Midday Interviews

HAYA Band

HAYA Band brings Mongolilan instruments and song for a concert at Thalian Hall on Sunday, April 8. The music is traditional (including the magical throat singing), yet has a contemporary "world music" feel. Listen here.

The Vivaldi Project

 

Tallis Chamber Orchestra presents a concert Saturday, April 7 at 7:30 pm at St. Paul's Episcopal Church featuring two special guests: Cellist Stephanie Vial and Violinist Elizabeth Fields. Vial and Fields are founders of The Vivaldi Project.

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Big Dawg Productions presents the popular all-woman play by Nora & Delia Ephron: Love, Loss, and What I Wore, based on Ilene Beckerman's book by the same name. The show runs April 5-22 at Cape Fear Playhouse.

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The acclaimed Calidore String Quartet returns to Wilmington to perform at Beckwith Recital Hall on Sunday, April 7. The program includes Mendelssohn, Shostakovich, Beethoven--and new music from Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Caroline Shaw.

The Wilmington Dance Festival features a diverse collection of contemporary pieces by 9 unique choreographers. Topics range from mermaids to suicide to climate change to a species of "Twerkians."

Pineapple-Shaped Lamps has 2 shows coming up: First, Ladies Room: Six and the City, running March 29-31; then In Sanity, running April 12 through April 29. Both productions are at North Front Theatre in downtown Wilmington. 

Panache Theatrical Productions

 

In 2016, Holli Saperstein won the Star News "Best Actress" award for her performance of Becoming Dr. Ruth. Due to popular demand, she's reprising the role at Thalian Hall in a limited run through April 1.

Mouths of Babes Theatre Company presents a new documentary play based on Wilmington interviews with the LGBTQ community. It's called Out, NC. The group presents a first staged reading at Cameron Art Museum March 29-31. Actors are seeking input as they continue to develop this piece.

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Sarus-Light, Water, Darkness is underway in Wilmington. Listen to Founder and Executive Director Karola Luettringhaus talk about the experimental, site-specific festival above. Events are scheduled for Wabi-Sabi Warehouse, Cameron Art Museum, Union Station, Bottega Art & Wine, Community Arts Center, and more.

 

The talents of over a dozen university musicians come together for UNCW's 4th New Music Festival March 21-22. This is a unique opportunity to hear music in the company of the composers: David Kechley, William Neil, Jeffrey Van, and Andrew York.

National Symphony Orchestra Cuba

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba makes its North Carolina debut this week as it makes its 2nd tour of the United States since 1960. The musicians will only perform in one location in NC--Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

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Wilmington native Meira Warshauer premieres a workshop production of her new work, the opera Elijah's Violin on Sunday, March 18 at 4:00pm at Temple of Israel's Reibman Center on 10th & Market Streets in Downtown Wilmington.   

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The weather has been moody this March in Southeastern North Carolina. Commentator Shane Fernando reminds us that we are not the only creatures thinking about the temperature as we slowly head into spring.

The North Carolina Coastal Federation is seeking Ambassadors. Coastal Outreach Associate, Jessica Gray, is in charge of finding them.

Empty Bowls Wilmington

This is the year for Wilmington's biennial Empty Bowls event that supports Mother's Hubbard Cupboard and Good Shepherd Center. There is a 2 1/2 hour window to get one of the 1,500+ bowls, some soup, and a cookie on Friday, March 16, 11:00am til 1:30pm.

Theatre Now

Award-winning actor Phil Antonino  makes his directorial debut with The Weir, an award-winning play by Irish playwright Conor McPherson. The show is a set in a pub in rural Ireland where storytelling is the sport of choice.

Opera House Theatre Company

Director Ray Kennedy loves the musical Nine so much, he's seen it too many times to count-including a performance in Swedish. (I don't think he speaks Swedish.) The show, presented by Opera House Theatre Company, is onstage at Thalian Hall through March 11. 

Part storytelling, part poetry, part jazz percussion...Program for Jazz performs at Thalian Hall's Stein Theatre on Saturday, March 10 at 7:30pm. The band is comprised of Clark Holtzman & David Shore...and Walt Whitman, ee cummings, Shakespeare, Lord Byron....

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There's a new Wilmington podcast called Malty Gravity. The show was launced last November by Jeremy Malanka, Dean Goodyear, and Alex Amick. It's sort of based on beer...but really, it's about talking about everything under the sun and making people laugh.

EXPO 216

On exhibit at EXPO 216 is the Death & Dying exhibit-and on February 23 (Fourth Friday), there will be a notary at the reception. The public is invited to complete legal documents regarding end-of-life wishes. The reception runs 6pm-9pm. 

Listen above to Linda Look, Director and Curator of EXPO 216, and Jason Clamme, Education and Outreach Specialist at  Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

 

Helen Morgan shot jazz trumpeter Lee Morgan in 1972. She's from Shallotte, and spent her final years in Wilmington. A documentary based on the sole interview she granted has been made into a documentary by Swedish filmmaker, Kasper Collin, and it screens in Wilmington on Sunday, 2/25.

The film, I Called Him Morgan, screens at Jengo's Playhouse, 815 Princess Street, at 5:00pm.

 

Opera Wilmington presents Celebrating Caterina Jarboro: Wilmington's First Operatic Diva. Free symposium sessions begin Friday morning and continue Saturday, with a performance in Beckwith Recital Hall on Friday evening at 7:30 pm. 

ACRONYM

Chamber Music Wilmington brings the early music ensemble ACRONYM to Beckwith Recital Hall Sunday, February 25th.   The group performs Rosenmuller, Bertali, Valentini, and Krieger with early instruments...but the musicians seem most excited to present Vivaldi's "Four Seasons" in a way you've probably never heard before. 

Nan Graham

Commentator Nan Graham provided many details to authorities in order to adopt her new dog. She did not, however, receive all the information about him.

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The Girls Choir-Susan Savia-Stray Local-The Jewell's-Laura McLean-John Fonvielle-Catesby Jones--and on and on. Dozens of musicians will perform songs by Mike Adams at Brooklyn Arts Center's Annex on Thursday, February 22.

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Dr. Faustus is onstage at UNCW Mainstage Theatre through February 25. Listen to Director Christopher Marino and Music Director Adrian Varnum talk about the difficulties involved in selling one's soul to the Devil above.

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Second Star Theatre presents Murder Ballad, The New Musical. It's a steamy exploration of the complications of love, the compromises we make, and the betrayals that undo us. The show opens on Valentine's Night at Front Street Theater. 

On Thursday, February 15, UNCW's Community Music Academy holds a Valentine Gala at Beckwith Recital Hall to benefit young musicians. Violinist Danijel Zezelj-Gualdi is the Artistic Director-she will perform at the event, along with a host of other fine musicians. There is also a silent auction.

At the age of 20 I called my mother and delivered two pieces of news one good and one bad. Mommy, I finally understand Mark Twain. I thought I did before but I didn't. But now I do. And now that I have stood ankle deep in the Mississippi River I get it. I get him on a deep and visceral level. And it is incredible!

Wilmington poet Emily Paige Wilson's work has been published in various journals and she's been nominated for various awards-but she is most excited about her first published collection: I'll Build Us a Home. Listen to Emily above and see our extended conversation below.  

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