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Winter Arts and Events Calendar

The NileReturning 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.

williamsLeading 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 douglasst@ecu.edu 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.

waliooThe 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.

1776The 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.


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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

alexander 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.



philharmonicThe 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.

Festivals

ECU's Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival presents three Winter Workshop concerts of different programs Jan. 7 at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Jan. 8 at 3 p.m. at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville. Workshop faculty performing artists Leon Fleisher, piano, Ani Kavafian, violin, Ida Kavafian, violin/viola, Ara Gregorian, violin/viola, and others will join rising stars from throughout the world in concert. For tickets, visit www.ecu.edu/fourseasons or call 252-328-6019.

quartetFour Seasons will present two concert residencies in Greenville this spring. Quartet Classics features the Cooperstown Quartet on Feb. 23 and 24, and the Thrilling Season Finale features Robert McDonald, piano, festival director Ara Gregorian, violin, and Edward Arron, cello, April 6 and 7. The festival presents the Quartet Classics concert residency Feb. 26 at the Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh and Feb. 27 at Kenan Auditorium in Wilmington. The Thrilling Season Finale concert is reprised at Saint Mary's School Smedes-Emory Parlor in Raleigh on April 9.

For residency concert tickets, visit www.ecu.edu/fourseasons or call 800-ECU-ARTS or 252-328-4788.

Four Seasons Next Generation II concerts are scheduled for Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Raleigh on Jan. 20 and at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville on Jan. 21. Guest artist Zvi Plesser, cello, will join ECU faculty artists, ECU alumni artists, select ECU students and select young student participants in concert. Free and open to the public.

The Four Seasons Chamber Music Dressed Down concert series - chamber music performed in intimate settings - will be presented March 23 at the Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh and March 24 at The Martinsborough in Greenville. Concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. with a reception in Raleigh at 6:30 p.m. and a reception in Greenville at 6:45 p.m. Chamber Music Dressed Down is part of the season subscription package; for individual tickets visit www.ecu.edu/fourseasons or call 800-ECU-ARTS or 252-328-4788. For more information about the Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival, call 252-328-6019 or visit www.ecu.edu/fourseasons.

ECU's North Carolina NewMusic Initiative, Ed Jacobs, director, welcomes Sharon Harms, soprano, and Steven Beck, piano, to A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on Jan. 26. Praised as "superb," "luscious-toned" and "extraordinarily precise and expressive" by The New York Times, Harms is known for fearless performances and passionate interpretations. American pianist Beck is called by the New Yorker "one of the city's finest young pianists," and a recent New York concert by Beck was described as "exemplary" and "deeply satisfying" by the Times.

harmsFrequencies, an ensemble created and directed by students, is at the School of Music on Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The Meridian Arts Ensemble
comes to A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on March 18. A sextet made up of five brass players and a percussionist, the ensemble is America's leading brass group exploring the music of today with nine commercial CD releases and more than 50 premieres and performances on four continents and in 49 states.

Premiere Performances, concerts dedicated to the newest ideas of ECU's developing young composers, are presented at the School of Music on April 1 and April 20.

The ECU Sinfonietta, directed by Scott Carter, will perform a world premiere NewMusic Initiative Commission composed by James Mobberley on April 2 at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. All North Carolina NewMusic Initiative concerts are at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free.

Opera

ECU Opera Theater presents Mozart's opera Don Giovanni, a dramma giocoso (mixing of serious and comic action) based on the legends of Don Juan, a fictional libertine and seducer, on March 26 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. and March 27 and 28 at 7:30 p.m. in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.

Although sometimes classified as comic, the opera blends comedy, melodrama and supernatural elements. J. Christopher Buddo conducts and opera theater director John Kramar is stage director.

Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 faculty/staff/ seniors and $5 student, and are available at the door, or 800-328- 2787 (252-328-4788) or www.ecuarts.com.

Orchestra

The ECU Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Richter, conductor, is in concert three times in spring semester.

On Feb. 10, the orchestra concert features guest soloists Hye-Jin Kim, violin, and Ara Gregorian, viola, performing Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for violin and viola in E-flat major, followed by Johannes Brahms' Symphony No. 2 in D major.

The orchestra continues its long relationship with the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative with a performance of the winning composition of the 2016-2017 ECU School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition on March 4. In addition, the orchestra will perform Beethoven's Prometheus Overture and Mahler's Lieder eines fahrenden gesellen with guest voice soloist Jami Rhodes, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy.

The orchestra season concludes April 8 with the winning soloist of the 2016-2017 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition and Shostakovich's monumental Symphony No. 5.

All symphony orchestra concerts are in Wright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Choirs

ECU choirs will present five concerts this spring, including the Chamber Singers on Feb. 26 and April 23 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Greenville; Men's and Women's Choir on Feb. 28 and April 25 at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville; and the Collegiate Choir on April 10 in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. All choir concerts are at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public.

Bands

Sticks and mallets will rule Fletcher Music Center on Feb. 2 and April 13 when the Percussion Ensemble performs in Fletcher Music Room B110 at 7:30 p.m. Jazz will pervade with a Wind and Jazz Ensemble concert in Wright Auditorium on Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m., a Jazz Combos concert in Fletcher Music Room B110 at 8 p.m. on April 17, a Jazz Ensemble (B) Concert in Fletcher Music Room B110 at 8 p.m. April 19 and the annual Dr. Billy Taylor Gala Concert at 8 p.m. April 21 in Wright Auditorium. All are free and open to the public.

The Concert and Symphonic Bands are in concert Feb. 21, and all three ECU large bands take the stage for Bandorama on April 18. Both concerts are in Wright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and are free.

Zamba Yawar presents music of the world in an April 11 concert, the Guitar Ensemble performs April 19, there is a keyboard chamber music recital April 22 and the Tuba Euphonium Ensemble is in concert April 23. All are in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. and are free.

Faculty performances

ECU School of Music faculty artists are active in performance in the spring. Concerts include Jami Rhodes, mezzo-soprano, and Eric Stellrecht, piano, Jan. 30; Elliot Frank, guitar, Feb. 6;a combined faculty student organ recital, Feb. 11 at St. Paul's Episcopal Church; the Bath Duo Valentines concert, Feb. 12, 3 p.m.; and Jonathon Wacker, percussion, March 1.

All faculty concerts are free and in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. unless noted.

Guest artists

Guest artists Joanna Hersey and Michael Parker present a tuba euphonium concert on Jan. 22 at 4 p.m. in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, and pianist Peter Frankl performs March 31, also in Fletcher Recital Hall. Both are free.

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.