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071311Feature_TheChangelingThe 2011-2012 Performing Arts Series line-up has been announced.

Tracing its roots to a “lecture concert course” in 1917, the series was known as the University Concert and Lecture Series from 1973 through last year. The renamed series is directed by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance.

Doc Watson & David Holt
“Hills of Home: Exploring the Music of North Carolina”
Saturday, Sept. 17
Aycock Auditorium

A recipient of the National Medal of Arts, National Heritage Fellowship, and eight Grammy Awards, Doc Watson has been called a “mountain-music patriarch… [and an] Appalachian music master.” He is a powerful singer and a tremendously influential guitarist. David Holt is a musician, storyteller and television host.

Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Elliott University Center

Founded in 2010, the Chinese Opera Orchestra of Shanghai strives to preserve and renew traditional Chinese music by making it accessible to people of all ages and nationalities around the world. Under the directorship of Maestro Wang Yongji, the Orchestra specializes in performing richly crafted arrangements of Chinese folk music and traditional Chinese opera repertoire.

Bill Charlap Trio
Friday, Oct. 14
Aycock Auditorium

One of the world’s premier jazz pianists, Bill Charlap has performed and recorded with many of the leading artists of our time, including jazz masters Phil Woods and Wynton Marsalis, to singers Tony Bennett and Barbra Streisand. Since 1997, he has led the Bill Charlap Trio with bassist and drummer Peter & Kenny Washington—now recognized as one of the leading groups in jazz. Charlap is the artistic director of New York City’s Jazz in July festival at the 92nd Street Y, and he has produced concerts for Jazz at Lincoln Center, the JVC Jazz Festival and the Hollywood Bowl.

Performance will be preceded by a Q&A session at 6:15 p.m. (Open to ticket holders only.)

North Carolina Symphony
Lindberg Chorale, Berg Concerto for Violin and Orchestra, Mahler Symphony No. 4 in G Major
Thursday, Dec. 1
Aycock Auditorium

Founded in 1932 and subsequently the first state-supported symphony in the country, the North Carolina Symphony is led by Music Director Grant Llewellyn. Enjoy Mahler at his most lyrical, a haunting violin concerto by one of Mahler’s finest musical descendants, and a Bach-inspired chorale. Brian Reagin, violin; Christina Pier, soprano.

American Shakespeare Center
“A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Monday, Jan. 23, 2012
Aycock Auditorium

The American Shakespeare Center re-creates traditional Renaissance performance conditions by performing with the lights on as well as with bending gender roles (women playing men playing women), sparse scenery, lavish costumes, and live music. This comedy of errors is one of Shakespeare’s most popular.

EVIDENCE, A Dance Company
“On Earth Together”
Thursday, April 12, 2012
Aycock Auditorium

Evidence, A Dance Company seamlessly weaves traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. It uses movement as a way to reinforce the importance of community in African-American culture and to acquaint audiences with the beauty of traditional African forms and rhythms. Inspired by the music of Stevie Wonder, “On Earth Together” intimately explores relationships between individuals and society at large.

There will be a post-performance “talk-back” led by Ron K. Brown and the company.

Season passes will go on sale Aug. 1, via phone only: 334-5372.

Single tickets will go on sale Aug. 22, online and by phone: 334-4849 or boxoffice.uncg.edu

For more information, visit http://paseries.uncg.edu

By Jessica Beamon with Mike Harris

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