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Media Advisory

Not for publication

Sept. 6, 2005 -- No. 394

Note: Media representatives planning to cover evening events need to make arrangements in advance for seating/ticketing. Details below.

Thursday, Sept. 8, 1 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 9, 11 a.m.
Friday, Sept. 9, 8 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 11, 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Memorial Hall, Cameron Avenue
UNC campus

Carolina outlines media access
for Memorial Hall gala reopening

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will celebrate the renovation and re-opening of Memorial Hall with a ribbon-cutting and three performances comprising a gala opening weekend.

The performances will mark the public’s first chance to experience the transformation of one of Carolina’s most beloved and historic gathering places – an $18.1 million endeavor that has enhanced audience comfort and sightlines and allowed UNC to present world-class artists and performances that previously could not be staged in the 1931 building.

Ribbon-cutting and dedication:

Thursday (Sept. 8): Carolina dignitaries will cut a ribbon to open the newly transformed Memorial Hall, expanded and renovated over the past three years. The ceremony, free and open to all, will take place on stage inside the hall.

The dedication ceremony will include remarks by UNC Chancellor James Moeser; Nelson Schwab III of Charlotte, chair of the UNC Board of Trustees; Emil Kang, UNC’s executive director for the arts; and Jim Heavner of Chapel Hill, who, with his wife, Pam, led a campaign that raised more than $5 million for the renovation. Also attending will be Andy Griffith, one of the university’s most famous alumni in the performing arts. (See below for details about Griffith’s appearance Friday regarding the future home of his career memorabilia.)

Carolina students will play a brass fanfare as the platform party cuts a ribbon, to be held across the stage by students Molly Stapleton, student government arts advocacy chair, and Jonathan Benson, president of the Carolina Union.

Afterward, a cake will be cut and shared in front of the hall.

Ceremony speakers will then be available for interviews, and those gathered will have an opportunity to tour the hall.

Directions: From Raleigh, exit I-40 into N.C. 54 toward Chapel Hill. Drive west to campus. Turn right onto Country Club Road, which becomes Cameron Avenue. Memorial is on the left after you pass the Old Well on the right.

Media parking: Media representatives may park in the Swain Lot on the north side of Cameron Avenue between Columbia Street and Memorial Hall.

Sound: A mult box will be provided.

Friday public announcement, media briefing:

Friday (Sept. 9), 11 a.m.: Television and film star Andy Griffith and the university will make an announcement about the future home of his career memorabilia. The 1949 UNC graduate is expected to bring items from his personal collection, and the university plans to display at this event other items already in its archives related to his career and student days at Carolina.

Additional speakers will be Chancellor James Moeser and Dr. Walter C. “Tim” West, curator of the library’s manuscripts department and director of the Southern Historical Collection. Following the announcement, Griffith will respond to questions from media representatives. University library staff will attend.

Directions: Driving west from I-40 on N.C. 54, continue straight as the street becomes South Road through campus. Pass the Morehead-Patterson Bell Tower on the left. Wilson is on the right, facing away from South Road and onto the Polk Place quadrangle. The program will be in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room, to the left, just inside the front door.

Media parking: Media representatives may park in the bagged metered spaces in the ATM lot off Raleigh Street, between Raleigh/South Road and Cameron Avenue.

Media seating: Media representatives may sit in the first two rows and are asked to be early or on time so as not to disrupt the program. Photographers may shoot from the right and left aisles.

Sound: A mult box will be provided.

Visuals: Expect great visuals as Griffith is expected to bring items of special significance. Enlarged photos on display will include shots from Griffith’s years as a Carolina student – including his picture as president of the Men’s Glee Club in 1947 – and the record cover of early 1950s release “What It Was, Was Football.”

After the public announcement, visit News Services’ Web site, www.unc.edu/news for jpg files of some of the images displayed at the event.

Friday and Saturday performances:

Friday (Sept. 9), curtain at 8 p.m., media representatives are invited to cover the “Prelude to an Opening” performance by Tony Bennett and the N.C. Symphony. The event will mark the public’s first experience of a concert in the new Memorial Hall. The symphony will perform first for approximately 30 minutes, followed by a brief intermission and Bennett’s performance.

Media are also invited to cover the performance Saturday (Sept. 10), curtain at 7 p.m. – by Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman, Leonard Slatkin and the N.C. Symphony.

Background on these and other artists: www.unc.edu/news

Media parking: Media representatives may park in the Swain Lot on the north side of Cameron Avenue between Columbia Street and Memorial Hall.

Media seating: Seating and shooting space for media representatives will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis; tickets and/or credentials may be picked up on site the night of the performance at a media table in the courtyard to the right, when facing the front of the hall. Media outlets planning to cover either or both evening performances who have not already confirmed seating arrangements with News Services are asked to email their requests to news@unc.edu not later than 3 p.m. Wednesday (Sept. 7) so that tickets/space may be saved for them.

Photographers/Visuals: No flash photography will be permitted in the hall. Photographers may stand in open sections of the areas for patrons with disabilities, on either side of the front of the mezzanine. Photography will be permitted for the first three songs of Friday’s performance and for the first fifteen minutes of Saturday’s performance. Photographers will then leave the hall. Photographers are asked to be mindful not to block the view of paying patrons.

Open house and student performances:

On Sunday, Sept. 11, the university invites members of the local and university communities to Carolina Performs – a free open house with performances by Carolina student groups, featuring rock, jazz, classical music, theatrical scenes, comedy and more. Chancellor James Moeser and Emil Kang, executive director for the arts, kick things off at 2 p.m.; performances are slated to run until 10 p.m.

Media seating: Media representatives may move freely during Sunday’s open house but are asked to be mindful not to block the view of those seated and enjoying the performances.

Media parking: Media representatives may park in the Swain Lot on the north side of Cameron Avenue between Columbia Street and Memorial Hall.

Photography: Photographers may stand in open sections of the areas for patrons with disabilities, on either side of the front of the mezzanine. They also may move freely through the hall between performances and take positions down front to shoot the kick-off at 2 p.m.

Contacts on site Sunday: LJ Toler, (919) 219-6374 (through 3 p.m.); Casey Molino Dunn, (919) 593-5420 (2 p.m. – 10 p.m.)

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Performing Arts contact: Jennifer Smith, (919) 966-3834, jwsmith@email.unc.edu
News Services contacts: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093, 638-0474 (on site), lisa_katz@unc.edu; Karen Moon, (919) 962-8595, 218-2467 (on site), karen_moon@unc.edu
Griffith contact: Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593, mike_mcfarland@unc.edu