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Early Spring 2014 Engagement Events

// Jan 9,2014

Spring 2014 at Carolina Performing Arts will be exceptionally vibrant and interactive. Not only will we enjoy the company of performers like Compagnie Kafig, Bassekou Kouyate, and Jack DeJohnette, but several of these events will also be accompanied by exciting engagement opportunities for students, faculty, families, and area audience members.

Handel’s Theodora with Harry Bicket and The English Concert 

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At the end of January, Harry Bicket, The English Concert, several illustrious soloists, and the Trinity Wall Street Choir will join us for a beautiful performance of Handel’s Theodora, a concert opera rich with themes of Christianity and Roman paganism, sacred and secular love, freedom and bondage.

January 27| 5:30-7:30 PM

To prepare our community for this exciting foray into concert opera, join us on for an in-depth panel discussion with faculty members of all disciplines from UNC and NC State. The evening will consist of a keynote address by UNC Professor of Music Annegret Fauser, a discussion with six panelists and performers, light refreshments, and musical demonstrations by UNC’s own Brent Wissick. An Arts@TheCore event. Admission is free.

January 30 |6:30 PM

Conductor Harry Bicket will be appearing for a brief pre-performance event in Gerrard Hall, as part of our Program Notes LIVE series. Mr. Bicket will be joined on stage by UNC Professor of Music Anne MacNeil for a dynamic question-and-answer session about early music, period instruments, and Theodora’s transmission from opera to stage. Admission is free.

Bassekou Kouyate and Fatoumata Diawara 
One Night in Bamako

The Malian ensemble performing One Night in Bamako on Friday, February 14 will certainly be a favorite among students and audience members alike. Together with the Triangle’s African Rhythms, CPA is curating an experience for this evening that will involve audience members from all over the area, performing groups, and post-performance student participation. This Valentine’s Day performance is not one to be missed!

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Wayne Shorter Quartet 

Wayne Shorter

February 21 |7:00 PM

Gerrard Hall once again opens its doors to a UNC jazz favorite, Stephen Anderson, who will deliver a Program Notes LIVE presentation immediately prior to the performance by the Wayne Shorter Quartet. Admission is free.

The dance ensembles Compagnie Kafig and STREB will provide exciting opportunities for student and audience engagement, as we prepare for masterclasses, classroom visits, post-performance discussions, and even a spontaneous mini-performance on campus.

Stay tuned to this blog or see FREE EVENTS page for more updates on Kafig, STREB, and other performers throughout our Spring 2014 performing arts season.