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Last blasts of the semester at NCSA and UNCG

by Mark Burger

It’s the end of thespring semester as we know it, and the NC School of the Arts feelsfine. With graduation right around the corner, NCSA has a variety ofevents and attractions to keep area audiences satiated until classesand performances resume in the fall. (Of course, there’s the MagnoliaBaroque Festival, sponsored by the Kenan Institute for the Arts nextmonth, but that’s a special event.) First up is the Guitar ClassRecital, tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Chamber Music Hall on the NCSAcampus (1533 S. Main St.), which features the students of GeraldKlickstein in concert. This performance is free. The SpringDance Concert, one of the school’s most popular performances, opensThursday night at the Stevens Center (405 W. 4th St.) and runs throughSunday. The program will include works from the classical ballet andcontemporary dance repertoire, including "Duets," as choreographed byMerce Cunningham, Mario Petipa’s Paquita, and "Rodeo," as choreographedby the legendary Agnes de Mille. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 forsenior citizens and students. Speaking of Agnes de Mille, theNCSA theater that bears her name will be the scene for the AJ FletcherOpera Institute’s production of Kurt Weill’s Street Scene. Thispresentation also opens Thursday and runs through Sunday. Guest stagedirector Michael Shell has joined forces with James Allbritten (musicdirector) and Angela Ward (musical preparation) for this Americanopera, with music by Kurt Weill and libretto by Elmer Rice, andfeaturing lyrics by Langston Hughes. Tickets are $12 adults, $10 forsenior citizens and students. If jazz is your thing – and whocan blame you? – May 13, will be the only performance of the emergingartist concert, Jazz Ensemble. Ron Rudkin will lead the big bandthrough a selection of timeless classics in the Thrust Theatre atPerformance Place on the NCSA campus. Admission is $12 for adults, $10for senior citizens and students. On May 18, the NCSA WindEnsemble teams up with the Philidor Percussion Group for a specialpresentation of North Carolina composer Russell Peck’s The Glory andthe Grandeur. Conductor Mark Norman will also lead the ensemble inGustav Holst’s Hammersmith and H. Owen Reed’s La Fiesta Mexicana(sounds like a spicy treat!). This performance will take place in theStevens Center, and tickets, as you might have guessed, are $12 foradults, $10 for senior citizens and students. It’s back to theStevens Center on May 23, for the NCSA Symphony Orchestra’s emergingartist concert. On the menu are Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, NCSAalumnus Keith Gates’ "Sonatina for Saxophone and Orchestra," and GustavMahler’s Symphony No. 1 featuring faculty artist Taimur Sullivan onsaxophone. Yes, tickets are $12 adults, $10 senior citizens andstudents. The Cantata Singers will perform on May 25 at WatsonChamber Music Hall on the NCSA campus. James Allbritten, fresh fromStreet Scene, will lead the NCSA Chorus in this presentation, which isfree. Then, of course, it’s movie time. The NCSA School ofFilmmaking will present its "3rd Year Film Screenings" at 7 p.m. on May29 in the Main Theatre, and again at 8 p.m. in Babcock Theatre – boththeaters located within the ACE Exhibition Complex on campus. Not to beoutdone, the "4th Year Film Screenings" will be presented on May 30 at3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Main Theatre, and at 8 p.m. in BabcockTheatre. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 senior citizens and students. For more information, or to purchase tickets for any of these events, see ncarts.edu/performances or call 336.721.1945. •••• Foryet another taste of the burgeoning filmmaking talent in the region,UNCG will be screening its student documentary and feature films thisFriday and Saturday at Elliott University Center on campus (1000 SpringGarden St., Greensboro). The screenings will take place 7 p.m.,with a reception beforehand at 6 p.m. on both nights. This event isfree and open to the public. The selection of films includessuch award winners as Adam Weldon’s Some Apologies, which won the UNCGStudent Award at this year’s Carolina Film and Video Festival, andNicole Triche’s Metacarpus, which was screened earlier this year at theprestigious Full Frame Documentary Film Festival in Raleigh. "Eachof these films… has its own unique beauty and represents theinterests and sensibilities of the filmmaker," said event coordinatorJonathan Scott Parker, in a press release. "This is a group of highlydedicated students, many of whose previous films have screened at filmfestivals across the country." Parker, himself a graduate student in the university’s Department of Broadcasting and Cinema, is the go-to guy for this event. For more information, e-mail him at jsparke2@uncg.edu or call him: 336.662.5703.

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