Aug. 27--Wilmington's fine and performing arts scene is in a state of flux. Several groups are off the radar, while Chamber Music Wilmington is in a state of suspension.
Meanwhile, the Wilmington Concert Association has entered a rebuilding year under consultant Nicole Thompson, but Association President Dean Gattone promises a program of three smaller fundraising concerts in preparation for a resumed schedule in 2015-16.
In other respects, though, things are as lively as ever. The N.C. Symphony and Wilmington Symphony Orchestra each plan two major concerts in Kenan Auditorium. Other major artists paying the area a visit include the Paul Taylor Dance Company, Mark Morris Dance Company and the Swingle Singers.
Meanwhile, aficionados are looking forward to the 2015 opening of Cape Fear Community College'sHumanities and Fine Arts Center, bringing a 1,500-seat theater to downtown Wilmington.
Piano Masterworks, Sept. 4: Norman Bemelmans and Elizabeth Loparits perform works by Beethoven, Chopin, Rachmaninoff and Schumann at Kenan Auditorium. www.UNCW.edu/arts
UNCW Faculty Brass Quintet, Sept. 7: Brass and organ concert at Wesley Memorial United Methodist Church. 910-791-4097
Tallis Chamber Orchestra, Sept. 14: Music by C.P.E. Bach, Bartok, Ravel and local composer Ash Stemke at St. Paul's Episcopal Church. www.TallisChamberOrchestra.com
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Sept. 20: Mozart's "Concerto for Flute and Harp" and Carl Nielsen's Symphony No. 4, "The Inextinguishable" at Kenan Auditorium. www.WilmingtonSymphony.org
Celadon Ou Music Troupe of China, Oct. 16: Traditional Chinese music played on instruments and utensils made of ceramic clay at Thalian Hall. www.ThalianHall.org
N.C. Symphony, Oct. 19: "At the Oscars," an evening of film score music at Kenan Auditorium. www.NCsymphony.org
Wilmington Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 25: Rachmaninoff's Third Piano Concerto with guest pianist Domonique Launey, plus Benjamin Britten's "Four Sea Interludes," at Kenan Auditorium. www.WilmingtonSymphony.org
Wilmington Symphony Youth Orchestra, Oct. 26 and Nov. 23: Matinees conducted by Steven Errante at Kenan Auditorium. www.WilmingtonSymphony.org
Wilmington Concert Association, Nov. 2: Classical selections from the piano-clarinet-violin trio Strata at Thalian Hall. www.WilmingtonConcert.com
N.C. Symphony, Nov. 16: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3 and 6, Ravel's "Le Tombeau de Couperin" and Britten's "Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings" at Kenan Auditorium. www.NCsymphony.org
Cape Fear Chorale, Nov. 22-23: Vocal works by Mozart, Brahms and other composers at Winter Park Baptist Church. www.CapeFearChorale.org
An Evening With Molly Ringwald, Sept. 17: Jazz standards sung by the former "Breakfast Club" star, Kenan Auditorium. www.UNCW.edu/presents
The Swingle Singers, Oct. 11: Latest incarnation of the a capella jazz group, celebrating its 50th anniversary, Thalian Hall. www.ThalianHall.org
Cape Fear Arts in Motion -- Quartets, Pirouettes, and Silhouettes, Sept. 12-13: Wilmington'sForward Motion Dance Company presents three modern-dance performances at Thalian Hall choreographed by Tracey Varga. 910-632-2285 or www.ThalianHall.com.
Mark Morris Dance Group, Sept. 13: A diverse selection of the contemporary dance group's repertory, including "Italian Concerto" and "Grand Duo," at Kenan Auditorium. www.UNCW.edu/arts
Paul Taylor Dance Company, Oct. 25: A retrospective of some of the contemporary dance company's finest work on its 60th anniversary, Thalian Hall. www.ThalianHall.org
Ernest Cline, Nov. 3: Address by self-described "biggest geek in history" and author of "Ready Player One," this year's UNCW Synergy common reading book. 910-962-4045
UNCW Writers' Week, Nov. 3-7: Lectures, readings, seminars and panel discussions around campus. 910-962-7063
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