Madama Butterfly: Japan and its Western Representations

In collaboration with the North Carolina Opera’s performance of Madama Butterfly

On February 17, 1904, nine days after the start of the Russo-Japanese war—a conflict that confirmed Japan’s status as a major world power–Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly was first performed. The opera has been among the most beloved and produced pieces in the genre ever since. This seminar will introduce participants to the opera’s origins, music, and context, and the variety of ways it’s been staged. While participants will appreciate the in-depth examination of the piece itself, this seminar will also feature discussions of the meanings, risks, and rewards of cross-cultural representations. In an age where “cultural appropriation” is frowned upon, where does this century-old classic stand? Participants will have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for the NC Opera production of Madama Butterfly.

Topics & Speakers

Staging Madama Butterfly through the Ages
Eric Mitchko, General Director, North Carolina Opera

One Fine Day (or not): Some Problems in the Music of Madama Butterfly
Tim Carter, David G. Frey Distinguished Professor of Music

Three Divas of Japan
Jan Bardsley, Professor of Asian Studies

Pinning the Butterfly: Western Receptions of Madama Butterfly
Inger S. B. Brodey, Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature

Engagement or Appropriation: Art, Aesthetics, and the Other
A panel discussion with our speakers

Time & Cost

9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, October 24, 2015. The tuition is $140 ($125 by September 3). Tuition for teachers is $70 ($62.50 by September 3). Teachers can also receive a $75 stipend after attending (click here for more information) and 10 contact hours for 1 unit of renewal credit. Lunch is included.

Exclusive Ticket Offer: Discounted tickets are available for the NC Opera performances on Fri. Oct 30, 2015 8:00 PM or Sun Nov 1, 2015 3:00 PM. The special pricing is for select ORCH Level seating at $60 (normally priced at $95). Tickets won’t last long! Ask how you can purchase them when you register for this seminar.

For information about lodging click here.

Co-Sponsored by the General Alumni Association.

For information about GAA discounts and other scholarships available to Humanities Program participants, click here.

Register for this seminar.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/madama-butterfly-japan-western-representations/

The Doug Largent Trio at Looking Glass Cafe

The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Donovan Cheatham on drums plays organ trio jazz at Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/doug-largent-trio-looking-glass-cafe-46/

The Doug Largent Trio at Looking Glass Cafe

The Doug Largent Trio at Looking Glass Cafe. The Doug Largent Trio featuring Brad Maiani on guitar and Donovan Cheatham on drums plays organ trio jazz will be performing at the Looking Glass Cafe in Carrboro.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/doug-largent-trio-looking-glass-cafe-47/

Wignall-Carlstrom Project – Free-form classical/jazz

The Wignall-Carlstrom Project will be performing at Johnny’s Gone Fishing. Two free-form artists come together to form impromptu rhythms and musical motifs. Trev Wignall plays the electric violin and Denver Carlstrom on the piano.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/wignall-carlstrom-project-free-form-classicaljazz/

Triple Delight at United Church of Chapel Hill

Triple Delight at United Church of Chapel Hill, a benefit chamber music concert will feature trios by Beethoven, Klughardt, and Herzogenberg. Performers are Glenn Mehrbach, pianist; Judy Konanc, oboist; Tim Dyess, horn; Kitty Stalberg, violist; Paul Verderber, bassoonist. The appealing music is from the Classical and Romantic periods. The concert is a benefit event for the “Help Somebody’s Kid” rainy day loan fund, administered by Mental Health America of the Triangle.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/triple-delight-at-united-church-of-chapel-hill/

Thursday Night Jazz at The Strowd

Come Thursday nights for live jazz at The Strowd. Enjoy this upscale bar and nightclub featuring works by contemporary artist Murry Handler. Martinis are $5 and wine bottles half-price. Full bar with 16 craft beers on tap, extensive bourbon and whiskey selections and signature cocktails, along with a small plates menu. Featuring Franklin Street views and a lounge area. Located above Sutton’s Drug Store with convenient parking in back at the Wallace Deck on Rosemary.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/thursday-night-jazz-at-the-strowd/2015-08-20/

Thursday Night Jazz at The Strowd

Come Thursday nights for live jazz at The Strowd. Enjoy this upscale bar and nightclub featuring works by contemporary artist Murry Handler. Martinis are $5 and wine bottles half-price. Full bar with 16 craft beers on tap, extensive bourbon and whiskey selections and signature cocktails, along with a small plates menu. Featuring Franklin Street views and a lounge area. Located above Sutton’s Drug Store with convenient parking in back at the Wallace Deck on Rosemary.

http://chapelboro.com/calendars/thursday-night-jazz-at-the-strowd/2015-08-27/

Weekend Music Festival Will “Be Loud”

It’s time to “Be Loud!”

This Friday and Saturday, August 28-29, Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro will play host to the “Be Loud ’15” festival – two days of music and more, all to raise money for the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation.

Organized by Niklaus and Lucy Steiner, the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation is named in honor of Sophie Steiner, a Chapel Hill teen who died of cancer in 2013. The Steiners have worked ever since to raise funds to support programs for teens with cancer, to ensure they’re able to maintain lives as normal as possible while receiving treatment. The foundation has raised more than $350,000 in just two years; among other things, the funds have gone to support a new teen cancer advocate at UNC Hospitals.

The Be Loud ’15 Festival will feature two days of music, with bands including Southern Culture on the Skids, John Howie Jr. and the Rosewood Bluff, the Neil Diamond Allstars, the Chicken Wire Gang, The Veldt, Dillon Fence, The Vernacular, and Preeesh! (Preeesh! is a local supergroup uniting for the first time at the festival – including members of The Pressure Boys, Dag, Let’s Active, and Ben Folds Five.) Tickets are $40 for the weekend, $20 for Friday or Saturday night, and $10 for the Saturday matinee, with proceeds going to the Foundation.

Robb Ladd and Brian Dennis of Preeesh! joined Aaron Keck on WCHL last week.

 

John Howie, Jr. and festival co-organizer Steve Balcom joined Aaron on WCHL Tuesday.

 

To learn more about the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, visit BeLoudSophie.org.

To learn more about the Be Loud ’15 Festival – and to get tickets – visit CatsCradle.com or BeLoudFestival.com.

http://chapelboro.com/news/arts/weekend-music-festival-will-be-loud/

Tokyo Rosenthal Program Kicks Off New Season

A new season of “The Tokyo Rosenthal Program” is underway. The first show airs this Saturday at 8 pm on WCHL.

Rosenthal told WCHL’s Ron Stutts the show is a mix of musical performances and conversations with musical artists recorded live at the Pittsboro Roadhouse.

You can listen to Tokyo’s conversation with Ron below:

 

“We’re very rootsy. The show itself we put together, I call it old-timey radio. You know, I sit there, I do the spot live, and we have a lot of fun teasing our sponsor too,” Rosenthal said.

The program airs at 8 pm Saturday and Sunday nights on WCHL. But Rosenthal encourages listeners to come to the live performances, which are taped at the Pittsboro Roadhouse every Thursday at 8 pm.

“It’s a great atmosphere, it’s a great room there, great food, a great bar,” he said. “Just come on down there and watch us do it and fumble over ourselves, and hear what it really sounds like before it gets edited and shows up on WCHL.”

No tickets are required for entrance. This Thursday’s performance features singer/songwriters Glenn Spayth and David Dixon.

Check out videos of Glenn Spayth and David Dixon below:

 

 

http://chapelboro.com/news/entertainment/tokyo-rosenthal-program-kicks-off-new-season/

Americana Legends Robin And Linda Williams Play ArtsCenter Friday

They’ve been together for more than 40 years, they’ve been regular guests on “A Prairie Home Companion,” they’ve been covered by Kathy Mattea and Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmylou Harris and more – and on Friday at 8:00 pm, the singer/songwriters Robin and Linda Williams will take the stage at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.

WCHL’s Aaron Keck spoke with Robin and Linda on “Aaron in the Afternoon” Wednesday – and played the song “On and On” from their latest album, “Back 40.”

 

Ticket information for Friday’s show is available at ArtsCenterLive.org. For more on Robin and Linda Williams, click here.

http://chapelboro.com/news/arts/americana-legends-robin-linda-williams-play-artscenter-friday/