Asides: News of the arts, in brief

March 16, 2013 

Ballet announces 16th season lineup

A world premiere ballet created by artistic director Robert Weiss will be a centerpiece of the Carolina Ballet’s newly announced 2013-2014 season.

Set to Vivaldi’s “The Four Seasons,” the ballet will express the cycle of life through the emotions the seasons evoke, says Weiss, who has choreographed nearly 50 ballets for the Raleigh-based dance company since 1998.

The new work premieres Feb. 13-March 2, 2014, at A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater in Raleigh.

The company’s 16th season begins in October with a celebration of George Balanchine, Weiss’ mentor and founder of the New York City Ballet.

The celebration will feature “Rubies,” last performed by Carolina Ballet in 2004 to mark Balanchine’s 100th birthday.

A selection of other Balanchine ballets will accompany “Rubies,” which is set to the music of Igor Stravinsky from a larger work titled “Jewels.”

The season continues with “Messiah,” during Thanksgiving weekend, and “The Nutcracker” Dec. 20-29.

March 2014 brings “Romeo and Juliet,” followed by “Sleeping Beauty” in May.

Season subscriptions are on sale now at the Carolina Ballet box office. Subscribers get first opportunity to purchase “Nutcracker” tickets.

Info: 919-719-0900 or

Medieval art

“Object of Devotion: Medieval English Alabaster Sculpture from the Victoria and Albert Museum” is at the N.C. Museum of Art through May 26.

The exhibition features 59 works produced between the late 14th century and the early 16th. The objects, originally displayed in homes, chapels and churches, depict the virtuous examples of Christ, the Virgin Mary and numerous Christian saints and martyrs. They offer a window into hopes, fears and core beliefs of medieval Christians.

The exhibit is in Gallery 2 of the museum’s East Building. While admission to the museum is free, tickets to “Object of Devotion” are $5 for adults and students 7 and older. Children 6 and under are free, as are college students with current I.D. 5-9 p.m. Fridays. Available at box office, online or by phone.

The museum is at 2110 Blue Ridge Road in Raleigh. Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday; 10 am.-5 p.m. weekends.

Info: 919-715-5923 or

‘St. John Passion’

Tenor Lawrence Wiliford sings the role of the Evangelist in Sunday’s production of Bach’s master work, “St. John Passion,” by the N.C. Master Chorale.

The baton drops at 3 p.m. at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Select choirs from Leesville Road and Sanderson high schools, a chamber orchestra and seven soloists join the chorale for this performance.

Baritone Williams Adams plays Jesus and bass Lewis Moore is Pilate. Other featured soloists are soprano Kathryn Mueller, mezzo-soprano Andria Helm, tenor Andrew Crane and bass Donald Milholin.

At 2 p.m., Nathan Leaf of the N.C. State University Music Department will give a free pre-concert lecture in the Meymandi lobby.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the Duke Energy Center box office and the Master Chorale box office.

Info: 919-856-9700 or

Help build playlist

Help Ackland Art Museum create a playlist of favorite long songs at 2 p.m. Sunday. Take your vinyl records, cassette tapes, CDs or digital devices with recordings of your favorite love songs to the museum in Chapel Hill, where WXYC DJs will create the compilation as a part of an event called “Community Love Jukebox, Vol. 2.”

The mix will be made available on the Ackland website.

Ackland Art Museum is at 101 S. Columbia St. Sunday’s event is free and the public is invited.

Also at Ackland this week: “Tea at Two: The Work of Art, Technology and Love in the Age of Digital Reproduction,” at 2 p.m. Wednesday, a talk by Paul Jones, director of ibiblio, a contributor-run digital library.

The talk is free for Ackland Museum members; $10 for non-member guests. Space is limited; sign up at

Info: 919-966-5736 or

Artful birdhouses

Seventeen Tar Heel artists are showing original birdhouses and feeders at “Birdhouses on Parade,” the Carolina Inn’s annual spring celebration, Saturday through April 9.

Featured artists are Art Lituchy, Marina Bosetti, Beth Greene, Gerry Mittelstadt, Sam Ezell, Jack Riehl, Mark Burnham, Frank Ficca, Donnie Reynolds, Robert Shuping, Shawn Hobbs, Stan Cheren, Simone Barbe, David Hall, Tim Buckley, Jim Buckingham and Ciby Newbill.

Carolina Inn is at 211 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill.

Their creations are on view from 8 a.m.-10 p.m. daily.

Info: 919-918-2735 or

Wake Forest women

“Women of Wake Forest,” a new permanent exhibit, opens Saturday at Wake Forest Historical Museum.

The free exhibit tells the story of three women whose contributions have had a lasting impact on the town:

Lib Greason, an assistant postmistress and wife of former Wake Forest College men’s basketball coach Murray Greason; Ailey Mae Young, a noted educator and first African-American to serve on the Wake Forest Town Commission; and Peggy Allen, longtime editor of the Wake Weekly.

Saturday’s 10 a.m. opening includes a screening of “Remembering Wake Forest: Women from the East End and Mill Village,” followed by a panel discussion with three women who appear in the film: Joyce Davis, Evelyn Jones and Geraldine Hall-Taylor.

Emily Herring Wilson will moderate.

The museum, at 414 N. Main St., is open 10 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; and 2-5 p.m. Sunday. It is free.

Info: 919-556-2911 or


Sixteen choruses from Wake County schools will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Raleigh Fine Arts Society’s annual Elementary Choral Celebration at Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh. Admission is free. Info: … “The Guestworker,” a film documenting a grueling season on a North Carolina farm, screens Thursday at the N.C. Museum of History. Filmmaker Charlie Thompson, director of Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies, will be on hand. A reception begins at 6:30 p.m., followed by the screening at 7 p.m. and a Q&A session at 8 p.m. The museum is at 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh. Info: 919-807-7900 or

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