Performing artists salute new UNC president; Sacred Music rings out in Raleigh

October 5, 2013 

Jonathan Stahl as "Skimbleshanks" in "Cats." The Broadway musical will make a stop in Raleigh October 8-13 for shows at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.


Music and dance in Chapel Hill

Carolina Performing Arts will present “The World Comes Here: Celebrating the Performing Arts at Carolina” at 8 p.m. Oct. 11 in Memorial Hall on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus.

The program will feature performances from a variety of artists and groups, including the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Carolina Chocolate Drops, jazz pianist Jason Moran and The Clef Hangers a capella group.

The free 90-minute program is part of a weekend of events planned to celebrate the installation of Chancellor Carol Folt.

Tickets are required and available on a first-come, first-served basis by contacting the the Carolina Performing Arts box office in person, online or by phone at 919-843-3333.

Details and online tickets are available at

Musical ‘Cats’ coming to Raleigh

The Broadway musical “Cats” will make a stop in Raleigh Oct. 8-13 for shows at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

The musical is based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” with music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The story features a tribe of cats who gather for a ceremony in the local junkyard. The cast will include Kenneth Prymus reprising the role of Old Deuteronomy, which he played for seven years on Broadway.

The Tony-award winning “Cats” was first performed in London in 1981 and produced on Broadway in 1983.

Duke Energy Center is in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium downtown.

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Sacred music on Capitol Square

Christ Church Raleigh launches a series of 10 concerts on Friday with a 7 p.m. performance featuring renowned soprano Sherezade Panthaki and trumpeter Barry Bauguess.

The free series, “Sacred Music on the Square,” will continue through June.

The upcoming program is titled “Seraphic Delights.” Panthaki and Bauguess will be joined by members of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra to perform works by Handel, Bach and Vivaldi.

A reception will follow the concert. No admission fees are being charged, but donations will be accepted for Urban Ministries of Wake County.

The concert series at Christ Church, 120 E. Edenton St. in downtown Raleigh, is sponsored by Sandra and Charles Smith in memory of their son, Harrison. Details on the concerts:

‘Art on the Move’ in Chapel Hill

The public is invited to the Ackland Art Museum in Chapel Hill on Sunday for “Art on the Move,” a project centered on mobile artworks using bikes.

The event spins off from the Ackland’s current exhibit, “The Sahmat Collective: Art and Activism in India since 1989.”

University Square, at Franklin and Church streets, will serve as a workshop site from 9 to 11:30 a.m. to allow participants of all ages to create their own artistic visions of social justice. Assistance is being provided by artists from Paperhand Puppet Intervention with materials from The Scrap Exchange.

Judges will award prizes for mobile sculptures in categories that include most beautiful, most provocative and largest sculptures.

The finished pieces will be displayed at a pop-up exhibition on Franklin Street from noon to 6 p.m. as part of Festifall.

The workshop is free with no preregistration required. Participants are asked to bring their own bike, trike or wagon, as well as lightweight building materials, such as foam or cardboard, and fabric, paint or other decorations.

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Harrell honored for art education at museum

Michelle Harrell, a member of N.C. Museum of Art staff, has been named Museum Art Educator of the Year by the N.C. Art Education Association.

As coordinator of teen and college programs, Harrell has focused much of her work on developing interactive technology as a tool for learning about art. She has developed several new teen and college programs at the museum, including online high school courses, special student exhibitions, and teen and college advisory councils.

Harrell will be recognized for her work Sunday at the Art Education Association conference in Raleigh, where about 500 art educators from across the state gathered this week.

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