Sean McKeithan, class of 2009, rehearses for his role in “On Breathing in the Barrel.” The show is part of “Solo Takes On: 2,” a festival of new solo performances.

Alum ?nds voice in performance

UNC alumnus Sean McKeithan never meant to be a performer. But his current solo production, “On Breathing in the Barrel,” gives him a whole stage to play with. It’s an experience he says that he’s come to truly appreciate.

Carolina Performing Arts

Carolina Performing Arts provides arts programing from multiple disciplines to the University of North Carolina community. It is a part of the Office of the Executive Director of the Arts. Its mission is to commission new works, support artists in residence and collaborate with groups from around the globe.

CPA sponsors programs from all areas of art, such as musicians, modern dancers and spoken word artists. CPA offers ticket packages, such as a bundle for all the jazz performances, or an option to build a package of six performances. There are also student discounts available to UNC students.

CPA has three venues in which it usually hosts its programs, Gerrard Hall, Memorial Hall and Historic Playmakers Theatre.

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UNC music professor Stephen Anderson (on the piano) premiered his original composition, “Dysfunctional.”  DTH/Daixi Xu

Commissioned works provide opportunities for UNC performing groups

World premieres and commissioned pieces are a common theme among the arts at UNC. These bring something new and unique to not only the University, but the community at large, several UNC faculty members and officials said.“Universities are the most appropriate places to invest in creativity,” said Executive Director for the Arts Emil Kang.


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Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard to perform at Memorial Hall

Famous trumpeter Terence Blanchard will bring his soulful sound to Memorial Hall at 8 p.m. tonight for an evening of jazz.Blanchard, a native of New Orleans, recorded his latest album at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, honoring the city after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.David Houston, the museum’s curator and director, said Blanchard brought back the soul of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina with his music.“Terence gave it more soul, gave it more feeling,” Houston said. “He started thinking more of his legacy as a New Orleans tradition rather than a national reputation.”


Mikeah Ernest Jennings is one of the actors in Young Jean Lee’s “The Shipment.” Courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts

'Shipment' performance in Memorial Hall causes laughter, discomfort

Arts Verdict: 3.5 of 5 StarsYoung Jean Lee’s “The Shipment” forced laughs from some and led others to leave the play early Friday night in Memorial Hall.Scenes of dance, stand-up comedy, song and skits raised important questions about racism and the black experience.Though the performance brought some laughs, its unnerving comments and commentary stayed with the audience after the show.


Memorial Hall to host 'unsettling' show

CORRECTION 3 p.m. Feb. 12: An earlier version of this story misquoted professor Jennifer Ho. The incorrect quote has been removed. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the erorr.Forceful language and unsettling content will combine to make an unrelenting spectacle for viewers in Memorial Hall this Friday and Saturday.This weekend’s presentation of playwright Young Jean Lee’s “The Shipment,” will thrust the audience into a bare-staged, racially entangled and gritty exploration of bigotry.


The Soweto Gospel Choir energetically performed song and dance at Memorial Hall on Sunday.  DTH/Gladys Manzur

From Africa to UNC, choir brings energy

A single, piercing note split the silence to start Sunday night’s show, setting the stage for a high-energy and emotional performance from the Soweto Gospel Choir.The South African choir, composed of about 25 members who sing and dance, performed a program of traditional African songs, Christian spirituals and contemporary pieces.


“Fondly Do We Hope … Fervently Do We Pray,” a performance by Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, premieres at 8 p.m. tonight

History in motion

Dance fans and history buffs alike have been eagerly awaiting the UNC premiere of Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company’s “Fondly Do We Hope... Fervently Do We Pray” at 8 p.m.


‘Noche Flamenca’ heats up Memorial Hall

The heat in the full Memorial Hall already started before the show. It perfectly complemented the passion that the dancers of “Noche Flamenca” conveyed in their two-hour show Friday night.All through the performance, the crowd looked astounded and intrigued at the whirling dancers on stage.


Bang on a Can and Trio Mediaeval, will perform through the Carolina Performing Arts series at 7:30 p.m. today in Memorial Hall.

Sing, twang, bang

The sounds of wooden bones, mountain dulcimers, steel hammers, banjos and medieval vocals will echo through Memorial Hall tonight.