Art, Dance, Drama, and Music

Theatrical Costumes: From Concept to Creation

Using visual examples, Dr. Coronado’s presentation offers a detailed explanation of how a costume goes from germ of an idea to an actual stage garment.  To set the stage for this lecture, Dr. Coronado explains out how costumes fit into theatrical design in general and provides a background on relevant terminology.

Microphone and Digital Projector

"If It Sounds Country, Then That's What It Is, a Country Song"

Blending lecture, images, video, and audio clips, Dr. Alex Macaulay looks at the emergence and impact of what some dubbed a “new breed” of Nashville singer-songwriters breaking onto the country music scene from the mid-1960s to the early 1970s.  This presentation examines how the early careers of Kris Kristofferson, Tom T.

Lectern, audio to play music, computer and screen to show video clips

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 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

Carolina Jazz Connections

Larry Reni Thomas is a veteran jazz writer/radio announcer/historian. This program consists of a series of interviews, stories and information about the Carolina jazz connection. It is a refreshing and entertaining way to answer the puzzling and intriguing question: Why are there more than seventy jazz personalities who were born in North Carolina? Some say it’s in the water, others that it comes straight out of the church, and still others who say it just comes from the old-fashioned blues.

Lectern, microphone, LCD projection system and monitor
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