Arts at UNCW

UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop with Jeff Coffin

Jeff Coffin

The UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop has established itself as the premier summer workshop for jazz study in North Carolina for middle and high school student musicians. Directed by noted music educator, Frank Bongiorno, the summer jazz workshop provides students an opportunity not only to mingle with and learn from gifted educators and professional performers on the UNCW faculty, but also to enjoy an intensive week-long event of music making and jazz study in an inti- mate and supportive environment. This year, the workshop’s final performance will feature special guest Jeff Coffin, globally recognized musician, composer, and author and three-time Grammy award winner.


Mozart Jubilee

Mozart Jubilee

For this spectacular Mozart concert, the Opera Wilmington Orchestra and Chorus led by conductor Dr. Joseph Hickman will be joined by three guest artists. Elizabeth Loparits and Paolo Gualdi will play the Concerto for two pianos in E-flat major, K. 365, and Soprano Nancy King will sing the solo in Exsultate, jubilate, K. 165


Ernest Turner Piano Trio

Ernest Turner Trio

For nearly twenty years North Carolina native Ernest Turner has been active on the music scene and has had the pleasure of performing with many great artists, including Brian Blade, Steve Turre, Jason Marsalis, the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra and many others. He has also toured nationally and internationally (State Department Rhythm Road 2009 alumni) and is a featured sideman on Stephen Riley’s “El Gaucho” and “Lucky Seven”. In addition to his performance schedule, he has been very active in Jazz education, doing numerous music clinics/educational performances and serving on the faculty at East Carolina University from 2006-2010. Ernest is involved in various musical projects in the North Carolina area, including a recently released live album of trio and quartet music, as well as an upcoming studio album.


NC Guitar Quartet's Carmen Suite

NC Guitar Quartet's Carmen Suite

Since it began touring in 1991, the North Carolina Guitar Quartet has showcased the virtuosic and intimate sounds of the classical guitar in exciting and innovative ways. The NCGQ performs music of contemporary classical guitar works, many with influences of jazz, rock, pop, and world music, making their sound both unique and widely accessible.

Some of NCGQ’s most notable performances include their Eastern U.S. tour, Raleigh’s Artplosure Festival, Smedes Parlor Concert Series at St. Mary’s College, the North Carolina Bach Festival, Page Walker Concert Series, and Craven Art Council’s Young at Heart Series. NCGQ also performs extensively at colleges and universities, including the University of Toledo, and UNC Wilmington.

For the Lumina Festival, the NC Guitar Quartet will perform “Carmen Suite” arranged for four guitars by William Kanengiser.

  • Carmen Suite - Aragonaise
  • Two Mexican Dances - Tamez
  • Carmen Suite - Habanera
  • Pacific Coast Highway - Andrew York
  • Carmen Suite - Seguidilla and Toreadors
  • Intro and Fandango - Boccherini
  • Carmen Suite - Entr’acte and Gypsy Dance

Artist fees for the Lumina Festival Concert Series are supported by The Beane Wright Foundation.