Betty McCain and Vonda Darr To Be Featured In Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s “Downtown” Concert on October 11

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WILSON, N.C. — “Downtown,” Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s first concert of the 2013-2014 season, will be presented on Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Edna Boykin Cultural Center, 108 Nash Street in Wilson. The concert will feature harp soloist Vonda Darr performing works by Ravel and Handel, and special guest Dr. Betty McCain, who will narrate the orchestra’s performance of Prokofiev’s “Peter and the Wolf.” Admission to this concert is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. The orchestra, conducted by Barton College music director Mark N. Peterson, will also perform Beethoven’s rousing “Egmont Overture.” “Bringing the orchestra to the Boykin Center in an exciting […]

Broadway’s Alan Campbell Returns to Barton for “Oh, What A Night III!”

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WILSON, N.C. — Broadway star Alan Campbell returns to Wilson to star in “Oh, What A Night III!” produced by Lauren Kennedy, directed by Alan Coates, and co-sponsored by Theatre at Barton and Hot Summer Nights at the Kennedy in Raleigh. The show opens Barton College’s fifth theatre season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, August 28-29, at 8 p.m. Appropriate for all ages, this year’s concert promises to be an impressive event. “Two years ago, we created a unique concert event as part of the “Hot Summer Nights” season and brought it to Barton for two sold-out performances,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony To Feature Acclaimed Pianist Mac McClure on April 28

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, April 28, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage internationally acclaimed concert pianist Mac McClure, who returns to his hometown to perform Beethoven’s heroic Piano Concerto No. 3. Under the direction of Barton’s Mark N. Peterson, the orchestra will also present Bizet’s “Carmen Suite No. 1,” two works by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, Adalusia (also known as the hit tune “The Breeze and I”), and the very popular “Malgueña.” “It’s so wonderful to have Mac back and performing with […]

Barton College Gospel Choir and Company to Perform on April 13

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Gospel Choir, “and Company,” will perform its eighth annual spring concert on Saturday, April 13, at 5 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. This year’s theme is “Stepping Out of the Box.” The event is open to the public, and the community is invited to attend. General admission is $5 per person. Children, ages 12 and younger, may bring one canned good for admission to the concert. Barton faculty, staff, and students will be admitted with their Barton IDs and one canned good per person. The canned goods collected will be donated to the St. John AMEZ Church Food Pantry where the Gospel Choir members […]

“Love The Symphony” Scheduled For February 14

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WILSON, N.C. — Celebrate Valentine’s Day in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, Feb. 14, at the twenty-second annual “Love the Symphony.” A much-anticipated annual event, this season’s “Love the Symphony” concert will feature Broadway star, recording artist, and international celebrity Lauren Kennedy. The event will begin with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. A candlelight buffet dinner will immediately follow the program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $60 per person, and reservations may be made by calling Laura Ashley Lamm at 252-399-6309. Please note that tables for eight are available by reservation. The reservation deadline is Friday, Feb. 8. […]

Barton’s Christmas Season Opens With The Lighting of the Luminaries And More

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Barton College welcomes residents of Wilson and the surrounding communities for this festive celebration. WILSON, N.C. — The Lighting of the Luminaries, a long-standing tradition for the Barton College community, will usher in the Christmas season on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration of events on campus. The celebration will begin with a festive candlelight dinner served in the Hamlin Student Center Dining Hall at 5 p.m.  Cost for the meal is $6 for adults and $3 for children and students not on the meal plan. At 4 p.m., students will begin lighting over 1,800 luminaries across 32 acres […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Pianist Beth Levin on Nov. 18

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton College campus. The orchestra, conducted by music director Mark N. Peterson, will welcome pianist Beth Levin to the Barton stage. Among the performance selections will be two standards of the classical repertoire: Mozart’s “Symphony No. 29 in A major, K201 and Schumann’s Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54. Admission for the fall orchestra performance will be $10 at the door or by season ticket. All students within the community will be admitted free of charge as well […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony Presents the “Downtown” Concert for the Wilson Community on Friday, Oct. 5

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their first concert of the 2012-2013 season on Friday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church located at 100 Green Street in Wilson. Open to the public at no charge, the “Downtown” Concert will feature baritone Joel Gay, the associate music director of the First United Methodist Church, singing arias and songs by Mozart, Bach, and Schubert. The program will also feature a concerto for two oboes by Vivaldi and Schubert’s Symphony No.5. The community is invited to attend. “We are all so excited to present this gift to the Wilson community,” shared Mark N. Peterson, […]

Barton College / Wilson Symphony to Feature Acclaimed Cellist Bonnie Thron on Sunday, May 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Sunday, May 6, at 3 p.m. in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will welcome to the Barton stage Bonnie Thron, principal cellist of the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra Bonnie Thron, who will perform Dvorak’s dynamic  “Cello Concerto in B Minor.” “We are delighted that this distinguished local personality is available to perform with us,” shared Peterson. “The Dvorak concerto has always been my personal favorite, and I have wanted for years to present it to our Wilson audience,” said Peterson.  In […]

ACC and Barton Alumni Return to Campus for “Voices Reunite” Concert on Saturday, April 21

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WILSON, N.C. — On Saturday, April 21, Atlantic Christian College and Barton College music alumni and friends, representing over four decades, will perform in the “Voices Reunite” concert to be held in Howard Chapel at 7 p.m. There is no charge for the program, and the community is invited to attend. A choir of seventy-five will sing selections ranging from an antiphonal Palestrina “Gloria Patri” to Gershwin’s Embraceable You,” from William Dawson’s “Soon ah will be Done” to Morten Lauridsen’s “Sure on this Shining Night,” from Stephen Paulus’ “The Road Home” to Rodgers’ and Hammerstein’s “It’s a Grand Night for Singing,” just to name a few.  The choir promises a […]