It’s taken a few days to come down from the exhilarating high produced by the Carolina Performing Arts concert by The Knights and Gil Shaham. As the program noted, The Knights is a chamber orchestra that defies boundaries with programs that showcase a passion for artistic discovery. Gil Shaham is one of the foremost violinists of our time.
The entire performance was a metaphor for “joy.” The orchestra conveys the feeling that these largely young musicians have gathered for the sheer pleasure of musical expression—it could have been in somebody’s home—but we were fortunate to experience the elation on the stage of Memorial Hall. Gil Shaham added, if even possible, an exuberance that still, weeks later, lights my day.
It was especially exciting to share this experience with many, many students in the audience. Several were discussing their plans for Gil Shaham’s master class the following morning. Imagine. It is extraordinary that the world class artists who share their talent and creativity in Memorial Hall often spend the next day sharing their passion for the arts with students and faculty on our campus. I understand from CPA staff that the willingness to immerse themselves in these master classes–so central to the mission of the university–even guides the selection of artists. Rarely, if ever, does an artist decline the opportunity.
What could Big Time sports—football and basketball—learn from Carolina Performing Arts?
For all the costs in academic integrity, public relations and legal fees, disruptions to the life of the community on game days, what, ultimately are we left with other than the temporary thrill of these circus-like events and tribal loyalty? The Knights’ performance of Beethoven’s Third Symphony, the Eroica, indeed provoked heroic thoughts and feelings.
— Lew Margolis
With the new year now upon us, lots of folks are making big plans for big trips and exotic experiences in 2016. But this year, you might also resolve to stay in Orange County – and take advantage of the experiences available right in your back yard.
Laurie Paolicelli of the Orange County Community Relations Department came up with a list of 10 things you can do in our community this year. How many can you check off in 2016?
Listen to Laurie’s conversation with WCHL’s Aaron Keck.
1. Take in a show at Memorial Hall. Carolina Performing Arts has a full calendar of shows, including Lil Buck @ Chapel Hill, A Jookin’ Jam Session in mid-April. Visit CarolinaPerformingArts.org for a list of shows, showtimes and tickets.
5. Check out Riverwalk in Hillsborough. Afterwards, head to Hillsborough Wine company, sit and window watch and have a glass of wine. Or enjoy hot tea at Weaver Street Market. (Inside tip: Bandido’s has the best guacamole around.)
6. Honeysuckle Tea House is a must-do for 2016, especially if you’ve never been. One of Orange County’s greatest hidden treasures.
7. Ice cream at Maple View. ‘Nuff said.
8. Take a class. We all get busy, but learning something new expands the brain and is a depression buster. The ArtsCenter in Carrboro offers courses in ceramics, dance, healing arts, jewelry making, photography, theater, improv, writing, and youth arts. Or take in a lecture at the Friday Center or on campus. (The GAA’s popular Civil War series is a good bet.)
10. Take in a show! Head downtown and check out the DSI Comedy Theater on West Franklin Street, one of the best improv theaters in the entire country…or if it’s a movie you’re after, head to Silverspot in University Place.http://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/resolve-to-experience-orange-county-in-2016
A trio of nonprofits wants to partner with Carrboro to build a four-story “Arts & Innovation Center” downtown.
The ArtsCenter and Kidzu are asking the Town of Carrboro to build a 55,000 square foot building across the street from Armadillo Grill to be known as the Carrboro Arts & Innovation Center.
The proposal calls for the lot at the corner of Robeson and Main Streets to be donated to the town, which currently leases the property for parking.
Carrboro would contribute $4.5 million of the $12.1 million construction cost for the building. Some of that money would be generated by a new hotel proposed for the site of the current ArtsCenter. The nonprofits would raise the rest through donations, foundations and grants.
Under the current plan the town would own the building and lease it to the three groups in partnership.
The Board of Aldermen voted 6-1 on Tuesday to hold a public hearing on the plan when meetings resume in January. The hearing is scheduled for January 20, 2015.You can find out more here.http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/nonprofits-want-carrboro-collaborate-arts-center
Known for their spectacular and cutting-edge shows, Carolina Performing Arts released the schedule for their upcoming season. Kicking off the launch with an elegant celebration and speech by Emil Kang there is no doubt this season will do anything less than dazzle and inspire.