UNCSA announces a return to live performance with a 2021-22 season that spans time-honored classics and works by today’s visionary composers, choreographers,
filmmakers and playwrights who represent an array of stories and voices from throughout
our contemporary world. The wide-ranging season includes film, dance, drama and music
created and performed by talented students and world-class faculty, distinguished
alumni and celebrated guest artists.
Tickets to most live-audience productions are $20 regular and $15 students with valid
ID, and are available online or by calling the box office at 336-721-1945. Selected events are priced individually as noted. UNCSA performance venues will
be open at full capacity; however, with health and safety as the top priority and
in compliance with the citywide indoor mask mandate now in effect in Winston-Salem,
all performers and audience members are required to wear masks regardless of vaccination
In addition to in-person performances, UNCSA will livestream concerts by faculty-artists
and guest artists in the School of Music through the new series Live from Watson Hall.
Film screenings will also be offered online for a limited time.
“We are thrilled to welcome back our loyal audiences for in-person performances this
coming season at UNCSA,” said Chancellor Brian Cole. “There is no replacement for the energy of live audiences and the community engagement
that results from being together in a room experiencing transformative art.
“I am particularly proud that UNCSA will offer a season of compelling works from across
our cultural landscape, created centuries ago and written today,” Cole added. “From
Balanchine’s classical ‘Symphonie Concertante’ to Stew’s contemporary comedy-drama
rock musical ‘Passing Strange,’ our season amplifies a wide range of artistic expression.”
Cole said student-artists will benefit from the diversity of work being performed.
“We are training students to enter industries that are very different from a few years
ago. By exposing them to the broadest spectrum of work in their fields, we are helping
them develop their own unique creative voices that will propel them to lead the future
of arts and entertainment,” he said.
“We also acknowledge that pandemic-accelerated change inspired us to find new ways
of reaching broader audiences, providing access to the arts on a global scale. To
that end, we are pleased to continue streaming select performances and film screenings
this year, transcending our physical location to virtually showcase the excellent
work of our students, faculty-artists and professional guest artists.”
Highlights of the season include:
The UNCSA Symphony Orchestra returns to perform with full forces after a yearlong absence due to COVID-19 safety
protocols. The orchestra presents two programs this fall featuring major fifth symphonies
from the great symphonic composers, followed in the spring by a powerful program that
includes selections from Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet.” Led by superlative guest
conductors, the programs will showcase the excellence of student musicians. The orchestra
season begins on Saturday, Sept. 18, with Shostakovich’s jubilant Symphony No. 5 conducted
by alumnus Robert Franz (B.M. ’90, M.M. ’92). Next, Thomas Wilkins, principal conductor of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, conducts Mahler’s massive Fifth
Symphony on Saturday, Nov. 20. Michael Butterman, music director for the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra
and the Pennsylvania Philharmonic, conducts a program that includes the orchestral
suite from Prokofiev’s ballet “Romeo and Juliet” on Saturday, March 26.
“These fantastic works from the symphonic repertoire will highlight our student musicians
at their very best and will illuminate the full range of training we provide in the
School of Music,” said Saxton Rose, who became dean in June after a year as interim dean. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for students to perform
these grand works under the batons of such accomplished conductors. We are very excited
to treat audiences to memorable celebrations of being together again in a concert
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary on Saturday, April 30, with a gala concert by notable alumni of the institute, current
Fletcher Fellows, the UNCSA Cantata Singers and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra. Founding
Fletcher Artistic Director and current Music Director James Allbritten will lead the orchestra. The institute will also present two fully staged operas
in collaboration with the School of Design and Production (D&P): Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix” on Friday, Feb. 4, Sunday, Feb. 6, and Tuesday, Feb. 8; and “Volpone,” John Musto’s contemporary comedy, on Wednesday, April 20, Friday, April 22, and Sunday,
The School of Music also offers concerts by world-class faculty ensembles and prestigious
guest artists, both in person and livestreamed in a new Live from Watson Hall series. Faculty concert highlights include the Reynolda Quartet, Low and Lower, a piano quintet exploring what inspired and was inspired by Schubert’s “Trout Quintet,” Latin American Soundscapes, and a concert with Salem Bach Festival. Highlights of the guest artist series, to be announced separately, include coloratura soprano Louise Toppin, Sphinx Virtuosi, Verona Quartet, and yMusic. Additional faculty and guest artist concerts are listed in the online performance
A beloved holiday tradition, “The Nutcracker” returns to live performance at the Stevens Center from Dec. 10-19 for 10 performances,
including four matinees. Guest Conductor Jiannan Cheng leads the UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra. A collaboration between the schools of Dance,
D&P and Music, “The Nutcracker” features choreography by Dance faculty member Ilya Kozadayev.
“The UNCSA production of ‘The Nutcracker’ has earned a reputation as a must-see,”
said Endalyn Taylor, who became dean of the School of Dance on Aug. 1. “Noted for the exquisite dancing, live orchestration and superb staging, this full-scale
production is of the highest caliber. We are proud UNCSA has the talent and capacity
to produce live entertainment that is so engaging and beautiful. I am thrilled to
bring Kozadayev’s wonderful new ‘Nutcracker’ to the stage and look forward to the
new delights this original version will bring to live audiences this year.”
Additional performances by the School of Dance encompass beloved classical ballets,
cutting-edge contemporary works and a reimagining of “The Seven Deadly Sins” that
blends the two. The Dance season begins with an all-contemporary Fall Dance (Tuesday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 2) featuring premieres by three guest
choreographers: award-winning Yoshito Sakuraba of New York’s Peridance Center and alumni Andrew Harper and Ashley Lindsey. Winter Dance (Tuesday through Sunday, Feb. 24-27) offers beloved classical ballets by Balanchine and Bournonville; a contemporary ballet by Robert Battle, artistic director of Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; and excerpts from an award-winning
contemporary work by faculty member Ming-Lung Yang. Spring Dance (Thursday through Saturday, April 21-24) will bring alumni Grady Bowman and Jim Vincent back with new works, while “startlingly original” guest artist Gina Patterson will present a brand-new reimagining of “The Seven Deadly Sins.”
The voices of contemporary playwrights from diverse backgrounds will resonate throughout
the School of Drama’s season, beginning with Paula Vogel’s “Indecent” (Thursday through Sunday, Oct. 28-31, and Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 4-6) directed
by Acadia Barrengos as her senior thesis project. Dean Scott Zigler, Assistant Dean Krisha Marcano and stage combat instructor Kelly Martin Mann co-direct “Heathers: The Musical” Thursdays through Sundays, Nov. 11-20. Stew’s contemporary comedy-drama rock musical
“Passing Strange” will be offered Thursdays through Sundays, March 24 to April 2, with visiting faculty
member Christopher Burris directing. A new devised work, “Mother Tongue,” is the senior thesis project of Marina Zurita and is based on research and interviews done with the community of “trash pickers”
in her native country, Brazil, this past summer. It is scheduled for Thursdays through
Sundays, March 31 to April 9.
“It is part of our mission in the School of Drama to make sure our students are deeply
immersed in the landscape of contemporary playwriting, even as they develop the skills
necessary for older works,” said Dean Zigler. “The overwhelming majority of work available
to them right out of school across theater, film and television is contemporary writing.
They still graduate with the skills necessary to perform any script put in front of them, but most get hired out of school into more contemporary
work. We also believe all art has a responsibility to its audience, to reflect and
explore the world and the issues that society finds itself grappling with today. Our
goal is to present work that entertains, explores and inspires.”
School of Filmmaking highlights
The School of Filmmaking offers two “best of” screenings that showcase films from varied genres, created by second-, third- and fourth-year
students last year — one on Friday, Oct. 1, and another on Friday, Feb. 25. Closing
out the performance season are screenings of films by this year’s third- and fourth-year students on Thursday, May 5, and Friday May 6, respectively. Screenings will be in-person
and online for a limited time.
“I have seen many films created by UNCSA students during the past few years,” said
Deborah LaVine, who became dean of the School of Filmmaking on July 1. “I’m very impressed by the quality of the work and the originality of vision and
voice that is showcased. I am excited to see what we will accomplish together this
year, and I am pleased to again be offering the films to a broader audience through
our online screenings.”
In addition to providing all of the design, technical and production support for performances
in Dance, Drama and the A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute, the School of Design and Production
also presents its wildly popular “Photona,” a themed multimedia show of lighting, projection and sound. With help from a team
of undergraduate students and mentored by Lighting Program Director Eric Rimes, each
senior lighting designer creates a dazzling projection using the latest lighting equipment
on loan from industry partners. Audience members have the opportunity to ask the designers
questions and offer critiques, and at the end of the night, the audience votes for
its favorite piece. The free event is at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, in Freedman Theatre.
“This is an exciting season with rich opportunities for our student designers and
technicians,” said D&P Dean Michael J. Kelley, an alumnus and award-winning art director and set decorator. “With such a wide range
of plays, musicals and operas, plus support for student films, our students are getting
hands-on, real-world experience that will serve them well as they graduate and begin
Additional information about select performances in chronological order
UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Robert Franz: Shostakovich 5!
Saturday, Sept. 18, 7:30 p.m. at the Stevens Center
Acclaimed conductor and alumnus Robert Franz (B.M. ’90, M.M. ’92) leads the return
of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra to the Stevens Center with a performance of Shostakovich’s
Symphony No. 5. The program opens with the Overture for Orchestra by Grażyna Bacewicz,
a leading female composer who wrote from behind the Iron Curtain. It also features
2021 UNCSA Concerto Competition winner and guitarist Harry Ngo performing the well-known
Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo. Franz is music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, artistic director of the Boise Baroque Orchestra, associate conductor of the Houston Symphony and co-director and conductor of the Idaho Orchestra Institute.
Hooked! Twin Inspirations for Piano Quintet
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 7:30 p.m., in Watson Hall
UNCSA faculty-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 drawing inspiration from Hummel’s Piano Quintet, Op. 87, a piece that
at that time was unique in its unusual instrumentation for piano, violin, viola, cello
and double bass. “The Hummel” employs the same virtuosity, fire and elegant Viennese
charm of its more famous offspring. The work is paired with a piece that Schubert’s
“Trout ” inspired: Ellen Taafe Zwillich’s engaging, jazzy and recently composed Quintet
for Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, and Double Bass. Featuring Dmitri Vorobiev, piano;
Kevin Lawrence, violin; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; Brooks Whitehouse, cello; and Paul
Sharp, double bass.
Tuesday, Sept. 28, through Saturday, Oct. 2, 7:30 p.m.; and Saturday, Oct. 2, 2 p.m.
in Agnes de Mille Theatre
A showcase for the contemporary dancer, Fall Dance will feature the premieres of new
works by three up-and-coming choreographers, including two UNCSA alumni. Yoshito Sakuraba
left his native Japan for New York at the age of 19, received a B.A. in dance from
College and then graduated from the Martha Graham School. The founding artistic director
of Abarukas, Sakuraba has won awards at festivals in Italy and Spain. Alumnus Ashley
Lindsey (Arts Diploma ‘07) is director of UNCSA’s Summer Dance Program. He has been
a member of the companies of Limón Dance, Lar Lubovitch and Helen Simoneau. A recipient
of the Kenan Fellowship at Lincoln Center Education, alumnus Andrew Harper (B.F.A.
’13) describes his new piece as “clean and modern, sharp angles and colors, ‘Blade
Runner’ meets Maison Margiela.” It will be “a continuation in my study of technology-driven
movement and mechanical impersonations of humanness.”
Best of 2020-21 Screening
Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. in Main, Gold and Babcock theatres, ACE Exhibition Complex
and on demand for a limited time.
The School of Filmmaking presents a 90-minute program featuring some of the best short
films created during the 2020-21 school year.
Fifth Annual Salem Bach Festival: 1865 — The Birth of Genius
Friday, Oct. 1, 7:30 p.m. in Watson Hall
The year 1685 saw the birth of three monumental Baroque composers: Johann Sebastian
Bach, George Frideric Handel and Domenico Scarlatti. This concert, featuring students
and faculty-artists from the School of Music, interweaves instrumental and vocal music
from these three prolific composers in the first concert of the annual Salem Bach
UNCSA Jazz Ensemble with special guest Paul Hanson
Saturday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 p.m. in Agnes de Mille Theatre
One of the world’s best-known jazz bassoonists, Paul Hanson has managed to create
his own path while playing an instrument more often associated with classical music,
building a well- rounded musical career as a recording and touring musician. His innovative
use of electronics, his looping effects and his rhythmic approach have brought him
to a unique place on the world stage. Currently bassoonist with the legendary Billy
Cobham and his “Crosswinds” project, Hanson also performs solo shows and with the
likes of Bela Fleck and Cirque du Soleil. He joins the award-winning UNCSA Jazz Ensemble
in a concert that will include a mix of traditional and contemporary big band jazz,
including originals by the special guest artist.
In addition to performing with the Jazz Ensemble, Hanson will perform a solo concert
at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 21, and a concert of standard jazz compositions accompanied
by a jazz combo of UNCSA faculty-artists and alumni at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22.
Both concerts are in Watson Hall and will be livestreamed as part of the Live from
Watson Hall series.
“Indecent” by Paula Vogel
Thursday through Saturday, Oct. 28-30 and Nov. 4-6 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct.
31, at 2 p.m. in Catawba Theatre, Alex Ewing Performance Place
“Indecent,” by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Paula Vogel, is a deeply moving play
inspired by the true events surrounding the controversial 1923 Broadway debut of Sholem
Asch’s “God of Vengeance” that depicted the first lesbian kiss on a Broadway stage.
The producer and cast of Asch’s play were arrested and convicted on the grounds of
obscenity. “Indecent,” which won two Tony Awards, charts the history of this incendiary
drama and the path of the artists who risked their careers and lives to perform it.
Acadia Barrengos, a senior in the School of Drama, directs as her thesis project.
“Heathers: The Musical” by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe, based on the film by
Thursday through Saturday, Nov. 11-13, and Nov. 18-20 at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Nov.
14, at 2 p.m. in Freedman Theatre, Alex Ewing Performance Place (Special ticket prices
Westerberg High is ruled by a shoulder-padded, scrunchie-wearing junta: Heather, Heather
and Heather, the hottest and cruelest girls in all of Ohio. But misfit Veronica Sawyer
rejects their evil regime for a new boyfriend, the mysterious rebel J.D., who plans
to put the Heathers in their place: six feet under. Based on the 1988 film that became
a cult hit, the rock musical “Heathers” is a dark comedy following the social politics
of late ’80s teens. Dean of Drama Scott Zigler, Assistant Dean Krisha Marcano and
stage combat instruct Kelly Mann co-direct.
UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Thomas Wilkins: Mahler 5!
Saturday, Nov. 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stevens Center
Guest Conductor and Artist-in-Residence Thomas Wilkins, principal conductor of the
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, leads the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra in the triumphant and
moving Fifth Symphony of Gustav Mahler. Although his Fifth Symphony is full of angst,
it was written during one of the happier times in Gustav Mahler’s life: his courtship
with his wife-to-be, Alma Maria Schindler. Over an hour long, this symphony is a roller
coaster, bringing us from tragedy to triumph and allowing us to witness one of the
most beautiful love letters ever written in musical form, the fourth movement Adagietto,
to his Alma. Hailed as a master at communicating and connecting with audiences, Maestro
Wilkins has led orchestras throughout the United States, including the New York Philharmonic,
the Chicago Symphony and the National Symphony.
The Reynolda Quartet in Concert
Sunday, Nov. 21, at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Hall
Ancient Greek mythology claims that the swan sings a single song of exquisite beauty
just before its death. Schubert finished his transcendent C major String Quintet in
his final weeks of life, and many consider it his greatest instrumental work. Every
movement is a masterpiece in itself, and Schubert’s unusual choice of a second cello
as the quintet’s fifth voice adds an other-worldly richness and depth to the string
quartet sound. The North Carolina Symphony’s principal cellist Bonnie Thron will join
the Reynolda Quartet for a rousing performance of this singular work. The program
also includes Dvořák’s deeply personal D minor String Quartet, written with particular
poignancy in a year of tragic losses for Dvořák’s family.
Founded in 2019 to illustrate a progressive partnership between two of Winston-Salem’s
premier cultural organizations, Reynolda Quartet features renowned faculty-artists
Ida Bieler and Janet Orenstein, violins; Ulrich Eichenauer, viola; and Brooks Whitehouse,
Friday, Dec. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 19, in the Stevens Center
Show times vary, and special ticket prices apply. Tickets go on sale Thursday, Oct.
(See description above.)
Friday, Dec. 17, 7:30 p.m., Freedman Theatre
(See description above.)
Latin American Soundscapes
Tuesday, Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m. in Watson Hall
The Americas Ensemble leads a musical tour across Latin America. Flutist Maria Fernanda
Castillo, oboist Jaren Atherholt, bassoonist Benjamin Atherholt and cuatro/guitar
player Régulo Stabilito will showcase Latin American music from the Baroque to the
present, ranging from classical repertoire to traditional music. The program features
musical selections from Bolivia, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela.
Low and Lower: Off the Deep End
Saturday, Jan. 22, 7:30 p.m. in Watson Hall
The popular duo of faculty-artists Brooks Whitehouse, cello, and Paul Sharpe, double
bass, plumbs the depths with — among other things — a dramatic setting of “The Three
Bares,” a poem that can be found at the scandalous fringes of Robert Service’s oeuvre.
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute: “Linda di Chamounix” music by Gaetano Donizetti and
libretto by Gaetano Rossi
Friday, Feb. 4, at 7:30 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 6, at 2 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 8, at 8
p.m. in the Stevens Center (Special ticket prices apply.)
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary with a return to its
roots. Known for its innovative programming, the institute began with a performance
of Bellini’s rarely performed bel canto opera from 1833, “Beatrice di Tenda.” The
institute honors its first year with another rarely performed opera from the same
era: Donizetti’s “Linda di Chamounix,” the story of a young girl and the sacrifices
she makes for her family as political and economic forces plot against her. Donizetti’s
1842 work will be sung in Italian with English supertitles. Fletcher Opera Music Director
James Allbritten conducts, and Artistic Director Steven LaCosse is stage director
with vocal preparation by faculty-artist Angela Vanstory Ward.
Thursday through Saturday, Feb. 24-26, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m.
in the Stevens Center
With both ballet and contemporary repertoire, Winter Dance will delight all lovers
of the discipline. The production will include excerpts from “Napoli,” one of August
Bournonville’s most beloved and enduring ballets; and George Balanchine’s “Symphonie
Concertante,” in which two principal ballerina roles correspond to the solo instruments
(violin and viola) of Mozart’s music of the same name. Another work on the program,
“Mass,” by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater Artistic Director Robert Battle, features
a score by John Mackey and 16 dancers showcasing Battle’s signature ritualistic choreography.
Finally, UNCSA faculty member Ming-Lung Yang will present a revised excerpt from his
“Feng Yun,” set to Ting-Yui Liu’s “Ambushed from Ten Sides.” Yang’s work premiered
at Tropentheater Amsterdam in the Netherlands and was a Best
of 2011 Taishin Art Award finalist. According to the choreographer, the piece “negotiates
new boundaries where traditional Eastern and modern Western forms meet.”
Best of 2020-21 Screening
Friday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m. in Main, Gold and Babcock theatres, ACE Exhibition Complex
and on demand for a limited time.
The School of Filmmaking presents a 90-minute program featuring some of the best short
films created during the 2020-21 school year.
“Passing Strange” by Stew
Thursday through Saturday, March 24-26, and March 31 through April 2 at 7:30 p.m.;
and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 27, in Catawba Theatre, Alex Ewing Performance Place
From singer-songwriter and performance artist Stew comes “Passing Strange,” a daring
comedy-drama rock musical that takes you on a journey across boundaries of place,
identity and theatrical convention. Stew brings us the story of a young bohemian who
charts a course for “the real” through sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Loaded with soulful
lyrics and overflowing with passion, the show takes us from Black middle-class America
to Amsterdam, Berlin and beyond on a journey toward personal and artistic authenticity.
It was nominated for seven Tony Awards, winning one. Spike Lee made a permanent record
of the Broadway production by filming the last three performances at the Belasco Theatre.
Visiting faculty member Christopher Burris directs. With an extensive resume as a
professional actor in theater, film, television and voice-over, Burris has taught
and directed at Pace University, New York University and the University of California
UNCSA Symphony Orchestra with Michael Butterman: Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”
Saturday, March 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stevens Center
Guest Conductor and Artist-in-Residence Michael Butterman conducts the season finale
concert of the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performing the orchestral suite from Prokofiev’s
most loved ballet “Romeo and Juliet” on a program that also features works from the
latter half of the 20th century, both performed with accompanying video. Cindy McTee’s
unrelenting “Circuits” produces a frantic kinetic energy that is projected in the
accompanying film by Canadian video artist Aleski Moriarty. Armenian-American composer
Alan Hovhaness’ celestial Symphony No. 2 (initially known by its subtitle “Mysterious
Mountain”) is complemented by video artist Stephen Lias’ accompanying film. Butterman
gained international attention as a diploma laureate in the Prokoﬁev International
Conducting Competition and as a ﬁnalist in the prestigious Besançon International
Conducting Competition. He has led many of the country’s preeminent ensembles, including
The Cleveland Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Detroit
Symphony and Houston Symphony.
This is the final program featuring the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra as the full orchestra
returns after a yearlong absence due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
The Reynolda Quartet: In the Footsteps of a Giant
Sunday, March 27, at 3 p.m. at Reynolda House Museum of American Art
Beethoven cast a long imposing shadow on Johannes Brahms, who waited until he was
40 to publish his first string quartet proclaiming that, “You can’t have any idea
what it is like always to hear such a giant marching behind you!” It is no wonder
that Brahms’ first quartet Op. 51 No. 1, when it finally came, was such a masterpiece
— dark, ambitious, rhythmically complex, and in the tragic C minor key of Beethoven’s
great Fifth Symphony. In the 20th century, Bartók continued to advance the string
quartet form, and the groundbreaking innovation of his six quartets are often compared
to that of Beethoven’s famous late quartets. In this concert the Reynolda Quartet
will juxtapose Brahms’ first quartet with Bartók’s last, his epic Quartet No. 6, written
at the outset of World War II.
Devised theater: “Mother Tongue”
Thursday through Saturday, March 31 to April 2, and April 7-9, 7:30 p.m.; and 2 p.m.
Sunday, April 3, in Freedman Theatre, Alex Ewing Performance Place
“To know a person is to hear them speak and to look at their trash. And thus, ‘Mother
Tongue’ is born.” The first UNCSA devised theater production conceived and directed
by a student, “Mother Tongue” was inspired by Bertolt Brecht’s “Mother Courage and
Her Children” and interviews with Brazilian waste pickers. This new theatrical experience
will be filled with music, language and things we throw away. In times of accumulation
of waste, “Mother Tongue” asks us to look at our trash and listen to the essential
workers living off it. The work is Marina Zurita’s fourth-year directing thesis.
UNCSA Wind Ensemble: “Of Our New Day Begun”
Thursday, April 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the Stevens Center
UNCSA presents the premieres of newly commissioned arrangements of marches and cotillions
for concert band by Francis “Frank” Johnson, one of the most respected and sought-after
bandleaders in New England in the early 19th century. Johnson wrote over 200 works
and was a pioneer for musicians in the young nation of his time. He was the first
published African American composer in the U.S. and the first to integrate a music
ensemble. In 1937, his band was the first to travel to Buckingham Palace via invitation
from Queen Victoria, who presented him with a silver bugle in appreciation. Artist-in-Residence
Kenneth Amis was commissioned by UNCSA to write the new arrangements for the Wind
Ensemble and Chamber Winds. Faculty-artist Mark Norman conducts.
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute: “Volpone,” music by John Musto, libretto by Mark Campbell
Wednesday, April 20 and Friday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, April 24, at 2
p.m. in Agnes de Mille Theatre (Special ticket prices apply.)
“Volpone” (“The Fox”) is a bright, biting contemporary comedy inspired by the classic
Ben Jonson play of the same name. The wealthy Volpone feigns mortal illness in order
to con a group of his so-called “friends” into believing that each of them will inherit
his fortune. The
lengths to which they go in the name of greed make for an evening of high humor. Guest
Conductor John McKeever, who earned a B.M. in double bass and an M.M. in orchestral
conducting from UNCSA, will lead the orchestra. Guest artist Lawrence Edelson, whose
productions have been called “ingenious” and “imaginative” by Opera News, will direct.
“Volpone” will be sung in English. Faculty-artist Angela Vanstory Ward provides vocal
Thursday through Saturday, April 21-23; and Sunday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in the Stevens
Spring Dance will bring two alumni back to UNCSA with new works, while guest artist
Gina Patterson will present a brand-new reimagining of “The Seven Deadly Sins.” Set
to an original score by Jordan Brook Hamlin, “The Seven Deadly Sins” will be “a world
of its own, combining both the contemporary and ballet departments into an aesthetic
that combines and challenges both,” Patterson said. Student designers from the School
of Design & Production will produce “an integrated landscape that will communicate
a powerful and emotional portrayal of the ‘sins’ as they relate universally and personally,
past and present.” Patterson’s work appears in the repertoire of more than 25 companies.
She has won numerous awards, including the prestigious Choo San Goh Award for Choreography.
Alumnus Grady Bowman’s (B.F.A. ’05) work has spanned Broadway, off-Broadway, television,
circus, dance companies and universities. He most recently received a Helen Hayes
nomination for Best Choreography for “Singin’ in the Rain” at the Olney Theatre Center.
Alumnus Jim Vincent (B.F.A. ’78) is the former artistic director of the Nederlands
Dans Theater and Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, as well as an Imagineer and executive
creative director with The Walt Disney Company.
A.J. Fletcher Opera Institute 20th Anniversary Concert and Next/Now Scholarship Fundraiser
Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. in the Stevens Center and Benton Convention Center and
virtually on the UNCSA Powering Creativity app (Special ticket prices apply.)
NextNow begins with a gala performance celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the A.J.
Fletcher Opera Institute. Current fellows and alumni of the institute join the UNCSA
Cantata Singers and the UNCSA Symphony Orchestra performing an exciting program of
operatic favorites led by founding Artistic Director and current Music Director James
Allbritten. The Next/Now cocktail soiree will follow at Benton Convention Center with
Fletcher Opera alumni and students from all five arts schools. NextNow guests will
also enjoy exclusive behind-the-scenes content through the UNCSA Powering Creativity
Screening of Fourth-Year Films
Friday, May 6, at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. in Main, Gold and Babcock theatres, ACE Exhibition
Complex and on demand for a limited time.
Featuring local casts and Triad locations, these undergraduate capstone projects were
created by student screenwriters, producers, directors, cinematographers, production
designers, editors, sound designers, composers and animators who collaborate over
the course of a full year or more. The films are the culmination of the students’
four years of study and the official start to their professional careers.
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