Asides: News of the arts, in brief

March 9, 2013 

Vocal festival at Durham Academy

Long Leaf Opera is bowing out after 16 years with a two-day vocal festival at Durham Academy.

The events include a master class for singers at 10 a.m. Saturday with Mary Gayle Greene of Appalachian State, Timothy Sparks of UNC-Chapel Hill, Broadway music directors Mark Hartman and Steven Tyler; a recital by mezzo soprano JoAna Rusche at 3 p.m. March 17; and at 7:30 p.m. March 17, the world premiere staging of “A Shipwreck Opera” by New York composer John B. Hedges, with libretto by Aimee Bender. Hedges and Bender are winners of Long Leaf’s New Works Competition.

All events are free and open to the public and will take place at Kenan Auditorium of Durham Academy, 3601 Ridge Road.

The festival represents a final bow for the opera company. After the 2011 death of Randolph Umberger, his co-founder and artistic director Benjamin Keaton announced that he did not want to continue the company.

Info: 919-942-0972 or

Film on WWII vet

Vic Spence of Raleigh fought on Iwo Jima during World War II and was there when six Marines raised the U.S. flag on Mount Suribachi. His story is told in a documentary to be shown Wednesday at the N.C. Museum of History in Raleigh.

“The rate at which we are losing World War II veterans today is staggering,” 20-year-old filmmaker Cliff Baumgardner said in a news release. “Their stories must be told, recorded and played back for future generations so that we never forget what these amazing men and women did for our country.”

Baumgardner will show and discuss his film 12:10-1 p.m. Wednesday. The documentary chronicles Spence’s life from childhood to Parris Island and Iwo Jima and a 40-year career in law enforcement.

Admission is free. Bring your lunch; beverages will be provided. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St.

Info: 919-807-7900 or

Clayton Center exhibit

Two painters who have lived and traveled across the U.S. and Europe are featured exhibitors this month at the Clayton Center.

Nancy Ping-Robbins of Bailey is showing oil and acrylic works; Ann Campbell of West End, Moore County, focuses on watercolors.

Their works are on display through April 1 at the center, 111 E. Second St. The exhibit, sponsored by Clayton Visual Arts Inc., is free and open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays.


Civil War photos

The 150th anniversary commemoration of the Civil War continues with “Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory,” a photography exhibit that is on view at the Cameron Village branch of the Wake County Library through March 29.

The Civil War is the first conflict widely recorded in photographs.

“Battlefield images fascinated the public and acquainted them, in a dramatic way, with the horrors of war,” Keith Hardison, director of the N.C. State Historic Sites Division, said in a prepared statement. “The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’ exhibit presents images that compare and contrast the conditions of war, then and now.”

The images have been gathered from State Historic Sites, the N.C. Museum of History and the State Archives. The collection not only shows those involved in war but also artifacts and official documents.

The Cameron Village library is at 1930 Clark Ave., Raleigh. It’s open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.

Info: 919-856-6710 or 919-807-7389.

Landscape photos

Lori Kincaid tells “Stories in the Appalachian Landscape” through an old-fashioned view camera. A collection of her images are on view through April 1 at the Nature Art Gallery of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences.

Kincaid she aims to capture more than the mountains’ beauty, but also the “quiet calm and serenity” she finds in “the company of trees, in air fresh with the scent of wildflowers, beside a mountain stream or atop a cliff steady in the wind at dawn at dusk.”

The gallery is on the top floor of the Museum Store, 11 W. Jones St., Raleigh. It is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; and until 9 p.m. on First Fridays.

Info: 919-707-9854.

Call for artists

Artists from Wake County are invited to apply to have their artwork displayed in WakeMed Cary’s Reflections Gallery. To apply, visit The deadline is March 30.


Tracy Hudson of Clayton has been promoted to marketing cordinator of the Carolina Ballet. She spent the past five years as the ballet’s assistant box office manager. ... Barbara Tyroler is exhibiting her “Slowish Lane Portraiture” at Frank Gallery in Chapel Hill through May 5. Frank is at 109 E. Franklin St. and is open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Thursday; and 1-5 p.m. Sundays. Info: 919-636-4135 or ... Burning Coal Theatre Company and Mortallcoile Theatre Company present Adam Rapp’s “Nocturne,” directed by Dana Marks and featuring Jesse Gephard, Thursday through March 24. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. March 17 and 24 at the Murphy School, 224 Polk St., Raleigh. Tickets are $10. Info: 919-438-3955 or ... “The Innocents,” a new play from rising playwright Daniel Karasik, comes to Common Ground Theatre in Durham Thursday for seven performances. Tickets are $15, general admission $10 for students, seniors and military with I.D. Common Ground is at 4815-B Hillsborough Road. Reservations: 919-410-8631.

From staff reports

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