Music The Bard inspired
HILLSBOROUGH -- St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church will present a concert titled “Shakespeare: Music’s Muse” March 1, at 7:30 p.m. featuring Andrea Edith Moore, soprano, and David Heid, pianist. Moore and Heid will be joined by poet Jeffery Beam and writer Jane Holding.
Considered by many to be the greatest writer of all time, William Shakespeare exerted a powerful influence, not only on literature and drama, but on the other arts as well. Composers of every age, from the Renaissance to present day, have created music expressly for the performance of his plays and sonnets as well as music inspired by and based upon his works.
Tickets are $10 and available from the church office. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church is at 210 St. Mary’s Road. For information, call 919-732-9308 or visit www.stmatthewshillsborough.org.
Last Fridays series kicks off
HILLSBOROUGH -- The extended season of the Hillsborough Arts Council’s Last Fridays Art Walk begins Feb. 28. Many Last Fridays venues -- art galleries, artist studios, jewelers, boutique shops and restaurants -- will have artist and opening receptions from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
The Hillsborough Arts Council Gallery and Gift Shop at 102 N. Churton St. will present “Mind and Spirit-Color Poems on Canvas” featuring the paintings of Sandy Alexander McBride.
The Hillsborough Gallery of Arts at 121 N. Churton St. will present “It’s All About the Story” featuring works by 22 local artists inspired by the short stories of local author Jill McCorkle.
Brochures with a map of the Last Fridays Art Walk are available at any of the participating venues. Information is available at www.lastfridaysartwalk.org or at the Hillsborough Arts Council at 919-643-2500, or www.hillsboroughartscouncil.org.
O’Brien and Moore to perform music from new album
DURHAM -- Mollie O’Brien and Rich Moore will be appearing with Eric Thorin at Five Oaks Clubhouse, 5109 Pine Cone Drive, at 8 p.m. Saturday. The duo recently released “Love Runner,” their second studio recording. The recording includes classics of the American songbook and three original songs.
Tickets are $20. To purchase, email email@example.com or visit www.fortyacres.org.
Salon to focus on ‘venue matching’
CARRBORO -- The next Artists' Salon, sponsored by the Orange County Arts Commission, will be held Feb. 21 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the West End Theatre at The ArtsCenter, 300-G E. Main St.
This month’s topic will be "Artist and Venue Matchmaking," presented by Meg McGurk, executive director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, and representatives from 2nd Friday ArtWalk venues.
Artists are asked to bring 30 copies of their informal portfolio to distribute to 2nd Friday ArtWalk venues. The 2nd Friday ArtWalk takes place in Carrboro and Chapel Hill from 6 to 9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.
Artists who plan to attend this salon are asked to RSVP to the Orange County Arts Commission at 919-968-2011 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festifall seeking artists’ applications
CHAPEL HILL -- Applications for artist booths at Chapel Hill’s 42nd Annual Festifall Arts Festival are now being accepted online by the Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation Department. Festifall will take place Oct. 5 from noon to 6 p.m. on West Franklin Street.
In addition to visual art, Festifall also features local music, dance and food. Interactive events and hands-on activities also are available.
Interested artists may apply online at www.townofchapelhill.org/festifall. Applications must be accompanied by a fee of $25 and are due on May 30. Applicants’ images will be reviewed by a panel of local artist jurors, and artists will be notified regarding their status on or before June 27.
More information can be found at www.townofchapelhill.org/festifall. Questions about registration for Festifall 2014 can be emailed to email@example.com.
Orange County awards arts grants
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Board of County Commissioners of Orange County honored the Orange County Arts Commission’s Fall 2013 arts grant recipients with award checks totaling $24,926.
The grant recipients are ArtsCenter, BUMP (Boston Urban Music Project): The Triangle, Chapel Hill-Carrboro Public School Foundation,
Iris Thompson Chapman, Door to Door of UNC Health Care, Extraordinary Ventures, Janice French. Friends of the Carrboro Branch Library, Grady A. Brown Elementary School PTA. Rob Hamilton, Tinka Jordy, McDougle Elementary School PTA, Northside Elementary School PTA, One Song Productions, Orange County Artists Guild,
Phillips Middle School PTSA, Preservation Chapel Hill, Barbara Tyroler, UNC Center for the Study of the American South, Women’s Voices Chorus.
The Orange County Arts Commission is a county agency that supports the arts in Orange County, which includes Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough.
Ledisi tour coming to DPAC
DURHAM -- Grammy-nominated vocalist Ledisi will hit the road this spring on a 30-city tour titled after her new album, “The Truth,” scheduled for release March 11. The tour comes to the Durham Performing Arts Center May 6. Opening up for Ledisi will be The Robert Glasper Experiment.
Tickets go on sale today at noon at www.DPACnc.com, at the box office 919-680-2787, or through Ticketmaster.com.
Murphey School to present 7th show
DURHAM – Triangle writers Wilton Barnhardt, Minrose Gwin, Starr Seward and Tony Peacock will join an all-North Carolina troupe for the next Murphey School Radio Show March 1.
The show will feature music, comedy and readings by local musicians and writers. It is billed as “A Celebration of Triangle Wit, Lit and Music.” Musical guests will be Mappamundi and Ironing Board Sam. Regular performers Robert Griffin, Jennifer Evans, Jay Cartwright, Rick Keena, Peter Kramer, and others will return.
This show will be the seventh all-volunteer radio show since October 2011.
Nonprofit organizations that will benefit from the show are Meals On Wheels of Durham and Farmer Foodshare.
Two performances are planned – a matinee at 3 p.m. with a repeat performance at 7 p.m. The evening performance will be recorded for broadcast on WCHL 97.9 FM. Shows will be at historic Murphey School at 3717 Murphey School Road, at the intersection with Old N.C. 10. Tickets and more information are available at murpheyschoolradio.net.
--From staff reports