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Fall to bring a stream of artists here

August 21, 2013

YellowBrix

Aug. 21--Arts lovers won't be bored this fall in Southeastern North Carolina. In addition to the usual subjects, all sorts of artists will be passing through.

Wilmington's own Meira Warshauer comes home for the premiere of her new piano work. Thalian Hall joins a consortium of arts groups to screen a series of film adaptations of Shakespeare's plays. Four professional dance companies have booked stage time here, and there's a concert or recital almost every night.

Classical music

Piano Masterworks -- Sept. 5 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

Selections from Beethoven, Schubert and Debussy, plus Gershwin's "American in Paris," performed by Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits. 962-3500.

UNCW Cello Festival -- Sept. 13-14 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts building

The Sept. 13 concert features guest artist Elliott Cheney, former principal cellist for the Savannah Symphony. 962-3415.

Violin recital -- Sept. 19 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW Cultural Arts building

Featuring soloist Ray Chen, winner of the 2008 Yehudi Menuhin Competition. 962-3500.

Wilmington Symphony opening night -- Sept. 21 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

The program includes Berlioz's "Le Corsaire" overture, selections from Tchaikovsky's "Sleeping Beauty" and Richard Strauss' "Four Last Songs" with soprano Nancy King. wilmingtonsymphonyorchestra.org or 962-3500.

Chords for a Cause -- Sept. 28 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

Alternative rock group Sister Hazel appears with the Wilmington Symphony and the Hoggard Voyagers chorus in a benefit concert for Lower Cape Fear Hospice's Sunshine Camp and other charities. www.etix.com or 962-3500.

Einstein: Speaking of Mozart -- Sept. 29 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW

Chamber Music Wilmington presents a words-and-music program on Mozart's quartets and quintets with pianist Barbara McKenzie and the Ciompi Quartet. chambermusicwilmington.org or 962 3500.

Cavani String Quartet -- Oct. 4 at Landfall

This rare all-women ensemble, winners of the Naumberg Chamber Music Award, will give a salon-style performance as part of Chamber Music Wilmington's outreach program. chambermusicwilmington.org or 962-3500.

Canadian Brass -- Oct. 9 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

The famed brass quintet -- with a repertoire ranging from Renaissance and Baroque to Latin, Dixieland and Broadway -- performs for the Wilmington Concert Association. Individual tickets $38. Season tickets $150. wilmingtonconcertassociation.com or 962-3500.

North Carolina Symphony -- Oct. 12 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

A tribute to the film music of John Williams ("Star Wars," "Superman," "Harry Potter," etc.) ncsymphony.org or 962-3500.

String concert -- Oct. 14 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

Soloist Danijela e elj-Gualdi joins the string section of the Wilmington Symphony for a program including Samuel Barber's "Adagio for Strings," Edvard Grieg's "Holberg Suite" and a new violin concerto by Latvian composer Peteris Vasks. www.wilmingtonsymphonyorchestra.org or 962-3500.

New Muse piano duo -- Oct. 22 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW

Music from the 20th and 21st centuries, performed by guest pianists Paola Savvidou and Jonathan Kuuskoski. 962-3415.

'Ocean Calling' -- Oct. 24 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW

Premiere of a new two-piano work by noted composer (and Wilmington native) Meira Warshauer, performed by pianists Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits. 962-3500.

Chamber Music Wilmington: Rising Stars -- Nov. 3 in Beckwith Hall, UNCW

An ensemble of young prize-winners and upcoming performers present a program of Rachmaninoff, Haydn and Adams. www.chambermusicwilmington.org or 962 3500.

North Carolina Symphony -- Nov. 15 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

Brahms' "Piano Concerto No. 1" with pianist Olli Mustonen, plus works by Sibelius. ncsymphony.org or 962-3500.

Jazz and folk

Shana Tucker -- Sept 15. on Thalian Hall main stage

The singer-songwriter-cellist presents "ChamberSoul" music and songs that transcend genres but edge against classical, jazz, folk and pop. 632-2285.

Wilmington Sacred Heart Singers -- Sept. 29 in Cameron Art Museum

An afternoon of a capella "shape-note" singing based on music from the 1844 "Sacred Harp." Beginners are encouraged to sing along. 395-5999

75th anniversary Benny Goodman Tribute -- Sept. 30, Odell Williamson Auditorium

A re-creation of Goodman's historic 1938 Carnegie Hall peformance, featuring clarinetist Ken Peplowski, an alumnus of the Benny Goodman orchestra. 755-7416

Film

'Still Mine' -- Sept. 2-4 on Thalian Hall main stage

Cinematique presents a 2012 Canadian film about an elderly New Bruswick man who runs afoul of the authorities when he tries to build a house for his wife whose memory is failing. With James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold. 632-2285

'The Taming of the Shrew' -- Sept. 5 in Thalian Hall Studio Theatre

Franco Zeffirelli's 1967 version of Shakespeare's comedy, starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton as the feuding lovers. 632-2285.

'Blackfish' -- Sept. 7-9 on Thalian Hall main stage

Documentary about an orca that killed three people (including a trainer) while in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite questions the use of large sea mammals in shows. From Cinematique. 632-2285.

'Prince Avalanche' -- Sept. 16-18 on Thalian Hall main stage

A mismatched pair of guys (Paul Rudd, Emile Hirsch) spend the summer of 1988 painting traffic lines on isolated country roads. Latest indie comedy from N.C. filmmaker David Gordon Green ("George Washington," "All the Real Girls," "Pineapple Express"). From Cinematique. 632-2285.

'Richard III' -- Oct. 3 in Thalian Hall Studio Theatre

Ian McKellan stars (along with Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr. and an all-star British cast) in a 1995 production that transfers Shakespeare's medieval history play to World War II-vintage England. 632-2285.

Cinema Vivant -- Oct. 15 at Odell Williamson Auditorium

A program of French and American silent films, accompanied by the "gypsy jazz" sounds of the Hot Club of San Francisco. 755-7416.

'A Midsummer Night's Dream' -- Nov. 7 in Thalian Hall Studio Theatre

Max Reinhardt's glittering 1935 Hollywood adaptation of Shakespeare's comedy (with James Cagney as Bottom and Mickey Rooney as Puck), with a production design inspired by Arthur Rackham's illustrations. 632-2285.

Cucalorus Film Festival -- Nov. 13-17 in multiple downtown venues

Nineteenth installment of the local festival of independent and foreign film with dance and art components, panel discussions, etc. Hailed by MovieMaker as one of the "25 Coolest Film Festivals." www.cucalorus.org or 343-5995.

Dance

'And in our Willingness ...' -- Sept. 13-14 on Thalian Hall main stage

Contemporary dance program, choreographed by Wilmington native Elissa Edwards. 632-2285.

The Chase Brock Experience -- Oct. 25 on Thalian Hall main stage

Contemporary dance by the Brooklyn-based company, choreographed by Chase Brock. 632-2285.

'Fables on Global Warming' -- Oct. 26 in Kenan Auditorium, UNCW

A mixture of classical ballet and contemporary dance by the group Armitage Gone!, choreographed by "punk ballerina" Karole Armitage. Developed with input from scientists and Native Americans, the piece incorporates imaginative costumes and puppetry. 962-3500.

'Ruth Doesn't Live Here Anymore' -- Nov. 9 in Kenan Audtiorium, UNCW

Lionel Popkin Dance explores and deconstructs the career of legendary dancer-choreographer Ruth St. Dennis. With video projections, live violin and leaf blower. 962-3500.

Visual arts

No Boundaries -- Sept. 6-8 at 621 N. 4th St. Gallery

"Alumni exhibition" for international artists' colony that gathers every two years in Wilmington and on Bald Head Island. (The next gathering is in November). noboundariesartcolony@gmail.com,

Coastal Carolina Clay Guild Holiday Show and Sale -- Nov. 1-3 in Hannah Block Community Arts Center

Friday night artists' reception and a raffle to benefit Empty Bowls food project. CoastalCarolinaClayGuild.com

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