Amadeus Children’s Chorus performs ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at St. Luke’s Friday and Saturday
The Amadeus Youth Chorus will present “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the parish hall of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 131 W. Council St.
The 30-member community chorus includes singers age 8-15. They will be performing the original 30- minute version of “Joseph” which Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote as a cantata for a children’s school in England. It was later expanded into a full-length musical.
Admission is free. Donations will be accepted for the group’s scholarship fund.
For more information, contact Dr. Phillip Burgess, 704-633-3221.
Fulton Heights Tour
The Fulton Heights neighborhood is holding a spring home tour from 1-3 p.m. this Saturday. Admission is free.
Homes on tour are 209 Mitchell Ave., the home of Emily Ford, Charlie, Henry, Eleanor and Clara Brown; 400 Wiley Ave., owned by Kenny, Shane and Adam Layman; 401 Wiley Ave., the home of Chris and Susan Dula; the 1204 and 1208 Stanley St. Apartments, owned by Josh and Erica Phillips; and 301 Maupin Ave., for sale and recently restored by Pat Marsh and Cherrathee Hager.
Food will be available for sale from the Hap’s Grill truck on Stanley Street across from Centennial Park on Wiley Avenue. Chauffeurs will be provided to those who need them.
STATESVILLE ó Fort Dobbs State Historic Site presents the fourth annual “War for Empire” program Saturday and Sunday, recalling the 1754-1763 French and Indian War.
Scheduled 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, the event will feature “battle” between period-costumed North Carolina and French soldiers and France’s Cherokee allies. The battle will be presented at 1:30 p.m. each day. Admission to all events is free.
Visitors can inspect artillery and learn about the men who led North Carolina’s provincial soldiers. Historical interpreters will recreate the American Indian war councils of the Cherokee as they decide to support the British campaign of 1758. Following the battle each day, one can even watch the fort’s military surgeon treat a scalped soldier.
Other highlights will include an original 18th-century Conestoga wagon, period music, 18th century games and pastimes, and a market faire. There will also be a divine service at 11 a.m. Sunday.
Presentations will include military drills, military and civilian camps, blacksmithing, 18th century medical care, Cherokee camps, old-fashioned cooking and dishes eaten by the colonists, a hunters camp, artillery demonstrations, sutlers (peddlers who sold supplies to soldiers) hawking period wares.
At 3 p.m. Saturday, guest lecturer Dr. David Dixon of Slippery Rock College will present a talk on the 1758 Forbes campaign.
Ft. Dobbs is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, offering living history programs daily. It is part of the Division of N.C. Historic Sites and Properties within the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources.
For more information on Fort Dobbs, visit www.fortdobbs.org. or call 704-873-5882.
CHARLOTTE ó An open rehearsal, with the Charlotte Symphony playing Dvorak’s New World Symphony, will take place 10 a.m. Friday in Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte. The price ranges from $5-$15.
Friday morning “Coffee Classics” bring open rehearsals to the public, with refreshments and a chance to meet symphony musicians at the rehearsal break.
Gold medalist Elmar Oliveira also joins the Symphony for Samuel Barber’s virtuosic Violin Concerto, a work that he has recorded and for which he received a Grammy nomination.
James Gaffigan, the associate conductor of the San Francisco Symphony, leads the Orchestra in this program of music “from the New World.”
For tickets, call 704-372-1000.
PPT set construction
Piedmont Players Theatre will hold set construction for their next production, “The Graduate,” 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday (lunch provided); 1-5 p.m. Sunday; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, April 26 (lunch provided).
There are tasks for all skill levels.
For more information, call 704-633-5471.
Horizons Unlimited presents “Bear Tales and Other Grizzly Stories” Saturday. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the show starts at 5.
This program depicts a family camping trip in the forest. Grandpa Ben tells stories about the night sky, including Greek and Egyptian mythologies. The audience will learn how to locate over a dozen constellations. Bear Tales gets everyone involved with generous doses of humor and a sing-a-long.
Admission is $2 for everyone over age 3. Guests should park and enter in the back of the building accessible from Lilly Avenue.
For information, call 704-639-3004 7:30 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Kinetics Dance Group
KANNAPOLIS ó The Kannapolis Summer Events Series starts this Saturday with a Stories Under the Stars performance from Kinetics Dance Group. The performance will begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the Kannapolis Branch Library.
The group will perform “Unspoken Words,” which teaches about nouns, verbs, adjectives, punctuation, elements of a story, and creative storytelling through movement and visual media.
This is the first of many free events in downtown Kannapolis this summer. The City will also hold concerts in Village Park as well as the popular summer movie series.
For a full listing of the events, visit www.cityofkannapolis.com.
At 3 p.m. Sunday, singers from several of the major choral ensembles in the Salisbury area will unite with the choirs of Catawba College in a concert honoring the 50th anniversary of the death of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams. The performance will be held in Omwake-Dearborn Chapel on the Catawba College campus.
The concert will feature singers from the Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society, The Concert Choir of Salisbury, The Catawba Chorale, The Catawba Singers and The Catawba Madrigal Singers.
The singers will be accompanied by string players from the Salisbury Symphony Orchestra and Adam M. Ward, organist and pianist.
The concert will be performed under the baton of Professor Paul E. Oakley, director of choral, vocal and sacred music studies and organist of Catawba College.
Featured soloists will be Scott McLeod, baritone, and Martha Bartz, mezzo-soprano. MacLeod teaches voice at Catawba and both he and Bartz have active performing careers in the extensive art song, oratorio, opera and musical theatre repertory.
Bartz will be featured in music from Vaughan Williams’ cantata on war and peace, Dona Nobis Pacem. McLeod will be featured in Dona Nobis Pacem and even more in Vaughan Williams’ celebrated setting of George Herbert’s beloved poetry, Five Mystical Songs.
Additionally, the choruses will sing celebrated anthems, hymns, and part songs of Ralph Vaughan Williams.
Admission is free. An offering will be taken to assist with the costs of the performance.
Catawba College presents Danceworks at 7:30 p.m. in Keppel Auditorium, April 22 and 23.
The performance features 14 original dance pieces, 13 of them choreographed by students. Admission is free. For information, call 704-637-4430.