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Roots

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.

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.

To read the full article “A Southern Writer on Fire” by Heidi Kim, click here.

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  • Feb 18 2016 // 7:30 pm Add To Package
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Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience – Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla

Carolina Chocolate Drops’ electric, genre-bending singer/instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, described by The New York Times as “a...

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Carolina Chocolate Drops’ electric, genre-bending singer/instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, described by The New York Times as “a perpetually soulful marvel,” joins forces here with folk singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist/singer Leyla McCalla. In this impassioned concert they delve into the profound yet too often overlooked history of protest, subversion and cultural resistance by musicians of color in the United States, from the original inhabitants to recently arrived immigrants. This performance celebrates Black History Month.

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.

This performance is presented in collaboration with The Sonja Haynes Stone Center for Black Culture and History and the Center for the Study of the American South.

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky

“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.”  Pianist Rich Dworsky will accompany Garrison Keillor for this performance.

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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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Jazz

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.

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.


Before the Performance:

Explore the topic of “Music and Modern African American Culture” with the Humanities department during an all-day seminar on February 20th from 11a.m. – 5:30p.m. prior to the performance.  All seminar attendees receive a discount on their performance ticket, inquire within.  For more information or to register, click here.

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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.

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.

To read the full Q&A with Fred Hersch, click here.

This performance is presented in collaboration with The Art of Cool Project.

BEFORE THE PERFORMANCE


Multi-media Screening and Artist Talk

Varsity Theater
Thursday, March 3, 7 p.m.— 9 p.m.

Join Carolina Performing Arts and the CHAT Festival for a film screening of Fred Hersch’s film My Coma Dreams prior to his Friday night performance at Memorial Hall.  This film screening is free and open to the public.

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Dance

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.

PROGRAM

February 23
February 24
Exodus (2015)
by Rennie Harris
INTERMISSION
Awakening (2015)
by Robert Battle
INTERMISSION
Cry (1971)
by Alvin Ailey
PAUSE
Revelations (1960)
by Alvin Ailey
Open Door (2015)
by Ronald K. Brown
PAUSE
Love Songs (1971)
by Alvin Ailey
INTERMISSION
Vespers (1986)
by Ulysses Dove
PAUSE
The Hunt (2001)
by Robert Battle
INTERMISSION
Revelations (1960)
by Alvin Ailey

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.


 Program Notes Live

Tuesday, February 23 at 6:30p.m.
Gerrard Hall

Join special guests Willie Hinton and Kristi Johnson, who are local dancers, teachers and choreographers, for a pre-performance talk in Gerrard Hall.  This conversation will focus on Alvin Ailey’s signature solo piece titled “Cry,” which he created in just a few days to present to his mother on her birthday. Discussions will also address the African American aesthetic and how it relates to modern dance as a form of nonverbal communication.

The event is free and open to the general public.

 

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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.

This performance is presented in collaboration with The Art of Cool Project.

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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Recitals

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 Rebel
Les caractères de la danse
Sergei Prokofiev
Violin Concerto No. 2, Op. 63
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 3, Op. 55, “Eroica”

To view Program Notes for this performance, click here.

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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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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New Music

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

To read the full article “A Duo Recital” by William Robin, click here.

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

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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Theater

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 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 a hand-painted Dalí backdrop, a macabre rendering of Tristan and Isolde produced for a 1944 New York Metropolitan Opera ballet production.

©Salvador Dalí, Fundación Gala-Salvador Dalí
photo: Viviana Cangialosi

PERFORMANCE BENEFACTOR

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


Compagnia Finzi Pasca acknowledges the following creative partners:

Cornercard
Hotel Villa Castagnola
La Place des Arts
Maison de la Culture de Nevers et de la Nièvre
Scène Nationale Bayonne Sud Aquitain
Republique
Orchestra della Svizzera italiana (OSI)
Radiotelevisione svizzera (RSI)
Città di Lugano
Cantone Ticino
ProHelvetia
Caffè Chicco d’Oro
Fidinam
Ernst Ghöner Stiftung
Sintetica -Research partners

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