11/28/2011 7:44pm

UNC theater graduate, Estes Tarver, in the spotlight

His colleagues agree that Estes Tarver deserves a standing ovation. While staging his acting career amidst greats like Oscar-winner Colin Firth and writing quirkily murderous characters, Tarver still manages to participate in local theater.

11/10/2011 4:36pm

Memorial Hall promotes this weekends visit by Orchestre Révolutionnaire Romantique to UNC. The world renown orchestra will be performing Beethoven in a form similar to the way his music would have originally been performed. To promote this students from UNC passed out Beethoven themed stickers and pieces of a Beethoven face-cake. Students had the oppurtunity to take their picture with Beethoven (Jo Saberniak) as he ran around Memorial Hall handing out flyers and asking passerbys what decade it was.

Beethoven’s symphonies coming to Memorial Hall in their original form

Beethoven’s 19th century classical and romantic music is coming to Memorial Hall. The Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, an acclaimed orchestra from the United Kingdom, specializes in playing Beethoven exactly the way it was composed, played and heard in the 19th century before the composer became deaf.

10/11/2011 6:25pm

Chapel Hill arts organizations kept afloat with donor help

In the about 20 square miles that make up Chapel Hill sit three nationally acclaimed organizations dedicated to the arts, which act as three windows to the world of performance and art. The Ackland Art Museum, Carolina Performing Arts and PlayMakers Repertory Company have each received millions less in funding from the University as the system has cut its budget.

9/28/2011 4:10pm

An opera singer leans forward with his awards on display inside an old theatre

Four-time Grammy winner Griffey will perform at Memorial Hall

The opening night for the opera “Of Mice and Men,” in Sydney, Australia, this July ended in a six-minute standing ovation. Four-time Grammy winner Anthony Dean Griffey — who played one of the two leads, Lennie — was on the receiving end of the high-level applause, a rarity at the Sydney Opera House.

9/15/2011 5:40pm


Carolina Performing Arts maintains student ticket prices despite budget cuts

In 2005, Carolina Performing Arts was built on $10 student ticket prices. Six years later, despite a decline of millions of dollars in University funding, that price remains. Though the allotment continues to shrink, Emil Kang, executive director for the arts, said he has no plans to raise prices for students to see some of the world’s most sought-after performance acts.

4/20/2011 3:30pm

	Branford Marsalis, an internationally recognized saxaphonist, will play at Memorial Hall with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.  Courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts

Branford Marsalis comes back to UNC

Branford Marsalis may not be as famous as his brother, Wynton — but his musical chops are just as exciting. In his first performance with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orhestra, Marsalis will bring his jazzy style and saxophone charm to Memorial Hall Thursday night.

4/5/2011 4:11pm

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra stuns with epic evening

Russian giants arrived in Chapel Hill on Tuesday night, as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic — Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble — had a packed Memorial Hall transfixed from the first note to the encore’s conclusion. The ensemble offered a performance that was thoroughly Russian in character, and powerful — unthinkably powerful — in execution.

3/28/2011 4:21pm

Dutch dance group to perform at Memorial Hall

Though the Nederlands Dans Theater is on a world tour, their stop in North Carolina this week is the only place the innovative dance troupe will perform on the Eastern Sea Board. The two-night engagement at Memorial Hall continues Carolina Performing Arts’ tradition of presenting edgy dance groups on its stages.

3/21/2011 4:11pm

‘John the Revelator’ spins Catholic mass

Tonight, string quartet ETHEL and vocal group Lionheart will perform a tailor-made composition from Phil Kline. Mixing modern sound with traditional music and literature, then pasting it into the structure of a Catholic mass, Kline’s “John the Revelator” promises to be a unique performance.

3/16/2011 2:09pm

Yves Jacques performs The Andersen Project in Memorial Hall. Written and directed by Robert Lepage, the play is inspired by two stories by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. Jacques will perform the one-man show, produced by Lepage's Quebec-based theater company Ex Machina, in Memorial Hall on Thursday and Friday.

Fairy tales at the center of ‘The Andersen Project’

Although Hans Christian Andersen is better known for stories other than the ones at the center of French-Canadian theater troupe Ex Machina’s “The Andersen Project” — coming to Memorial Hall Thursday night — the performance promises to be a mixed-media spectacle. Theater artist Robert LePage wrote the piece, which continues the Carolina Performing Arts’ International Theater Festival.

3/2/2011 4:21pm

	Pianist Leon Fleisher will perform in Memorial Hall tonight. Fleisher suffers from focal dystonia, a neurological condition that affects specific muscles. Photo courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts.

Famed pianist Leon Fleisher to play at Memorial Hall

Though pianist Fleisher lost the use of his right hand at age 36, that hasn’t stopped him from making a name as one of the most respected classical musicians of his time. After years of treatment and therapy, he is now able to play with both hands. He comes to UNC’s Memorial Hall Thursday night for a concert, rescheduled from last September.