Returning to campus in the spring will be "The Veterans Writing Workshop: The Road Home" with Monica Haller, founder of the Veterans Book Project and book artist, speaking at the opening event March 15.
"Objects for Deployment," featuring books made by veterans, will be featured in an exhibit in The Faulkner Gallery of Joyner Library, which will open with Haller discussing the project at 4 p.m. March 15.
Leading the Veterans Writing Forum on March 16 and 17 at the East Carolina Heart Institute will be Kayla Williams, author of I Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army, a memoir about her deployment to Iraq, and director of the Center for Women Veterans at the Department of Veterans Affairs; Ron Capps, founder of the Veterans Writing Project and author of the memoir Seriously Not All Right: Five Wars in Ten Years; and Fred Foote, a retired U.S. Navy physician and founder of The Warrior Poetry Project.
For more information, contact Tom Douglass at firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-328-6723.
The Nile Project comes to campus as part of the Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series in the spring semester. From their debut concert, captured live on the 2013 release ASWAN, it was clear the Nile Project was something new. NPR named the recording one of five "must-hear international albums."
One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project Collective brings together artists from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing more than 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of the oldest places on Earth. Resonant harps and lyres from up and down the river-from its sources beyond Lake Victoria to its delta in Egypt-have learned new musical modes, while buzzing timbres and ingenious polyrhythms support vocals in 10 languages.
The Nile Project is the Thomas Harriot lecture of the series.
The presentation, titled "Citizen Diplomacy & Transboundary Water Conflicts," will be 7 p.m. April 6 in Wright Auditorium. Using music to spark cultural curiosity, the Nile Project engages musicians and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world's longest river and The Nile Project explore new approaches to its social, cultural and environmental problems.
The Brewster History Lecture will start the Voyages of Discovery Series for the spring semester. Keith Wailoo, the Townsend Martin Professor of History and Public Affairs at Princeton University, will present "Pain: A Political History" at 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Wright Auditorium. Wailoo is an award-winning author on drugs and drug policy; race, science and health; history of medicine; and health policy and medical affairs in the U.S.
Tickets for the two Voyages of Discovery lectures are $10 for the public and free to ECU students. Visit www.ecu.edu/voyages.
The ECU/Loessin Playhouse will present the Tony Award-winning 1776, the musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence. With music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards based on the book by Peter Stone, 1776 will be Feb. 23-28. Tickets are $17.50 for the public and $10 for students/youth.
The madcap comedy Lend Me a Tenor by Ken Ludwig begins backstage at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company awaiting the arrival of the world famous Italian tenor, Il Stupendo, to appear one night only in Otello. The star arrives late and, through a hilarious series of mishaps, is given a double dose of tranquilizers and passes out. The assistant manager is persuaded to take the stage in costume to try to fool the audience, the real star awakes, and then two "Otellos" are on stage. Tickets for this ECU/ LoessinPlayhouse production April 20-25 are $15 for the public; $10 for students/youth.
Contact the box office at 252-328-6829 or online at www.ecuarts.com to purchase tickets for these productions on the McGinnis Theatre stage.
ECU Storybook Theatre will present Rudyard Kipling's Just So Stories at 7 p.m. March 24 in Wright Auditorium. One of the world's greatest storytellers weaves together an unforgettable collection of animal tales, including how the camel got its hump and how the alphabet was made. Tickets are $11 for the public; $8 for youth.
The title of the show, Random Acts , describes what attendees can expect from School of Theatre and Dance students April 1-2. From dance, musical theatre, poetry and other styles of performance art will be represented in the performance in the Burnette Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5.
Featuring choreography from renowned guest artists and original works by ECU faculty, Dance 2017 will be presented March 23-28 by the ECU School of Theatre and Dance on the stage of McGinnis Theatre. Described as "an evening of dance that's as diverse as it is entertaining," the performance will range from classical ballet to bold contemporary and explosive tap. Tickets are $15 for the public; $10 for ECU student/youth. The Spring Day of Dance, featuring ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance classes for dancers aged 10-16, will be Feb. 18 in Messick Theatre Arts Center. Call 252-328- 4916 for more information.
An exciting mix of cutting-edge choreography from School of Theatre and Dance faculty and students will be presented in the Contemporary Dance Concert Feb. 25-26 in the Archie Burnette Studio Theatre. All seats are $5.
The Senior Choreography Showcase April 22-23 will feature ECU senior students who have created unique works for presentation. From the risqué to the whimsical, the audience should be ready for anything when the shows are performed in the Burnette Studio Theatre. Tickets are available for all dance productions at www.ecuarts.com.
S. RUDOLPH ALEXANDER PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series will open its spring season with the National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine at 8p.m. Feb. 2. With more than 100 recordings to its credit since 1993, the orchestra is considered to be one of the finest in Europe. The program includes the Rachmaninov Symphony No. 3, Prokofiev's Piano Concerto No. 3 featuring pianist Alexei Grynyuk, and Stravinsky's "Suite" from Firebird.
The Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, one of the best-known choirs in the world, will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 11 in Wright Auditorium. Founded in 1981, its repertoire extends from Gregorian chant and baroque to the music of the 21st century. The program features excerpts of vespers and vigils from Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov and more.
The Branford Marsalis Quartet with special guest Kurt Elling will perform at 8 p.m. March 15. Previously set for October, the performance had to be rescheduled because of Hurricane Matthew.
Tickets for the performances listed above are $35 for the public, $10 for students/youth.
In 1994, the legendary Bolshoi principal dancer Elena Radchenko was selected by presidential decree to assume the permanent artistic directorship of the Russian National Ballet Theatre. She has upheld the grand national tradition of the Russian ballet. Enjoy "Stars of the Russian Ballet," a gala program featuring 10 excerpts including selections from Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty and Romeo and Juliet, Prokofiev's Cinderella and perhaps the most famous solo dance ever, "the Dying Swan," at 8 p.m. March 31. Tickets are $40 for the public; $10 for students/ youth.
All SRAPAS performances will be held in Wright Auditorium. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available at 252-328- 4788 or www.ecuarts.com.
The Down East Talent Search returns to the stage of Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. March 3 with a top prize of $1,000 for the second annual event drawing talented singers, dancers and musicians from across eastern North Carolina. While celebrity judges deliberate, the audience will vote for their favorite as well. Touted as "a jaw-dropping variety show that will exceed your expectations," the event supports the Friends of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series.
The ECU Wellington B. Gray Gallery will present The School of Art and Design Faculty Collects, an exhibit of art from the collections of ECU School of Art and Design faculty, from Jan. 20 through Feb. 3. The exhibition closing reception will be 5 p.m., Feb. 3.
Gray Gallery hosts the Tenth Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition Feb. 16 through March 3, with a reception Feb. 16 at 6 p.m. The Photographic Image Biennial Exhibition is a national juried exhibition. Juror Jessica Hines will give a presentation about the exhibit Feb. 16 at 5 p.m. in Speight Auditorium, School of Art and Design.
ECU School of Art and Design students showcase their talents in Gray Gallery at the 2017 Undergraduate Exhibition March 23 through April 7, awards ceremony and reception March 23 at 5 p.m. and the 2017 MFA Thesis Exhibition April 21 through May 12, reception May 5 at 5 p.m.
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery is in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. For more information call 252-328-1312 or visit www.ecu.edu/graygallery.
In January the annual ECU Material Topics Symposium: Collective Voices will feature public exhibitions highlighting the vast array of techniques that are categorized under metalsmithing.
On Jan. 13-15 the Greenville Museum of Art will host The Material Topics Symposium’s SMITTEN 2016, an exhibit of work by invited metalsmiths, and “With moves like MacGyver,” an exhibit of art pieces and the tool the metalsmith used to create to the pieces. In addition, the museum will host a jewelry exhibition during the Jan. 13 Artwalk in Uptown Greenville.
The Material Topics Symposium exhibits are free and open to the public. Visit ecusymposium.wordpress.com for more information.
The Erwin Gallery presents four exhibitions by School of Art and Design faculty and staff for spring 2017. Included are Kelly Adams, painting and drawing, Jan. 17-Feb. 10, reception Jan. 19; Catherine Walker-Bailey, painting, Feb. 13-March 3, reception Feb. 23; Nanyoung Kim, photography, March 13-April 7, reception March 16; and Matt Egan, illustration, engraving and printmaking, April 10-May 31, reception April 20.
The Erwin Gallery is in the historic Erwin Building on the ECU campus. Public hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free admission. All receptions are at 4 p.m.