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Cuddle up with culture this Valentine’s Day

5 Feb

By Bernie Petit
Communications Manager


The Charlotte Symphony presents A Symphonic Valentine Feb. 13-14.

Romance is all around us this time of year.

With Valentine’s Day rapidly approaching, boxes of chocolates and roses will a backseat in upcoming cultural events that will have folks in the mood for love.

From plenty of heart-themed events at the Levine Center for the Arts campus to the spectacular new production of an Andrew Lloyd Webber phenomenal musical success, the holiday is being celebrated early and often throughout the Charlotte-Mecklenburg cultural sector.

Here a rundown of Valentine’s events from our cultural partners:

Jazz at the Bechtler: Jazz for Lovers
Feb 6.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Powerhouse vocalist Toni Tupponce joins the Ziad Jazz Quartet for the annual Jazz for Lovers concerts. Bring your sweetie and celebrate an early Valentine’s Day with jazzy love songs. Song selections include You Don’t Know What Love Is, Just Friends and Please Send Me Someone to Love.
Cost: $8 for museum members and $14 for non-members.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441878285/Jazz_at_the_Bechtler_Jazz_for_Lovers

KnightSounds: A Waltz to Remember
Feb. 6.
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Get swept off your feet by the Viennese Waltz King, Strauss Jr., the Charlotte Symphony and glamorous Metropolitan Ballroom dancers. Don’t miss Assistant Conductor Roger Kalia’s debut on the Symphony’s innovative KnightSounds series. The concert will feature the talents of soprano Katherine Polit.
Cost: $15.50-$29.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441897004/KnightSounds_A_Waltz_to_Remember

A Symphonic Valentine
Feb 13-14.
Where: Knight Theater at Levine Center for the Arts, 430 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Roger Kalia and the Charlotte Symphony will take you on a romantic journey Valentines weekend. The Symphony, joined by special guests, will perform romantic orchestral favorites and timeless love songs from your favorite Broadway musicals and films.
Cost: $25 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441832891/A_Symphonic_Valentine

family_day_low-res_20141108_03_categoryFamily Day
Feb. 14.
Where: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts, 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Celebrate Valentine’s Day the modern art way. Kids and families can explore the art and artists in the Bechtler collection through special hands-on art activities and family-focused museum tours. Kids can make self-portraits, handmade Valentine’s Day cards and still-life sketches.
Cost: Free admission for kids, $8 adults; adults receive a $2 discount by showing a Feb. 14 Lollipops concert ticket stub or the Family Day handout provided to concertgoers that day.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441888095/Family_Day

love_bites_categoryLove Bites
Feb. 13-14.
Where: Duke Energy Theatre, 345 N. College St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Love is in the air as Carolina Voices plays Cupid with a concert celebrating all the romance (and angst) of Valentine’s Day. Join Carolina Voices’ a cappella ensemble, Impromptu and friends, as it brings you a mixed bouquet of love songs — from miss-you ballads, bittersweet anthems and break up tunes to classical love songs of our time. It’s the perfect date night, with a “bite” of sweets and treats before the concert.
Cost: $18 seniors, $20 adults and $23 cabaret tables, upstairs.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441897003/Love_Bites

Valentine’s Orchid Sale
Feb. 12-14.
Where: Botanical Gardens at UNC Charlotte, 9090 Craver Rd.
What’s Happening: The annual UNC Charlotte Botanical Gardens Valentine’s Orchid Sale. Orchids are truly fascinating flowers and last longer than roses too. Stroll through the McMillan Greenhouse to soak in the warmth and fragrance of the gardens’ display collections, ask questions of the experts, then choose from a select variety of healthy blooming orchids well-suited to the home environment.
Cost: Free admission; orchids priced from $15 to $40.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441897167/Valentines_Orchid_Sale_.

phantomoftheopera_300_categoryThe Phantom of the Opera
Through Feb. 15.
Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Cameron Mackintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s phenomenal musical success features a brilliant new scenic design, Tony Award-winning original costume design, new choreography and a new staging. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” – will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Presented by Blumenthal Performing Arts.
Cost: $30 and up.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441837492/The_Phantom_of_the_Opera.

Sweetheart Plantation Tours
Feb. 10-15.
Where: Historic Latta Plantation 5225 Sample Road, Charlotte.
What’s Happening: Your Sweetheart is sure to enjoy a Guided House Tour with a sweet little twist. During this week each house tour will be accompanied by historical Valentine’s Day facts and love stories of the Latta family. See the courting window, courting candle, vintage Valentines cards and more! Learn how the holiday began and also enjoy a self-guided tour of the Plantation’s grounds and outbuildings as well as the exhibit hall.
Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors and students, free for children 5 years old and younger.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441890609/Sweetheart_Plantation_Tours.

Music and Museum: Chamber of Love VI: Serenades and Ballades
Feb. 15.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art at Levine Center for the Arts 420 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
What’s Happening:
Sounds of love will fill the 4th-floor gallery when the Bechtler presents a Valentine’s Day-themed Music and Museum concert. Chamber of Love VI: Serenades and Ballades features the Bechtler Ensemble performing the music of Borodin, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin.
Cost: $12 for non-members and $8 for museum members.
Details: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event/detail/441888043/Music_and_Museum_Chamber_of_Love_VI_Serenades_and_Ballades_.

A High Flying Vanguard Event

28 Mar

High flying fun brought the Arts & Science Council’s Vanguard Society to the Booth Playhouse in March.

The quarterly event for Vanguard members featured a special performance from dance group Caroline Calouche & Co. Calouche and her dancers, in their first year as an in-house company at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, perform aerial dance using fabric and harnesses.

Vanguard members enjoyed networking and a cocktail hour prior to the performance.

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Yearly, 1,400 Vanguard Society members collectively give more than $2.3 million to support ASC.

Beyond the intangible benefits of helping our arts and cultural community and enhancing the quality of life for this generation and the next, members of ASC’s Vanguard Society also receive special recognition in the Blumenthal Performing Arts’ playbill as well as special ticket offers, invitations to behind the scenes cultural events, and access to lectures covering hot topics in arts, science & history.

The Vanguard Society is open to donors who contribute $1,000 or more per year to the Arts & Science Council. To learn more, click here.

CMS Fifth Graders Find Endless Possibilities

28 Mar

“Endless Possibilities” is more than the title of the performance more than 11,000 fifth graders in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools experienced two weeks ago – it is a mantra for the arts opportunities available to students in and out of school.

5th Grade Field Trip 145Collaborating on the experience that sought to open the eyes of the CMS students were the Charlotte Symphony, North Carolina Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina. The tailored performance featured the art form of each organization woven together with videos from students at Mint Hill Middle School, exploring the arts activities available in CMS middle schools.

Symphony Guest Conductor Jacomo Rafael Bairos led the performance. From Johan Sebastian Bach to hip-hop and Latin music, Bairos showed students the adaptability of different genres. The performance from the Symphony musicians had students dancing in their seats.

Singers from Opera Carolina performed various songs from the organization’s winter production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute. This included the powerful ‘Queen of the Night’ aria and the joyful ‘Papagena/Papageno’ duet.5th Grade Field Trip 151

Incorporated into all of it was the dance of North Carolina Dance Theatre’s DT2 group. Eight dancers showcased varying styles to the music throughout.

The performance won plaudits from students, teachers and administrators alike.

Teacher Kristen Johnson told the Charlotte Observer:

“In class, I used a lot of video clips so that kids could actually hear and see ‘The Magic Flute’ and orchestral pieces,” said Kristen Johnson, a music teacher at Irwin Academic Center. “I could see the kids during the performance saying, ‘Wait! We’ve heard that!’ This reinforces what we’ve been learning for years and pulls it all together.”

This year, ASC is supporting arts, science and history related field trip experiences for more than 120,000 students in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. In addition to the 5th grade field trip, the experiences, which align with grade level curriculum, have brought the Taraddidle Players out to area elementary schools, taken 3rd graders to historic sites throughout the county, allowed 6th graders to get hands on with science at Discovery Place, and shown 7th graders all the the Levine Center for the Arts has to offer.

5th Grade Field Trip 063ASC’s commitment to restoring cultural field trips was born out of the Cultural Education Blueprint. The Blueprint is a strategic guide for ASC and CMS to better serve students, parents and teachers with quality education resources of the cultural community that align with the Common Core State Standards and the N.C. Essential Standards.

To learn more about ASC’s efforts in education, click here.

It’s Spring Festival Time in Charlotte

28 Mar

dragon festivalSpring is upon us in Charlotte and that means that festivals are right around the corner. From Festival in the Park’s annual Kings Drive Art Walk to the Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival, there is something for everyone in the coming months.

Here is a look at a few of the upcoming festivals supported by your investment in ASC:

Ulysses Festival
April 4-May 19
The 2013 Festival Theme is Brave New Worlds: Technology & Art, and brings the theme to life with interesting lectures, exhibits and performances that use the latest in modern technology to merge the visual power of art with the beauty of music and dance.
Click here to learn more.

Kings Drive Art Walk
April 27 – 28
Festival in the Park presents the Kings Drive Art Walk, the annual spring event held along the Little Sugar Creek Greenway focusing on fine and emerging artists.
Click here to learn more.

Charlotte Asian Festival and Dragon Boat Festival
May 4
The 13th Annual Charlotte Asian Festival is an annual family-oriented event for the Asian and non-Asian community in and around Mecklenburg County and throughout the Carolinas. The festival celebrates Asian cultures, diversity, ethnicity, roots and history. The 7th Annual Charlotte Dragon Boat Festival Race is an exciting team competition. An important part of the Chinese traditional calendar, dragon boat racing originated over 2,300 years ago on the life-sustaining rivers of southern China. The Charlotte race is an open competition to anyone 15 years of age or older.
Click here to learn more.

For more festival and event information, visit CharlotteCultureGuide.com.

Civic Leaders Jim and Mary Lou on the Arts and ASC

25 Mar

Charlotte civic leaders and honorary 2013 ASC Campaign Co-Chairs  Jim and Mary Lou Babb talk about the importance of the arts and the Arts & Science Council in Charlotte.

Circle de Luz Radically Empowers with the Arts

28 Feb

Radical empowerment, according to Rosie Molinary, is what drives the mission of the non-profit Circle de Luz, an organization she helped found five years ago. Circle de Luz works with young Latinas in Charlotte-Mecklenburg to transform their lives through mentoring, scholarships to further educational opportunities and holistic programming.

CDL 1“One of our guiding beliefs is that exposure to opportunity matters and can be a significant difference maker in a young person’s life,” said Molinary. “One area of importance to us is the arts as our [participants] often aren’t able to enjoy any arts experiences outside of what is offered at school.”

The group, with the help of a $1,490 Cultural Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council, is providing those arts experiences through pottery workshops and theatre outings at Blumenthal Performing Arts.

Molinary said participants have gone to the Blumenthal every year, but with the support of ASC, they were able to buy theatre tickets on the orchestra level.

This may seem like a small thing, but Molinary says it allows the participants to have a more impactful experience.

“It brings them into the performance in a way that our balcony seats never could, making them realize that they aren’t just able to access the arts, but they are welcome,” Molinary said. “Moreover, it amplifies the experience of each show in a way that will intensify the magic of each performance.”CDL 2

Circle de Luz, founded in 2008, currently serves 15 young Latinas graduating in 2014, 2015 and 2016. The organization provides monthly programs that seek to empower participants to be more academically successful, encourage them to be responsible for their health and well-being and allow them to contribute to their communities.

When participants graduate from high school and the program, they receive a minimum $5,000 scholarship to help with their education.

“We believe exposure to unique opportunities expands one’s perspective about what is possible in life while building confidence,” Molinary said. “Our goals for the program are to offer our [participants] experiences that broaden their perspective and give them a sense of both wonder and satisfaction.

To learn more about Circle de Luz, click here.

Nominate a Great Teacher Today

13 Feb

Know a great teacher? Of course you do! Nominate him or her for a Cato Excellence in Teaching Award. The award annually recognizes six creative teachers. Each recipient receives a $1,500 award.

2012 Cato Award Winner

2012 Cato Award Winner

Nomination applications are available on ArtsAndScience.org and the deadline is Friday, March 1, 2013.  The finalists and recipients will be announced during ASC’s annual Impact + Investment event this summer.

“There are so many outstanding teachers in our community,” said ASC Vice President of Education, Barbara Ann Temple, Ph.D.  “We are thrilled to be able to recognize those who are excelling in their fields and improving the educational opportunities of our students.”

Three years ago, ASC established the Cato Excellence in Teaching Award to recognize teachers who have distinguished themselves in teaching Art, Science or History, or who have demonstrated creative infusion of arts, science or history into the core academic curriculum. The award is made possible through an endowment gift made to ASC from The Cato Corporation.

To be considered eligible for the award, individuals must be a Pre-K through 12th grade teacher working for a public or independent school in Mecklenburg, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln or Union counties in N.C., or Lancaster or York counties in S.C.

Click here for more information and to nominate a teacher. 


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