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Media Advisory

Not for publication

April 28, 2005 -- No. 213

Chancellor Moeser, Kang to announce season,
lead hard-hat tours of ‘new’ Memorial Hall

Monday (May 2), 1 p.m.
Loading dock, east side of Memorial Hall
Cameron Avenue (between Carolina Inn and Old Well)
UNC-Chapel Hill campus

Media representatives are invited to join University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser and Emil Kang, the university’s executive director for the arts, as they announce "A Movement to Greatness," the 2005-2006 Carolina Performing Arts Series, and lead tours of Memorial Hall. Memorial, the university’s major performing arts venue, will re-open in September after a two-year, $18 million expansion and renovation.

The 2005-2006 Memorial Hall Grand Opening Season will feature artists from around the world, from classical and contemporary traditions. The series will include modern dance, classical music, jazz, world music, American roots music and hip-hop. The series will feature more than 40 high-profile artists, compared with eight to 10 in recent seasons. The dates and artists announced Monday will include those for a seven-event opening celebration.

The new elegance and comfort of Memorial will represent a giant step toward realizing Moeser’s goal of elevating the performing arts at Carolina and establishing the arts as a key component of excellence at the university.

Memorial is adjacent to the site of an Arts Common to be developed on campus, off South Columbia Street between Cameron Avenue and Franklin Street. The Arts Common development, part of the university’s master plan, will include new and renovated facilities for the music and communication studies departments and the Ackland Art Museum -- while providing a green space linking Memorial, Hill Hall, Hanes Art Center and the Ackland.

Visuals and interview opportunities: Visuals will include a re-configured auditorium with expanded aisles for handicapped accessibility and chandeliers, returned from extensive refurbishing and currently lowered on electric winches. The lobby has been expanded, with public space added to each side of the hall; a marble floor is being installed. Grand new staircases, also marble, are being built. An elevator has been added. There are more restrooms just on the first floor than the entire building had before.

Reporters, photographers and videographers will be able to get up close for brief remarks before joining Moeser, Kang and others involved with the project’s design and execution on a hard-hat tour. Moeser, Kang and the others will be available to answer questions and do interviews with assembled members of the news media.

Sound: No mult box or microphones will be provided.

Directions and parking: From Raleigh, exit I-40 onto N.C. 54 toward Chapel Hill. The road becomes South Road through the UNC-Chapel Hill campus. Pass the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower on the left, continue straight through the next stoplight, then turn right at the next stoplight onto South Columbia Street. At the next intersection, turn right onto Cameron Avenue.

Parking will be available in the Swain Lot, the first driveway on the left after turning from South Columbia onto Cameron. Memorial is ahead on the right, fronting onto Cameron. The loading dock is around back, on the southeast corner of the building.

Please note: Cameron Avenue is blocked for construction east of Memorial, so vehicles entering Cameron from Country Club Road or Raleigh Street cannot reach the site.

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News Services contacts: LJ Toler, print, (919) 962-8589; Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093; Karen Moon, broadcast, (919) 962-8595