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UNCW Presents Gift-Giving Guide 

Monday, November 22, 2021

The holidays are upon us once again! It’s been a rough couple of years for artists and art-lovers alike, and we are relieved to have finally re-opened our doors here at Kenan auditorium! As the chaos of the pandemic settles, we hope to provide you with the opportunity to give the most thoughtful of gifts—the gift of the arts. With our 1000-seat venue and our careful attention to safety protocols, rest assured that the tickets you buy for the 2021-2022 season of UNCW presents will provide the recipient of your gift-giving with a safe, rich, arts-based experience. Check out our list of upcoming UNCW Presents events so you can give the gift of culture-infused music, dance, and theater! 

Use the discount code HOLIDAY when purchasing tickets online to receive 20% off of adult tickets! This discount code is only active from November 26th through the 29th, so grab your seats fast! Please note that this discount is not available for DRUMLine Live or Black Violin.

John Brown Big Band featuring Nnenna Freelon
December 18, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

For the jazz aficionados in your cohort, consider tickets to the John Brown Big band featuring Nnenna Freelon! This award-winning coupling of musical mastery is sure to bring an unforgettable holiday performance to Kenan auditorium 


Scott Alan Featuring Special Guest Shoshana Bean
January 9, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

For music lovers, grab tickets to see this showstopping performance as Alan and Shoshana lead the audience in stories of their 20-year friendship and perform new, previously unheard songs from Alan’s upcoming album.


DRUMLine Live
January 15, 3 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

DRUMLine Live promises to be aenergetic, entertaining celebration of the HBCU marching band tradition! Give the gift of riveting rhythms, bold beats, and ear-grabbing energy in a night that won’t soon be forgotten. Holiday discount does not apply.  


January 22, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

If your special someone is inspired by versatile movement that is physically inventive and emotionally dynamic, get your tickets for Gaspard&Dancers! This celebrated dance group is known for their exuberant, organic, and buoyant style.


Black Violin
February 12, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Looking for a gift that challenges conventions? Black Violin fuses classical music and hip-hop to create a distinctive multi-genre soundHoliday discount does not apply.


February 14-16, TBD, Kenan Auditorium

For the dance enthusiasts, consider tickets to Techmoja, a group that enlivens communities by creating a deep sense of cultural understanding through the performing arts. You can expect to be transported by this indigenous body of theater and modern dance that is rooted in tradition.

March 31, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Diversity abounds with this alluring and uncommon combination of cello and percussion! New Morse Code is a musical duo that is dedicated to enriching contemporary culture—this performance should be perfect for the trailblazers in your life. 


Las Cafeteras
April 9, 7:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

Traditional meets contemporary in a combination that will appeal to all audiences! Come experiences instruments like the jarana, requinto, quijada (donkey jawbone), and tarima (a wooden platform), and sing along in English, Spanish, and Spanglish to inspiring lyrics that tell modern-day stories!

April 10, 4:30 p.m., Kenan Auditorium

The Wilmington Symphonic Winds’ performance at Kenan Auditorium will be nothing short of a showstopper! Give a gift rich with historic symphonic sounds and become acquainted with the talented musicians of the Cape Fear region.


May 6-7, TBD, Kenan Auditorium

Is your loved one a patron of dance? If so, grab your tickets to the Wilmington Dance Festival where you can celebrate evocative local dancers and choreographers!

We hope this list will help you in your search for the perfect gift! Tickets are available for purchase online, at the ticket desk in Kenan Auditorium, or by calling (910) 962-3500 Monday-Friday 12-4 p.m.

Don't forget to use the discount code HOLIDAY when purchasing tickets online to receive 20% off adult tickets!

Happy holidays!

-UNCW Office of the Arts