Arts & Dialogue

Art does not invite us merely to sit in a chair. It challenges us to think, to talk, and to share.

Honors Carolina students receive free tickets to extraordinary events in the Carolina Performing Arts series on a first-come, first-served basis. Each performance is followed by a roundtable discussion of the evening’s event, often attended by the artists themselves.

Spring 2015 Schedule

Kronos Quartet Prelude to a Black Hole Beyond Zero: 1914-1918

Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30PM

Memorial Hall

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 centennial of the outbreak of World War I. For 40 years, the Grammy-winning Kronos Quartet has redefined the string quartet experience through thousands of concerts, more than 50 recordings, collaborations with composers and performers from around the globe, and more than 800 commissioned works.

Aleksandra Vrebalov, composer
Bill Morrison, filmmaker
David Harrington and Drew Cameron, creative consultants
Janet Cowperthwaite, producer
Kronos Performing Arts Association, production management

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918, with music by Aleksandra Vrebalov and film by Bill Morrison, is supported in part by an award to the Kronos Performing Arts Association from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. Additional funding for the project is provided by The MAP Fund, supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Beyond Zero: 1914-1918 was commissioned for the Kronos Quartet by Cal Performances; National World War I Museum at Liberty Memorial and Harriman-Jewell Series, Kansas City, Missouri; and Hopkins Center, Dartmouth College.

Britten’s War Requiem, OP.66

Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 7:30PM

Memorial Hall

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 to Memorial Hall with fellow opera stars Christine Goerke – a Grammy-winning soprano – and bass-baritone Nathan Gunn, performing with our very own students in the UNC Symphony Orchestra led by Tonu Kalam and UNC’s Carolina Choir and UNC Chamber Singers led by Susan Klebanow. Past Carolina Performing Arts collaborations with UNC’s Music Department include Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Brooklyn Rider

Saturday, March 28, 2015 at 8:00PM

Memorial Hall

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 with “recreating the 300-year-old string quartet form as a vital and creative 21st-century ensemble,”Vice likens its members to “motocross daredevils,” and the Los Angeles Times dubs the group “one of the wonders of contemporary music.”


“John Steinbeck” by Bill Frisell – inspired by American writer John Steinbeck
“Morris Dance” by Ethan Iverson – inspired by American choreographer Mark Morris
“Dig the Say” by Vijay Iyer – inspired by American singer James Brown
“Maintenance Music” by Dana Lyn – inspired by American artist Mierle Laderman Ukeles
“Gaps and Gorges” by Padma Newsome – inspired by Aboriginal artist Albert Namatjira
“Quartet, Parts One & Two” by Greg Saunier – inspired by American composer Christian Wolff