Arts at UNCW

Rhiannon

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Rhiannon Giddens is an American musician with an elegant bearing, prodigious voice, and fierce spirit. She is known as the lead singer, violinist, banjo player, and a founding member of the Grammy Award winning African-American folk interpreters Carolina Chocolate Drops. Rhiannon began singing at a very young age and didn’t think of music as a career until she attended the elite North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics where she realized she didn’t want to solve any more equations. She then attended Oberlin Conservatory and studied opera. In addition to her work with the Drops and other projects, Rhiannon has released two solo albums: Tomorrow Is My Turn (2015) and Freedom Highway (2017).


Audrey

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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 year, their performance will feature special guest, Audrey Ochoa, Edmonton Canada’s most prolific trombone player, playing Jazz, Rock, Pop, Latin, Punk and Ska.


Opera Wilmington

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Opera Wilmington’s Orchestra, led by Dr. Joe Hickman of UNCW’s Department of Music, presents a concert of multi-generational favorites including Peter and the Wolf. Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale is one of the most frequently performed and recorded works in the classical repertoire, with delightful narration by Wilmington’s own Gina Gambony as well as specific musical instruments and phrases appearing as characters in the story. The program will also include dance music by Johann Strauss, Junior AND Senior! Join us for Thunder and Lightning Polka, Radetsky March, and The Blue Danube Waltz. 


Summer Jazz Combos

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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. 


Salwen

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The waltz has been hugely popular for 200 years.  In that time it has been reimagined in many creative ways.  Join Barry David Salwen of the UNCW music department for a feast of waltzes.  Get into the mood for Opera’s Wilmington’s Die Fledermaus with waltzes from Vienna by Schubert and Brahms.  Hear a transformation of the waltz by the living Viennese composer Maximilian Kreuz, and others by American composers.  The concert will end with the sparkling Papillons of Schumann, filled with dances and inspired by one of the most popular novels of the time.  Ask if Kenan Auditorium allows dancing in the aisles!


Ronald Sachs

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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, 2017 competition winner Melody Sim will play Violin Sonata No. 1 by Johannes Brahms, the first movement of the violin concerto in D minor by Jean Sibelius, and the Carmen fantasy by Pablo DeSarasate. She will be accompanied by Elizabeth Loparits on piano.