“It Takes Two, An Evening With Lauren Kennedy & Alan Campbell” on April 15th at the Boykin Center

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WILSON, N.C. — Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell, the ever popular and charismatic husband and wife team, and the namesakes for Barton’s Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, return to Wilson for an evening of music and laughter in “It Takes Two” An Evening with Lauren Kennedy & Alan Campbell. The event will be held on Friday evening, April 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Boykin Center on Nash Street in Wilson. This husband and wife team has combined Broadway and musical pedigrees that emphatically confirm their remarkable range and versatility.  The Wall Street Journal has said of Campbell, “Alan Campbell is a charismatic golden boy with a voice to match.” […]

Love The Symphony Scheduled For February 14th

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WILSON, N.C. – Plan now to make Monday, Feb. 14, a special Valentine’s Day this year, and celebrate in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra at the twentieth annual “Love the Symphony,” one of Wilson’s premier social events of the year. “This year’s concert has more hooks than a tackle box,” said conductor Mark N. Peterson. “We have a dynamic vocalist singing numbers from five of the greatest Broadway shows, the beloved American classic “Casey at the Bat” narrated by a gifted actor, a beautiful violin solo featuring a promising young local artist, and a special guest soloist ringing out Sousa’s rousing “Liberty Bell March.” Peterson promises this […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Pianist Patrick Kreeger on Nov. 21

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 21 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 perform two standards of the classical repertoire: Haydn’s celebrated Symphony no. 94 “The Surprise Symphony” and Beethoven’s thrilling Piano Concerto No. 5 “The Emperor.” Haydn, known for his musical wit, frequently featured musical jokes in his symphonies, and a sudden fortissimo chord in the otherwise soft second movement is the most famous of these jokes. Beethoven’s fifth and final piano concerto is known throughout the English […]

“Symphony and Soul” Signature Dinner Concert Planned For Thursday, Oct. 7

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s fall signature dinner concert “Symphony and Soul” will open a spectacular 2010-2011 concert season on Thursday, Oct. 7, with a delightful program of music and food to warm the soul. New York City resident Sharon Simms will return to her Wilson home to sing a number of selected songs and arias with the orchestra under the direction of music director Mark N. Peterson. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the symphony performance at 7 p.m. After the concert, a sumptuous dinner buffet will conclude the evening. The event will be held at the […]

WRAL’s Phyllis Parish Howard: Featured Speaker at Barton’s 109th Opening Convocation

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce Phyllis R. Parish Howard, as the featured speaker for the 109th Opening Convocation.  The annual campus event is scheduled for Tuesday, August 31, at 11 a.m. in Howard Chapel. Parish Howard is Director of Local Production for WRAL-TV, a CBS affiliate and division of Capitol Broadcasting Company, Inc. in Raleigh. Chosen as Employee of the Year by her colleagues, she was honored with WRAL’s prestigious 5-Star Award in 1987.  Recognized for her outstanding broadcasting achievements with six Mid-South Regional Emmy Awards from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Parish Howard’s award-winning programs include her environmental documentary, “Troubled Rivers,” WRAL’s ‘For the Children’ campaign, WRAL’s teen […]

Barton’s Hackney Library Rocks With Band Book Tour 2010 Open House

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WILSON, N.C. – Back by popular demand, the award-winning “Band Book Tour” returns to rock the Willis N. Hackney Library at its fifth annual Open House event on the Barton College campus. The event, scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 26, will be held from 4-7 p.m.  The event focuses on introducing new students to the campus library as well as welcoming returning students back for fall semester.  This event is sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library. The “Band Book Tour” Open House will feature four bands with an evening line-up that includes “Straight-Up!” kicking off the event at 4 p.m. with some R&B, soul, funk, and Motown.  “TripleWide” and “Elemental P,” […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Canadian Virtuoso

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m. in the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will welcome back to the Barton stage the internationally acclaimed pianist Jeremy Thompson to perform Edvard Grieg’s hauntingly romantic “Piano Concerto in A Minor.” The orchestra will also play two beloved works of Franz Schubert: the “Unfinished Symphony” and “The Rosamunde Overture.” Currently residing in Goldsboro, Dr. Thompson has performed throughout North America and Europe, thrilling audiences with his virtuosity and the emotional and intellectual depth of his […]

American History Scholar Leuchtenburg To Speak at the Friends of Hackney Library Spring Dinner

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WILSON, N.C. – Dr. William Leuchtenburg, noted modern American history scholar and the William Rand Kenan Jr. Professor Emeritus of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will be the featured speaker at the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library spring dinner scheduled for Tuesday, April 13. The evening’s festivities, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 7 p.m.  Dr. Leuchtenburg plans to speak on “The South and the American Presidency.” Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, with reservations accepted until April 9.  Members of […]

Barton College Gospel Choir to Perform on April 10

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College Gospel Choir will present its fifth annual concert on Saturday, April 10, in Hardy Alumni Hall at 3 p.m.  This year’s theme is ” More than Conquerors” inspired by Romans 8:37.  The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. The Barton College Gospel Choir will perform a number of selections by artists including Donald Lawrence, Ricky Dillard, Youthful Praise, Twinkie Clark, and John P. Kee.  The program will also include special performances by Barton’s Genesis Dance Team, and Barton sophomore Ebony Watkins. Barton will also welcome to campus the Pitt Community College Gospel Choir “Elements […]

Eric Carl’s “Afric’s Muse” Debuts On Barton Stage March 4-7

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, March 4, Eric Carl’s world premiere of “Afric’s Muse” will open on stage in Barton’s new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, March 7, at 3 p.m. The audience is immediately drawn to the lead character as they are introduced simultaneously to a modern black woman named Phillis living in contemporary Boston and an articulate young black female poet and slave named Phillis Wheatley who lived in Colonial America in the late 1770s. “Afric’s Muse” celebrates Phillis Wheatley who, ahead of her time, defied the odds to embody both […]