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Arts Agenda

CL's guide to dance, theater, comedy, spoken word, classical music and visual arts


indicates critics' picks.

Classical Music

Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra A special chamber ensemble concert showcasing brass, woodwind, percussion and strings sections of the CSYO in a variety of music works ranging from Bach to Janacek. Wed., Feb. 19, 7:30 p.m. $6 adults, $4 students/seniors. Dana Auditorium, Queens University. 704-972-2003.

Charlotte Symphony's Mostly Mozart & Neighborhood Concert This intimate, informal concert on Feb. 14 encompasses four centuries of time-honored works for chamber orchestra. Held in the Duke Family Performance Hall at Davidson College. A second performance will be held on Feb. 15 at First Baptist Church, 301 S. Davidson St. Both performances will begin at 8pm. $10 general admission, $5 students. 704-972-2000.

Davidson College Symphony Orchestra Presenting a concert of selections by Vivaldi and Mozart. Featuring violinist Susan Stroebel and trumpeters David Jemison and Elliot Palmer. Wed., Feb. 26, 8 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2357.

High Seas to High Shoals: Theme & Variations on the Life of Charles Wilkes Composer Jerre Tanner's original composition for the Gaston Symphonic Band will premiere at the Pamela Kimbrell Warlick Performing Arts Center. Presented by Continental Harmony. Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. $15 general admission, $8 Gaston County Museum members. Gaston Day School, Gastonia. 704-866-6902.

Jazz & Classical Essentials Sunday Brunch Borders will be playing jazz and classical music from their essential catalogs. Coffee and pastry provided. Sundays, 1-3 p.m. Free. Borders, Morrocroft, 3900 Colony Rd. 704-365-6261.

The Joy of Singing Visiting artist Jennifer Stephens, mezzo-soprano, will perform the famous song from Carmen, works by Sondheim and a bit of pop as she presents this concert at Belmont Abbey Basilica. Mon., Feb. 17, 8 p.m. Free. Belmont Abbey College, 100 Belmont-Mount Holly Rd., Belmont. 704-334-3468.

Lift Up Your Head A black history concert presented by The Mass Choir of the Second Calvary Baptist Church and The Charlotte Interdenominational Mass Choir. Sun., Feb. 23, 4:30 p.m. Second Calvary Baptist Church, 114 Nelson Ave. 704-399-0378.

Maxim Philippov The Russian pianist will present a Concert Series performance. Philippov has recorded two discs devoted to the solo works of Rachmaninov, and serves on the faculty of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory. Tue., Feb. 18, 8 p.m. $15 adults, $10 seniors. Call for reservations. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2135.

More than Lute! Songs by Morley, Dowland in consort, 18th century works for lute with guest artist, Christopher Berg. Presented by Carolina Pro Musica. Fri., Feb. 21, 8:15 p.m. $12 general admission, $6 students/seniors. St. Martin's Episcopal Church, 1510 E. 7th St. 704-334-3468.

New on the Horizon Eleven year-old virtuoso pianist Ji-Yong will perform Mozart's first concerto written in a minor key, the masterful Concerto No. 20 in D Minor. Other concert selections include Disney themes, selections from the Jurassic Park score and a medley from Evita. Sat., Feb. 15, 8 p.m. $20. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd. 704-372-3600.

Providence Recital Series Selections include music by Rheinberger, Washburn, Stravinsky and Astor Piazzola's Grand Tango. Sun., Feb. 16, 7 p.m. Free. Providence United Methodist Church, 2810 Providence Rd. 704-333-9536.

Shashank Flute Concert An Indian classical flute concert. Presented by the Classical Music Association of Charlotte. Sat., Feb. 15, 3-6 p.m. Sloan Music Center, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-814-9355.

South Charlotte Community Band Concert A concert of traditional band music including marches, light classics and movie themes. Sat., Feb. 15, 7:30 p.m. Free. Matthews United Methodist Church, 801 S. Tryon St. 704-364-5701.


The Djoliba Don West African Drum & Dance Troupe This South Carolina-based non-profit educational and performance company uses music and dance to foster a greater understanding of African culture. Sat., Feb. 22, 7 p.m. Free. Duke Family Performance Hall, Davidson College, Davidson. 704-894-2876.

Theater: Openings

Billy Jonas In singalongs, bangalongs, whisperalongs, as well as improvised songs, his primary instrument is the audience. His initial performances sold out, but two new shows have been added. Sun., Feb. 23, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m. Tickets are $8.00 for center seats and $6.00 for side seats. Children's Theatre of Charlotte. 704-333-8983.

Cold Sassy Tree Eyebrows are raised and life's lessons are learned in this Southern story based on the best-selling novel by Olive Ann Burns. Sung in English. Presented by Opera Carolina. Held in Belk Theater. Feb. 20-22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m. $15-$78. Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, 130 N. Tryon St. 704-348-5800.

Done to Death Directed by Henry Buckley. Feb. 13-16, 7 p.m.; Feb. 20-22, 7 p.m. $12 adults, $10 students/seniors. Little Theatre of Gastonia, 238 S. Clay St., P.O. Box 302, Gastonia. 704-865-0160.

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum A light, fast-paced farce by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. Co-sponsored by the Department of Music. Performances held in the Johnson Theatre. Feb. 19-22, 8 p.m.; Feb. 23, 2 p.m. $3 w/ Winthrop ID, $7 general admission. Winthrop University, Rock Hill. 803-323-2287.

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