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114 E. Cameron Ave
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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February 2016

NC Symphony presents The Firebird

February 11 @ 7:30 pm
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Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks Haydn: Symphony No. 59, “Fire” Sean Shepherd: Blue Blazes Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird Grant Llewellyn, conductor Related

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Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up – Lucy Alibar

February 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, reads from her latest work – a tale of a man, his family and his burnpile. A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats and Febreze and Daddy’s .38 special are just some of the elements in this magical brew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County. Embracing the compelling and often confusing connections between people, animals,…

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Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up – Lucy Alibar

February 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Oscar-nominated Lucy Alibar, whose stage play was adapted into the award-winning film Beasts of the Southern Wild, reads from her latest work – a tale of a man, his family and his burnpile. A lecherous goat, Pentecostals on the radio, a house full of dogs, cats and Febreze and Daddy’s .38 special are just some of the elements in this magical brew of stories about a singular childhood in Grady County. Embracing the compelling and often confusing connections between people, animals,…

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The Count Basie Orchestra with Diane Schuur and New York Voices

February 20 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Founded in 1935, The Count Basie Orchestra is among the most celebrated big bands of all time, collaborating with Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Ray Charles and other giants and garnering 18 Grammy Awards and 20 DownBeat and JazzTimes Readers and Critics Poll Awards. Long regarded as one of contemporary jazz’s premier vocalists, Grammy winner Diane Schuur is as eclectic as she is brilliant, exploring just about every corner of the 20th-century musical landscape. New York Voices‘ Grammy-winning a cappella vocal stylings and inspired arrangements…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 23 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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A vital American cultural ambassador to the world, the beloved Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. Performing for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 stages and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. More than 235…

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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A vital American cultural ambassador to the world, the beloved Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage. Performing for an estimated 25 million people at theaters in 48 stages and 71 countries on six continents, as well as millions more through television broadcasts, the Company continues Mr. Ailey’s mission by presenting important works of the past and commissioning new ones. More than 235…

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The Knights with Gil Shaham, violin

February 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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A trailblazing orchestral collective, The Knights‘ roster features composers, arrangers, singer-songwriters and improvisers whose diverse repertoire and innovative programming include classical masterworks, world premiers, jazz, klezmer, pop, indie rock and more. One of the foremost musicians of our time, Grammy winner Gil Shaham‘s musical athleticism, inimitable warmth and generosity of spirit have solidified his renown as an American master. Sought after on the world’s great concert stages, he has more that two dozen concerto and solo CDs to his name,…

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Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience – Featuring Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla

February 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Carolina Chocolate Drops’ electric, genre-bending singer/instrumentalist Rhiannon Giddens, described by The New York Times as “a perpetually soulful marvel,” joins forces here with folk singer/songwriter Bhi Bhiman and cellist/singer Leyla McCalla. In this impassioned concert they delve into the profound yet too often overlooked history of protest, subversion and cultural resistance by musicians of color in the United States, from the original inhabitants to recently arrived immigrants. This performance celebrates Black History Month. This performance is presented in collaboration with The…

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March 2016

Fred Hersch, piano and Julian Lage, guitar

March 4 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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The relentlessly probing pianist, composer and conceptualist Fred Hersch opens undiscovered doors while exploring the jazz tradition to its fullest. With eight Grammy nominations, ongoing jazz and classical partnerships and historic collaborations with jazz legends Joe Henderson, Art Farmer and Stan Getz, he appears on more than 100 recordings, Grammy-nominated guitar prodigy and composer/arranger Julian Lage, subject of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Jules at Eight, distills guitar traditions from pre-bop swing to bluegrass flash, appearing with musicians as varied as Jim Hall, Mark…

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The Ghost of Montpellier Meets the Samurai – Trajal Harrell

March 22 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Seminal dancer/choreographer Trajal Harrell burst onto the dance scene with questions about the past. Proposing alternative histories for early postmodern American dance, his cerebral side pairs elegantly with his bedrock love of movement – just about any movement. In this wide-ranging new work featuring dance, song and dramatic text – an imaginary debate between butoh dance founder Tatsumi Hijikata, French Nouvelle danse leader Dominique Bagouet and La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club founder Ellen Steward – he continues to ask questions.…

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An Evening with Garrison Keillor and Rich Dworsky

March 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Among today’s most cherished raconteurs, master storyteller and humorist Garrison Keillor is best known as the host of National Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion, with an audience of more than 17 million on over 900 public radio stations each week. A prolific author and poet who was featured in Robert Altman’s final film—a fictional version of behind-the-scenes activities on A Prairie Home Companion— he is the recipient of numerous honors including the National Humanities Medal and induction into the Radio Hall of Fame at Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast…

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April 2016

Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tabea Zimmerman, viola and Clemens Hagen, cello – The Brahms Piano Quartets

April 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The searching interpretations and commanding technique of charismatic Norwegian pianist Leif Ove Andsnes have earned him worldwide praise along with six Gramophone Awards and eight Grammy nominations. Spanning repertoire from the time of Bach to the present day, his discography comprises more than 30 solo, chamber and concerto releases, many of them bestsellers. He returns to Memorial Hall with three outstanding instrumentalists – German violinist Christian Tetzlaff and violist Tabea Zimmerman, and Austrian cellist Clements Hagen – to perform the…

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Gabriel Kahane and Timo Andres

April 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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This concert gives two friends the chance to throw caution to the wind in a free associative program that brings together four centuries’ worth of music, from J.S. Bach to world premieres written by Gabriel and Timo for one another. At the center of the program is a call and response between the two composer-performers, juxtaposing solo piano music with songs for piano and voice, ranging from Schubert, Schumann, and Thomas Adès, to Jerome Kern and Andrew Norman. Framing this quasi-live-mix tape are sets of Britten…

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Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, chief conductor and Leonidas Kavakos, violin

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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The Grammy-winning Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra‘s broad repertoire and huge discography include music of the Classical and Romantic eras through 20th-century and contemporary works. The only German orchestra to have performed regularly with Leonard Bernstein, composer/conductor collaborations included Igor Stravinsky, Darius Milhaud, Paul Hindemith, Pierre Boulez and Karlheinz Stockhausen. New approaches to early music have led to collaborations with such historical performance experts as Thomas Hengelbrock, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Ton Koopman. Chief Conductor Mariss Jansons, venerated for his immense knowledge,…

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Lil Buck @ Chapel Hill – A Jookin’ Jam Session

April 15 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzelpaired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, garnering over 2.9 million views. Named one of Dance magazine’s 25 to Watch, Lil Buck has gone on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One, the Spike Jonze film Her, Benjamin Millepied’s NOWNESS videos, and in a series of unique performances created by Damian Woetzel. Here, he…

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Lil Buck @ Chapel Hill – A Jookin’ Jam Session

April 16 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Memphis jookin’ phenomenon Lil Buck came to international attention when ballet star turned director Damian Woetzelpaired the young dancer with cellist Yo-Yo Ma. The performance, captured on video by Spike Jonze, went viral, garnering over 2.9 million views. Named one of Dance magazine’s 25 to Watch, Lil Buck has gone on to perform with New York City Ballet and in Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: One, the Spike Jonze film Her, Benjamin Millepied’s NOWNESS videos, and in a series of unique performances created by Damian Woetzel. Here, he…

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Abigail Washburn and Friends

April 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player Abigail Washburn (Béla Fleck duo, Sparrow Quartet, Uncle Earl) creates inventive cross-cultural takes on folk and old-time music with haunting, bare-bones songs, evocative vocals and earthy sophistication. Fluent in Mandarin and armed with profound connections to communities across the Pacific, her efforts to share international musical traditions exist with the hope that cultural understanding and the communal experience of beauty and sound rooted in tradition will lead the way to a richer existence. Here, she joins forces…

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Les Arts Florissants with William Christie, harpsichord and director

April 20 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Pioneers in the renaissance of early music, unearthing treasures unheard for hundreds of years and presenting them in acclaimed performances and recordings on original instruments, Les Arts Florissants under the leadership of conductor/harpsichordist William Christie are among today’s foremost champions of Baroque vocal and instrumental works. Touring the world and creating a significant discography, the ensemble collaborates with distinguished performers and theater directors. This program, Serious Airs and Drinking Songs, features works by 17th-century French composers Marc-Antoine Charpentier, Etienne Moulinié, Sébastien Le Camus and Michel Lambert. Related

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Martha Graham Dance Company

April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Modern dance spearhead Martha Graham, who founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism, revolutionizing the dance world with her unorthodox movement language and socially charged exploration of spiritual and emotional themes. Described by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” this superb ensemble inspires generations of choreographers and dance lovers in masterpieces and newly commissioned works. Related

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Martha Graham Dance Company

April 23 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Modern dance spearhead Martha Graham, who founded the Martha Graham Dance Company in 1926, stands alongside Pablo Picasso, George Balanchine, Igor Stravinsky and Coco Chanel as an icon of 20th-century modernism, revolutionizing the dance world with her unorthodox movement language and socially charged exploration of spiritual and emotional themes. Described by The New York Times as “one of the great companies of the world,” this superb ensemble inspires generations of choreographers and dance lovers in masterpieces and newly commissioned works. Related

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La Verità – Compagnia Finzi Pasca

April 27 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Written and directed by Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo creator Daniele Finzi Pasca, La Verità is a theatrical homage to surrealist artistSalvador Dalí. Ideas and images collide in a decadent Vaudeville channeling of Dalí’s vision, as acrobats play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown and can-can amongst unfurling flowers, distorting shadows, ladders suspended in empty space, impossible balances, dismantled corpses, blindfolds, feathers and sequins. The work will feature a gigantic replica of a hand-painted Dalí backdrop, a macabre rendering of Tristan and Isolde produced for a 1944 New…

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La Verità – Compagnia Finzi Pasca

April 28 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Written and directed by Cirque du Soleil’s Corteo creator Daniele Finzi Pasca, La Verità is a theatrical homage to surrealist artistSalvador Dalí. Ideas and images collide in a decadent Vaudeville channeling of Dalí’s vision, as acrobats play instruments, sing, juggle, contort, clown and can-can amongst unfurling flowers, distorting shadows, ladders suspended in empty space, impossible balances, dismantled corpses, blindfolds, feathers and sequins. The work will feature a gigantic replica of a hand-painted Dalí backdrop, a macabre rendering of Tristan and Isolde produced for a 1944 New…

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