11 ways to enjoy arts at UNC Charlotte – starting now!

Oct 4, 2017 | Events, UNC Charlotte

Artist in residence Carmen Papalia and the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra are among 11 artistic performers this month on campus.

From chamber orchestra to Greek tragedy, UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts and Architecture has filled October with a 11 performances and exhibitions.

The entertainment starts now, with artist Sean Caufield’s exhibition, “Air Bleeder,” in Rowe Galleries, and the Chamber Orchestra performing at 7:30 tonight, Oct. 5, in Robinson Hall’s Belk Theater. Here are brief descriptions of performances and exhibitions, plus links for tickets. Enjoy!


Art exhibition Sean Caulfield: Air Bleeder

Through Oct. 20 in Rowe Galleries

Sean Caulfield is a Centennial Professor in the Department of Art and Design at the University of Alberta. He has exhibited his prints, drawings, and artist’s books extensively throughout Canada, the United States, Europe, and Japan.

Through installation, sculpture and printmaking Air Bleeder considers the ways our environment is transformed by forces of urban and industrial growth. Details


Chamber Orchestra

7:30 pm Oct. 5 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall

The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra performs under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Govias, with student assistant conductor Ben Shafer. The program opens with the first two movements of Franz Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony, (Symphony No. 8 in B Minor, D 759), followed by the Children’s Corner suite (Le Coin des enfants) by Claude Debussy (orchestrated by Andre Caplet). Details and tickets ($8 general admission)


Spotlight Concert

7:30 pm Oct. 13 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall

The Department of Music presents Spotlight, a recital showcasing the finest accomplishments of our music students in solo and small ensemble performances. Details and tickets ($8 general admission)


Faculty & Friends Concert: Jeffrey Price and Matthew Manwarren

7:30 pm Oct. 16 in Belk Theater at Robinson Hall

The Department of Music presents a Faculty & Friends Concert featuring tenor Jeffrey Price and pianist Matthew Manwarren. Dr. Price is Professor Emeritus of Music at UNC Charlotte; Dr. Manwarren is Professor of Music at Winthrop University. The program will feature Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe, Gabriel Faure’s La Bonne Chanson, and a set of musical theatre songs. Details and tickets ($10 general admission)


University Chorale

7:30 pm Oct. 18 at Belk Theater in Robinson Hall

The University Chorale is a mixed chorus of up to 58 voices that performs music of many styles from the Baroque period to the present. The University Chorale performs under the direction of Dr. Randy Haldeman. Details and tickets ($8 general admission)


Theater: Women of Trachis

7:30 pm Oct. 25-28 and 2 pm Oct. 29 in the Black Box Theater at Robinson Hall

  • Post-performance discussions Oct. 27-28

A lesser known tragedy by the Ancient Greek playwright, Sophocles, Women of Trachis tells the story of the hero Heracles and his jealous wife, Deianeira, whose attempt to guarantee his exclusive devotion with a magic robe leads instead to his death. Contemporary playwright Kate E. Ryan brings a vibrant and humorous feminist perspective to Sophocles’s story about infidelity and revenge at its goriest.

Using a kitchen sink full of contemporary references (think Xanax, computer games, and pop songs from the 60s), this updated Women of Trachis explores issues that just don’t seem to want to go away: gender trouble and the consequences of loving too hard.

The Department of Theatre will host two post-show discussions: On Friday, October 27, playwright Kate E. Ryan will join the cast to talk about her contemporary take on the 5th-century BCE original tragedy. The following evening, October 28,  Professor Dale Grote, coordinator of the Minor in Classical Studies at UNC Charlotte and author of The Vulgate of Mark with Synoptic Parallels, will compare Ryan’s version to that of Sophocles in a conversation moderated by Professor of Theatre Mark Pizzato.

Details and tickets ($18 general admission)


Opening Reception: McColl Visiting Artist Carmen Papalia

5 pm Oct. 30 in Rowe Galleries

Each year the UNC Charlotte Department of Art & Art History partners with the McColl Center for Art + Innovation to provide a special educational experience for students through hosting a shared Artist-in-Residence. The McColl artist joins a UNC Charlotte faculty member to teach a spring semester course, culminating in programming in Rowe Galleries and at McColl Center.

The Fall 2017 Artist-in-Residence is Vancouver-based artist and disability activist Carmen Papalia. Papalia is a social practice artist and nonvisual learner who makes participatory projects about access to public space, the art institution, and visual culture. Papalia will speak on October 30 at 4 pm, followed by a reception. The exhibition of the residency work in the Department of Art & Art History will be on view through November 3. Details


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