Arts at UNCW

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Lost Love Song featuring
Rhiannon Giddens, Regina Carter, and John Jeremiah Sullivan
JULY 22, 2019
AT 7:30 p.m.
UNCW KENAN
AUDITORIUM
TICKETS:
$20/$35/$50

Rhiannon Giddens, John Jeremiah Sullivan, and Regina Carter unite for “Lost Love Song,” a musical quest for a forgotten song by Samuel Coleridge Taylor that may hold clues to the origins of the blues. A London musician, Coleridge Taylor is often dubbed “the first great black composer” by music scholars and was inspired by the legendary Fisk Jubilee Choir. The melodies Coleridge Taylor experienced while the Choir was touring Europe provided the musical basis and artistic fuel for his best pieces. Carrie Sadgwar was the lead soprano in the Fisk Jubilee choir during those years.  Sadgwar’s more-famous future husband was Alex Manly, the editor of the Daily Record—the pioneering black newspaper that was destroyed in the violence of 1898, but her own remarkable life and career are still largely unknown. These stories and others forgotten or erased by history culminate in this extraordinary performance. 

Rhiannon Giddens is known for her prodigious voice, fierce spirit, dazzling banjo, and violin prowess. She is the co-founder of the Grammy Award-winning African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops. 

Regina Carter is a master of music—jazz, R&B, Latin, classical, blues, country, pop, African, and more. No matter the genre, Regina Carter explores the power of music through the voice of the violin, always driven to expand its possibilities. 

John Jeremiah Sullivan is an acclaimed and award-winning author living in Wilmington, North Carolina. His recent work involves researching and writing about the 1898 massacre. In 2017, he helped 8th grade students resurrect and preserve lost copies of The Daily Record. 

Presented in collaboration with Third Person Project.


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UNCW Faculty Jazz Combos
JULY 15, 2019
AT 7:30 p.m.
BECKWITH
RECITAL HALL
TICKETS:
$6

The UNCW Jazz Combos have garnered numerous awards over the years at various jazz festivals including first place for the best university combo at JazzFest U.S.A. They have also been invited to perform at various prestigious jazz festivals including the North Sea Jazz Festival, the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, as well as the Graz Jazz Festival in Austria. This performance will feature faculty from the summer-long UNCW jazz workshopan intensive week-long event of music making and jazz study for middle and high school musicians in   North Carolina.   


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UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band
with Special Guest Michael Mossman
JULY 17, 2019
AT 7:30 p.m.
UNCW KENAN
AUDITORIUM
TICKETS:
$20

The vibrant UNCW Summer Jazz Workshop Faculty Big Band will join special guest Michael Mossman in a lively performance that includes swing through bebop and modern style. Grammy and Academy Award-nominated hard bop jazz trumpeter, Michael Mossman is a versatile musician, band leader, composer, and educator who has been active in the jazz and Latin jazz scenes with a virtual who’s who of the music industry, including Lionel Hampton, Art Blakey, Dizzy Gillespie, and Eddie Palmieri, since he was 17.


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Shana Tucker
JULY 25, 2019
AT 7:30 p.m.
UNCW KENAN
AUDITORIUM
TICKETS:
$20

Shana Tucker is a cellist and singer-songwriter with a deep respect for storytelling. Based in Durham, North Carolina, her distinctive rhythmic tapestry weaves the South’s soulful folk with notes of jazz, classical, acoustic pop and a touch of R&B.  Shana is drawn to instruments with resonance, tone, and depth that can sound without amplification. ChamberSoul™ aptly describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana's music. Of her music, JazzTimes said, “Most importantly, the songs tell a story; that’s what a work of art should do.” As a master teaching artist, Shana is devoted to arts education for young students and lifelong learners alike and is regularly involved with inspiring outreach opportunities, workshops, and classes.  


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Concert featuring Ronald Sachs Concerto Competition
Prizewinner Jacob Wang
JULY 26, 2019
AT 5:30 p.m.
BECKWITH
RECITAL HALL
TICKETS:
$10

Ronald Sachs offers an extraordinary opportunity for gifted young musicians to develop and advance their talents through participation in the Ronald Sachs International Music Competition. The Lumina Festival of the Arts is pleased to present a recital with the winner of last year’s competition in UNCW’s Beckwith Recital Hall. The Ronald Sachs International Music Competition is committed to inspiring young artists and enriching their musical experiences so that they can enjoy performing at the early stages of their careers in music.  

For this concert, 2018 competition winner Jacob Wang will play excerpts from Bach’s French Suite No. 5 in G, Schumann's Fantasy in C  maj, Op. 17Méditation from Tchaikovsky's 18 Morceaux, Op. 72, and Andante Maestoso from The Nutcracker.


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Opera Wilmington Orchestra
JULY 27, 2019
AT 2 p.m.
BECKWITH
RECITAL HALL
TICKETS:
$20

Opera Wilmington’s Orchestra presents a concert of compositional favorites including Puccini’s Crisantemi for String QuartetRondo in A major for Violin and String Quartet, D 438 by Franz Schubert, and the Coffee Cantata, a mini comic opera from Bach. The Coffee Cantata is a piece of musical satire that pokes fun at both coffee drinkers and their critics. Dedicated to enhancing awareness of the operatic art form, Opera Wilmington has become a cultural touchstone for UNCW and the coastal Carolina region. Their La Bohème is featured in the Mainstage Theatre in this year’s Lumina Festival.