Arts and entertainment briefs

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 19, 2011

For the Salisbury Symphony’s Family Concert on Sunday, Jan. 30, Maestro David Hagy leads a tribute to a variety of “American Heroes” with music exemplifying their heroism.
The concert begins at 4 p.m. in Varick Auditorium at Livingstone College. Ticket prices are lowered for this family event: adult tickets are $17, students age 9-18 are $4 and children 8 years and younger are $2.
The program begins with “America,” sung by Teresa Moore-Mitchell, as a nod to both Marian Anderson, the first African-American to sing on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, and Eleanor Roosevelt, who fought for Ms. Anderson’s right to do so. Moore-Mitchell has sung at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center, among other concert halls around the world, and, interestingly, played Marian Anderson in the NC Black Repertory Theater Company’s “Mahalia: Queen of Gospel.”
Other American heroes celebrated through music in this concert include Paul Revere (a movement from “McGuffey’s Reader”), John Muir (“Yosemite”), Martin Luther King Jr. (“Epitaph”), and Lincoln (“Lincoln Portrait”).
Special guest Mel Watt will narrate Aaron Copland’s “Lincoln Portrait.”
The All-County Fifth Grade Honors Chorus joins the orchestra as well.
Ticket information for this concert can be found at or by calling the Symphony office at 704-637-4314.
Free Yoga day
Yoga Day USA is Saturday, Jan. 22, and there will be free yoga sessions to celebrate.
Lewellen Daniel Padgett, certified Yoga instructor, and Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio participate in the annual event with free classes on Karma Yoga (Selfless Service).
8-9:30 a.m.: Om Shanti Yoga – awakening the body to natural bliss.
9:45-11 a.m.: Yoga for dancers.
11:15-12:15 p.m: Yoga for kids and teens.
5-6:30 p.m: Sunset Yoga, practice the art of being, not doing.
Attendees are requested to bring a canned food item for Rowan Helping Ministries.
Artemesia Artworks & Yoga Studio is located at 323 W. Harrison St.
For more information see or call 704-637-7193.
Lecture rescheduled
“Landscaping with North Carolina Native Plants,” a slide lecture by Katherine Schlosser, has been rescheduled to 10 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 5. She will speak on plants native to North Carolina.
The lecture will be held at the Salisbury/Rowan Utilities Building, 1 Water St. For details, call 704-638-4459 or email
Writing workshop
Center for Faith & the Arts presents “Roses of Winter,” a two-hour workshop in the craft of memoir-writing led by writer-in-residence Jenny Hubbard on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 3-5 p.m.
Attendees are asked to bring their memories along with a pen and paper or laptop.
There is a limit of 12 participants. To reserve a spot call 704-647-0999 or email Sarah Hall at
The cost is $10, which should be mailed in advance of the workshop date to Center for Faith & the Arts, PO Box 4098, Salisbury, NC 28145-4098.
Jenny (Jennifer) Hubbard’s first novel, “Paper Covers Rock,” will be published this June by Random House. A native of Salisbury and former Catawba College English instructor, Jenny now lives and writes in Asheville. Learn more about her and her work at
Center for Faith & the Arts is located at 207 W. Harrison St., in the lower level of Haven Lutheran Church.
Table Tops event
The 15th annual Historic Salisbury Foundation Table Tops events require reservations by Jan. 26.
The festivities begin with a wine and appetizer preview party on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 6-8 p.m. at the Salisbury Depot. The cost is $15 per person or $25 per couple.
The annual luncheon is Friday, Feb. 4 beginning at noon. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. The cost for this event is $25 per person which includes and “Out of the Box” lunch. Catering will be provided by The Sweetest Thing.
This year’s theme is La Dolce Vita – nel centro storico di Salsibury (The Sweet Life in Historic Salisbury). Tables are set to interpret the theme or a theme of the designer’s choice.
All activities take place at the event center at the historic Salisbury Depot, 215 Depot St.
On Saturday, Feb. 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., all are invited to view the tables. A $5 donation is suggested.
For more information or to make reservations call 704-636-0103. Tickets may also be purchased online at
Curly Seckler with Steep Canyon Rangers
ASHEVILLE — Bluegrass legend Curly Seckler celebrated his 91st birthday on Dec. 25 and his 75th anniversary as a professional musician Dec. 4 with a special program at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville.
Seckler will make a guest appearance Jan. 21 in Asheville with the Steep Canyon Rangers at their 10th anniversary celebration at the Orange Peel, 101 Biltmore Ave. They will reprise several of the songs they first performed together in their highly acclaimed collaboration at Merlefest in 2006. Seckler will perform early in the program.
Also playing will be blues/Americana artist Larry Keel.
For information or tickets, visit or call 800-514-ETIX.
‘Ragtime’ auditions
DAVIDSON — Davidson Community Players announces open auditions for its June 2011 production of the musical “Ragtime.”
Auditions will be held Sunday, Jan. 23 at 5 p.m. for children ages 8-13 and Sunday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. and Monday, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. for those 15 and above.
All auditioners should prepare 16 bars of a song that shows off their vocal range. Pieces should be memorized. An accompanist will be provided. A ccapella singing is NOT recommended.
A dance call will follow the vocal auditions, which will be held at Davidson Community Players’ Theatre at 307 Armour St., Davidson.
For additional information regarding auditions, contact Melissa Ohlman-Roberge, Artistic Director at 704 892-7953 or email
Carolina Gator Gumbo
CONCORD — Carolina Gator Gumbo will bring the festive Cajun and Creole music of Louisiana to the Davis Theatre Thursday, Jan. 27.
The band will perform at 7:30 p.m. in the theatre at 65 Union Street S., as part of the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Footlights series.
Tickets are $10 and available at and at the Davis Theatre box office, 704-920-2753.
Free film correction
CONCORD — The animated film, “Sita Sings the Blues” will be shown at the Davis Theatre, 65 Union Street S., at 7 p.m. this evening, not at the Old Courthouse Theatre. For details, call 704-920-2787 or visit
Organist in concert
St. John’s Lutheran Church presents H. David Pulliam, organist, in concert on Jan. 23 at 3 p.m. in the main sanctuary. A reception will follow the concert, which is free and open to the public.
A resident of Winston-Salem, Pulliam is organist and choirmaster at Christ Episcopal Church in Martinsville, Va., is accompanist for the Winston-Salem Youth Chorus and the Collaborative Vocal Pianist and coach[0xa0]for the[0xa0]Salem College School of Music, as well as a member of the Association of Anglican Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and the Royal School of Church Music.
[0xa0]The concert will include the music of Soweby, Demessieux, Durufle, Langlais, Hancock, Bolcom, Vierne and others in a program of American and French pieces of the late 19th and 20th centuries.
The St. John’s organ concert series is made possible by a gift from Dr. Dale Higbee, director of Carolina Baroque.
Choral rehearsals
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society will begin rehearsals on Tuesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m., at Coburn Memorial United Methodist Church, for their spring concert.
All interested singers, 16 years and above, are welcome to join. The church is located at 901 S. Church St.
The Salisbury-Rowan Choral Society is now on Facebook at
Blumenthal offers ‘two for one’ today
CHARLOTTE, NC – Budget-conscious fans can take advantage of Blumenthal Performing Arts’ Buy One, Get One Free special on select seats to nearly 20 shows during the one-day Winter Tip Top sale Thursday, Jan. 20.
Tip Top Sale tickets are available at Thursday, Jan. 20 from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. or while supplies last. Also on Jan. 20, tickets can be purchased by phone, (704) 372-1000, or at the Belk Theater box office, 130 N. Tryon St., during regular box office hours (10 a.m. – 6 p.m.).
Tip Top sale tickets are for select seats that are usually in the balcony sections. Tickets will be sold first come, first serve. No other discounts may be applied.
The 25 events in the Winter Tip Top sale are: “Billy Elliot the Musical,” “Celebrity Autobiography,” “Eddie From Ohio,” “Ella The Musical,” “In the Heights,” Steve Forbert, Momix: Botanica, Clay Aiken, Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons, DrumLine Live, David Wilcox, Gallagher, Colin Hay, “Young Frankenstein,” Leo Kottke, Celtic Crossroads, Doug Benson, Garth Fagan Dance, “Avenue Q,” NC Dance Theatre’s Director’s Choice: 40th Anniversary Performance, “Little Mermaid,” Spotlight: An Evening of Women Choreographers, Theatre Charlotte’s “The Graduate” and “The Glass Menagerie.”