First Person Seeing America Project at UNCW March 30

The UNCW Presents Arts in Action Series announces First Person: Seeing America, with narration by NPR host Neal Conan and actress Lily Knight at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in Kenan Auditorium. First Person: Seeing America chronicles the country’s beginnings with iconic photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, haunting portraits of the Civil War and Great Depression coupled with the music of Ensemble Gailei.

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Friday, March 16, 2012

The UNCW Presents Arts in Action Series announces First Person: Seeing America, with narration by NPR host Neal Conan and actress Lily Knight at 8 p.m. on Friday, March 30 in Kenan Auditorium. First Person: Seeing America chronicles the country's beginnings with iconic photographs from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, haunting portraits of the Civil War and Great Depression coupled with the music of Ensemble Gailei.

Ensemble Galilei performs traditional music from Scotland and Ireland as well as new compositions featuring fiddles, harp, viola da gamba, percussion, whistles and oboe. The Washington Post writes of the group: "Virtuoso technique, an instinctive feeling for the idiom, the courage to improvise…they play with energy, splendid ensemble, good humor and imagination."

Ensemble Galilei will also conduct a lecture/demonstration on the Celtic music tradition from 11:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 30 at the Fisher Student Center's Wrightsville Beach Room. The event is free and open to the public, with limited seating. RSVP to artsinaction@uncw.edu

Tickets are $22 for the public; discounts available for seniors, groups, students and UNCW alumni. Kenan Box Office (910.962.3500) hours are noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, or purchase online at www.etix.com.

The UNCW Arts in Action Performance Series seeks to culturally enrich, educate and entertain both students and the Wilmington community through the presentation of diverse programs featuring professional, high-quality performing artists. The series is supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, South Arts and National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts.

More information on the 2011/2012 Arts in Action and Leadership Lecture Series can be found at www.uncw.edu/presents.

Media Contact: Shane Fernando, 910.962.7972 or fernandol@uncw.edu