Saturday night live: A class act from UNCSA School Of Drama students

by Mark Burger

It’s a new year and that means a whole new lineup of special events and performances at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston- Salem.

This Saturday, UNCSA will present The Winter Cabaret: New Works Night at 8 p.m. in the Proscenium Thrust Theatre in Performance Place, located on the UNCSA main campus (1533 S. Main St., Winston- Salem).

This special, one-night-only musical cabaret offers a unique showcase for the students, as it has been created and produced by members of the senior class (Studio IV) and features new songs written and performed by seniors, as well as their renditions of popular songs. It’s a great opportunity to observe the student performers as they put into practice (and performance) what they’ve learned during their four years of intensive training at UNCSA — and it’s also for a very worthy cause.

Proceeds from this event will help to fund the 2011 senior drama class trip to Los Angeles later this spring, where the students will offer a presentation to agents, casting directors, producers and other industry professionals. California, here they come!

The suggested donation is $20, and tickets are available only at the door. For more information, call 336.770.3236 or visit the school’s official website:

But that’s not all that’s taking place at UNCSA this Saturday.

Faculty members from the School of Music have teamed up with guest artists for a presentation of selections for voice and string quartet/quintet titled On the Edge, which will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in

Watson Chamber Music Hall, which is also located on the UNCSA Main Campus (1533 S. Main St., Winston-Salem).

UNCSA faculty members Glenn Siebert (tenor), Allison Gagnon (piano) and Brooks Whitehouse (cello) will be joined by guest artists Janine Hawley (mezzo-soprano), Jacqueline Carrasco and Janet Orenstein (violins) and Christina Placilla (viola) as they perform selections including Vaughan Williams’ “On Wenlock Edge” and Ella Milch-Sheriff’s “Songs from the Edge.” (Yes, this is clearly an “edgy” presentation!) Tickets are $12 (adults) and $10 (senior citizens and students with valid ID). For tickets or more information, call the UNCSA Box Office (336.721.1945) or check out

But there’s still more at UNCSA. Indeed, there always seems to be something new and exciting on the school’s performance calendar.

UNCSA School of Music faculty member and acclaimed violist Sheila Browne and guest pianist Julie Nishimura will perform a selection of classical works, including Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Watson Chamber Music Hall, located on the UNCSA campus (1533 S. Main St.).

This program will also include Prokofiev’s cello sonata, Vaughan Williams’ “Romance” and Antonin Dvorak’s “Sonatina.”

As a performer, Browne has performed at many of the world’s major concert halls as soloist, chamber musician and as a principal member of several esteemed orchestras, including the Juilliard, Freiburg, Mainz, German-French, the Kiev Philharmonic, the New World Symphony and others. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Royal Festival Hall in London and at other venues throughout the world.

As well as her extensive performing, Browne also has considerable teaching experience. Prior to joining the School of Music faculty, she taught at the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee, and she also recently joined the faculty of New York University. She has been invited to give master classes and/or recitals by Oberlin, Eastman, Queens and McGill universities, and she serves on the executive board of the American Viola Society.

Pianist Nishimura has celebrated over 20 years as a faculty accompanist for the University of Delaware’s Department of Music, performing in more than 350 collaborative recitals and 40 opera and scene-study performances with the Opera Workshop and Opera Theatre. She has performed in the chamber music series of Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, the Delaware Symphony Orchestra and the Philadelphia Orchestra, and has been a guest artist at more than 30 colleges.

If classical music is your passion, then this program is sure to chase away your winter blues!

Tickets are $12 (adults) and $10 (senior citizens and students with valid ID). For reservations, call the UNCSA Box Office (336.721.1945) or check out