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Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill

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114 E Cameron Avenue, Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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December 2014
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The Nutcracker – Carolina Ballet

December 6 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Every day until December 7, 2014

Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic returns to Memorial Hall each season, capturing the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this spectacular production, with lavish scenery, and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from the national and world media, Carolina Ballet has staged 80 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss was artistic director…

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The Nutcracker – Carolina Ballet

December 6 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic returns to Memorial Hall each season, capturing the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this spectacular production, with lavish scenery, and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from the national and world media, Carolina Ballet has staged 80 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss was artistic director…

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The Nutcracker – Carolina Ballet

December 7 @ 2:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Every day until December 7, 2014

Carolina Ballet’s holiday fantasy classic returns to Memorial Hall each season, capturing the irrepressible imagination of a child’s world in which all things are possible. Toys spring to life, children appear out of thin air and dancers float high above the stage in this spectacular production, with lavish scenery, and more than 100 performers. Garnering critical praise from the national and world media, Carolina Ballet has staged 80 world premiere ballets and toured internationally. Artistic Director/CEO Robert Weiss was artistic director…

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Jazz for the Holidays – North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra with René Marie

December 8 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Our North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra (NCJRO) returns to Memorial Hall with sizzling vocalist René Marie to celebrate the holidays in style. Led by co-founder and trumpeter Jim Ketch, director of jazz studies and professor of music at UNC-Chapel Hill, NCJRO showcases North Carolina’s finest jazz musicians, performing classic jazz and big band music by giants such as Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Benny Goodman, Dizzy Gillespie and more.

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January 2015
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Dunsinane – National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Shakespeare Company

January 29, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Macbeth is dead. An English army has swept through the landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, the commanding officer is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. Directed by Roxana Silbert, this exhilarating play by award-winning playwright David Greig is a vision…

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Dunsinane – National Theatre of Scotland and The Royal Shakespeare Company

January 30, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Macbeth is dead. An English army has swept through the landscape, killed the tyrant and taken the seat of power. Attempting to restore peace and put in place a new ruler, the commanding officer is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising. Increasingly isolated from his own men and Scottish allies alike, his efforts to restore order appear futile as the situation spins out of control. Directed by Roxana Silbert, this exhilarating play by award-winning playwright David Greig is a vision…

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The Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, conductor and artistic director

January 31, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The Mariinsky Orchestra and dazzling conductor Valery Gergiev return to Memorial Hall for the fourth time with two passionately Russian concerts. One of the oldest musical institutions in Russia, founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Orchestra enjoys a long and distinguished history. Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, is a prominent figure in all the world’s major concert halls,…

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February 2015
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The Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev, conductor and artistic director

February 1, 2015 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

The Mariinsky Orchestra and dazzling conductor Valery Gergiev return to Memorial Hall for the fourth time with two passionately Russian concerts. One of the oldest musical institutions in Russia, founded in the 18th century during the reign of Peter the Great and housed in St. Petersburg’s famed Mariinsky Theatre since 1860, the Orchestra enjoys a long and distinguished history. Valery Gergiev, artistic and general director of the Mariinsky Theatre, is a prominent figure in all the world’s major concert halls,…

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Audra McDonald

February 6, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Unparalleled in the breadth and versatility of her artistry as both singer and actress, Audra McDonald is blessed with a radiant soprano voice and an incomparable gift for dramatic story-telling. Equally at home on Broadway and opera stages, film and television, her record-tying five Tony Awards, two Grammy Awards and a long list of other accolades place her among today’s most enthralling performers. A veteran of the NBC series Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and ABC’s medical drama Private…

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Kronos Quartet – Beyond Zero 1914-1918

February 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Dubbed The War to End All Wars, World War I ushered in a century of warfare that continues into this millennium. What were the lessons of The Great War and how can they be applied to today’s world? How did artists bear witness and respond to the human tragedy of the war in Europe a century ago, and what can artists and audiences do in response to wars being fought around the globe today? This new multimedia work commemorates the…

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Irvin Mayfield and the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra

February 15, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Celebrate Mardi Gras with New Orleans trumpeter, bandleader, composer, arranger, professor, businessman, cultural ambassador and recording artist Irvin Mayfield. Winner of a Grammy Award and a Billboard Contemporary Latin Jazz Award, he’s on a mission to put jazz at the center of American culture. With more than 16 recordings, numerous collaborations and four orchestral commissions, Mayfield is one of the most recorded and decorated jazz musicians of his generation. As founder/artistic director, he has positioned the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra…

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Shantala Shivalingappa – Akasha

February 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Lauded as a rare dancer by artists and connoisseurs the world over and described by The New York Times as “divinely gifted” and “intoxicating,” Shantala Shivalingappa brings a captivating contemporary sensibility to the 2,000-year-old traditional South Indian Kuchipudi dance form. Deeply moved and inspired by the grace and purity of Kuchipudi, she dedicated herself to intense and rigorous training from one of its greatest teachers, Vempati Chinna Satyam. Her ensuing associations with seminal choreographers and directors including Pina Bausch and…

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Brian Blade and The Fellowship Band

February 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Master drummer and composer Brian Blade returns to Memorial Hall, this time with his own magnificent Fellowship Band. Widely acknowledged as one of the most versatile and accomplished drummers in music, he has appeared on albums by Herbie Hancock, Kenny Garrett, Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell, Norah Jones, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois, and toured with Chick Corea in the high-profile Five Peace Band. Since 2000, he has been a member of the iconic Wayne Shorter Quartet. Grand in scope and…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 24, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every day until February 25, 2015

One of the world’s most cherished dance companies returns to Memorial Hall each season. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a fabled performance in 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. As a vital American cultural ambassador, the Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people around the globe as…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 25, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
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Every day until February 25, 2015

One of the world’s most cherished dance companies returns to Memorial Hall each season. Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater grew from a fabled performance in 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young African-American modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. As a vital American cultural ambassador, the Ailey company has gone on to perform for an estimated 23 million people around the globe as…

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A Lecture with Yo-Yo Ma and Members of the Silk Road Ensemble

February 26, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Yo-Yo Ma, one of the world’s most celebrated musicians, and members from the Silk Road Ensemble will give a free talk on the intersection of arts and public life. The discussion will be moderated by Emil Kang, Carolina Performing Arts’ Executive and Artistic Director, following opening remarks from Dr. Karen M. Gil, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. Yo-Yo Ma’s multi-faceted career is testament to his continual search for new ways to communicate with audiences. As an appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace, Ma has organized teaching…

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The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

February 27, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Returning to Memorial Hall, the treasured Silk Road Ensemble with cello superstar Yo-Yo Ma draws together intriguing performers and composers from more than 20 countries in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Vigorously exploring each other’s traditions and celebrating the multiplicity of approaches to music from around the world, instrumental and vocal artists of almost unimaginable virtuosity delve into a cornucopia of musical ideas. With high-energy performances rooted in Eastern and Western traditions, they develop repertoire that responds to the multicultural…

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March 2015
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Britten’s War Requiem, Op. 66

March 5, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

British composer Benjamin Britten’s huge and tremendously powerful War Requiem was acclaimed as a masterpiece from its inception. Dedicated to four friends who were killed during World War I and interspersing the Latin Mass for the Dead with nine poems by English poet Wilfred Owen – a World War I foot soldier killed a week before the Armistice – Britten’s anti-war sentiment is drenched in the senseless brutality inflicted on youth in battle. Four-time Grammy-winning tenor Anthony Dean Griffey returns…

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard and Tamara Stefanovich, pianos

March 18, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Pierre-Laurent Aimard returns to Memorial Hall with his protégé, Tamara Stefanovich, in a very special two-piano performance of works by French composer/conductor Pierre Boulez, winner of 26 Grammy Awards and one of the most important contributors to the development of 20th-century music. A key figure in the music of our time and a uniquely significant interpreter of piano repertoire from every age, Aimard enjoys an internationally celebrated career that transcends traditional boundaries. Bristling with dexterous wizardry and colossal energy, Stefanovich…

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Sanam Marvi – Songs from The Lands of Five Rivers

March 20, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The young and mesmerizing Pakistani Sufi/folk singer Sanam Marvi explores the music of the Punjab – the land of five rivers. Straddling the India-Pakistan border, the Punjab was divided in two by the 1947 Partition of India. The songs of Punjab emerge from the Sufi romances of Heer Ranjha, Sohni Mahiwal and Mirza Sahiban, many episodes of which are set on the banks of Punjab’s rivers. Sanam will also interpret hymns by saint-poets Baba Farid and Kabir Das as championed…

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Brooklyn Rider

March 28, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The game-changing string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Memorial Hall with eclectic repertoire in gripping performances that attract legions of fans and draw rave reviews from classical, world music and rock critics alike. Equally at home in clubs and concert halls and hailed as “the future of chamber music” (Strings), the quartet’s visionary programming, global collaborations and informal stage presence “demystify contemporary classical music and invite everyone into the tent.” (Time Out New York). National Public Radio credits Brooklyn Rider…

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April 2015
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Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer – The Great War

April 11, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

1914-1918. Millions of soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones from the trenches. Millions died in the fire and mud. Millions came home with stories that could not be told or heard. In this startlingly original live animation performance, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer delve into the brutal trench warfare of World War I to address the timeless horrors of combat. Performers roam staggeringly convincing miniature worlds created from household paraphernalia, armed with tiny video cameras…

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Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer – The Great War

April 12, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

1914-1918. Millions of soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones from the trenches. Millions died in the fire and mud. Millions came home with stories that could not be told or heard. In this startlingly original live animation performance, Dutch theater ensemble Hotel Modern and composer Arthur Sauer delve into the brutal trench warfare of World War I to address the timeless horrors of combat. Performers roam staggeringly convincing miniature worlds created from household paraphernalia, armed with tiny video cameras…

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Martha Graham Dance Company

April 14, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Described by The Washington Post as “one of the seven wonders of the artistic universe” and by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” the Martha Graham Dance Company returns to Memorial Hall with choreographer Nacho Duato’s Carolina Performing Arts-commissioned Rust. Modern dance pioneer Martha Graham, who founded the company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, Igor Stravinsky, George Balanchine and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism, revolutionizing the dance world with…

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Dorothea Röschmann, soprano and Mitsuko Uchida, piano

April 17, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The sublime Mitsuko Uchida and opera star Dorothea Röschmann return to Memorial Hall with impassioned love songs by Robert Schumann and Alban Berg. Grammy Award winner and Metropolitan Opera favorite Röschmann’s rich, velvety voice, pure tone and compelling stage presence have made her one of today’s most admired singers, embodying music, poetry and art in her performances. Grammy Award winner Uchida brings a deep insight into the music she plays through her own search for truth and beauty. Performing with…

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Monteverdi – Vespers of 1610 – English Baroque Soloists and The Monteverdi Choir ft. Sir John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

April 19, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Under the patronage of HRH the Prince of Wales, the English Baroque Soloists – a section of the Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique – have long been established as one of the world’s most beloved period instrument orchestras. Throughout their repertoire, ranging from Monteverdi to Mozart and Haydn, they are equally at home in chamber, symphonic and operatic repertoire and the distinctive sound of their warm and incisive playing is instantly recognizable. Famous over the past 45 years for its virtuosic…

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Wendy Whelan – Restless Creature

April 21, 2015 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

In high demand as performer, collaborator and muse, Wendy Whelan has captivated audiences of New York City Ballet for more than 25 years with her vivid individuality and breathtaking technique, with a repertory spanning great classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Balanchine’s neo-classical masterpieces and works by contemporary choreographers. The spectacular Restless Creature is her collaboration with four young choreographers – Kyle Abraham, Joshua Beamish, Brian Brooks and Alejandro Cerrudo – to create a suite of duets performed by Whelan…

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May 2015

Celebration of Organ and Voice

May 30, 2015 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

The soaring sounds of organ and voices unite in selected works by composers Antonin Dvorak, Johannes Brahms, and Zoltan Kodaly. Voices is directed by Dr. Sue T. Klausmeyer. Tickets are $20 for adults and $7 for students.  Tickets can be purchased at http://voiceschapelhill.org/buy/ via PayPal or with cash/check at the door the night of the concert. For more information, visit www.voiceschapelhill.org.

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