Greensboro native Marta Richardson is on a one woman mission to share the love she has for her instrument, the violin, with hundreds of dedicated minority students at Peeler Open School for the Performing Arts. Peeler faculty members teach the arts using hands-on learning, and flexible groupings in a centers-based learning environment. Marta is a UNC at Greensboro school of music grad, and former Greensboro Symphony member. She also enjoyed a performance career in the cutting edge world music band Songs of Water before dedicating herself fulltime to education.
The Piedmont Wind Symphony—one of the region’s finest adult ensembles for winds—has been thrilling audiences for 25 years. The tradition continues this Thursday night in a concert titled Noir Fantasies with guest conductor Matthew Troy. Selections will showcase the masterful orchestrations created especially for wind ensemble, influenced by the film noir genre, and it’s hey days of the 1940s.
Scott E. Blumenthal's debut novel is captivating, beautiful, and heartbreaking. Set in Rovno, Poland at the outset of World War Two, The Kiss follows three young musical prodigies who form a trio so talented and revered that their music and identities become that which myths are made of. Their music moves people to dream, to remember, and perhaps most importantly, to hope.
The University of NC Greensboro continues its Globe & Cosmos series with Keyboard Music from the era of Galileo & Shakespeare. The program for harpsichord and organ will feature 20 contrasting pieces by several 16th century composers from both Italy and England. Pianist, UNCG Professor of Music, and recording artist Andrew Willis has maintained his keen interest in the history of the piano and its performance practice for several decades.
Twin City Stage’s Youth Production Series is back with The Outsiders by Susan Eloise Hinton. The Youth Production Series aims to develop young, motivated theatre enthusiasts with storylines that interest them. Director Cheri Van Loon says The Outsiders, written when S.E. Hinton was just 16 years old says the powerful play about rival gangs in 1960s Oklahoma hits the mark. Actor Stephen Howard agrees.
“My Dear Othello plays out as an ornamental litany, with Desdemona’s murder repeated again and again. More and more of the story is revealed around each iteration; the spiral of inevitability pulls us like a hastening undertow, down and down to the tragic irony of love leading to murder”. So wrote Milwaukee Journal Sentinal’s Tom Strini in assessing Theatre Gigante’s groundbreaking production.
Over the past year and a half, Broadway’s Best Theatre Company of North Carolina has been a busy place with 9 revues, a Broadway Musical, a host of visiting artists, and other events. This month it’s a new production of “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” with some of the finest professional actors in the Triad. Winston-Salem native, Broadway’s Best CEO and Artistic Director Gene Johnson says it all began with a dream.
High Point’s dynamic new Passport to Entertainment series kicks off this week. The 2014-2015 season includes jazz, comedy, country rock, hip-hop, magic and much more all in the comfortable confines of the High Point Theatre. Director of the City of High Point Theatre is David Briggs.
Blue Ridge Read: Alleghany County, One Book continues this month with book signings, and conversations with To Dance With the White Dog author Terry Kay. PR Chair Ginger Collins says the Blue Ridge Read has brought the entire Sparta community together to read the book at the same time and then talk about it, and Alleghany County Potter & Musician Robin Cater was so moved by the book that she wrote a song about it.
Today, UNCG Theatre Professor Jim Wren shares his musical take on Shakespeare. Twelfth Night is part of UNC Greensboro’s university-wide series, “Globe and the Cosmos” celebrating 450 years of Shakespeare and Galileo. Wren says his design concept reflects the rollercoaster themes in the play: love, identity and gender. You can hear them in a dramatic reading included in today's show. Viola disguised as a man named Cesario realizes that Olivia has fallen for her.
This weekend at UNC Greensboro the campus-wide celebration of the 450th birthdays of Shakespeare and Galileo “The Message and the Cosmos” continues with a big thematic concert. The performance will feature the UNCG’s Symphony, 160 voice choir, acclaimed mezzo-soprano, Professor Clara O’ Brien, and 4 student soloists conducted by Assistant Professor of Choral Music Carole Ott, and Associate Professor of Conducting Kevin Geraldi.
The Blue Ridge Music Center wraps up its stellar performance series Saturday, October 11th with the Grammy Award-winning Steep Canyon Rangers. They’ve performed at venues from Carnegie Hall to London’s Hammersmith Apollo Theatre and become one of the most successful bluegrass bands in the world. The Asheville-based bluegrass band was recently nominated for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for the song "Graveyard Fields”.
Rantoul and Die by Mark Roberts comes to the Parlor Theatre next month courtesy of Greensboro College. Junior Directing major Katy Duckstein is joined by Sophomore Musical Theatre Major Brad McBride who plays Gary, and alumna actor Nicole Swofford who plays Debbie.
Rantoul and Die by Mark Roberts opens at the Parlor Theatre on the Greensboro College campus on Wednesday October 1st where it will run through October 5th with evening performances at 7:30 and a Sunday matinee at 2:00 PM.
High Point University’s School of Art and Design will be celebrating the spirit of art in all its forms during this academic Year of the Arts (YOTA). The eight-month series is led by the school’s Dean, Dr. John Turpin. YOTA will feature dozens of events demonstrating the myriad ways in which art and creativity enrich our lives. John says the focus will be on four main questions.
Joseph Mills has a new book of poems due out on Press 53 next week. It’s called This Miraculous Turning, and in it he shares stories at points hilarious and sublime about among other things race in America as experienced in his biracial family. Joe and his wife who are both white are raising their two African American children in Winston-Salem.
The Shared Radiance Performing Arts Company produces experiential shows in venues that might just surprise you. The Company’s focus is Shakespeare, and that’s just the way Founder and Artistic Director Sherri Raeford likes it. Sherri interned and studied right at the source in London’s Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. She’s also the former Outreach and Education Director for the NC Shakespeare Festival. Today Sherri’s joined by Shared Radiance actors Christopher Veneris and Stephanie Nusbaum.
Creation, collaboration and risk define much of Paper Lantern Theatre Company and its work. They’re celebrating their 7th season beginning this week in Greensboro with Jeffrey Hatcher’s 2010 play Mrs. Mannerly. In 1967 Steubenville, Ohio, Mrs. Mannerly has graduated countless students, but none have ever received a perfect score on the final exam. Her newest student, 10-year-old Jeffrey, is determined to be the first. Paper Lantern actor Stephen Moore is Jeffrey, and Cinny Strickland is Mrs. Mannerly.
The Community Theatre of Greensboro celebrates its 65th season this year beginning with The Fantasticks this weekend, The Odd Couple in November, and the following week, it’s their 20th Anniversary Production of Wizard of Oz. In October, CTG tips its top hat to Executive Director Mitchel Sommers for his 25 years as ringmaster. Cirque du CTG will be a two day celebration of talent and shows with all proceeds going to support their education and outreach programs. Mitchel’s adventures began back in 1989.
It’s opening weekend for the Winston-Salem Symphony under the baton of Robert Moody. He’s celebrating his tenth anniversary leading the orchestra with music by Sergei Prokofiev, Arturo Marquez, and Sergei Rachmaninoff, his Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini. Joining the orchestra will be 20 year old piano sensation Conrad Tao. His playing has been hailed by the New York Times for its “probing intellect and open-hearted vision”. Bob Moody, who first collaborated with him when Conrad was a young teenager, agrees.
Back in the 1920s and 30s, good-paying jobs were available for young women but they came with a horrible price. These Shining Lives chronicles the lives, loves and friendships of the “radium girls”, hired to paint watch and clock faces with highly toxic, but little-studied radium-based paint.
Generations of Salem College students, teachers and audiences have enjoyed life-changing experiences compliments of the school’s 17 Steinway pianos and the soloists who’ve performed on them. Each Steinway comes with 10,000 working parts, but after decades of use, the school’s cherished instruments from Margaret Mueller’s 1918 Steinway B, to Dean Sandresky’s 1938 concert grand are now in urgent need of help.
Lenoir, NC native Julie Delgaudio grew up with a passion for art that led her to studies and a career in interior design, hosting home show art exhibitions, and opening two at galleries of her own. Long before opening J. Gallery, Julie says she dreamt of one day organizing a plein air event, and this week, a year and a half of planning comes to fruition with Piedmont Plein Air Paintout.