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Ulysses Festival

Ulysses Festival

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Using an ingenious mixture of music, monologues, and video projections, award-winning Toronto artist Evalyn Parry takes her audience on an uncommon theatrical and musical journey, celebrating the bicycle as muse, musical instrument and social change. Inspired in part by the true tale of Annie Londonderry (the first woman to ride around the world on a bicycle in 1894).

The Batte Center, McGee Theatre - Wingate University

April 5 | 7:30pm | $15

Music and Museum - Fire Pink Trio, Modernism and Sensuality

The art of Edgar Degas and the music of Claude Debussy merge into a sight and sound experience as the North Carolina- based Fire Pink Trio present a chamber music concert of virtuosity and sensuality surrounded by the energy and vibrancy of the Bechtler collection.

Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

April 9 | 5:30pm | $15 museum members; $20 public

Film - Broadway Musical: A Jewish Legacy

Featuring a terrifically entertaining smorgasbord of Broadway songs, anecdotes, and who's who of the Great White Way – Celebrating the unique role of Jewish composers and lyricists in the creation of the modern American musical. Narrated by Broadway great Joel Grey and directed by Michael Kantor (creator of the Emmy-winning series Broadway: The American Musical)

Tate Hall, Overcash Building, CPCC - Charlotte Jewish Film Festival

April 9 | 7:00pm | Free

The Pearl Fishers

This revival of Opera Carolina’s acclaimed 2005 production features new digital projections to replace traditional painted canvas backdrops. The story: a friend is betrayed, the gods are left without a priestess, and a village is set afire. In a love triangle that Ancient Sri Lanka simply couldn't endure, Nadir learns of the beautiful and brutal business of seizing one's dreams. These waters are deep. Dive into the riches of The Pearl Fishers. Performed in French with English titles.

Performance Chat with the Cast of The Pearl Fishers by WDAV

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - Opera Carolina

April 13 | 8:00pm | $15 - $140

April 18 | 7:30pm | $15 - $140

April 21 | 2:00pm | $15 - $140

KnightSounds - American Music Masters and Pioneers

This program highlights American works from musical masters and pioneers from the 20th and 21st century, including Gershwin's An American in Paris, John Adams' Short Ride in a Fast Machine and other selections that use electronica and music inspired by drum and bass artist, Aphex Twin.

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts - Charlotte Symphony

Interview with Jacomo Bairos by WDAV

April 19 | 7:30pm | $39

Pre-concert reception at 6:30pm in the Knight lobby.

Entertainment continues after the concert as the Knight Theater lobby transforms into a KnightClub with a DJ-led party!

Contemporary Fusion

Contemporary Fusion, an eclectic evening of dance, brings together the works of three choreographers including the return of Jiri Bubenicek. The talented young choreographer who last worked with Dance Theatre in March 2011 returns to create a work for the company. Bubenicek has created ballets for New York City Ballet, Zurich Ballet, Hamburg Ballet and others.

Bubenicek’s work is joined by The Golden Section, a crowd favorite by Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp. Set to an energetic score by David Byrne, The Golden Section has the dancers soaring and tearing through the air of the stage’s golden, glowing light. The New York Times called Tharp “an American artist of the first order.”

Rounding out the performance is Rhapsodic Dances by choreographer and Associate Artistic Director Sasha Janes. The classical ballet features five couples and is set to “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini” by Russian composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts - North Carolina Dance Theatre

April 25, 26 and 27 | 7:30pm | $25 - $79



All the Time in the World

All The Time in the World documents and explores creative ways of expressing or marking time from the specific to the poetic. Featuring artwork by Gail Wight (Associate Professor Art & Art History, Stanford University) and Mary Tsiongas (Associate Professor Electronic Media, University of New Mexico), the exhibit presents many ways we, in fact, measure and perceive time, and in so doing enriches our under- standing of them both. Through video, installation, and mixed media the two artists explore the subjective nature of time and show how an understanding of science can influence the practice of contemporary art. All the Time in the World is presented by Wells Fargo and was curated by Arif Kahn.

McColl Center for Visual Art

January 25 to March 23 | Thurs. - Fri. 3-9 Sat. 11-6 | Free

The Light Factory Exhibitions

Spirit Square - The Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film

January 28 to May 19 | Mon. - Sat. 9-6 | Free

February 4 to March 24 | Mon. - Sat. 9-6| Free

Wingate University Art Department

The Batte Center, Helms Gallery - Wingate University

March 23 to April 19 | Mon. - Fri. 10-5 | Free


Lectures & Interactive

Technology & Art: Gimmick or Transformation?

A panel discussion and demonstration that includes UNC Charlotte Center City faculty, students and professional artists, addressing technology and the performing arts, with performance demonstrations. The discussion will be focused on how technology impacts a performance and the experience of that performance.

UNC Charlotte Center City

April 4 | 7:30pm | Free

Mill Village: A Piedmont Rhapsody

Commissioned by the Charlotte Symphony, this multimedia work focuses on the mill villages of the Piedmont region. Created by local composer David Crowe, "Mill Village" honors the men, women, and children who worked in the mills and acknowledges the profound influence the textile industry has had on the Charlotte community and the Carolina Piedmont. Composer David Crowe conducts this special performance with musicians of the Charlotte Symphony and narrator David Mills. Shelby natives, singer/songwriter Don Gibson and banjo player Earl Scruggs, were both mill workers in their youth.

The performance will be followed by a panel discussion with composer David Crowe, narrator David Mills and community member Lois Yandle, who grew up in what is now known as NoDa.

Interview with David Crowe by WDAV


Don Gibson Theatre, Shelby, NC

April 7 | 7:00pm | Free

Levine Museum of the New South

April 9 | 7:00pm | Free

Opera Open House

An afternoon of behind-the-scenes fun for everyone backstage at the Belk Theater. Festivities include live music, digital projection demonstrations, behind-the-curtain tours, childrens' activities and more, all on the set of The Pearl Fishers. For information and RSVPs: 704.332.7177 x218.

Belk Theater at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center - Opera Carolina

April 14 | 2:00pm | Free

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