Holiday happenings at NCSA, and ‘Cadence’ goes to Miami

by Mark Burger

Holiday happenings at NCSA, and ‘Cadence’ goes to Miami

It’s inescapable this time of year and, to many people, irresistible. It’s The Nutcracker Ballet, and the annual production of this holiday favorite opens next Saturday (Dec. 6) at the Stevens Center (405 W. 4 th St., Winston-Salem), as presented by UNC School of the Arts and the Winston- Salem Symphony. This extravaganza is choreographed by Robert Lindgren and Sonja Tyven, and features performances by award-winning ballet superstars Gillian Murphy and Blane Hoven, both graduates of NCSA and members of the prestigious American Ballet Theatre. They’ll be adding a little homecoming flavor to the festivities. Showtimes are 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 6-7 and Dec. 13-14, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11-12. Ticket prices range from $20 to $130, depending on date and time and show, as well as seating location. Reservations are strongly suggested. This is always a hot ticket. But that’s not all that NCSA has to offer audiences this holiday season. Also coming up is the live concert by faculty artists David Jolley and Allison Gagnon, performing selections for horn and piano by Beethoven, Olivier Messiaen, Rehienhold Gliere and more. This show is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 2 at Watson Chamber Music Hall, located on the NCSA campus (1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem). Tickets are $12 (general admission) or $10 (for senior citizens and students with valid ID). On Saturday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m., there’s the Woodwind Faculty Chamber Music concert at Watson Chamber Music Hall, featuring the combined talents of Tadeu Coelho (flute), John Ellis (oboe), Igor Begelman (clarinet), Saxton Rose (bassoon), Taimur Sullivan (saxophone) and, back again, David Jolley (horn). Tickets are $12 (general admission) or $10 (for senior citizens and students with valid ID). Then, on Sunday, Dec. 7, Watson Chamber Hall will again be the scene of a big event, a live concert featuring the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, which has come to Winston- Salem to spread a little holiday cheer with an all-baroque program featuring works by Handel, Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach. Among the musicians on hand: John Gibbons (harpsichord); Lily Francis, Ida Kavafian, Cho-Liang Lin and Arnaud Sussman (violin); Beth Guterman and Paul Neubauer (viola); Priscilla Lee and Fred Sherry (cello); Tara Helen O’Connor and Carol Wincenc (flute); and Kurt Muroki (bass). This concert begins at 8 p.m., and tickets are $12 (general admission) or $10 (for senior citizens and students with valid ID).

Finally, there’s the Guitar Class Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 9 at Watson Chamber Hall, featuring students of faculty members Gerald Klickstein and Joseph Pecoraro. What’s particularly nice about this concert is that admission is free. For tickets or more information about any of these performances, call 336.721.1945 or see performances These events will essentially wrap up the NCSA performance schedule for 2008, but — have no fear — there will be plenty more just around the corner in 2009. Just check out the website for information about what’s new and what’s coming up. ••• Some months back, the musical short “Cadence” took home the award for Best Film of 2008 at the 48-Hour Film Project in Greensboro. (I should know; I was one of the judges who voted on it!) Now, it’s on to the next level, as the film and its filmmakers (those cinematic savants of Darkhawk Productions) will be representing the city of Greensboro at the 2009 Filmapalooza event, which will be presented in March at the Miami International Film Festival. The festival will be celebrating its 25 th birthday in ’09, and “Cadence” is coming to the party. Now, as you may recall, the winner of the 2007 48-Hour Film Project competition, “JoBeth” (written by some wacko who edits this very paper), was very favorably received at Filmapalooza and wound up being screened this past year at the Cannes Film Festival in France, as part of the international “Un Certain Regard” showcase. Whether or not lightning will strike twice is anybody’s guess, but “Cadence” (which also won the awards for best music and use of dialogue at 48-Hour) is certainly a worthy entry, as well as yet another example of the fine work being done by independent filmmakers here in the region. I should know; I’ve seen it.

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