RALEIGH -- If you're still looking for a fun Memorial Day experience, visit sites of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources for family friendly fun for on Memorial Day. Most state historic sites and museums are closed, but unique opportunities are available. For more information on events visit www.ncdcr.gov/events.
Works from Mozart, Liszt, Rossini, and more in “Concerts in Your Community”
TARBORO – The North Carolina Symphony will give a free outdoor concert Thursday, June 4, at 7:30 p.m. on the Town Common in Tarboro. Symphony Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the orchestra in “Concerts in Your Community: Your Favorite Light Classics.” In the event of inclement weather, the concert will be held in Keihin Auditorium on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College.
Concert-goers can enjoy the early summer evening accompanied by Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, Op. 46, the overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, the overture to the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, and much more. The performance is part of the Symphony’s summer “Concerts in Your Community,” free concerts presented throughout the state.
GREENSBORO -- In an event now known as the Greensboro Massacre, five people were killed and 11 injured in a confrontation between the Ku Klux Klan and the Communist Workers Party. A N.C. Highway Historical Marker to commemorate the event will be dedicated May 24 at 4:15 p.m., at New Light Baptist Church, 1105 Willow Rd. After the unveiling at the intersection of McConnell Road at Willow Road there will be a reception at the church. For additional information please call (919) 807-7290.
The event took place Nov. 3, 1979, in the Morningside Homes public housing complex at Carver and Everitt Streets in Greensboro. It occurred after articles appeared in newspapers about a planned "Death to the Klan" march. Communist Worker Party (CWP) members placed notices in the newspapers with the objective of organizing workers in local cotton mills.
Word spread to members of the Ku Klux Klan and American Nazis in other parts of the state and many arrived with guns in their trunks. Television crews caught the rapidly unfolding violence. Police arrived after it was over. Killed were Sandi Smith, Dr. Jim Walker, Bill Sampson, Cesar Cauce and Dr. Michael Nathan. Jurors acquitted the defendants who asserted self-defense in state and federal trials. A civil suit in 1985 resulted in a finding for Dr. Nathan and a $351,000 payment by the city to all defendants.
RALEIGH -- The State Capitol is hosting a birthday party June 13 that's been 175 years in the making! Free family friendly activities from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will include local musicians, military re-enactors, historic demonstrations, hands-on children's activities and more fun activities inside the Capitol and on Capitol Square. Of course there will be birthday cake. Please call (919) 733-4994 for more information.
"This celebration was inspired by the original dedication in 1840 but with a modern sense, so it promises to be a can't-miss event!" said Terra Schramm, state capitol administrator. "The daytime festivities and evening concert will launch a year of special programs and exhibits at the State Capitol that aim to capture public interest and inspire a new generation to participate in the history that continues to be made here every day."
A formal cornerstone rededication at noon featuring the Grand Lodge of the Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons of North Carolina, and the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge along with other dignitaries will highlight the day.
Longtime band director leads performers in tribute May 21
NEW BERN -- The halls of the North Carolina History Center in historic downtown New Bern will echo with the sounds of jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 21.
Charles Richberg, retired Kinston High School band director and music teacher, will bring young and veteran musicians to Cullman Performance Hall to perform familiar classics celebrating those pioneering African-American jazz artists like Scott Joplin, Joe “King” Oliver, Edward “Kid” Ory and more.
Though they were deprived of voting rights, excluded from labor unions, oppressed by segregation and harassed by mob violence, the African Americans of the Jazz Age distinguished themselves to win the esteem of their fellow Americans and jazz artists.
Performances include Rhiannon Giddens and Kruger Brothers
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Branford Marsalis and some talented friends will present an evening of unforgettable performances from across the musical spectrum on Tuesday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m. in Meymandi Concert Hall. The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist joins forces with Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops and the bluegrass supergroup the Kruger Brothers, as they join North Carolina Symphony Music Director Grant Llewellyn and the orchestra for a one-of-a-kind concert to benefit the North Carolina Symphony’s statewide service and education programs. Mr. Marsalis, Ms. Giddens, and the Kruger Brothers are all donating their performances for the benefit.
NEA Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award-winning saxophonist and Tony Award-nominee composer Branford Marsalis is one of the most revered instrumentalists of his time. The three-time Grammy Award-winner has continued to exercise and expand his skills as an instrumentalist, a composer, and the head of Marsalis Music, the label he founded in 2002 that has allowed him to produce both his own projects and those of the jazz world’s most promising new and established artists. Mr. Marsalis is also a board member of the North Carolina Symphony Society, Inc.
Leader of one of the finest jazz Quartets today, and a frequent soloist with classical ensembles, He has become increasingly sought after as a featured soloist with such acclaimed orchestras as the Chicago, Detroit, Düsseldorf, and North Carolina Symphonies and the Boston Pops, with a growing repertoire that includes compositions by Copland, Debussy, Glazunov, Ibert, Mahler, Milhaud, Rorem and Vaughn Williams.
NEW BERN -- Even with clouds from a tropical depression, Civil War re-enactor Philip Brown began walking backroads May 11 on a 166 mile. 13-day journey from New Bern to Durham. The "Soldiers' Walk Home" event, organized by Duke Homestead State Historic Site in Durham, recalls the trek Washington Duke made when delivered to New Bern by the Union Army in 1865. Although Brown does not portray Duke, his route is similar to the one Duke might have taken.
Tropical depression, extreme heat and breaking in new period shoes have not deterred Brown, who has been heartened by meeting a re-enactor requesting him to deliver a letter to Durham station and another asking for information on her son. He has met with other re-enactors, school children and veterans of 20th century wars along the way. Follow his journey on the Duke Homestead Facebook page or #walkhomenc.
"We have conducted a wide variety of public programs, including lectures, exhibits, and large-scale battle reenactments, to commemorate the Civil War Sesquicentennial in North Carolina," noted N.C. State Historic Sites Division Director Keith Hardison at the May 10 ceremonial opening at the Tryon Palace Commission House. He added, "However, the 'Soldier's Walk' program is unique. It is the only sesquicentennial program of its kind in the nation."
NEW BERN -- The North Carolina Symphony will give a free outdoor concert Sunday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m. on the South Lawn at New Bern’s historic Tryon Palace. Symphony Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the orchestra in “Concerts in Your Community: Your Favorite Light Classics.” In the event of inclement weather, the performance will take place at the New Bern Riverfront Convention Center, 203 S. Front Street.
Concert-goers can enjoy the early summer evening accompanied by Edvard Grieg’s Suite No. 1 from Peer Gynt, Op. 46, the overture to The Marriage of Figaro by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody, the overture to the Barber of Seville by Gioachino Rossini, and much more. The performance is part of the Symphony’s summer “Concerts in Your Community,” free concerts presented throughout the state. Tryon Palace is located at 529 South Front Street in New Bern.
The concert is presented by PotashCorp - Aurora, as well as the New Bern Series chapter board of the North Carolina Symphony as part of the Tryon Palace Performing Arts Series. Media Partners are Public Radio East and the New Bern Sun Journal.
William Henry Curry Conducts Rhapsody in Blue with pianist Timo Andres;Program also Features Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Copland, and Sousa; Citizen Musicians Join in for “Play with the Pros;” Kids 12 and Under Free on Lawn
CARY -- The North Carolina Symphony launches its 2015 Rex Healthcare Summerfest Series at Cary’s Booth Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 23, at 7:30 p.m., with a concert program that features pianist Timo Andres performing Gershwin’s incomparable Rhapsody in Blue, the orchestra’s performance of Dvořák’s New World Symphony, and other works by Copland and Sousa that feature “citizen musicians” as they join the orchestra.
The concert program, led by Resident Conductor and Summerfest Artistic Director William Henry Curry, also features “Hoe Down” fromRodeo and An Outdoor Overture by Aaron Copland, and The Liberty Bell March by John Philip Sousa featuring “citizen musicians” performing with the North Carolina Symphony during “Play with the Pros.” When the citizen musicians join the Symphony on stage, the orchestra’s size will nearly double for those selections.
Composer and pianist Timo Andres performed Rhapsody in Blue with the Symphony during the 2014-15 classical season to great acclaim. Mr. Andres’ new works include a piano quintet for Jonathan Biss and the Elias String Quartet, commissioned and presented by Wigmore Hall, Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw Amsterdam and San Francisco Performances; a solo piano work for Kirill Gerstein, commissioned by the Gilmore Foundation; a new string quartet for the Library of Congress, premiered by the Attacca Quartet; and a new piece for the group yMusic.
New exhibit showcasing work of local artisans open through May 31
NEW BERN -- “Needle Arts in New Bern” is an all-new exhibit in the Duffy Exhibition Gallery that showcases the art of needlework. The free exhibit will be on display through May 31 at Tryon Palace’s North Carolina History Center, located in downtown New Bern, North Carolina.
From large murals to three-dimensional objects, this exhibit offers visitors a chance to take a closer look at various forms of needlework, including canvas work (known commonly as needlepoint), smocking, beading, French hand sewing, traditional Japanese embroidery and many other forms.
Items in this exhibit have been provided by the Tryon Chapter of the Embroiderer's Guild of America, Crystal Coast Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild and the Tryon Palace Collection, which includes rarely-displayed works that date back to the early 19th century.
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