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Moliere’s Tartuffe Opens on the Barton Stage April 21

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Tartuffe will be performed on Thursday and Saturday, April 21 and 23, at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, April 24, at 3 p.m. (Tickets at the Door) WILSON, N.C. — April 20, 2016 — “For millennia, theatre has been a principle means of showcasing man’s heroic nature, while exposing his tragic flaws,” shares Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “Since antiquity, theatre and dramatic literature have been rife with satire, providing a generally comedic platform for discourse on our ironic tendency toward self-serving extremes. As we tumble headlong into a season of political punditry, positioning, and platitudes, what better diversion than one of theatre’s most deliciously scandalous and salacious […]

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2016 Senior Showcase Opens in Barton Art Galleries on April 23

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“Samantha” Photograph by senior Amber Baker WILSON, N.C. – April 18, 2016 — Barton College is pleased to announce the opening of 2016 Senior Showcase on Saturday, April 23, with an evening reception to be held from 6-8 p.m. in the Barton Art Galleries in Case Art Building on the campus of Barton College. The community is invited to attend. Twenty seniors within the School of Visual, Performing, and Communications Arts will have their works on view in the Barton Art Galleries through May 15. These seniors and their majors include: John Aranda of El Paso, Texas, Video Broadcast & Production; Amber Baker of Nashville, Graphic Design & Photography; Courtney […]

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Barton College/Wilson Symphony to feature acclaimed Canadian pianist Jeremy Thompson on May 1

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WILSON, N.C. — April 19, 2016 — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 1, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony welcomes back to the Barton stage noted pianist Jeremy Thompson performing Franz Liszt’s brilliant, orchestrated version of Franz Schubert’s “Wanderer Fantasy.” “Jeremy has performed with us several times, and always with remarkable success,” said Barton music director Mark N. Peterson. “This year, he’s playing something that is really a specialty of his, the flamboyantly pyrotechnical music of Franz Liszt. The original Schubert work is a spectacular, rollicking piece, and Liszt’s stunning arrangement transforms it into a […]

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New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Will Speak at Barton’s Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will host New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at its annual spring lecture/dinner event on Tuesday, April 12. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, students and their spouses is $30 per person. Space is limited, and […]

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“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 9, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Diana Pinckney and David Radavich. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the […]

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Garland S. Tucker III Returns for Book Signing and Discussion of “Conservative Heroes” March 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 29, 2016 — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library will welcome historian, author, and former CEO Garland S. Tucker III for a second book signing and discussion on Wednesday, March 16. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Willis N. Hackney Library on the Barton College campus. The author of “The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election” (Emerald, 2010), has published a new book this past year titled “Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan” (Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2015). The reception and book […]

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Painterly Works will be the Focus of the Barton Art Galleries’ Exhibition Opening March 12

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WILSON, N.C. — February 29, 2016 — Painting will be the focus of an extraordinary exhibition of works opening this spring in the Barton Art Galleries on the campus of Barton College. Susan Lichtman’s “Domestic Arrangements” in the Virginia Thompson Graves Gallery and Sara Pedigo’s “A Nest of Rooms” in the Lula E. Rackley Gallery will provide an evocative experience for viewers as they catch glimpses of their own lives through the eyes of these artists and the creativity of their paintings. The exhibition will run from March 12 through Friday, April 22, with several events planned in collaboration with the art show. On Thursday, March 17, the Barton Art Galleries […]

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Kim Church Discusses “Byrd” at the Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on February 29

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WILSON, N.C. — February 12, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author Kim Byrd to discuss her debut novel “Byrd” at the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Feb. 29. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and the community is invited to attend. “Byrd” won the 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her short stories have appeared in “Shenandoah,” “Mississippi Review,” “Painted Bride Quarterly,” the Norton anthology “Flash Fiction […]

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The South in Popular Culture — Focus of the Heritage Lecture on Feb. 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 2, 2016 — Barton College welcomes historian Dr. Karen L. Cox as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16. This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association. Dr. Cox’s lecture is titled “Dreaming of Dixie, The South in Popular Culture.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. A professor of history and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. […]

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“Love The Symphony” 25th Anniversary Concert Scheduled For February 14

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WILSON, N.C. — January 20, 2016 — Celebrate Valentine’s Day in gala fashion with the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Feb. 14, at the twenty-fifth annual “Love the Symphony.” In honor of this year’s silver anniversary, the concert program will be a “Salute to the Silver Screen — Music from the Movies” and will feature the dynamic piano virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi. The event will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the concert at 7 p.m. in Wilson Gymnasium on the Barton campus. A candlelight buffet dinner will immediately follow the program at 8 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, and reservations may be made […]