11:37 am
Wed October 2, 2013

The Life And Music Of Trumpet Legend Arturo Sandoval

Jazz trumpet master Arturo Sandoval comes to Charlotte Thursday evening at McGlohan Theater. Sandoval is the winner of nine Grammy awards, but will receive his biggest award next month – the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

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Local News
12:31 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Warren-Green Opens Charlotte Symphony Season With Music That Has A Personal Connection

Christopher Warren-Green rehearses with the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra.
Credit Duncan McFadyen / WFAE

The musicians of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra are practicing one more time this morning before they kick off another season of performances. Tonight and tomorrow night at the Belk Theater, they’ll be playing several well-known pieces of classical music, including “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra” by 20th Century British composer Benjamin Britten. The orchestra’s music director, Christopher Warren-Green, chose the piece in part because Britten would’ve turned 100 this fall. But, as WFAE’s Duncan McFadyen reports, Warren-Green has a special connection to the composer.

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3:25 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

Lloyd Knight, To Inspire And Entertain At UNC Charlotte

Lloyd Knight, now in his eighth season with the New York-based Martha Graham Dance Company, will perform as part of the UNC Charlotte Department of Dance’s annual Faculty Concert.
Credit Courtesy Lloyd Wright

When he was a middle-school student, Lloyd Knight made a deal that he called “my dad’s tradeoff.” His father told him, “If you’re going to dance, you’re going to do karate.” For a while, he took karate at night. But dance won.

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Arts & Life
10:08 am
Thu September 19, 2013

Palestinians Celebrate Culture Through Dabke Dance

Al Hannouneh Society Dancers perform dabke, a popular folk dance performed at Arab weddings.
Tasnim Shamma

A flavor of Palestinian culture was on stage last weekend at Queen University.  A dozen dancers from the Palestinian territories and Jordan were in Charlotte to perform a traditional folk dance called dabke. The performance was part of an eight-city U.S. tour. 

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Local News
4:23 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Romare Bearden Park Opens In Uptown Charlotte

Boulders at Romare Bearden Park came from Mount Airy, N.C.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Starting Friday, people will have a new place to spend time outside in Uptown Charlotte.

The 5-acre park on South Church Street has been under construction for two years. The county had hoped to open it back in June, but rain slowed things down. Over 150 days of it. The weather has been more cooperative this week, though. Workers have been busy planting shrubs, pushing around wheelbarrows full of mulch, and caulking between stones in the sidewalks.

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Local News
11:53 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

A South Charlotte Church Gets A New Organ With A Rich History

The new organ's console.
Duncan McFadyen WFAE

Providence United Methodist Church in south Charlotte has a new organ. That isn’t extraordinary news in itself. But the new organ is actually extraordinary. 

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Ethan Uslan And I Love Lucy

Ethan Uslan's passion is old ragtime music and it's his mission to keep it alive. He performs live on the show in our Spirit Square studio.
Tim Ross

Part One: Ragtime Piano Player Ethan Uslan. Ethan Uslan is a throwback musician with a modern mission. Ethan plays old time ragtime piano tunes and he also provides a live score for silent movies. Ethan's music and film tastes are from yesteryear but he's on a mission to bring this sound and style to modern audiences. Uslan is the subject of a new documentary film and he has concerts scheduled throughout the area. Ethan Uslan comes back for another music filled visit, when Charlotte Talks.

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10:51 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Charlotte's Other Concert Venue: Your Living Room

The crowd listens closely during a concert at Judy Mace's home. "I just wanted the chance to hear concerts ina place where people were really listening and respectful of the musicians," says Mace.
Credit Briana Duggan

Many music venues go to lengths to give their space that cozy, homey feel. And then, there’s the real thing. A living room or garage may be smaller than your typical concert hall, but house concerts can often be more lucrative for musicians.

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Local News
2:23 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

New Take On Collecting Gives Donors A 'Taste' Of Local Art

Charlotte artist Sharon Dowell is one of nine participating in the new Community Supported Art program where people can buy a 'share' and get surprise boxes of original art.
Credit Julie Rose

A new take on art collecting launched in Charlotte Tuesday morning with the Community Supported Arts program.  It's a spin on a long-standing tradition in farm-fresh produce courtesy of the Arts and Science Council.

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Local News
9:51 am
Tue July 16, 2013

Arts Funding Task Force Turns To Government

Cultural Life Task Force
Credit Carolina PR

As a group of community and cultural leaders works to find an answer to Charlotte's crumbling arts funding system, they're looking to individual donors, corporations and the government.

On Monday, the Cultural Life Task Force heard from city and county administrators, including the budget director of Mecklenburg County. His message: Don’t expect the county to give more.

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