Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra presents “Symphony and Soul” on October 13th

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WILSON, N.C. – “Symphony and Soul,” the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s signature fall dinner and concert, will open a spectacular 2011-2012 concert season on Thursday, Oct. 13.  With the promise of a delightful program of music and food to warm the soul, the concert will feature three outstanding soloists drawn from the orchestra’s own roster. Ryan Isaac Robinson, longtime principal trombonist with the orchestra, will play Ferdinand David’s classic “Trombone Concertino.”  Principal flutist Allison Mossey and harpist Vonda Darr will perform Mozart’s scintillating “Concerto for Flute and Harp.” Under the direction of music director Mark N. Peterson, the orchestra will also perform Mussorgsky’s dynamic “A Night on Bald Mountain” and […]

Barton College Gospel Choir Featured on WRAL’s Spiritual Awakening Gospel Music Program – May 8

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WILSON, N.C. — The success of Barton’s students is celebrated through stories, testimonials, and now, even song. The Barton College Gospel Choir will be featured on WRAL-TV’s Spiritual Awakening gospel music program on Sunday morning, May 8, at 6 a.m., and during an encore performance on WRAL’s sister station, WRAZ Fox 50, at 8 a.m. The Barton College Gospel Choir is under the leadership of Holly Zacharias, advisor, and Barton alumnus Terrence Canady, choir director.  TJ Jones is the director of the gospel choir band. The choir’s musical selections for the program will include “Behold, Bless Ye the Lord” (Psalm 134), “Real” by Melvin Crispell and Testimony, “And We Are Glad” […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Acclaimed Violinist Marjorie Bagley on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, 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 the internationally acclaimed violinist Marjorie Bagley who will perform Mozart’s vibrant “Violin Concerto in A Major.” Bagley, a native North Carolinian, will also perform the brilliant “Ziguenerweisen” of Pablo de Sarastate.  “We are delighted that an artist of Marjorie Bagley’s caliber is able to include an appearance in Wilson in her busy schedule,” said Peterson. “The pieces she selected display her marvelous artistry […]

“The Sound of Poets Cooking” and “Fleur-de-Lisa” to be featured at Barton on April 23rd

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WILSON, N.C. — On Saturday, April 23, The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on the campus of Barton College will host a poetry reading, followed by a concert by the female vocal harmony quartet Fleur-de-Lisa. The program will begin at 2 p.m. Following the reading and musical performance, a free poetry workshop will be offered for poets of all levels, fledgling poets and veteran poets alike. The event is free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. Attendees are invited to bring one or more cans of food to share with Hope Station, Wilson’s local food pantry. Five poets, Richard Krawiec, Debra Kaufman, Lynn Veach Sadler, Jim Clark, […]

Barton College Gospel Choir to Perform on April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Gospel Choir’s Fifth Annual Spring Concert is scheduled for Saturday, April 9, at 3 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall. This year’s theme is “Blessed & Highly Favored.” The event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. The Barton College Gospel Choir is under the leadership of Holly Zacharias, advisor, and Barton alumnus Terrence Canady, director.  TJ Jones is the director of the band. Returning for the fourth year, George Mitchell of Orlando, Fla., will be a guest musician, and Char Biggs will be a guest vocalist. Dante Johnson of Goldsboro, a featured guest vocalist, will be joining […]

“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 […]