Setting the Stage events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required.

Reserve your seat at the Kenan Auditorium Box Office:

910.962.3500 or 800.732.3643

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Ray Chen, violin
Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 (8pm)
UNCW Beckwith Recital Hall

Fables on Global Warming

Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 (8pm)
UNCW Kenan Auditorium

March 14 - 15, 2014 (8pm)
UNCW Mainstage Theatre


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Ray Chen

Setting the Stage:
Conversations on Creativity

Setting the Stage provides a backstage glimpse into the creative process of internationally-acclaimed artists. The series features conversations, demonstrations and opportunities to learn more about the works presented on our stage in a casual and social atmosphere.


All events are free and open to the public. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Call Kenan Auditoirum Box Office to reserve your space: 910-962-3500 or 800-732.3643.

Tea with violinist Ray Chen
Monday, September 16, 2013
Kenan Auditorium stage (3 – 4:30 pm)

Internationally acclaimed violinist, and winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition and Yehudi Menuhin Competition, Ray Chen talks about his career and unique upbringing on three continents and demonstrates selections from his upcoming Thursday, Sept. 19th program. Light refreshments provided.

Lunch break with Karole Armitage & Corey Dargel
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Kenan Auditorium stage (12:30 – 2:00 pm)

Through her unique and acute knowledge of the aesthetic values of Balanchine and Cunningham, choreographer Karole Armitage has created her own "voice" in the dichotomy of classical and modern dance, and is considered by many to be the true choreographic heir to the two masters of 20th century American dance. Armitage's most recent work, Fables on Global Warming, uses traditional animal fables from around the globe to explore ideas of climate change, responsibility, power and preservation. Join Karole Armitage and composer Corey Dargel on the stage of Kenan Auditorium to learn more about their work and get an inside look into Fables. Participants welcomed to bring a brown bag lunch. Light refreshments provided.

Cocktails with pianists Norman Bemelmans & Elizabeth Loparits
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Kenan Auditorium stage ( 5 – 6:30pm) - CANCELED

NOTE: Due to an artist injury, this event has been canceled. We apologize for any inconvenience.
Residents pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits discuss and demonstrate selections from their Valentine's Eve Piano Masterworks performance (Thurs., Feb. 13, 2013 at Kenan Auditorium). Bemelmans and Loparits take guests inside the lives and passionate works of composers such as Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Grieg and Rachmaninov.

The Magic Behind Bridgman | Packer
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
UNCW Mainstage Theatre, Cultural Arts Building (11am - 12:30pm)

Art Bridgman and Myrna Packer, Guggenheim Fellows in Choreography, are acclaimed for their innovative integration of choreography and video technology. Their work explodes the partnering form into a magically populated stage where image and reality collide. Join Art & Myrna for a stage tour -- hear about their unique approach to the collaborative process and see firsthand how they work their magic with live and recorded projections. Light refreshments provided.

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