor and Leonidas Kavakos, violin

The Grammy-winning Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra's broad repertoire and huge discography include music of the Classical and Romantic eras through...

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The Grammy-winning Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra‘s broad repertoire and huge discography include music of the Classical and Romantic eras through 20th-century and contemporary works. The only German orchestra to have performed regularly with Leonard Bernstein, composer/conductor collaborations included Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. New approaches to early music have led to collaborations with such historical performance experts as Thomas Hengelbrock, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman. Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, venerated for his immense knowledge, passion and inspiration, is one of the greatest conductors of our time. Leonidas Kavakos, Gramophone‘s 2014 Artist of the Year, is renowned as a violinist of rare quality, known at the highest level for his virtuosity and musicianship.

Program

Erich Wolfgang Korngold
Violin Concerto in D Major, Op. 35
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 5

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan,Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank theTrustees for their visionary generosity.

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Dance

UMUSUNA, Memories Before History – Sankai Juku

BUTOH (bootō): A minimalistic, expressionistic dance form that arose in post-war 1960s Japan in reaction to the atom bomb. Featuring...

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BUTOH (bootō): A minimalistic, expressionistic dance form that arose in post-war 1960s Japan in reaction to the atom bomb. Featuring talc-covered dancers and stylized, often convulsive movements, this theatrical art form has been described as “unclassifiable.”

Japanese choreographer/director/designer Ushio Amagatsu and his company Sankai Juku are revered around the world for their contemporary butoh creations—sublime dance-theater experiences steeped in elegance, technical precision and emotional depth. Influenced by French surrealist theater, German expressionist dance and Japanese forms such as kabuki, the butoh movement philosophy arose from Japan’s experimental performances of the 1960s. In an ever-unfolding, color-saturated landscape, the monumental UMUSUNA delves into the mystery of the creation of the world—a mystery that has haunted mankind since the beginning. This transcendent meditation on time features music by Kako Takashi, YAS-KAZ and Yoshikawa Yōichirō.

Dancers: Ushio Amagatsu, Semimaru, Sho Takeuchi, Akihito Ichihara, Ichiro Hasegawa, Dai Matsuoka, Norihito Ishii, Shunsuke Momoki

Co-Produced by Biennale de la Danse / Opéra National de Lyon; Theatre de la Ville Paris, France; Kitakyushu Performing Arts Center, Fukuoka Pref. Japan; Sankai Juku, Tokyo

Production Management by Pomegranate Arts, Linda Brumbach, founder and president

The presentation of UMUSUNA is supported by the Japan Foundation through the Performing Arts JAPAN program and made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

For the 2015 North American tour, Sankai Juku is supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs of the Government of Japan, Shiseido Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Corporation.

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The Nutcracker – Carolina Ballet

Carolina Ballet's holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child's world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to...

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Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic captures the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this gorgeous production, featuring lavish scenery, live orchestra and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from around the world, Carolina Ballet has staged 80 world premieres ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss, former artistic director of the Pennsylvania Ballet and principal dancer at New York City Ballet under George Balanchine, programs traditional ballets by legendary masters and new works by contemporary choreographers.

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Compagnie Marie Chouinard

GYMNOPÉDIES (jim·no·pé·dí): A Greek word whose meaning remains ambiguous but could refer to a war dance, a dance by children or a dance...

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GYMNOPÉDIES (jim·no·pé·dí): A Greek word whose meaning remains ambiguous but could refer to a war dance, a dance by children or a dance involving nudity.

High priestess of the avant-garde, French Canadian choreographer/performance artist Marie Chouinard unites the sensual and cerebral in her stark, iconoclastic, dazzling and sometimes disturbing works. Her provocative intelligence, unconstrained sexuality, idiosyncratic humor and meticulous construction have resulted in numerous awards and a passionate following. Here the company performs the Carolina Performing Arts-commissioned GYMNOPÉDIES—with dancers playing the intriguing piano works of Erik Satie—and HENRI MICHAUX: MOUVEMENTS, featuring texts and arresting projected India-ink drawings from the book Mouvements by Belgian-born poet, writer and painter Henri Michaux, and electroacoustic music by Canadian composer Louis Dufort.

Please Note: This performance contains nudity and adult situations.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

A vital American cultural ambassador to the world, the beloved Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American...

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A vital American cultural ambassador to the world, the beloved Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. Performing for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 stages and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. More than 235 works by over 90 choreographers have been part of the Company’s repertory.

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The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai – Trajal Harrell

“[Trajal Harrell’s] cerebral, seductive art…is about imagination and hope.” – The Huffington Post Seminal dancer/choreographer...

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“[Trajal Harrell’s] cerebral, seductive art…is about imagination and hope.” – The Huffington Post

Seminal dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrell burst onto the dance scene with questions about the past. Proposing alternative histories for early postmodern American dance, his cerebral side pairs elegantly with his bedrock love of movement – just about any movement. In this wide-ranging new work featuring dance, song and dramatic text – an imaginary debate between butoh dance founder Tatsumi Hijikata, French Nouvelle danse leader Dominique Bagouet and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club founder Ellen Steward – he continues to ask questions. Why are we passionate about art? Why are artists, audiences, industry professionals and innocent bystanders passionate about art? Why are bank accounts emptied, homes mortgaged and years devoted to art?

This performance is made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Lil Buck @ Chapel Hill – A Jookin’ Jam Session

JOOKIN’ (jook·in): A street dance style that emerged from Memphis, TN. Identified by its extremely intricate footwork and propensity for...

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JOOKIN’ (jook·in): A street dance style that emerged from Memphis, TN. Identified by its extremely intricate footwork and propensity for improvisation, seen by many as a descendant of hip-hop and jazz, with elements of ballet and modern dance.

Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzel paired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, garnering over 2.9 million views. Named one of Dance magazine’s 25 to Watch, Lil Buck has gone on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One, the Spike Jonze film Her, Benjamin Millepied’s NOWNESS videos, and in a series of unique performances created by Damian Woetzel. Here, he collaborates again with Woetzel, joined by tabla player Sandeep Das, violinist Johnny Gandelsman, Galician bagpiper Cristina Pato and sheng player Wu Tong.

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

The April 15 performance is sponsored by Paula Davis Noell and Palmer Page. The April 16 performance is sponsored by Wyndham Robertson.

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Martha Graham Dance Company

Modern dance spearhead Martha Graham, who founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, George Balanchine, Igor...

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Modern dance spearhead Martha Graham, who founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism, revolutionizing the dance world with her unorthodox movement language and socially charged exploration of spiritual and emotional themes. Described by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” this superb ensemble inspires generations of choreographers and dance lovers in masterpieces and newly commissioned works.

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

This performance is sponsored by Patricia and Thruston Morton.

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New Music

A Multi-Media Performance Installation – Ensemble intercontemporain with Matthias Pintscher, music director and conductor

United by a passion for contemporary music, the exhilarating Parisian chamber orchestra Ensemble intercontemporain accompanies composers in the...

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United by a passion for contemporary music, the exhilarating Parisian chamber orchestra Ensemble intercontemporain accompanies composers in the exploration of new musical realms, nourished by inventions and encounters with other forms of artistic expression such as dance, theater, video and visual arts.

This program features wildly creative 21st-century compositions by Austrian composers Olga Neuwirth and Beat Furrer, Italian composer Marco Stroppa, and a unique audiovisual work by Austrian composer and audiovisual artist Kurt Hentschläger in collaboration with American composer Edmund Campion.

This performance will take place on the Loading Dock.

Click here for the Ensemble’s second performance »

PROGRAM

Marco Stroppa
Gla-dya. Études sur les rayonnements jumeaux for two horns
Olga Neuwirth
Torsion for bassoon
Beat Furrer
Linea dell’orizzonte for ensemble
Kurt Hentschläger/Edmund J. Campion
Cluster.X

Tonight’s final piece, Cluster.X, is supported by FACE Contemporary Music Fund, a program of FACE with major support from the Cultural Services of the French Embassy, SACEM, Institut Français, the City of Paris, the Florence Gould Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

FACE

French Institute

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Ensemble intercontemporain with Matthias Pintscher, music director and conductor

Founded by Pierre Boulez—one of the most important contributors to the development of 20th-century music—Ensemble intercontemporain is dedicated...

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Founded by Pierre Boulez—one of the most important contributors to the development of 20th-century music—Ensemble intercontemporain is dedicated to the performance and promotion of music from the 20th and 21st centuries.

Their second performance here features audacious works from 1923-2013 by German composer Matthias Pintscher and French iconoclasts Pierre Boulez and Edgard Varèse.

Click here for the Ensemble’s first performance »

PROGRAM

Edgard Varèse
Octandre for eight instruments
Matthias Pintscher
Bereshit for large ensemble
Matthias Pintscher
Beyond (a system of passing) for flute
Pierre Boulez
Sur Incises for three pianos, three harps and percussion

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You Us We All – An Opera by Shara Worden – libretto, direction and design by Andrew Ondrejcak – performed by BOX Baroque Orchestration X

ALLEGORY (al ·gôrē): Literary device that conveys often abstract ideas beyond the narrative itself. Often associated with symbolism, the...

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ALLEGORY (al ·gôrē): Literary device that conveys often abstract ideas beyond the narrative itself. Often associated with symbolism, the term encompasses a long tradition from Plato to Augustine to George Orwell.

Multi-talented performer/composer Shara Worden returns to Memorial Hall with artist Andrew Ondrejcak in this irreverent take on elaborate 16th and 17th-century court masques. Written specifically for BOX, the premier contemporary baroque orchestra under the direction of Pieter Theuns, the allegorical characters Death, Love, Virtue, Hope and Time reflect on the meaning of their lives in our modern world. As the characters perform, Time strips away the layers of pomp and artifice that had given them shape. Pruned of its clothes, roles and story, the opera turns radically inward as everything is destroyed.

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Gabriel Kahane and Timo Andres

This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries' worth of...

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This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries’ worth of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres written by Gabriel and Timo for one another. At the center of the program is a call and response between the two composer-performers, juxtaposing solo piano music with songs for piano and voice, ranging from Schubert, Schumann, and Thomas Adès, to Jerome Kern and Andrew Norman. Framing this quasi-live-mix tape are sets of Britten folk song settings and Ives songs, each nested in the lapidary elegance of Kurtag’s transcriptions of Bach chorale preludes.

Program

J.S. Bach/György Kurtág
Sonatina from Cantata No. 106: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit (Actus tragicus) for piano solo
Benjamin Britten
Selections from Folk Song Arrangements
Gabriel Kahane
New piece written for Timo Andres
*World Premiere
Timo Andres
New piece written for Gabriel Kahane
*World Premiere
Gabriel Kahane/Timo Andres
Tasting menu/Mix tape

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

Classical music performances are made possible by The William R. Kenan,Jr. Charitable Trust. We thank theTrustees for their visionary generosity.

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Jazz

Big Band Holidays – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis and Denzal Sinclaire, vocalist

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis performs original compositions by Mr. Marsalis and other...

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra under the leadership of musical director Wynton Marsalis performs original compositions by Mr. Marsalis and other orchestra members, premieres of works commissioned from a variety of contemporary composers and the masterworks of Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus, John Coltrane and other jazz titans. With the belief that jazz is a metaphor for democracy, the Orchestra’s mission is to entertain, enrich and expand a global community for jazz  through performance, education and advocacy. This holiday program showcases 15 of the most electrifying soloists, ensemble players and arrangers in jazz today.

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Melissa Aldana, saxophone with Pablo Menares & Jochen Rueckert

“The young tenor with the breezy, accented voice is a hard-toned, unsentimental instrumentalist steeped in classical jazz”. – ABC...

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“The young tenor with the breezy, accented voice is a hard-toned, unsentimental instrumentalist steeped in classical jazz”. – ABC News

Winner of the 2013 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Saxophone Competition and the first female to take first prize in the event’s history, formidable Chilean saxophonist Melissa Aldana stirs Afro-Latin grooves and Chilean street music into swing standards, originals and free-form improvisations. A new voice in jazz’s global vocabulary, her individuality and diverse musical and cultural heritage blend seamlessly with influences including Greg Osby, Joe Lovano, Mark Turner and Sonny Rollins. Her trio includes fellow Chilean Pablo Menares on bass and Jochen Rueckert on drums.

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Jason Moran and The Bandwagon

“No finer piano trio currently stalks the earth. Historically and intellectually resourceful but also SPARKLINGLY INTUITIVE, INVENTIVE,...

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“No finer piano trio currently stalks the earth. Historically and intellectually resourceful but also SPARKLINGLY INTUITIVE, INVENTIVE, SPONTANEOUS… unassailably brilliant.” – DOWNBEAT

Since his emergence on the music scene in the late ’90s, jazz pianist Jason Moran has proven more than his brilliance as a performer. The Blue Note Records artist has established himself as a risk-taker and innovator of new directions for jazz as a whole. In almost every category that matters – improvisation, composition, group concept, repertoire, technique and experimentation – Moran and his group The Bandwagon have challenged the status quo and earned a reputation as the future of jazz.

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The Count Basie Orchestra with Diane Schuur and New York Voices

Founded in 1935, The Count Basie Orchestra is among the most celebrated big bands of all time, collaborating with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray...

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Founded in 1935, The Count Basie Orchestra is among the most celebrated big bands of all time, collaborating with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and other giants and garnering 18 Grammy Awards and 20 DownBeat and JazzTimes Readers and Critics Poll Awards. Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s premier vocalists, Grammy winner Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant, exploring just about every corner of the 20th-century musical landscape. New York Voices‘ Grammy-winning a cappella vocal stylings and inspired arrangements are rooted in jazz, R&B, classical, pop and Brazilian music. This performance is part of the Carolina Jazz Festival.

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