Entertainment briefs

May. 02, 2014 @ 10:18 AM

Kidznotes to present ‘Seminario’
DURHAM -- Kidznotes and musicians from other El Sistema programs from Florida to Connecticut will present a free public concert Saturday at 3 p.m. at Holton Career and Resource Center, 401 N. Driver St.
Called the “Seminario,” this gathering of El Sistema-inspired programs is an annual event which is now in its fourth year. This year six groups will be visiting Durham, bringing together more than 150 students.
Preparations for the event have been going on for months. Students ranging from elementary to middle school from all six programs have been working on Beethoven’s “Egmont Overture” and Dvorkak’s “New World Symphony” for full orchestra, and two more pieces for choir. Scott Laird, music and fine arts coordinator at the N.C. School of Science and Math, will direct this concert.
For information, visit www.kidznotes.org.


Cedar Ridge Choirs to perform Broadway classics
HILLSBOROUGH -- The Cedar Ridge High School combined choirs, under the direction of Angie Pegram, will present “Broadway: Past & Present” as their annual spring pops concert May 8 and 9 at 7 p.m.
Presented in two acts, the concert will offer a chronological journey through some of the most iconic and popular musicals in American musical theater history. Barbershop quartets, solos, duets, and ensemble numbers will bring to life some of the most cherished characters and enduring songs from Broadway.
Golden Age musicals will display the genius of Rodgers and Hammerstein, with classics from “Carousel,” “Oklahoma!,” “South Pacific,”  and “The Sound of Music.”
Follow the evolution of musical theater styles from the 1950s shimmy of “Grease,” the 1960s and Motown influence of “Hairspray,” the 1970s intensity and joy of “A Chorus Line,” through the 1990s rock and pop of “Rent.”
Performances will be held in the Cedar Ridge High School Auditorium, 1125 New Grady Brown School Road.
Admission is $5; children under 5 and seniors 65 and older receive free admission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.


Library to host folktales play
DURHAM -- Safiya Johnson of the Good Times Traveling Theatre will perform an original play, “In the Shadow of the Baobab Tree: Folktales from Around the World,” at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Stanford L. Warren Branch Library, 1201 Fayetteville St.
“In the Shadow of the Baobab Tree” takes place at an African bazaar. It features a traveling griot and her magical wild animals, who share international folktales that offer “edutainment” for all ages. These stories promote positive interactions and increase multicultural awareness, while supporting youth development.
Admission is free.


Bonamassa to return to DPAC
DURHAM – Blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa will bring his fall tour to the Durham Performing Arts Center Dec. 4, with a new show for his fans offering two entirely new band line-ups.
The first set will feature Bonamassa alongside the world music acoustic band from his CD and DVD, “An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House.” Bonamassa will then shift into electric mode for the second half of the show featuring his regular touring band.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, in person at the DPAC box office at 123 Vivian St., and through Ticketmaster.com.


Tickets for Botti show on sale today
DURHAM – Trumpeter Chris Botti will return to the Durham Performing Arts Center Nov. 16. This show is presented in partnership with the Carolina Theatre.
Tickets go on sale today at 10 a.m. at DPACnc.com, at 919-680-2787, in person at the DPAC box office at 123 Vivian St., and through Ticketmaster.com.


PlayMakers group headed to Oregon festival
CHAPEL HILL -- Joseph Haj, producing artistic director of PlayMakers Repertory Company, is leading a team of artists from PlayMakers to mount a production of William Shakespeare’s “Pericles” at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Haj, who helmed PlayMakers’ production of the epic adventure in 2008, will direct the Oregon staging set for Feb. 28-Nov. 1, 2015. He takes a creative team with him from Chapel Hill this week to begin the design process. Haj also directed “Henry V” for the festival, following PlayMakers’ rotating repertory production of “The Making of the King: Henry IV & V” (2012).
PlayMakers company members who worked on the 2008 production of “Pericles” will join him in creating the new show. These include scenic designer and assistant professor in the Department of Dramatic Art Jan Chambers and video designer Francesca Talenti, who is professor of media production in the Department of Communications Studies.
Joining them as music director will be Jack Herrick of famed Chapel Hill-based band The Red Clay Ramblers. Herrick wrote original music and songs for PlayMakers’ “Pericles” and performed live during the show, along with an ensemble cast of 14 actor/singer/musicians. Herrick also worked with PlayMakers on the hit musical “Big River.”


Church to present Brass Bonanza
DURHAM -- More than 30 brass players from throughout the Triangle will perform during the Second Annual Bull City Brass Bonanza on Sunday at 3 p.m. in the sanctuary and choir lofts of Trinity United Methodist Church, 215 N. Church St.
Organized by Kent Foss, director of brass music at the church, the Brass Bonanza features four local brass ensembles performing on their own, and merging to form larger ensembles.  The Triangle Tuba Quartet, consisting of two euphoniums and two tubas, will offer a contemporary arrangement of “Serenity Prayer,” and The Conical Quartet, a group that performs on British-style brass instruments, will perform “Divertimento” by Philip Sparke.
The Trinity Trumpets sextet will offer an arrangement of Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” and the 13-member Durham Bullhorns, a brass and percussion ensemble, will play “Trumpet Mambo,” a 2012 composition by Brendan Collins.
Admission to the concert is free. Voluntary contributions will be accepted to benefit the church’s ongoing organ restoration fund in this historic Durham landmark building.


Center to present Jazz and Juleps
DURHAM -- Carillon Assisted Living of Durham will host Jazz and Juleps on the Terrace, to raise funds for the American Tobacco Trail.
Carillon invites guests to enjoy live jazz, mint juleps and hors d’oeuvres on its trellis patio Saturday from 2 to 4 p.m.  The senior assisted living and Alzheimer’s care community is located at 4713 Garrett Road.
The American Tobacco Trail spans more than 22 miles in Durham, Chatham and Wake counties. Rails for Trails fosters a statewide network of non-motorized commuting and recreation trails.
Donations of $25, $50, $100 and up will be accepted and benefit the trail.


Combined choirs to present spring concert
DURHAM – The combined choirs of First Presbyterian Church and Watts Street Baptist Church will present a Spring Choral Concert at First Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m. Saturday. The program will feature the “Gloria” by Antonio Vivaldi as well as anthems by Mozart, Manz, Courtney, and Rutter.
The concert is free and open to the public. First Presbyterian is at 305 E. Main St. The church is handicapped accessible.

--From staff reports