In the depths of the Durham Arts Council building last week, the Durham Symphony Orchestra gathered to rehearse its upcoming “A Musical Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.”
It was a weeknight, and the musicians who came were volunteers and paid professionals, some in jeans and T-shirts, others in the business casual they wore all day at an office.
“The Passion of Flamenco” features three performances by Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana at Motorco Music Hall Friday through Sunday, Feb. 27-March 1, and a free, public symposium and flamenco dance class on Saturday, Feb. 28 on Duke University’s East Campus.
Composer Burt Bacharach’s catalogue of melodies is now part of the American songbook even if listeners cannot readily name the composer : “Baby, It’s You,” “Walk on By,” “I Say a Little Prayer for You,” “That’s What Friends Are For." He will be in concert Wednesday, March 4 at the Carolina Theatre.
In “An Enemy of the People,” Dr. Stockmann, a respected member of his community, comes across information that the water in a project considered crucial to the town’s livelihood is contaminated. Stockmann’s intent to publish that information in the local newspaper runs against the wishes of his brother Peter, also the town’s mayor, who argues against disclosure because of possible harm to the town’s economy.
“Mixed Concrete” is back to raise money, awareness and support for families with inadequate housing in Chapel Hill.
What's happening in the area over the next week.
The Carolina Theatre has surpassed its Kickstarter campaign goal of $25,000, collecting $32,395 in pledges, and will be getting new seats.
Get ready, cause here they come. Dozens of hits from the iconic Motown label and legends are packed into a lively, wonderful performance in “Motown the Musical,” on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center through Sunday. The show is sold out. From the sound of the first beat of the first number, “Motown” takes you back and brings you up.
Bassist Rodney Whitaker and trumpeter Etienne Charles are this year’s guest artists for the UNC Music Department’s annual Carolina Jazz Festival. Friday’s headline performer is percussionist Brian Blade and his Fellowship Band. Blade will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20 in Memorial Hall. Whitaker and Charles will perform with the UNC Jazz Band at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21 in the Kenan Music Building.
Ronald K. Brown and Jason Moran expect explosive things to happen when their groups — Brown’s EVIDENCE Dance Company and Moran’s The Bandwagon jazz trio — take the stage for the world premiere of their collaboration: “The Subtle One,” Feb. 20-21 at Duke's Bryan Center.
Mallarmé Chamber Players HIP to perform French baroque program with Choral Society of Durham ... Shelby Lynne coming to Carolina Theatre ... Isley Brothers return to DPAC ... More ...
Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company at UNC-Chapel Hill, has been named the next artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Auditions are under way for the second year of “Amateur Night at the Hayti,” in which performers compete for a chance to appear at the Apollo Theatre of Harlem. Auditions are being held every Saturday from 1-4 p.m. through February and March at the Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St.
Bob Dylan will perform with his band April 25 at the Durham Performing Arts center, the venue announced Thursday.
Mel Melton & The Wicked Mojos will be performing at 54 West Saturday for a Valentine Mardi Gras party. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.
Poet Elizabeth T. Gray Jr. remembers when she became interested in the Battle of Passchendaele, also known as the Third Battle of Ypres. She was in the 11th grade and was doing a report on World War I for a class in modern European history and ran across some articles in the Illustrated London News, written during the war.