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Event Briefs

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Dec. 4, 2007

Bilingual ‘Grinch’ steals Christmas again

UNC English professor Tom Stumpf will boomingly read the Dr. Seuss classic “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” on Wednesday (Dec. 5), alternating passages with co-reader George Morgan, who will read in Latin.

The 10th annual reading at UNC’s Bull’s Head Bookshop will be free to the public at 4 p.m. Morgan, of the shop staff, will contribute the Latin lines mirroring Stumpf’s English.

“You haven’t heard ‘The Grinch’ until you’ve heard it from Tom,” said Kyle McKay of the shop. “Be sure to get here on time or earlier, as it is sure to fill up. There will be free fresh-baked cookies, hot chocolate and cider for all to feast on.”

For more information, call (919) 962-5060.

Orchestra to perform Beethoven, Bernstein, more

The sound of music will fill UNC’s Memorial Hall and Person Recital Hall with four performances in the next five days by department of music or related ensembles.

On Wednesday (Dec. 5), the UNC Symphony Orchestra will perform Beethoven’s “Egmont” Overture; Fauré’s Suite from “Pelléas et Mélisande”; and Bernstein’s Symphonic Suite from the Film “On the Waterfront.” The concert will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The 100-member orchestra of faculty, student and community musicians is led by conductor and music director Tonu Kalam, a music professor at UNC. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for UNC students, faculty and staff. For tickets and more information, call (919) 843-3333, click to www.carolinaperformingarts.org or visit the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue.

’Tis the season to be jazzy

The North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra will perform a “Swingin’ Yuletide Celebration” beginning at 8 p.m. Friday (Dec. 7) in Memorial Hall. Music by Duke Ellington, Stan Kenton, Glenn Miller and arrangements by group members will be on the program.

Carolina music professor Jim Ketch, director of jazz studies in the music department, is music director for the orchestra, whose members also include music faculty from other UNC campuses around the state. The 18-piece ensemble specializes in big-band music as well as jazz. For more information, visit http://www.ncjro.org/.

The concert is one of four by the orchestra in Memorial this year that are sponsored by Carolina Performing Arts. Tickets are $15 to $20 for the public, $12 to $15 for seniors and $10 for faculty, staff and students. For tickets, call (919) 843-3333, click to www.carolinaperformingarts.org or visit the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue.

Weekend to bring baroque, Elizabethan concerts

At 8 p.m. Saturday (Dec. 8) in Memorial, Ensemble Courant, a music department group specializing in the baroque era, will perform “Acis and Galatea,” which Handel composed for the first Duke of Chandos.

Valentin Lazrein, baritone, and Jeanne Fischer, soprano, will perform as soloists. Musicians say that the two-act composition has come to symbolize the marriage of myth, music and text that exemplifies the baroque aesthetic. The concert is part of the Music on the Hill series, sponsored by the music department and Carolina Performing Arts.

Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for UNC students, faculty and staff. For tickets and more information, call (919) 843-3333, click to www.carolinaperformingarts.org or visit the Memorial Hall Box Office on Cameron Avenue.

On Sunday, the UNC Consort of Viols will perform “An Elizabethan Christmas,” a free concert at 3 p.m. in Person Recital Hall.

Music department contact: Glenn McDonald, (919) 962-1039
News Services contact: LJ Toler, (919) 962-8589