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By Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 4:04 PM

A Mini-Symposium

FAYETTEVILLE -- Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, the Museum of the Cape Fear, along with the Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center, will sponsor a mini-symposium on November 22 from 1 to 5 p.m. in the Pate Room of the library.  The mini-symposium is free and open to the public. The mini-symposium is being held in conjunction with the 225th anniversary of North Carolina ratifying the United States Constitution, which occurred in Fayetteville on November 21, 1789.

“We have lined up speakers who are well-versed in their topics to tell the story of how North Carolina became the twelfth state,” says Leisa Greathouse, curator of education and symposium organizer. 

By Admin on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 3:59 PM

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Symphony begins its three-concert 2014-15 NCS Kids Young People’s Concerts series on Saturday, Nov. 1, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. in Raleigh’s Meymandi Concert Hall at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts with “Phantoms of the Orchestra.”  Associate Conductor David Glover will lead the Symphony in this program of spine-tingling music and hair-raising fun that is sure to entertain and delight children (and adults) of all ages.  These concerts are made possible in part by The Drs. James and Mary Susan Fulghum Fund.

The “Phantoms of the Orchestra” return to haunt the concert hall, and the conductor and his assistant must use the baton to control this ghoulish orchestra and lead them in concert. The music of the Sorcerer's Apprentice by Paul Dukas is brought vividly to life in this eye-catching family-friendly concert program that also features Zoltan Kodaly’s Dance of the Dragons and Mussorgsky’s A Night on Bald Mountain.

Also featured are guest artists Magic Circle Mime Company who will join in the fun and act out the story on stage as the musicians play. Magic Circle Mime Company is regarded as one of today’s premier family attractions. Their highly acclaimed performances, which unite the concert orchestra with visual theater, are consistently praised for imaginative and innovative content. They have performed with virtually every major orchestra in North America and many other arts organizations world-wide as well.

By Admin on Monday, October 20, 2014 11:46 AM

Concert Will Feature Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, Re-Enactors, Soldier Letters, Artifacts

RALEIGH -- The North Carolina Symphony will perform “Battle Hymn of the Republic: Words and Music From the Civil War,” a special concert that combines music and history on Thursday, Oct. 30, at 10:30 a.m., at Meymandi Concert Hall.  Associate Conductor David Glover, along with special guests Dr. Kevin Cherry of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, tenor Scott MacLeod, and civil war re-enactors, will lead the audience on a journey through the Civil War era with music, letters and historical information.

Tickets to the concert are $5 and go on sale Monday, October 20, 2014.  Tickets are available online at www.ncsymphony.org or by calling the North Carolina Symphony Box Office at 919.733.2750. 

Musical selections include “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, narrated by Dr. Cherry; “Oh Susannah,” “Old Dan Tucker,” and “When Johnny Comes Marching Home,” performed by MacLeod, as well as stirring renditions of “Ashokan Farewell,” also known as the theme to Ken Burns’ PBS series “The Civil War,” and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. 

By Admin on Saturday, October 18, 2014 11:21 AM

North Carolina Ratified the Constitution 225 Years Ago

FAYETTEVILLE -- The Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex in Fayetteville will open a display on November 1 showcasing the signature page of North Carolina’s copy of the newly approved United States Constitution from 1789. This document established North Carolina as the 12th State to join the United States. The signature page will be accompanied by copies of the other pages from the document, as well as historical information on the ratification itself. The manuscript is on loan courtesy of the State Archives of North Carolina and will be on display through December 14, 2014.

A ratification convention met in Hillsborough in 1788, but those delegates declined to ratify the Constitution, instead calling for a Bill of Rights and other amendments. After another version was received from Congress that included a Bill of Rights, North Carolina delegates ratified the federal Constitution on November 21, 1789 at a second ratification convention in Fayetteville.

The display at the Museum of the Cape Fear compliments an exhibit at the Fayetteville Area Transportation and Local History Museum. From State House to Statehood highlights some of the locations in downtown Fayetteville that featured in the 1789 visit of delegates from all over the state and chronicles past Fayetteville’s commemorations of the event.

By Admin on Friday, October 17, 2014 2:28 PM

RALEIGH -- A study and celebration of North Carolina, appreciation for preservation of historical treasures, and speakers who represent the best of North Carolina's spoken and written words will make memorable the conference where the North Carolina Book Awards will be presented. The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association will meet at the Tryon Palace History Education Center Nov. 7 at 1 p.m. Awards will be presented at the 7 p.m. program, which requires registration.

The free afternoon program will feature a talk by Diane Chamberlain of Raleigh, author of a series of New York Times bestsellers. Her title, "Necessary Lies" is set in Beaufort and her newest title, "The Silent Sister" is set in New Bern. Student publication awards also will be presented in the afternoon.

The two other afternoon speakers are Walt Wolfram, William C. Friday Distinguished Professor of English, N.C. State University; and Jeffrey Reasor, associate professor of English at N.C. State, both of Raleigh. They will discuss their recent book, "Talkin' Tar Heel." Wolfram is author of "Hoi Toide on the Outer Banks: The Story of the Ocracoke Brogue" and an award winning linguist well versed in the dialects of North Carolina.

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