Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series Features “The Role of Music in Religion in Appalachia”

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to welcome Steve and Ruth Smith as the featured guests for the 2009 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series set for Thursday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. The Smiths’ performance and lecture, to be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, will focus on “The Role of Music in Religion in Appalachia.”  This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Steve and Ruth Smith have been playing Celtic and Appalachian music together for over 30 years. For this year’s Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series event, the duo will perform and discuss Celtic influences […]

The Barton College / Wilson Symphony Orchestra Scheduled to Present “Symphony and Soul” on Oct. 8

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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 2009-2010 concert season on Thursday Oct. 8 with a delightful program of musical selections and food to warm the soul. Featured soloist Melvin Tunstall III will return to Wilson for an encore performance on the heels of his superb portrayal of Peter in the world premiere musical “Drift” by Jeremy Schonfeld and directed by Lauren Kennedy for the grand opening of the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. Music director Mark N. Peterson will be conducting. The evening will begin with a wine and cheese reception […]

Gordon Exhibition Opens Barton Art Galleries’ Fall Season

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WILSON, N.C. — The 2009-2010 exhibition season for the Barton Art Galleries begins with Mark Gordon: Recent Works.  The ceramics exhibition will open on Monday, Aug. 24, and will run until Friday, Sept. 18. An opening reception for the exhibition will be held on Sunday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 p.m. This event is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. A professor of ceramics at Barton College, Gordon fills the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery with many of his iconic vessels. Forms in the exhibit, placed on individual pedestals and lining the walls, create a monolithic display evoking a quiet reverence as if in […]

Faculty Voice Recital by Elizabeth Winstead Set for August 29

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College is pleased to announce a faculty voice recital to be performed by Elizabeth Winstead on Saturday, Aug. 29, at 4 p.m. The performance will be held at Howard Chapel on the Barton campus.  The recital is open to the public free of charge and the community is invited to attend. Winstead is a lyric soprano who has performed extensively as a soloist in oratorio, opera, and musical theatre. She frequently appears in recitals and concert series singing a variety of music including classical, operatic, jazz, and musical theatre. Winstead serves as an adjunct lecturer in music at Barton College and an adjunct professor of music […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Organ Concerto

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its Spring Concert on Sunday May 3, at 3 p.m., in Howard Chapel on the Barton College campus.  The orchestra, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will feature Barton College professor Phillip J. Valera performing George Frederic Handel’s sprightly Concerto in F Major for Organ and Orchestra, Op.4 No.5. Valera is the assistant professor of audio recording technology in the Department of Communication and Performing Arts at Barton College and the music director of St. Timothy’s Church in Wilson.  Prior to moving to Wilson, he worked as an instructor of recording technology at the University of Arkansas in Pine […]

“Grande Romanza” Highlights Love the Symphony at Barton on February 14

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WILSON, N.C. – Plan to make Saturday, Feb. 14, a special Valentine’s Day, and celebrate in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra at the eighteenth annual “Love the Symphony.” The evening’s performance, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will feature Stefano and Nina Tanchietti, the magical American Dramatic Tenor and Soprano Duo, performing musical scenes from their Grande Romanza®. One of Wilson’s premier social events of the year, this dinner concert will be an evening guaranteed to please both the ear and the palette. The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by entertainment at 7 p.m. The delectable buffet, prepared […]

Barton Prepares for the Christmas Season

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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, Dec. 2. The College family invites the surrounding community to join them for this festive celebration. 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 5:45 p.m., join students as they light over 1,500 luminaries across 32 acres of the main campus. At 6 p.m., students, faculty, staff, friends of the College, and members of […]

Pianist Beth Levin To Be Featured At Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra welcomes acclaimed piano virtuoso Beth Levin to Wilson for the orchestra’s Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 23, at 3 p.m. in Howard Chapel on the college campus. Levin will be performing Beethoven’s boldly dramatic “Piano Concerto no. 3” with the orchestra under the baton of Barton College music director Mark N. Peterson. A native of Philadelphia, Levin is an acclaimed concerto soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and recording artist. At age 12, Levin made her debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra, and soon after was selected to study with Rudolf Serkin at the Curtis Institute of Music. “Mr. Serkin was an inspiration the moment […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony presents Symphony and Soul on Oct. 9

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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 2008-2009 concert season on Thursday Oct. 9 with a delightful program of musical selections and food to warm the soul. Music director Mark N. Peterson will be conducting, and featured performer and Wilson native Joel A. Martin will bring his trademark show “Jazzical” to the symphony audience for this event. 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 Darden Alumni […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra Will Feature Oboe Concerto

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony will present its annual Spring Concert on Sunday, May 4, at 3 p.m. in Howard Chapel on the Barton College campus. The orchestra, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will feature noted oboist Robert Burkett who will perform the “Concerto for Oboe and String Orchestra” by Ralph Vaughan Williams. The orchestra will also play Brahms’ profoundly tuneful “Academic Festival Overture” and Franz Schubert’s sparkling “Symphony No. 7.” Burkett, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., and currently a Greenville resident, is the orchestra’s principal oboist and holder of the Jack and Daisy Wiggins Endowed Chair. He performs with several of the orchestras in […]