Chapel Hill: Community

Faith: Wesley Campus Ministry fundraiser Saturday

The Big Wesley Auction, an annual fundraiser for UNC’s Wesley Campus Ministry, begins at 11 a.m. Saturday at Christ United Methodist Church in Southern Village.

Auction items that include basketballs signed by Coach Roy Williams and a picnic with UNC's Ramses are sure to stir up a lot of bids and a lot of fun. Other items include art; pottery; gift certificates to local restaurants; vacation stays at Emerald Isle Beach, Lake Junaluska and Wrightsville Beach; and one-of-a-kind experiences such as a flight over the Triangle, and a private tour of Top of the Hill distillery, including appetizers for 12.

A BBQ luncheon is part of the admission price of $5 for students and children, and $25 for adults. For a $300 donation, a group may reserve a table for eight.

Tickets, which may be purchased in advance or at the door, include admission to the auction, bidding privileges and lunch, with a vegetarian option to be offered.

All the proceeds go directly to UNC students who participate in the ministry and in mission opportunities, which this year included a trip to Chicago over semester break, Costa Rica at the end of the spring semester and service projects in the Chapel Hill area over spring break.

Shakespeare concert

A concert featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano, and Daivd Heid, pianist, is on tap at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 210 St. Mary's Road, Hillsborough.

Moore and Heid will be joined by narrator poet Jeffrey Beam and writer Jane Holding for the concert, which will include songs that extract Shakespeare’s language verbatim, songs that use fragments of his writings, translations and in some cases, works based on Shakespearean characters.

Songs interspersed with monologues will include selections from “Twelfth Night,” “Othello,” “Hamlet” and “As You Like It” with music by composers Henry Purcell, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Ernest Chausson.

Moore has a master of music degree and an artist piploma from Yale University as well as a bachelor of music from Peabody Conservatory of Music. She has been a lecturer on UNC’s voice faculty since 2009.

Heid comes to North Carolina after a successful career in New york City as a vocal coach/accompanist. He is currently a staff accompanist and teaches piano at Duke University.

The concert is presented by the church's Faith and the Arts Series. Tickets are $10 and available from the church office.

Bach Festival

Organist Alexander Anderson with members of the United Church of Chapel Hill's chancel choir will open United Church's Bach Festival at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the church, 1321 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

The festival continues Sunday at both services with the presentation of Cantata 149 by the chancel choir and orchestra.

Anderson, who has given recitals extensively in the U.S., Britain and Europe will play two of Bach's most beloved Preludes and Fugues, the E minor (Wedge) and the A minor. He will also play Chorale Preludes on many well known chorales with members of the choir presenting the chorales as they would have been heard in Bach's time in St. thomas Church in Leipzig.

Admission to the concert is free. An offering will be collected to support the choir's trip to Germany next summer. The trip will culminate with the choir's participation in the German Protestant Churches' Choir Festival in Leipzig, where Bach spent his final 27 years.

To round out the festival, the 45-voice church choir will be joined by a professional orchestra at both Sunday morning services in presenting Bach's Cantata 149, Man Singet mit Freudem (“We Sing with Joy”). The cantata, first performed around 1728 in Leipzig for the Feast of St. Michael and All Angels, is a rousing celebration of the triumph of good over evil.

The cantata is directed by Jennifer Anderson and the performance includes solos by Doug Bruce and Holly Holland, and a chamber group performing the alto-tenor duet.

The orchestra will also perform movements of the Bach's Third Orchestral Suite in D major, including the well-loved “Air on a G String” as voluntaries for the service.

The two services, which include congregational hymns, prayers and a homily by the Rev. Richard Edens, begin at 8:45 and 11 a.m.

5K Walk/Run

The second annual St. Paul Village Community 5K Walk/Run is on tap Saturday at McDougle Middle School in Carrboro.

The event features electronic timing by Cardinal Track Services, an awards ceremony with prizes for winners and a family friendly atmosphere with kid-approved games and food available for purchase.

Every paid entrant will receive a free T-shirt. Registration is $25 for individuals and $45 for families depending on the number of kids.

Proceeds will benefit St. Paul Village, a multi-use and multi-generational development planned for the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community as well as fulfill the church's need for expanded worship and fellowship space.

A percentage of the proceeds will go to TABLE, a nonprofit that provides emerrgency food to hungry children in the area and to Club Nova,, a nonprofit serving Orange County residents living with mental illness.

To register go to or call 919-967-3961.

‘Polar Regions’ art exhibit

An art exhibit, “The Face of Our Earth: Polar Regions,” will be open March 2 and run through April 27 at The Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist.

The exhibit is a celebration of the Earth through paintings by Nerys Levy. It is intended to put a face on the polar regions so citizens of the world can be aware of what is being lost as a result of the planet's climate change.

The church is located at 106 Purefoy Road.

Contact Flo Johnston at or 910-361-4135.