Art, Dance, Drama, and Music

Through Their Voices: Female Musician Activists in North Carolina

Music is both an artistic and cultural product that allows groups and individuals to communicate identity, history and story. By examining the musical aesthetics and cultural context of a piece audiences today can appreciate the experience of both the presenter and moment of history. In this music history presentation Ruth Wyand will use musical and cultural analysis to examine the aesthetics and stories that informed North Carolina’s rich tradition of female musician activists.

Digital projector

The Soul of the Piano in the American Spirit

In this presentation McNeill uses the piano to trace changes in the American national character through a variety of songs from the 19th century to the present. He celebrates the time when the piano was once the hub and hearth of the middle class home. Punctuating each musical selection with a brief introduction, he weaves an impressionistic story of piano music in American life and highlighting how the music reveals the social fabric of the day.  Furthermore, he demonstrates particular features of the piano that make it the most beloved of all musical instruments.

Public Sculpture in North Carolina

In 1969, Congress established a federal program of funding public art.  Since that time public sculpture has increasingly been manifestested in cities and towns throughout this country.  Maryrose Carroll has been part of that great flowering of public sculpture, as an artist and a lector, and she will present images and lead discussion of public art in North Carolina. She will be looking at the public response to installed art, how it is defined, defiled and amplified in the community.  

Public art can be a step in redefining a community.

lectern, digital projection system, writeable board

The Ten Most Important Artworks of Marc Chagall and What They Mean to Me and the World

This lecture is devoted to the artist's unique ability to express himself in several media: tapestry, mosaic, stained glass, lithographs, ceramics, book illustrations and oil paintings. Jacobson has selected ten works, each one a different medium, to show the depth and breadth of Chagall's desire to provide beauty to a troubled world through the use of diverse media. There are no boundaries to the creativity of Marc Chagall.

lighted lectern, microphone, LCD projector, very large screen, or white wall

Chagall in Israel: Exploring Chagall's Artistic and Spiritual Legacy

Chagall's relationship to Israel, as cited by his biographers, was thought to have come from a 1931 commission he received to do a series of illustrations for the Bible. Actually, the trip which he made to Palestine before the State of Israel was created heightened Chagall's enduring bond with his Hasidic Jewish heritage. He returned to Israel seven times during his lifetime, maintaining close ties with artists and art historians, politicians, writers and businessmen, and extending the depth of this involvement with each visit.

lighted lectern, microphone, LCD projector, very large screen or white wall

The Culture of Bluegrass Music in North Carolina: My Life As An Accidental Bluegrass Musician

Gathering in old tobacco barns and general stores across the state, the culture of Bluegrass music and the old South still permeates our everyday lives. While many people associate Kentucky with Bluegrass Music, many of the pioneers of this American art form were North Carolina born and bred. In fact, when one considers the confluences of African, Scottish and English musical heritage, a strong case can be made that Bluegrass was, in fact, born in N.C.

Lectern, microphone, DVD player, CD player, writeable board, cart for loading instruments.

God In Southern Story and Song: Spirituality and Music in Literature of the American South

With musical accompaniment (songs sung with guitar accompaniment and/or CD recordings throughout the talk), Susan Ketchin explores through lively lecture, storytelling, and humor the role that southern music and religion have played in the imaginative works of great southern writers such as Lee Smith, Charles Frazier, Eudora Welty, and Lewis Nordan.  These and other outstanding writers of the American South, both past and present, such as William Faulkner and Flannery O'Connor (whose literary and cultural influences will be given as context for the contemporary writers presen

lectern, microphone, digital projection system, table for display, whiteboard

Trumpet and Cornet: Influences on Jazz

Douglas Jackson will examine the performance practices of trumpet and cornet jazz stylists in this presentation. Historical perspectives will be emphasized, along with demonstrations of the instruments by the presenter. The program format will include a power point presentation on selected performers based upon their contributions to transitional periods in jazz, including biographical profiles, literature, pedagogy and recordings. The historical period covered will be from 1900 to the present.

Lectern, Microphone, Carousel slide projector and screen, DVD or VCR and monitor

Max Roach: Jazz Drummer and North Carolina Native

This presentation highlights the contributions of North Carolina native Max Lemuel Roach.   The format includes a power point presentation with a biographical profile, literature, and recordings.  The historical period covers 1924-2007. Maxwell Lemuel Roach, a Pasquotank County native, was a master drummer, percussionist and composer.

Lectern, Microphone, Carousel slide projector and screen, DVD or VCR and monitor

The Biblical Windows of St. Stephan Church, Mainz, Germany

This lecture on the windows was first suggested by the parish priest, Klaus Mayer. The windows were designed by Chagall for the apse of the church in 1973 as a sign of love, peace, hope and reconciliation for France and Germany, and for Christians and Jews. Use of digital images illustrates each section of the windows. The lecture contains a detailed analysis of the artwork as it coincides with Chagall’s passion for the Bible.

Lighted lectern, microphone, LCD projector, very large screen or white wall
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