Instead of focusing on celebrating nine years of success, the organization will honor its relationships — with artists and audiences alike — during its 10th season in preparation for the next 10 years.
After speaking with artists about their experiences with CPA, executive director Emil Kang said everyone mentioned that the audiences were thoughtful, integral parts in a positive exchange.
“They’re, in a way, what make this place special,” Kang said.
“That’s why we need to thank our audiences — they could easily be disconnected, disenchanted, bored and that would have been a whole different thing.”
The 2013-14 season saw artists such as George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis.
In celebrating its 10th season, CPA will bring back several artists who have performed at Memorial Hall in the past, share stories of its audiences in the form of videos and text and expand collaborations with University departments and faculty.
CPA will collaborate with the UNC Institute for the Arts and Humanities’ World War I Centenary Project by bringing in performers who supplement the World War I theme.
With all of the plans for next season, the CPA office is busier than usual.