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June 30, 2013


June 30--Even though many performing arts groups are on hiatus for the summer, there are plenty of festivals and special events to keep arts lovers occupied for the next couple of months.

Here's a look at some of what's coming in July and August:

Noontime organ recitals

When: Noon Wednesdays in July

Where: Gray Auditorium, Old Salem Visitor Center, 900 Old Salem Road

Why go: The Tannenberg Organ is a treasure, and Old Salem Museums & Gardens will give local residents a chance to enjoy it each Wednesday in July -- for free. Each week, a different artist will perform. The schedule includes Katherine Meloan on July 3; Brandon Burns on July 10; Nathan Zullinger and Anita Cirba (trumpet) on July 17; Scott Hyslop on July 24; and Brennan Szafron on July 31.

Information: Free. Call (336) 721-7300 or see

Pianist Ignat Solzhenitsyn

When: 8 p.m. July 6 and 8 p.m. July 8 at the Eastern Music Festival

Where: July 6 at Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro; July 8 at UNCG School of Music

Why go: Ignat Solzhenitsyn's lyrical interpretations have won him praise from critics around the world and landed him work with chamber ensembles including the Emerson, Borodin and St. Petersburg string quartets. In addition to his work as a pianist, he serves as the principal guest conductor for the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the conductor laureate of the Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. Interesting tidbit: He's the son of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn ("One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich"), who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1970.

Information: Admission charged. Call (336) 272-0160 or see

Peppercorn Children's Theatre

When: 11 a.m. July 12 and 19; 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. July 13 and 20; 2 p.m. July 14 and 21

Where: Behind the Single Brothers' House, Old Salem, 600 S. Main St. (Rain location: St. Philips Brick Church)

Why go: The Peppercorn Children's Theatre puts on wonderfully creative, original productions for children. "Way Down Yonder (In the Paw Paw Patch)," the last show of their 2013 summer season, focuses on organic farming, as brother and sister Sol and Luna search for the legendary Paw Paw Patch and try to save their family farm. Children will learn about the earth, farming and enjoy folk music, storytelling and even some rooster butlers.

Information: Admission charged. Tickets available at the door or at

Violinist Augustin Hadelich

When: 8 p.m. July 13 at the Eastern Music Festival

Where: Dana Auditorium, Guilford College, 5800 W. Friendly Ave., Greensboro

Why go: Hadelich, the winner of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis, is considered one of today's top young violinists. In the past year, he has made his debuts with the Boston Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the National Symphony Orchestra, an impressive feat considering that a fire at his family home nearly took his life and career at age 15. Hadelich, now 29, recovered from severe burns to his face, body and bow arm, and was able to take up the violin again.

Information: Admission charged. Call (336) 272-0160 or see

Idina Menzel with the Eastern Festival Orchestra

When: 8 p.m. July 18 at An Appalachian Summer Festival

Where: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts (formerly Farthing Auditorium), Appalachian State University, Boone

Why go: Menzel, an actress, singer and songwriter, first got people's attention as Maureen Johnson in the Broadway musical "Rent." She went on to win a Tony Award for her work in "Wicked," and has since appeared on TV's "Glee" as Shelby Corcoran. She'll be returning to Broadway this fall in "If/Then," but before then, she'll perform a selection of pop songs and musical theater favorites at An Appalachian Summer Festival, including hits from "Wicked," "Rent" and her album "Live: Barefoot at the Symphony."

Information: Admission charged. Call (800) 841-2787 or see

Carolina Ballet

When: 8 p.m. July 25

Where: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts, Appalachian State University, Boone

Why go: Carolina Ballet, based in Raleigh, made its debut at An Appalachian Summer last year and returns this summer with a performance that celebrates one of the most beloved choreographers of the last century, George Balanchine. The company will perform "A Balanchine Celebration featuring 'Rubies.'" "Rubies" is one of three ballets without a plot that make up George Balanchine's larger "Jewels" program, which debuted in 1967.

Information: Admission charged. Call (800) 841-2787 or see

National Black Theatre Festival

When: July 29-Aug. 3

Where: Various venues in Winston-Salem

Why go: Performers, celebrities and fans from around the country will descend on Winston-Salem for a week of what's known as black theater holy ground. The festival will include a variety of innovative plays, workshops, receptions, films, youth programs, poetry and more. There really is something for everyone.

Information: Admission charged. See

'Nunset Boulevard'

When: Aug. 16-18 and 22-25, Aug. 29-Sept. 1, showtimes vary

Where: Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance, 1047 Northwest Blvd.

Why go: Those hilarious Little Sisters of Hoboken, familiar to fans of "Nunsense," are back in Dan Goggin's latest comedy. This time, they're excited because they've been invited to sing at the famed Hollywood Bowl, only to arrive in Los Angeles to find out that they're actually performing at the Hollywood Bowl-A-Rama.

Information: Admission charged. See

Carolina Summer Music Festival

When: Aug. 8-25

Where: Various venues in Winston-Salem, West Jefferson and Blowing Rock

Why go: The festival, in its sixth year, offers an eclectic array of concerts, from chamber music to jazz to contemporary fare, performed by some of the top musicians in the area. This year's shows include a cookout with the Camel City Jazz Orchestra, a night of dance and music by John Cage, an evening of Dvorak and Mozart serenades, a pops picnic with the Giannini Brass, an Old Timey Radio Show, a jazz tribute to Harold Arlen, an afternoon of works inspired by a Reynolda House exhibition, a piano recital by Dmitri Shteinberg, a dinner concert at Graylyn and an evening of Hungarian and Romanian music.

Information: Admission charged. See

Broadway's Best

When: Aug. 9-11 and 15-18, showtimes vary

Where: 130 Beechtree Place, Mocksville

Why go: Broadway's Best will perform a selection of audience favorites in "Broadway -- '50s thru the '80s" with music from the golden age of American musical theater. Broadway's Best is working to open a summer-stock theater in Davie County and this production will give audiences a taste of what they can expect -- professional renditions of popular Broadway shows.

Information: Admission charged. Call (336) 575-4446 or see

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