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2021-22 performance highlights

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7:30 p.m. on September 18 at Stevens Center: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Robert Franz: Shostakovich 5! Renowned conductor and alumnus Robert Franz (BM ’90, MM ’92) conducts the return of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra to Stevens Center with a performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5. The program includes the Overture for orchestra by composer Grażyna Bacewicz and guitarist Harry Ngo performing Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.

7:30 p.m. September 21 at Watson Hall: Hooked! Twin Inspirations for Piano Quintin. UNCSA teacher-artists explore what inspired and was inspired by Franz Schubert’s famous “Trout Quintet”. When Schubert wrote the “Trout,” he and the benefactor who commissioned the piece were inspired by Hummel’s Piano Quintet, Op. 87. “The Hummel” employs the same virtuosity, fire, and elegant Viennese charm as its most famous offspring. The work is associated with the Quintet for piano, violin, viola, cello and double bass by Ellen Taafe Zwillich. Dmitri Vorobiev, piano; Kevin Lawrence, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; Brooks Whitehouse, cello; and Paul Sharp, double bass are in the spotlight.

7:30 p.m. Sept.-Oct. 2 p.m. and 2 p.m. on October 2 at the Théâtre Agnès de Mille: Fall Dance, with the premieres of new works by three promising choreographers, including two former UNCSA students. Yoshito Sakuraba is the founding artistic director of Abarukas. Former student Ashley Lindsey (Art Diploma ’07) is Director of the UNCSA Summer Dance Program. Former student Andrew Harper (BFA ’13) describes his new room as “clean and modern, with crisp angles and colors, ‘Blade Runner’ meets Maison Margiela.”

October 1 in Main, Gold and Babcock Theaters, ACE Exhibition Complex and on request for a limited time: Best of Screening 2020-21. The School of Filmmaking presents a 90 minute program featuring some of the best short films created in the 2020-21 school year.

7:30 p.m. October 1 at Watson Hall: Fifth Annual Salem Bach Festival: 1865 – The Birth of Genius. This concert, featuring students and artist-teachers from the School of Music, mixes the instrumental and vocal music of three prolific composers – Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Domenico Scarlatti.

7:30 p.m. on October 23 at the Agnès de Mille Theater: UNCSA Jazz Ensemble with special guest Paul Hanson. One of the world’s best-known jazz bassoonists, Paul Hanson joins the UNCSA Jazz Ensemble in a concert that will feature a mix of traditional and contemporary big band jazz, including originals by the special guest artist. Hanson will also perform a solo concert at 7:30 p.m. on October 21 and a concert of standard jazz compositions accompanied by a jazz combo of teacher-artists and UNCSA alumni at 7:30 p.m. on October 22. Both concerts will take place at Watson Hall. and will be broadcast live as part of the Live from Watson Hall series.

7:30 p.m. October 28-30 and November 4-6, and 2:00 p.m. October 31 at the Catawba Theater, Alex Ewing Performance Place: “Indecent” by Paula Vogel. This is a deeply moving play inspired by the real events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s “God of Vengeance” which depicts the first lesbian kiss on a Broadway stage. Acadia Barrengos, an elder at the School of Dramatic Art, is leading her thesis project.

7:30 p.m. November 11-13 and November 18-20, and 2:00 p.m. November 14 at the Freedman Theater, Alex Ewing Performance Place (special ticket prices): “Heathers: The Musical” by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, based on the film by Daniel Waters. This rock musical is a black comedy that follows the teenage social policy of the late 1980s. Theater Dean Scott Zigler, Assistant Dean Krisha Marcano, and Stage Fight instruct Kelly Mann in co-directing.

7:30 p.m. on November 20 at Stevens Center: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins: Mahler 5! Guest Conductor and Artist in Residence Thomas Wilkins, Principal Conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, leads the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in Gustav Mahler’s triumphant and moving Fifth Symphony.

7:30 p.m. on November 21 at Watson Hall: The Reynolda Quartet in concert. North Carolina Symphony Principal Cellist Bonnie Thron will join the Reynolda Quartet for a catchy performance of Schubert’s String Quintet in C major. The program also includes Dvořák’s deeply personal string quartet in D minor. The Reynolda Quartet features renowned teacher-artists Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein, violins; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; and Brooks Whitehouse, cello.

10 Dec-Dec 19 at Stevens Center (times vary; special ticket prices; tickets go on sale October 7): “Nutcracker.” Guest conductor Jiannan Cheng will conduct the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra. A collaboration between dance, D&P and music schools, “The Nutcracker” will present a choreography by dance teacher Ilya Kozadayev.

7:30 p.m. on December 17 at the Freedman Theater (free event): Photona, a thematic multimedia show of lighting, projection and sound presented by the School of Design and Production.

7:30 p.m. January 18 at Watson Hall: Latin American soundscapes.

7:30 p.m. January 22 at Watson Hall: Bottom and Bottom: Off the Deep End.

7:30 p.m. on February 4, 2 p.m. on February 6 and 8 p.m. on February 8 at Stevens Center (special rates): AJ Fletcher Opera Institute: music “Linda di Chamounix” by Gaetano Donizetti and libretto by Gaetano Rossi.

7:30 p.m. February 24-26 and 2:00 p.m. February 27 at Stevens Center: Winter dance.

7 p.m. February 25 at Main, Gold and Babcock Theaters, ACE Exhibition Complex and on request for a limited time: Best of Screening 2020-21.

7:30 p.m. March 24-26 and March 31-April 2, and 2 p.m. March 27 at the Catawba Theater, Alex Ewing Performance Place: “Passing Strange” by Stew.

7:30 p.m. March 26 at Stevens Center: UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Michael Butterman: “Romeo and Juliet” by Prokofiev.

3 p.m. March 27 at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art: The Reynolda Quartet: In the footsteps of a giant.

7:30 p.m. March 31 to April 2 and April 7 to 9, and 2 p.m. April 3 at the Freedman Theater, Alex Ewing Performance Place: Imagined theater: “Mother Tongue”.

7:30 p.m. April 7 at Stevens Center: UNCSA Wind Ensemble: “From our new day started.”

7:30 p.m. on April 20 and 22, and 2 p.m. on April 24 at the Théâtre Agnès de Mille (special prices): AJ Fletcher Opera Institute: “Volpone”, music by John Musto, libretto by Mark Campbell.

7:30 p.m. April 21 to 23 and 2 p.m. April 24 at Stevens Center: Spring dance.

April 30 at 7 p.m. at Stevens Center and Benton Convention Center and virtually on the UNCSA Powering Creativity app (special rates): AJ Fletcher Opera Institute 20th Anniversary Concert and Next / Now Scholarship Fundraiser.

4 p.m. and 8 p.m. on May 6 at the Main, Gold and Babcock Theaters, ACE Exhibition Complex and on request for a limited time: Screening of fourth year films.

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