2013 Fall Arts Preview: Best bets

CorrespondentAugust 24, 2013 

Bill Bell

Mayor of Durham

Pick: Bull Durham Blues Festival (Sept. 7, St. Joseph’s Hayti Heritage Center, Durham. $25; hayti.org/music).

Because: “The annual festival is an event that displays Durham’s character, diversity and heritage. It has great traditional blues artists, such as Big Daddy Wilson and Jimmy Haggard this year, along with great food and crafts.”

Sarah Schroth

Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

Pick: N. C. Symphony concert with pianist Joyce Jang playing works by Franck and De Falla (Oct. 4-5, Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh. $18-$65; ncsymphony.org).

Because: “I am excited to hear this gifted 26-year-old Korean pianist. Conductor Grant Llewellyn’s interpretive sensitivity, combined with her high-voltage stage presence, should create an unforgettable experience.”

Lauren Kennedy

Artistic director of Theatre Raleigh and professional actress

Pick: “Balanchine’s Rubies” (Oct. 10-27; Carolina Ballet at Fletcher Opera Theater, Raleigh. $25-$68; carolinaballet.com).

Because: “Ever since I performed with the company in ‘December Songs,’ I’m obsessed with seeing everything they do. The classic ballet form is so inspiring to me as a performer.”

Emil Kang

Director of Carolina Performing Arts series at UNC-Chapel Hill

Pick: “Porsche by Design: Seducing Speed” (Oct. 12-Jan. 20, N. C. Museum of Art, Raleigh. $12-$18; ncartmuseum.org).

Because: “I applaud the museum’s decision to host its first major design exhibition. These automobiles are among the most iconic ever and have had lasting impact on the auto industry, politics, fashion, movies, business and culture.”

Eric Mitchko

General director of N.C. Opera

Pick: “Kindertransport” (Nov. 14-24; co-production by Burning Coal Theatre and Big Wig Productions, Raleigh. $10; burningcoal.org).

Because: “I am eager to see this dramatization of the emotionally wrenching history of children sent to safety while their parents were left behind to face the Holocaust.”

Harold Weinbrecht

Mayor of Cary

Pick: “A Christmas Story” (Dec. 5-9, Cary Players, Cary Arts Center. $16-$18; caryplayers.org).

Because: “It’s always a blast to join Ralphie, his family and friends (plus a few Bumpus hounds) as they celebrate in their own unique ways. ‘Just don’t shoot your eye out!’”

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