CAROLINA PERFORMING ARTS


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.


2/28/2011 5:55pm

Cirque Eloize comes to Memorial Hall

Two rival gangs, fighting for the identity of a city. No, this isn’t “West Side Story.” This is Cirque Eloize’s “iD,” a modern mix of circus, dance and stunts exploring public identity.


1/27/2011 4:21pm

Sean McKeithan rehearses for his solo performance in 'On Breathing in the Barrel.' The show is part of the Department of Communication Studies' 'Solo Takes on 2', a festival of new solo performances. McKeithan's solo is an odyssey of bourbon in the white masculine South from the point of view of a young gay man.

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.


11/9/2010 10:32pm

	Junior Patrick Spaugh poses with the Shaolin Monks of “Sutra” as they tour UNC, one of two spots in which “Sutra” will perform in the U.S.

'Sutra' features Buddhist monks and western flair

“Sutra,” a performance that blends Eastern traditions with Western dance, will only be performed at two venues in the United States on this world tour. One of these venues is UNC’s Memorial Hall, as a part of the University’s Carolina Performing Arts series.


4/15/2010 12:15am

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.


2/25/2010 10:21pm

Courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts

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.”