Come Hear NC Announces Collaboration with AMERICANAFEST 2019 Mandolin Orange Performs for Music at the Mansion Series


As North Carolina continues to celebrate 2019 as the Year of Music, a first-time collaboration with the Americana Music Association and the state will be announced Tuesday, May 28 at 5:30 p.m. at the Executive Mansion.


First Lady Kristin Cooper, Susi H. Hamilton, secretary for the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, Wayne Martin, executive director of the N.C. Arts Council and the executive director of the Americana Music Association will unveil plans for a North Carolina presence at AMERICANAFEST, scheduled in Nashville in September.


The announcement is part of the Music at the Mansion series hosted by Mrs. Cooper. Performing will be Mandolin Orange, a Chapel Hill-based folk and Americana duo. The music series and the collaboration with AMERICANAFEST are part of Come Hear North Carolina, a project of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources and the N.C. Arts Council to spotlight our state’s deep roots in the development of American music.


WHAT:    AMERICANAFEST Announcement/Music at the Mansion

WHEN:   Tuesday, May 28

                5:30 p.m. Reception

                6 p.m. Comments

                6:30 p.m. Mandolin Orange Performance


WHERE: North Carolina State Capitol

               1 East Edenton St., Raleigh


WHO:  First Lady Kristin Cooper

            Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary, N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources

            Wayne Martin, Executive Director, N.C. Arts Council

            Jedd Hilly, Executive Director, Americana Music Association


Media representatives should RSVP in advance to Rebecca Moore at or 919-814-6530.


About the North Carolina Arts Council
The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s long-standing love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in annual direct economic activity. The Arts Council also sustains diverse arts expression and traditions while investing in innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.


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