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Carolina Winter Music Festival presents Swingle Bells 2012!

November 30, 2012

Swingle Bells!: A Very Jazzy Christmas concert will be Tuesday, December 4, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 pm in the James A. Gray Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center with the mighty Giannini Brass, singer Martha Bassett, and the Christmas Jazz All Stars with bassist Matt Kendrick and friends. The concert features all of your Christmas favorites and then some, and it's presented by The Carolina Winter Music Festival. CWMF Co-director, W-S Symphony French horn player Joe Mount is also one fifth of the great Giannini Brass quintet. He dropped by WFDD to talk shop with David Ford.

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On Triad Arts Weekend (1:00 p.m.):

For over forty-six years The University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ acclaimed Nutcracker production has been one of the Triad’s most eagerly anticipated events of the holiday season. This year, guest artists Veronika Part (Principal, American Ballet Theatre) and Charles Askegard (Principal, New York City Ballet) will dance the roles of the Sugar Plum Fairy and her Cavalier Prince at the performances on Thursday night, December 13, at 7:30 p.m., and Friday night December 14, at 7:30 p.m. The full performance schedule for the 2012 UNCSA production of The Nutcracker is Saturday, December 8, at 2 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. through Sunday, December 16, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The UNCSA Nutcracker Orchestra will accompany all performances under the baton of Charles Barker, Principal Conductor or American Ballet Theatre. This is the first production of The Nutcracker under the leadership of UNCSA’s new Dean of the School of Dance Susan Jaffe. Susan was the principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 20 years. She stopped by to talk about this year’s production.

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There are somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 professional, community/volunteer and collegiate theatre organizations going on in the Triad, and each of them have their own unique strengths. When it comes to plays that fall into the "edgy" and "excellent" categories, The Winston-Salem Theatre Alliance has certainly found its niche.

On Friday night at 8:00pm, November 30, it’s opening night for Sordid Lives by Dell Shores. By popular demand, they’ve added four shows this year, and it’ll run through Sunday, December 16, at the Theatre Alliance building, 1047 Northwest Blvd., in Winston-Salem.

There will be evening performances at 8:00pm, and Sunday matinees at 2:00pm. Artistic Director Jamie Lawson has directed well over 100 productions for community theatres in the Triad, and he recently dropped by to talk about the 1996 play that won 14 Drama League Awards.

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Black Theatre is for Everyone! That’s what The North Carolina Black Repertory Company believes, and with a thirty-three-year track record of exposing diverse audiences to Black classics, developing new works, and sustaining Black theatre internationally, who are we to disagree?

NCBRC’s 12th annual production of Black Nativity by Langston Hughes is December 7-9 at the Arts Council Theatre in Winston-Salem, 610 Coliseum Drive, with evening shows at 8:00pm and matinees at 3:00pm.

Coming up in February the Teen Theatre Ensemble performs By a Black Hand by Arthur Reese and Darryl Goodman. NCBRC Artistic Director Mabel Robinson dropped by to talk about the 2012-13 season.

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Understanding Classical Music with Peter Kairoff at the Keyboard. This week Peter explores the methods and music of Beethoven.

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Swingle Bells!: A Very Jazzy Christmas concert will be Tuesday, December 4, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 pm in the James A. Gray Auditorium in the Old Salem Visitor Center with the mighty Giannini Brass, singer Martha Bassett, and the Christmas Jazz All Stars with bassist Matt Kendrick and friends. The concert features all of your Christmas favorites and then some, and it's presented by The Carolina Winter Music Festival. CWMF Co-director, W-S Symphony French horn player, and one fifth of the great Giannini Brass quintet Joe Mount dropped by to talk shop.

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The NC Shakespeare Festival is gearing up for its 2012 presentation of the Charles Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. The performance includes professional, local and child actors. This year’s production will also touch thousands of students with nearly a dozen SchoolFest matinees planned for school groups across the Triad. Performances will be December 5-23 with evening shows at 7:30pm and weekend matinees at 2:00pm at theHigh Point Theatre. The NC Shakes production features original music by David Bishop. The soundtrack album for A Christmas Carol was just recorded, and it’ll be available for purchase at the High Point Theatre.

North Carolina Shakespeare Festival actor Michael Huie stoopped by to talk about playing the role of Ebenezer Scrooge.


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