Entertainment Briefs

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 01:44 PM

12th Phoenix Fest is Saturday

DURHAM -- The 12th annual Phoenix Fest will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at Fayetteville Street and Lakewood Avenue.

Phoenix Fest celebrates the cultural legacy of Durham’s historic Hayti community and  delivers a fun-filled day of family-friendly entertainment. After the 9 a.m. opening parade, Fayetteville Street will be transformed into a bazaar with vendor displays and  food, followed by all-day music on center stage until 6 p.m.

Among the performers will be God's Own, Elite Dance of Durham, Dezrick Dixon,    

Mighty Gospel Inspirations and Iron Angel.

Chef Mustapha of Live Free Magazine and his team will host a live cooking demonstration at Phoenix Fest at Live Free Magazine's pavilion

Admission is free. For information, visit www.phoenixfestdurham.com.

NCCU to host jazz jam and competition

DURHAM -- Musicians are invited to bring their instruments to the 3rd Annual Jazz Competition for an open jam session to begin at 3 p.m. Sunday in B.N. Duke Auditorium at North Carolina Central University. Saxophonist Gregg Gelb will be the special guest artist.

NCCU’s Department of Music and the non-profit Salett Art Center are presenting this session. General admission is $20, $5 for students. Proceeds benefit Salett Art Center, which provides music enrichment for underserved youth in North Carolina. For tickets, call 919-530-7214 or 919-247-4630.

Walking tour of Historic Hillsborough slated

HILLSBOROUGH -- Explore the history of the oldest town in Piedmont North Carolina during a walking tour Oct. 12 beginning at 10 a.m. The tour begins at the Alexander Dickson House -- headquarters of Confederate General Joseph E. Johnston in April 1865 -- located at 150 E. King St., and will travel throughout the downtown historic district. 

Other important Hillsborough landmarks visited will include the Hughes Academy, the Regulator Marker, the Old Town Cemetery and the Inn at Teardrops.

For more information call 919-732-7741 or visit www.visithillsboroughnc.com.

COT to kick off season

CHAPEL HILL -- The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle opens its 31st  concert season with a performance Oct. 13 at 3 p.m. at the Carolina Theatre.

The concert, titled “Three From One,” will feature performances of E. Satie's “2 Gymnopedies,” F.J. Haydn’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and J.H. Vorisek’s “Symphony in D.”

This season is dedicated to the memory of Robert Ward, 25-year Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle board member and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer. The orchestra will announce a major campaign to create The Robert Ward Endowment for the Performance of 20th and 21st Century Music.

Celebrating his 25th year with the orchestra, Lorenzo Muti will lead the orchestra as artistic director and conductor.

Season tickets and tickets to the Oct. 13 concert may be purchased by calling 919-560-3030.

Concert band seeking musicians

DURHAM -- The Durham Community Concert Band is made up of members of all ages and levels of musical talent. The band performs in Durham and the surrounding area at fairs, celebrations, hospitals, malls, sporting events, churches, parks and retirement centers. Repertoire includes marches, classical, semi-classical, Broadway, and other popular literature.

The band is inviting musicians to join. No auditions are required. Rehearsals are held Thursdays from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 in the IBM Rehearsal Room at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris St.

For more information visit www.durhamband.org, or send an email to info@durhamband.org.

Mallarmé to present ‘Pinocchio’

DURHAM -- Mallarmé Chamber Players will present “Pinocchio” in Kirby Horton Hall, Sarah P. Duke Gardens, 420 Anderson St., at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

This concert is recommended for children ages 5 to 10 and their families.

The piece by Kate Sullivan is scored for string quartet, percussion and narrator with video. Actor Paul Paliyenko will read the narration. The musicians will use their instruments to add the meows of cats, the groans of whales and the eerie harmonics of monsters.

Tickets are $5 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults. To purchase, visit www.mallarmemusic.org or call 919-560-2788.

String school announces performances

DURHAM – The Duke University String School will present two concerts Oct. 12 in Baldwin Auditorium, on Duke University’s East Campus.

Beginning and intermediate ensembles will perform at 3 p.m. Intermediate II and the Duke University String School Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 7.

Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333.

Honoring the music of Respighi

DURHAM -- Sandra Cotton, mezzo-soprano, and a chamber ensemble will present a concert dedicated to the music of Ottorino Respighi at 4 p.m. Oct. 19 in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University.

The program includes Respighi's Adagio con Varizione, Il Tramonto, String Quartet No. 3 and selected songs.

Cotton is adjunct assistant professor of music at Duke, where she teaches private voice, class voice, diction and musical theater performance.

Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333.

Violinist to present faculty recital

DURHAM – Violinist and Duke University music professor Hsiao-mei Ku will present a faculty recital at 3 p.m. Oct. 20 in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University.

She will perform music by J.S. Bach, Eugene Ysaye, Bright Sheng and Jaroslav Vanecek.

Hsiao-mei Ku is a member of the Ciompi Quartet. In addition to her worldwide performing career, she has developed research and performing interests related to her own heritage, Chinese culture. Her two solo CDs, “Violin and Piano Music by Ma Sicong” (I) and (II), were released by Naxos in 2007 and 2010, respectively.

Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333.

--From staff reports