The national tour of the Broadway hit “The Book of Mormon” takes the spotlight on stage at the Durham Performing Arts Center for the spring arts and entertainment season.
“The Book of Mormon” will be at DPAC Feb. 11-23 and is already sold out. It is playing in Charlotte now and will be performed for audiences in San Francisco, Cincinnati, Los Angeles and Atlanta between now and its Durham arrival. The musical is by Trey Parker and Matt Stone, the creators of the long-running animated television show “South Park,” along with Robert Lopez, a co-creator of “Avenue Q.” As the title indicates, “The Book of Mormon” is a satire of the religious denomination. It has won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical.
The premiere of a new work by Durham composer Stephen Jaffe is among the highlights of Mallarmé Chamber Players’ second HIP Music Festival. “HIP” stands for Historically Informed Performance, and the entire festival will be performed on Renaissance and baroque period instruments with historical performance practices.
The Wayne Shorter Quartet is the headlining act for the 37th annual Carolina Jazz Festival, put on by the Jazz Studies Program at UNC. Shorter will perform Feb. 21 in Memorial Hall.
Artists in residence for this year’s festival are Rahsaan Barber, saxophone, and Roland Barber, trombone. Both artists will perform with and give clinics to student groups.
Here are some events, in no particular order, that shaped arts and culture in the Durham area in 2013.
The Bull City may not have an official New Year’s Eve celebration, but there are plenty of opportunities to welcome 2014. Here are a few:
In 2013 the visual arts in the Triangle covered the spectrum. Time, love, activist Indian art, a feminist Kenyan-American, Doris Duke’s Shangri La and Porsches were just a few of the artistic wonders woven into the cultural fabric of the Triangle. The museums organized and hosted these shows and each in its own way added to our rich local art scene.
The year in Entertainment in The Herald-Sun coverage area includes Broadway and Hollywood making regular visits to town, with some staying for a night or much longer. Durham and Chapel Hill have plenty of homegrown entertainment, too. Here are a few news making events in 2013:
Hayti Heritage Center’s annual observance of Kwanzaa begins with ceremonies Dec. 27, the second day of the holiday. On that day, observers celebrate the principle of Kujichagulia, or self-determination.
The observance begins at 5 p.m. with a marketplace. Local vendors will be selling jewelry, traditional clothing, art, books and more. Also beginning at 5, fathers will be serving food they cooked.
When Ricky Skaggs was growing up in Kentucky, hearing the bluegrass standard “Christmas Time’s A Comin’” on the radio meant that the holiday was indeed around the corner. Christmas didn’t come early like it does today, Skaggs said in a phone interview with The Herald-Sun from his home in Nashville, Tenn., last week.
Rhythm and blues artist KEM starting writing his new song, “Jesus,” years ago. It’s featured on the new deluxe edition of his “What Christmas Means” album and features fellow R&B greats Patti LaBelle and Ron Isley.
Pavelid Castaneda, a Chapel Hill-based harpist who is originally from Colombia, has released “Fiesta en Naranjal,” a collection of 11 original compositions. On his website, Castaneda discusses his preference for harpists who think outside of traditional classical repertoire. (Castaneda writes that he likes and performs the music of Carlos Santana.)
“Mother Russia” conjures up images of great writers; vast expanses of unbelievable cold; royal courts with tsars and tsarinas, the peasants or serfs, who were little more than slaves; the psychic Rasputin; the assassinations of the last tsar and his family; and the people’s devotion to the Eastern Orthodox Church. All this is part of the mystique surrounding this exhibition of more than 200 decorative and religious objects, which date from the first Romanov, Peter the Great (1672-1725), to Nicholas II (1868-1918), the last.
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