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.

Fall 2014 Schedule

Ice Music

Friday, September 12, 2014 at 8:00PM

Mandela Auditorium, FedEx Global Education Center

Ice Music_Arts & Dialogue_September 12 2014

Ice Music is a multimedia work for chamber music ensemble, video, and dance. It creatively explores various aspects of ice — its structure, power, fragility, and interaction with animal life and human presence. Brooks de Wetter-Smith, flutist, photographer, videographer, and video editor, is active internationally as a recitalist, concerto soloist, and masterclass teacher. In addition to his music accomplishments, he is a published photographer whose photographic and videographic exploits have taken him around the world.

Lowell Liebermann is one of America’s most frequently performed and recorded living composers. Called by the New York Times “as much of a traditionalist as an innovator,” Mr. Liebermann’s music is known for its technical command and audience appeal.

Carey McKinley, MFA, is a dance artist based in Boston, MA. As an avid collaborator and connector, her artwork and productions meld dance, visual art, theatre and experience.

Ice Music  is part of the Process Series:

A 24-Hour History of Popular Music – 1910s – Taylor Mac

Thursday,October 2, 2014 at 7:30PM

Memorial Hall

Taylor Mac_Arts & Dialogue_October 2 2014

The incomparable theater artist Taylor Mac returns to Chapel Hill following his PlayMakers appearance as Cabaret’s emcee. Beloved for his beauty, disarming vulnerability and soaring spirit, his award-winning performances provoke and embrace his diverse audiences. This world premiere performance, commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts, showcases both music from and inspired by the 1910s, as well as searing social commentary on the decade. The piece will culminate in A 24-Hour History of Popular Music, Mac’s most ambitious project to date, which will feature a 24-hour marathon concert celebrating the last 240 years of popular music in America. This performance contains strong language and adult content.

Curlew River – Benjamin Britten’s Dramatic Homage to the Japanese Noh Play

Friday, November 7, 2014 at 8PM

Memorial Hall

Curlew River_Arts & Dialogue_November 7 2014

Luminous tenor Ian Bostridge returns to Memorial Hall with an outstanding British cast alongside the Britten Sinfonia and Britten Sinfonia Voices in composer Benjamin Britten’s unforgettable church parable Curlew River. Inspired by the ritualized drama of Japanese Noh theater, Britten explores themes of community, suffering and redemption in an intriguing encounter between Japanese aesthetic and medieval mystery play, the whole shot through with mysterious and exotic music. Multimedia director and video artist Netia Jones’ haunting projections and ethereal staging distill the work to its essential contrasting elements: black and white, sound and silence, darkness and light, grief and enlightenment. We take great pride in being one of only a handful of US presenters of this work.