Carolina Performing Arts at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will welcome back 18 artists and companies to celebrate its 10th season in 2014-2015.
In addition to returning favorites, CPA is partnering with Wilson Library’s Southern Folklife Collection as it celebrate 25 years; the Institute of Arts and Humanities’ campus-wide World War I Centenary Project; and will present a three-performance program in its inaugural Curatorial Fellowship through CPA’s Arts@TheCore initiative.
The 2014-2015 season will feature additional internationally renowned performers and emerging artists for a total of 51 performances and presentations that represent a vast diversity of styles, forms and origins. CPA also will present a number of free and public events designed to take the audience deeper into the role of the artist and the creative process.
“Our 10th season allows us, first and foremost, to celebrate our audiences,” said Emil Kang, CPA’s executive and artistic director. “It is their enthusiasm, willingness to take risks and thoughtful engagement that has compelled artists to return to Chapel Hill. We’re thrilled to welcome back 18 artists and companies who have left an indelible mark on our brief history.”
Designated “CPA 10 Artists,” returning companies and performers include Youssou N’Dour; Mitsuko Uchida; Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis; Ian Bostridge; Dianne Reeves; National Theatre of Scotland; the Mariinsky Orchestra with Valery Gergiev; Shantala Shivalingappa; Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater; the Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma; Pierre-Laurent Aimard; Martha Graham Dance Company; and Sir John Eliot Gardiner with the Monteverdi Choir.
“We are proud of the relationships we have fostered with artists over these 10 seasons, and our success during the next 10 will be gauged on how well we move these relationships beyond the walls of the hall, onto campus and in the community at large,” Kang said. “To this end, we’re thrilled to partner with the Southern Folklife Collection, Institute of the Arts and Humanities and other campus groups, including our new Arts@TheCore Curatorial Fellowship, as part of our 10th season.”
The 2014-2015 season will kick off Aug. 22 with a double bill featuring brass band giants Rebirth Brass Band and Dumpstaphunk, followed by country legend Merle Haggard with Tift Merritt on Aug. 23. These performances are presented as part of the Southern Folklife Festival to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Southern Folklife Collection.
In conjunction with the Institute of Arts and Humanities’ World War I Centenary Project, CPA will present a slate of performances marking the anniversary: “The 1910s” by renowned performance artist Taylor Mac; “Prelude to a Black Hole and Beyond Zero: 1914-1918” featuring the Kronos Quartet; Britten’s “War Requiem,” where soprano Christine Goerke, tenor Anthony Dean Griffey, and baritone Nathan Gunn join the UNC Symphony Orchestra with conductor Tonu Kalam and Carolina Choir with director Susan Klebanow. There also will be an unforgettable performance in the loading dock setup from Dutch theater group Hotel Modern and Arthur Sauer, where performers roam miniature worlds projected on a large screen as World War I testimonies and soldiers’ letters are read aloud.
The inaugural program presented through the newly established Curatorial Fellowship is an extension of the Arts@TheCore initiative and features a mini-series curated by Afroz Taj, an associate professor of Asian Studies at UNC, under the theme “Streams of Spirit: Water Music from South Asia.”
Carolina Performing Arts will also present several free events including “Veils and Vesper,” a unique meditative soundscape installation by 2014 Pulitzer Prize-winning composer John Luther Adams with a special guest appearance by Brooklyn Rider. It also will present a conversation with Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble as the 2015 Frey Foundation Distinguished Visiting Professor in the College of Arts and Sciences.
Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 5. Subscriptions are available on June 3.
For more details on the 2014-2015 season, including ticket information and an interactive, digital brochure, please visit www.carolinaperformingarts.org.
Published May 16, 2014.