Entertainment briefs

Apr. 10, 2014 @ 09:32 AM

Briar Chapel to celebrate Earth Day
CHAPEL HILL -- Briar Chapel by Newland Communities will launch its Sixth Annual Earth Day Celebration Saturday. For the first time, all Briar Chapel homebuilder teams will compete in the Annual Earth Day Briar Chapel 5k Run and Kids’ Dash at 9:30 a.m. to benefit the Abundance Foundation, an organization that strengthens communities by improving food systems, increasing renewable energy education and developing local economies.
The race will feature runner teams from Saussy Burbank, M/I Homes, Garman Homes, Beazer Homes, ForeverHome, Homes By Dickerson, David Weekley Homes and Drees Homes.
Following the race, the Briar Chapel Earth Day Festival, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., will feature food from local vendors, including Barone Meatballs, Citizen Yogurt and Captain Ponchos food trucks, as well as a beer truck from Carolina Brewery.
Visitors also can participate in outdoor games, DJ music and “green” family activities, such as face painting, gardening, bubble artists and an “upcycling” craft contest from The Scrap Exchange.
All events are free and open to the public and will be hosted in the Boulder Park in Briar Chapel. For information on the Earth Day celebration, visit briarchapelnc.com and click on the Earth Day page.

Musical Empowerment to hold benefit
CHAPEL HILL -- Musical Empowerment is hosting its second annual benefit concert   April 15 at the University United Methodist Church, 105 E. Franklin St. Performers include UNC Chapel Hill student a cappella groups The Achordants and The Clef Hangers, and featured guests Joe Kwon, Scott Avett, Seth Avett, Paul Defiglia, and Tania Elizabeth of the Avett Brothers.
The benefit concert will build upon Musical Empowerment’s mission to connect UNC students to the youth of our local community by taking the student teacher-mentee relationship from the rehearsal room to center stage.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and tickets are $30 for the public and $20 for UNC Chapel Hill students. Tickets may be purchased online at https://musical-empowerment-benefit-concert-tickets-2014.eventbrite.com/.
All proceeds from the event will support Musical Empowerment’s Instrument Lending Program. Founded in 2012, the program has succeeded in expanding access to music education for children in need from the Chapel Hill and Carrboro communities by establishing a library of loaner instruments.

Artists to take on global warming
HILLSBOROUGH -- Thirteen “Hot Earth Artists Troupe” (HEAT) members are responding to global warming with a one-night-only exhibit at Hillsborough Artists Cooperative’s Skylight Gallery April 25, from 6 to 9 p.m. 
For one night, HEAT “will take the planetary crisis out of the experts’ hands.” Organized by painter Jennifer Miller, the exhibit features photographs, conceptual and physical sculptures, paintings, textiles, jewelry, and more by artists Donn Young, Hunter Levinsohn, Jayne Bomberg, Tiffney Marley, Tom Guthrie, Deede Miller, Godi Godar, Lindsley Bowen, Michael Brown, Anne Gregory-Bepler, RAMCELL, and Louise Francke.
The HEAT exhibit is free, held in conjunction with Hillsborough’s Last Friday celebration and art walk, at the Skylight Gallery, 102 W. King St., upstairs over Antonia’s Restaurant.  For information, call 919-644 8637. 

Carolina Ballet to present ‘Sleeping Beauty’
RALEIGH -- Carolina Ballet will end its 16th season with a production of “Sleeping Beauty” to Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet score, accompanied by live music of the Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle, May 15-18 at Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. 
The company will perform the ballet May 15 at 8 p.m., May 16 at 8 p.m., May 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. and May 18 at 2 p.m.
This performance will mark the third time for Carolina Ballet to present “Sleeping Beauty” to Triangle audiences, but it is only the first time the company will have live symphonic music to accompany it, conducted by the company’s music director Alfred E. Sturgis.  Artistic Director Robert Weiss has collaborated with Triangle area arts organizations since the company’s first season when it presented “Messiah” with the Raleigh Oratorio Society (now the North Carolina Master Choral), and a program of ballets accompanied by the Ciompi Quartet.
Ticket prices range from $27 to $68 and Saturday matinee tickets are $23 to $58. There is a $10 student rush ticket one hour before the show.  Tickets may be purchased by calling the Carolina Ballet box office at 919-719-0900 or through Ticketmaster at 919-982-2787 or www.ticketmaster.com.

Symphony to premiere sax concerto
DURHAM -- The Duke Wind Symphony, directed by Verena Mösenbichler-Bryant, will present the world premiere of David Kirkland Garner's “Soprano Saxophone Concerto” with Susan Fancher, soloist, at 8 p.m. April 17 in Baldwin Auditorium.
The concert also includes works by Shostakovich, Steven Bryant, John Mackey, and selections from “The Lord of the Rings” by Johan de Meij.
Garner's compositions draw on pre-existing material to create music that is familiar yet unconventional. He has won first prizes in the Ossia, Red Note and National Association of Composers USA competitions.
Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333 or visit music.duke.edu.

Students to perform chamber pieces
DURHAM – Undergraduate students will perform chamber music from the 18th to 21st centuries for string quartet, piano trio, saxophone quartet, and other combinations at 7 p.m. April 22 in the Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building at Duke University.
Students will perform music by composers Antonín Dvořák, Ludwig van Beethoven, Sergei Prokofiev, Béla Bartók and Jean Françaix.
Admission is free. For information, call 919-660-3333 or visit music.duke.edu.

-- From staff reports