Fall preview: UNC to commemorate WWI through performing arts

Aug. 28, 2014 @ 09:58 AM

During its 2014-2015 season, Carolina Performing Arts will partner with the Institute of Arts and Humanities’ campuswide World War I Centenary Project, and will present a three-performance program in its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship through the Arts@TheCore program. The season also will include a number of free and public events.

The World War I Centenary Project will present a slate of performances marking the anniversary, among them “The 1910s,” a program from performance artist Taylor Mac Oct. 1 and 2); a program of music commemorating the war by the Kronos Quartet (Feb. 12); and a performance by UNC faculty members of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem” (March 5).
Additional fall season highlights include “The Blues Project” by Chapel Hill native Michelle Dorrance and Dorrance Dance, featuring original music from Toshi Reagon and her band BIGLovely (Sept. 25 and 26). UNC-Chapel Hill alums Mipso and Steep Canyon Rangers will perform Nov. 16. along with Batsheva Dance Company (Nov. 21), Brazilian songwriter and guitarist Milton Nascimento (Nov. 22).
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with trumpeter Wynton Marsalis, always a popular concert in this series, returns Oct. 8. 
For details on the 2014-15 season, including ticket information and an interactive, digital brochure, visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org or call 919-843-3333.
Here are some more fall season highlights:

Sept. 5: “Tales from the Cosmic Ocean,” an Evening of Yakshagana featuring Vidya Kolyur
Sept. 16: Youssou N’Dour
Sept. 28: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Manfred Honeck, conductor and director, with Valentina Lisitsa, piano
Oct. 1 and 2: “The 1910s,” Taylor Mac
Oct. 8: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Oct. 10: The Robert Cray Band
Oct. 22: Gabriel Kahane, “The Ambassador”
Nov. 6 and 7: “Curlew River,” Benjamin Britten’s Homage to the Japanese Noh Play
Nov. 14: Mipso and Steep Canyon Rangers
Nov. 16: Dianne Reeves
Nov. 22: Milton Nascimento
Dec. 8: Jazz for the Holidays, N.C. Jazz Repertory Orchestra with René Marie


PlayMakers Repertory Company, UNC’s professional theater, opens its season with the regional premiere of the Broadway play “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike” by Christopher Durang. The production will run from Sept. 17 to Oct. 5.
The theater’s annual rotating repertory production will present “Into the Woods,” with music and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, book by James Lapine, in conjunction with “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by William Shakespeare. These productions will run Nov. 1 to Dec. 7.
PlayMakers’ second stage series begins Sept. 2 with Roger Guenveur Smith’s new one-man show “Rodney King.”  The production runs through Sept. 7.
For tickets and more information, visit www.playmakersrep.org or by calling 919-962-7529.


UNC’s 2014-2015 Process Series will present seven new artistic works-in-development at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, beginning Aug. 21.
Performances in the series include “The New Generation Project: Contemporizing the African American Art Song and Negro Spiritual,” Sept. 5 and 6, rehearsal room, Kenan Music Building; “Ice Music,” Sept. 12 and 13, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center; “Over the Top,” Oct. 9 and 10, Studio 6, Swain Hall; and “‘King of the Yees,” Nov. 7 and 8, Nelson Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center.
All performances begin at 8 p.m. Shows are free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5 at the door.