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Arts and entertainment briefs

MISENHEIMER ó Artist Nathaniel Hester’s “Recent Paintings and Prints,” will be on display through Sept. 21 in the Pfeiffer University Grace and Cameron West Art Gallery located in Goode Hall. The event is free and open to the public.
Hester’s current exhibit is a combined medium display. His work “Ship of Fools: Portrait of a Confederate Navy” is a suite of 100 oil paintings of various sizes that use unique shapes, jeweled surfaces, rich tones, and a luminous palette to explore the cruelty and beauty of 19th-century maritime warfare.
His second featured series “Stone in Aberdaron” comprises 25 etchings that illustrate a bird’s eye perspective from the Charles River Bridge in Boston, Mass.
A native of Durham, Hester’s work has been widely exhibited, collected and published across the country. He earned his BA from Rice University and MFA from Boston University. He and his wife live on a ninth-generation family tobacco farm in Person County.
The gallery’s hours are from 10 a.m.n-4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
For more information, contact Joshua Cross, art gallery director, at 704-463-3160 or joshua.cross@pfeiffer.edu.
Winery Harvest Party
LEXINGTON ó Childress Vineyards is holding its annual Harvest Party today.
Several newly-released wines will be available for free sampling during the evening’s festivities and special discounts on cases will be offered in the winery’s tasting room.
The event gets underway at 6 p.m. and continues until 10 p.m. Tickets are $20 for the general public and $15 for the Fast Track Wine Club members. Admission includes the harvest buffet dinner, glass of wine, entertainment and sampling of the selected wines.
There will also be a grape stomping event toward the end of the evening and entertainment will be provided by the Dime A Dozen Band.
For information, call 336-236-9463.
Community Band
KANNAPOLIS ó During the month of September, the Piedmont Prime Time Community Band will be accepting new members for the fall season.
The band rehearses Thursday evenings at 7 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, Kannapolis. Anyone who plays a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument is asked to call Jon Hutchinson, director at 704-933-0660 or Krickit Shoemaker, band president at 704-791-8549.
Youth chorus
The Amadeus Youth Chorus begins its third season with a rehearsal on Sept. 18.
The community program for ages 8-18 consists of two ensembles, an elementary group and an older youth division. Both groups will rehearse 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays, in the choir room of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on the corner of Church and Council streets.
The chorus performs both sacred and secular works and provides vocal training. A holiday concert is scheduled for the evening of Dec. 6. The singers will also be making several community appearances during the holiday season.
Amadeus is co-directed by Dr. Phillip Burgess and Sarah Fuller Hall.
Burgess is the organist/choirmaster at St. Luke’s. He is also an adjunct instructor in the music program at Pfeiffer University. He holds the doctor of music degree with highest distinction from the University of Michigan. Additionally, he holds master certification in Orff music education from the University of Memphis.
Hall has taught music in the Rowan-Salisbury School system at both the elementary and middle school levels and has been an instructor at Pfeiffer, Catawba and Rowan-Cabarrus Community Colleges. She has also served as director of education for the Salisbury Symphony and music director of John Calvin Presbyterian Church for over 20 years.
Tuition for Amadeus Youth Chorus is $25 per semester, which includes all music and materials. A chorus shirt is $15. Scholarships are available.
No audition is required.
To register, call Burgess at 704-633-3221 or Hall at 704-637-7326.
Shakespeare To Go
HIGH POINT ó The North Carolina Shakespeare Festival will hold non-Equity auditions for the 2009 edition of “Shakespeare To Go,” an outreach program that brings the works of Shakespeare into classrooms, libraries and community centers statewide.
NCSF will be casting a company of six actors to perform both a 60-minute Romeo and Juliet and a 45-minute compilation of comic scenes called “The Shakespeare Primer.”
Actors will be contracted for a 15-16 week period for rehearsal and tour; rehearsal begins Jan. 5, 2009. Actors must be available full-time, working out of NCSF’s Spirit Center High Point location. Actors receive a weekly stipend of $225, housing if they reside outside the area and per diem while touring.
Auditions are by appointment on Friday, Sept. 26, from 1-5 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Monday, Sept. 29, from 7 to 10 p.m. Auditions will be held at the NCSF Spirit Center, 807 West Ward Ave. Call backs will be Oct. 4.
Actors should prepare two short (1-2 minutes) monologues from Shakespeare. Regardless of gender, actors should select one male character and one female character monologue. Actors should be prepared to sing briefly and play an instrument (if applicable), as well. Fight and musical skills are a plus. Actors will also be involved in workshops with middle and high school students, and so should have interest in theater education. NCSF is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Call NCSF for an appointment between 9 a.m. and noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 336-841-2273, extension 226, or email: joan.andrews@ncshakes.org.

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