East Carolina University student dancers prepared for their performance during a dress rehearsal for Dance 2015. The 2016 performances will begin Jan. 28, 2016.
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Best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winner columnist Dave Barry will speak on the absurdities of our everyday lives in his down-to-Earth style during his performance April 16 on the campus of ECU.
For more than 15 years, Barry’s weekly column was a staple in more than 500 newspapers nationwide. His TV sitcom, Dave’s World, ran on CBS for four years.
And for 20 years, he has played lead guitar in the literary rock band The Rock Bottom Remainders with fellow authors including Scott Turow, Barbara Kingsolver and Amy Tan. The band has been described as “not musically skilled, but they are extremely loud.”
Barry performs at 8 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. The production is part of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series. Tickets are $50 for the public and $20 for students and available March 1 at
Voyages of Discovery
The Voyages of Discovery Lecture Series will host two campus events during the spring semester. Both are free and open to the public; no tickets are required.
On Jan. 26, Derek Alderman and Alfred Brophy will speak on “What’s in a Name? Memorials and Historical Memory” at 7:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. A former ECU faculty member, Alderman is head of the Department of Geography at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Brophy is the Judge J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Navajo Code Talkers
The contributions of the Navajo Code Talkers during World War II will be the focus of the Thomas Harriot Lecture “Navajo Code Talkers: In-depth with Zonnie Gorman” on March 23 at 7:30 p.m. in Hendrix Theatre. Gorman has appeared in and served as a consultant to several documentaries on the men, including True Whispers and the History Channel’s Navajo Code Talkers.
Contemporary Writers Series
The Contemporary Writers Series will partner with several groups to bring two author events to campus in the spring. Kevin Powers, the 2013 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award winner, will be on campus March 16-17. A veteran of the Iraq War, Powers was recognized for his critically acclaimed first novel, The Yellow Birds. And Veterans Book Project visual artist Monica Haller is slated to be at ECU March 16-23. The Veterans Book Project is a library of books written collaboratively by Haller, an artist, and dozens of people who have been affected by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
- Jeannine Manning Hutson and Harley Dartt
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES
With a hot, driving band behind him, Steve Lippia interprets the best repertoire of the big-band era, leaving his audience begging for more in Simply Sinatra: Steve Lippia and His Big Band. Lippia brings to life the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart, and Stephen Sondheim. Lippia performs at 8 p.m. Jan. 22 in Wright Auditorium.
Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester and Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste meld classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass in a genre-breaking act as Black Violin, performing at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 in Wright Auditorium. The group’s latest release is Stereotypes. Sylvester told NPR in an interview that Mozart and hip-hop are the party music of different eras.
Described as a rare opportunity to experience remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers, Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera brings four audition winners and a Metropolitan Opera pianist to Wright Auditorium for an evening of solos, duets and scenes from the Met’s 2015-2016 repertoire. For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. The performance will be 3 p.m. Feb. 28.
From their successful debut at the American Dance Festival, BodyTraffic, right, brings its unique reflection of the diverse Los Angeles landscape to eastern North Carolina at 8 p.m. April 7 in Wright Auditorium. The San Francisco Chronicle says they are “limber, expressive and elegant artists. The kind of people you could watch dance anything all night.”
Tickets for the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series productions are available through the ECU Arts website,
, or through the Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788.
The Down East Talent Search returns to Wright Auditorium at 7 p.m. March 4 with a top prize of $1,000 for the second annual event drawing 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
Featuring choreography from renowned guest artists and original works by ECU’s faculty, Dance 2016 will be presented Jan. 28-Feb. 2 by the ECU School of Theatre and Dance on the stage of McGinnis Theatre. The performance will range from classical ballet to bold contemporary and explosive tap. Tickets are $15 for the public; $10 for ECU students/youth. The Spring Day of Dance, featuring ballet, jazz, tap and modern dance classes for dancers age 10-16 will be Feb. 20 in Messick Theatre Arts Center. Call 252-328-4916 for more information.
An exciting mix of cutting-edge choreography from the ECU School of Theatre and Dance faculty and students will be presented in the Contemporary Dance Concert Feb. 27-28 in the Archie Burnette Studio Theatre.
The Senior Choreography Showcase April 23-24 will feature ECU senior students who have created unique works for presentation. From the risqué to the ridiculous, the audience should be ready for anything when the shows are performed in the Burnette Studio Theatre. Tickets available for all dance productions at
The ECU/Loessin Playhouse brings two productions to McGinnis Theatre this spring. Based on the book by John Weidman with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Assassins combines beautiful music with a culture of celebrity and violence for one of the most controversial musicals written. It brings together presidential assassins from different historical periods to meet and inspire each other to harrowing acts in the name of truth, justice and the American Way. Performances will be Feb. 25-March 1. Tickets are $17.50 for the public and $10 for ECU student/youth.
The School of Theatre and Dance brings Machinal by playwright and journalist Sophie Treadwell to life April 21-16. Inspired by a real-life case, the main character is a stenographer living with her mother. Soon, her lust for life cannot be restrained when she has an affair with a younger man and they are tried for murder. Tickets are $15 for public and $10 for ECU students/youth.
All performances are in McGinnis Theatre at 8 p.m. except for Sundays at 2 p.m. Parental advisory suggested for both productions. Tickets are available at
or by calling the theatre box office at 252-328-6829.
The title of the show, Random Acts, describes what attendees can expect from School of Theatre and Dance students April 2-3. Dance, musical theatre, poetry and other styles of performance art will be represented in the performance in the Burnette Studio Theatre. Tickets are $5.
Combining circus high jinks, mime, original music and audience involvement, Garry Krinsky: Toying with Science will open the spring ArtSmart and Family Fare Series events Feb. 19. Krinsky and audience members will investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists.
ECU Storybook Theatre presents The Giver, based on Lois Lowry’s book of the same name. The story follows Jonas, who is born into a society with no suffering, hunger, war and hardly any decisions. He is given the assignment of Receiver of Memory, the keeper of painful memories necessary so members of his society can avoid the mistakes of the past. As he learns, he begins to think about how he might change his world.
Both events will be at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. Tickets are $8 students/youth and $11 adults and available at
—Jeannine Manning Hutson and Harley Dartt
NEW MUSIC INITIATIVE
ECU’s North Carolina NewMusic Initiative welcomes the Dorian Wind Quintet, right, on Feb. 6. Recognized by critics, audiences and musicians for its uniquely polished and passionate performances, the Dorian Wind Quintet is one of chamber music’s pre-eminent and longest continuously active ensembles.
On Feb. 8, the NewMusic Initiative presents ECU faculty sopranos Kathryn Mueller and Rachel Copeland with ECU pianist Catherine Garner in a rare presentation of Arnold Schönberg’s The Book of the Hanging Gardens. New York-based new music chamber group loadbang brings its unique lung-powered instrumentation—bass clarinet, trumpet, trombone, baritone voice—to the Initiative stage March 3.
All North Carolina NewMusic Initiative events will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall; the concerts are free and open to the public. For more information, see
or call 252-328-4280.
The ECU Opera Theater presents Susannah, a musical drama in two acts by Carlisle Floyd, conducted by J. Christopher Buddo, directed by John Kramar and starring student members of ECU Opera Theater on March 20 and 21 in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall. Tickets are $20 general admission, $15 faculty/staff/seniors and $5 students and are available at
or by calling 1-800-ECU-ARTS or 252-328-4788.
The ECU Symphony Orchestra will present a concert Feb. 13 with faculty violinist Ara Gregorian and a world premiere composition by ECU composer Ed Jacobs. On March 19, the Symphony Orchestra partners with the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative for a performance of the winning composition of the ECU School of Music Orchestral Composition Competition. In addition, the March 19 performance includes the premiere of Concerto da Camera for Guitar and Chamber Orchestra by ECU composer Mark Taggart with guest guitarist Elliot Frank.
The season concludes April 15 with the orchestra performing with the winning soloist of the 2015-2016 ECU School of Music Concerto Competition. Also in the program is Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 New World.
All three concerts will be at 7:30 p.m. in Wright Auditorium and are free.
ECU’s Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival presents two concert residencies at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall: Quartet Classics on Feb. 4 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. and the season finale April 7 at 7 p.m. and April 8 at 8 p.m. The festival reprises the concerts at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh on Feb. 6 and April 9. For tickets, visit
or call 800-ECU-ARTS or 252-328-4788.
Four Seasons Next Generation concerts are scheduled for Greenville in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on Jan. 21 and at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh on Jan. 24. Next Generation concerts feature guest artists and ECU faculty artists in collaboration with former and current ECU students. They are free.
The Four Seasons Winter Workshop on Jan. 4-9 brings string and piano students from throughout the world to Greenville to study and perform chamber music with renowned artists in a focused six-day format. Students and teachers will perform free public concerts Jan. 8 and 9 in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall.
For more information, call 252-328-6019 or visit
The ECU Symphonic Band and Concert Band will perform Feb. 16 at 7:30 p.m. followed by a free Bandorama spectacular April 12 featuring the Concert Band, the Symphonic Band and the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. Both will be in Wright Auditorium.
The ECU Wind Ensemble and the ECU Jazz Ensemble join forces for the All-District Bands concert at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 5 in Wright Auditorium.
The ECU percussion ensembles will keep the beat in A.J. Fletcher Music Building Room B110 at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 4 and April 20, and there is a swinging ECU jazz chamber music recital in Fletcher Recital Hall on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Trombone is the focus in the recital hall for Trombone Week concerts at 7:30 p.m. March 23 and 24. The ECU Flute Symposium presents concerts in Fletcher Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 26 and 27, and student performers and student composers present their skills at Frequencies and Premiere Performances concerts at the same time in the same venue Feb. 18, March 31 and April 14 as part of the North Carolina NewMusic Initiative.
The Zamba Yawar world music ensemble expands eastern North Carolina’s musical horizon with a concert in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. April 5.
All are free, and the public is invited.
FACULTY AND GUEST ARTISTS
Many acclaimed ECU faculty and guest artists will perform in Greenville in spring 2016. Guitarist Elliot Frank is in concert Jan. 13; cellist Emanual Gruber performs Jan. 29; metzo-soprano Jami Rhodes is joined by pianist Eric Stellrecht on Feb. 1; the Bath Duo presents a violin and piano Valentine’s Day concert Feb. 14; baritone John Kramer joins Stellrecht in concert Feb. 15; Douglas Monroe performs on the clarinet Feb. 20 at 3 p.m.; tenor Daniel Shirley and Stellrecht perform Feb. 22; and pianist Catherine Garner welcomes guest vocalist Serena Hill-LaRoche on Feb. 28 at 3 p.m.
All faculty concerts are in A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall, are free and are at 7:30 p.m. unless noted.
Guest organist Paul Weber, director of sacred music at St. Martin of Tours Parish in Louisville, Kentucky, performs Feb. 26 at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Greenville as part of ECU’s 10th annual Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance. Retired Chicago Symphony hornist Gail Williams comes to A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall for a concert April 1 as does the Juilliard School’s New York Woodwind Quintet on April 16.
All are free and open to the public.
—Jeannine Manning Hutson and Harley Dartt
The ECU Metals Symposium Exhibition will be featured in the Janice Hardison Faulkner Gallery Jan. 13-March 7. The exhibition is in conjunction with the College of Art and Design’s annual Metals Symposium, slated for Jan. 15-17, featuring lectures, demonstrations and workshops. Details and registration information are available at
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery presents The Quickening Image: The Wax-Resist Drawings of David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein exhibition Jan. 21-Feb. 19. Wax resist is a new drawing technique—a layered, large-scale, multimedia one that uses wax as a resist for subsequent ink and charcoal washes. The exhibition features an artist talk Jan. 21 at 5 p.m. in Speight Auditorium and a reception in the gallery at 6 p.m.
The 2016 School of Art and Design undergraduate exhibition will be in the gallery March 3-April 1 with the judge’s talk March 2 at 5 p.m. and the awards ceremony March 3 at 5 p.m., both in Speight Auditorium. A reception follows the awards ceremony in the gallery. The 2016 MFA Thesis Exhibition is April 15-May 20. The reception is April 15 at 5 p.m. The shows are free and open to the public.
-Jeannine Manning Hutson and Harley Dartt
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