North Carolina A&T State University celebrates Black History month this week with an inspiring concert on the life and experiences of forgotten African-American composers, including music from the Antebellum Period through the Civil Rights Movement and modern times. Famed violinist Tami Hughes will perform compositions she’s collected in “Legacy: Violin Music of African Composers,” a visual concert of her album, as part of the school’s Lyceum Series, which is dedicated to bringing the most provocative, culturally diverse programs to the university campus and surrounding community.
If you’re looking for a little less thought provocation, Theatre Alliance continues its electric production of Rock of Ages this week through Sunday. The rock concert includes the hits from such 80s rock bands as Pat Benatar, Journey, Poison and Bon Jovi.
Another fun production continuing its runs this week is Barn Dinner Theatre’s The Kitchen Witches, in which two competitive TV hosts are paired together for a dramatic cooking show that likens to Martha Stewart combined with Jerry Springer. Productions run this week through Sunday.
Wednesday through Friday UNC Greensboro presents Antigone by Sophocles with translation by Don Taylor. Oedipus has just passed away in Colonus, and Antigone and her sister decide to return to Thebes with the intention of helping their brothers avoid a prophecy that predicts they will kill each other in a battle for the throne of Thebes. Performances are in Taylor Theatre.
The Greensboro College Department of Music presents its annual Winter Concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Gail Brower Huggins Performance Center in Odell Building on campus. Admission is free and open to the public.
The concert will feature the college’s Chamber Singers, who will perform a selection of European madrigals, and the Chorale, who will perform a set of spirituals.
The college Wind Ensemble also will perform “Essays in Courage,” by Gary P. Gilmore; “Ye Banks And Braes O’ Bonnie Doon,” by Percy Grainger; “Joy Revisited” and “An American Elegy,” by Frank Techeli; and “The Stars and Stripes Forever,” by John Phillip Sousa.
In other news, Triad Stage announced its 17th season Monday night, so stay tuned on what to expect from the professional theatre. One sneak peek is that next spring it will be performing a scandalous thriller, The Passion of Teresa Rae King, which I’m particularly excited about. Before then though, check out their grand musical, South Pacific, coming in September and the comedy Buyer & Cellar in October.