Arts & Entertainment briefs August 29-Sept. 4

  • Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:01 a.m.
Reserve tickets early for the Rowan Museum’s annual GermanFest on Sept. 21 at the Old Stone House.
Reserve tickets early for the Rowan Museum’s annual GermanFest on Sept. 21 at the Old Stone House.

The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society is accepting new members and resuming rehearsals in preparation for it 2013 Christmas Concert.

Rehearsals are from 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 S. Church St.

No audition is required, and it is open to singers who are at least 16 years old.

New members will be accepted through Sept. 10.

For more information, email or visit

The Concert Choir is starting its new season. The next rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in the choir room.

The group will be performing Bach’s Magnificat and Rutter’s Gloria. New singers are welcome.

Lee Street Theatre announces cast

“I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change” is the first musical theater production performed by Lee Street Theatre. The cast, in no particular order, is:

Men — Kent Bernhardt, John Brincefield, Anthony Cataldo and Matthew Newton

Women — Chrissy Bracken, Dominique Clark, Debra Hubbard-Pastore and Wendy Weant.

This musical comedy review uses song styles as varied as country-Western ditties, tangos and ballads.

Each number explores those secret thoughts anyone’s had about dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives and in-laws, but was afraid to admit. Any ritual in the jungle of the modern-day mating game is fun fodder for the satire of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Performance dates are Sept. 26-28 and Oct. 3-5.

Tickets will be available starting Sept. 16 by calling Lee Street Theatre at 704-310-5507 or visiting

Annual Labor Day picnic for kids

The J.C. Price American Legion Post No. 107 and Ladies Auxiliary, 1433 Old Wilkesboro Road, will host its annual Labor Day Picnic for children from noon to 3 p.m. Monday.

There will be food, fun, door prizes and free school supplies.

This event is for children who are 15 years old or younger. They must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information, call 704-278-9116 or 704-640-6360.

Traveling Doll Show

The Salisbury Doll & Bear Show will be held from 9:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Salisbury Civic Center, 315 S Martin Luther King Jr Ave.

There will be antique to modern dolls of all types, kinds and brands at the show.

Vendors are coming from Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina for the event.

Minor repairs can be done at the show. Several people are selling off their personal collections.

Admission is $6, $5 with coupon from website. The show is free for children who are 12 years old or younger.

For more information, call 803-783-8049 or visit

Fall music classes

Catawba College

Community Music

Registration is underway for fall classes in Catawba College’s Community Music Program that begin the week of Sept. 9 and conclude Dec. 8 with recitals.

Jacob Hahn is director of the program that began in 1984 and offers quality musical experiences including private lessons, music classes and performance opportunities.

The program is for students of all ages and abilities.

Private and semi-private lessons are available in piano, voice, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, violin, viola, cello, percussion, flute, clarinet, saxophone, French horn, trumpet and trombone.

View the class schedule online at a Registration forms, tuition information and more about the program can also be found online.

Additionally, children and teens may enroll to participate in ensembles, including Catawba Children’s Chorale for ages 7-14 and the Youth Swing Band for teens in high school.

For information, contact Jacob Hahn at or 336-456-4017.

Rowan Youth Orchestra

Rehearsals for the Salisbury Symphony’s youth string ensemble, the Rowan Youth Orchestra (formerly Salisbury Super Strings), are from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesdays at Southeast Middle School Sept. 25 through May.

Cost is $125 per year. Players should come prepared to play a selection of their choice to determine seating. They will also be asked to sight read a piece.

Rowan Youth Orchestra is open to anyone who has completed two years of the Symphony’s After-School Strings program or its equivalent or has had at least one year of private instruction. Marguerite Keller is the director.

The ensemble will perform at least two concerts and other community outreach performances.

Contact Susan Trivette, education director by calling 704-637-4730 or emailing

Suzuki String

The Suzuki violin program of the Salisbury Symphony begins Oct. 3. Registration is now open.

Suzuki classes are designed for ages 4-7 and will be held at Landis Elementary School.

The classes are open to any student regardless of school assignment. A Suzuki cello class will be added if there is enough interest. A minimum of 10 students is required.

Contact Susan Trivette by calling 704-637-4730 or emailing

After-School Strings

After-School Strings programs of the Salisbury Symphony begins Oct. 3. Registration is now open.

After-School Strings classes are for ages 8 and up and are held at Granite Quarry Elementary, Isenberg Elementary and Landis Elementary but are open to any student regardless of school assignment.

Teaching assistants are needed who can read music and have a desire to work with children.

Interested individuals should contact Susan Trivette by calling 704-637-4730 or emailing

GermanFest tickets available

GRANITE QUARRY — The Rowan Museum will host its annual GermanFest from 4 to 8 p.m Saturday, Sept. 21 on the grounds of Rowan’s only surviving colonial home, the 1766 Old Stone House.

GermanFest is a celebration of Rowan’s early residents.

Guests will enjoy authentic German food, early regional music featuring the New Dixie Pharoahs and lifestyle demonstrations of the colonial period.

Tours of the house will be offered. Guests can walk the trail down to the creek to view an area cleared by the Braun family for bathing and laundering.

The family cemetery will be open.

Museum staffers and volunteers in period clothing will demonstrate open fire cooking, basketry and involve guests in kraut cutting, weaving, late summer chores, candle dipping and woodcarving.

A full meal of German fare will be served, along with beer and wine.

Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for students.

All funds raised will benefit the Museum’s educational history programming.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling the museum at 704-633-5946 or visiting

Meditation, movement

Sacha Roberts leads a stretching, meditation and gentle movement class at Center for Faith & the Arts from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Sept. 4.

Those on lunch break may buy a healthy and inexpensive snack to eat on the way back including a water bottle, granola bar and dried fruit.

Sacha has been a physical trainer at the YMCA and the Forum. She will focus on stretching, relaxation, meditation touching on themes of gratitude, joy, peace, love, kindness and more, and will teach flexibility and movement without pain.

Bring a towel or yoga mat. Cost is $7 per class or $10 with added lunchtime snack; there is a discouwnt for purchase of all 15 classes.

Center for Faith & the Arts is located at 207 West Harrison St., 704-647-0999.

Salisbury Symphony announces new board

The Salisbury-Rowan Symphony Society members have elected its new Board of Directors.

New members include Dr. Gary Callahan, director of Livingstone College’s holistic college and dean of academic affairs, and Sidney C. Sessoms Jr., director of bands and assistant professor of music at Livingstone.

Dr. Jerry Cochran will serve one more year as president of the board.

Dr. Mary Frances Edens will assist as vice president, and Dr. Betty Middleton will continue as secretary.

Other volunteers serving on the board include Lynda Errante, Mary James, Martha West, Betsy Rich, Jean Wurster, Josh Lewis, Matt Newton, Dr. Ronald Smith, John Henderlite, Sam Kyzer and David Redden.

Kate Davis, president of the symphony guild, represents the fundraising group of the symphony society and is a voting member of the board.

Information about Salisbury Symphony can be found at or by calling 704-637-4314.

28th annual Sculpture Celebration

LENOIR — The 28th Annual Sculpture Celebration will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 7, at T.H. Broyhill Walking Park in Lenoir. Admission is free.

The Celebration will feature sculptural artwork by artists from across the United States who are competing for cash prizes totaling more than $10,000. More than 150 sculptures – realistic and abstract, traditional and contemporary, movable and stationary, indoor and outdoor – will be on display and entered in the juried competition. The juror for this year’s event is Craig Pleasants, Artistic Director of the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.

Lenoir’s Annual Sculpture Celebration is recognized as the longest-running sculpture competition in the Southeast and a driving force in the area’s sculptor-friendly environment. The event started small but now attracts artists and visitors from across the United States.

Food vendors, art for children, and live music are featured throughout the day. Find out more at 828-754-2486, or


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