UNCW Presents Celebrates 20 Years of Arts, Education and Outreach, Sneak Peak of Upcoming Season

UNCW Presents celebrates 20 years

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Thursday, June 28, 2012

For 20 years, UNCW Presents has brought an array of the highest caliber of performing artists from around the world to the University of North Carolina Wilmington campus. UNCW has hosted many of the most acclaimed artists in their fields, including the late Doc Watson, Maya Angelou, David Sedaris, Tift Merritt, Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Tibetan Monks, Punch Brothers, Ruthie Foster, Chanticleer, Carolina Chocolate Drops, Koresh Dance, NPR's Selected Shorts and Anna Deavere Smith. UNCW Presents, the Arts in Action Performance Series and Leadership Lecture Series proudly announce the upcoming 2012-13 season that will celebrate and honor two decades of bringing the highest quality education and entertainment to the campus and Cape Fear region.

Leaders, artists and organizations from around the state offer congratulations and praise:

"Through the University of North Carolina Wilmington, UNCW Presents has provided a venue for students and the surrounding community to engage in and enjoy the arts… and continues to foster North Carolina's culture through its renowned life enriching performances and lectures. The impact that UNCW Presents has on so many North Carolinians is immeasurable, and I am proud to commend everyone involved."
-  North Carolina Governor Beverly Eaves Purdue

"Congratulations to UNCW Presents for their success, creativity, dedication and longevity in breathing art into our community."
-  Linda Lavin, Emmy and Tony Award Winning Actress and Singer 

"Over the past two decades UNCW Presents has established itself as a cultural leader in the state. Balancing high artistic merit with thoughtful community programming, UNCW Presents builds events that are deeply meaningful for its campus and the broader community alike."
-  North Carolina Arts Council

"Congratulations to UNCW Presents at the University of North Carolina Wilmington for 20 inspiring, wonderful and entertaining years. WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio is extremely proud to partner with such an important member of our arts community."
-  WHQR 91.3fm Public Radio

"Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. salutes UNCW Presents for 20 years and the extraordinary array of great performances by some of the greatest artists of our time. The students, faculty and staff of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and the entire community have benefited by this series and THCPA is very proud to have had the opportunity to co-sponsor many of these artists."
-   Thalian Hall Center for the Performing Arts, Inc.

Highlighting the soon-to-be-announced 2012-13 season is world-renowned composer and violinist, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR). Following a week-long residency, DBR will electrify audiences with the performance of newly commissioned works highlighting the musical stories of North Carolina. Next the Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi, one of the greatest percussion ensembles in the world, promise the "ultimate African drum experience." A special Valentine's Day treat awaits with New York's Birdland Big Band on its first-ever American tour. Other artists in the lineup include the acclaimed Squonk Opera, with its opulent, contemporary production of Mayhem and Majesty; Bluegrass Billboard chart topper Bearfoot and Grammy-nominated Cameron Carpenter, widely hailed as "The Bad Boy of the Pipe Organ."

Season subscriptions and tickets will be available for the 2012-13 season beginning in late July with a formal announcement. All performances are at 7 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium.

In addition to performances, UNCW Presents offers innovative outreach opportunities, master classes, lectures and demonstrations in partnership with community groups. These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit the UNCW Presents website at www.uncw.edu/presents.

About UNCW PRESENTS
UNCW Presents serves the UNCW campus and the Wilmington community by extending and supplementing the intellectual life of the classroom and by providing diverse and unique cultural programming through the Arts in Action Performance Series and Leadership Lecture Series. UNCW Presents is a member of the NC Presenters Consortium and Arts North Carolina. The series is supported by grants from the North Carolina Arts Council, a Division of the Department of Cultural Resources with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and South Arts. For more information, please visit the UNCW Presents web site at www.uncw.edu/presents .

Media Contact: Shane Fernando, 910.962.7972 or Caroline Cropp 910.962.7109