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.”

2/15/2010 12:20am

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.

2/12/2010 12:26am

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.

1/18/2010 11:47pm

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.

1/15/2010 12:43am

“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.

11/22/2009 11:25pm

‘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.

11/17/2009 12:33am

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.

10/9/2009 12:31am

Banjoist Béla Fleck back to perform

Three talented musicians in their own right will combine their disparate styles to create a genre-defying musical experience this Sunday.Banjoist Béla Fleck, Indian tabla player Zakir Hussain and double bassist Edgar Meyer will play as part of the Carolina Performing Arts series.

10/7/2009 12:16am

Ravi Shankar, a legendary musician from India, entertained a sold-out audience at Memorial Hall. DTH/Reyna Desai

Concert review: Shankar’s sitar captivates

The music of Ravi Shankar breathes with a shifting, pulsing sense of color.And in Shankar’s remarkable concert Tuesday evening in Memorial Hall, the sitar master’s changing musical fancies made for an ethereal, captivating performance of world music.