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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 […]

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Juried Student Exhibition Comes to Barton Art Galleries December 7-18

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WILSON, N.C. —  A semester’s worth of hard work by student artists is going on display at Barton College. The College’s Juried Student Exhibition opens in the Barton Art Galleries on Monday, Dec. 7, with a reception from 5-7 p.m. The exhibition continues through Friday, Dec. 18. Both events are open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. For their Juried Student Exhibition, Barton students are invited to enter up to three pieces of art in any medium. Guest juror, Wilson artist and art educator Demetrius Smith, will judge each piece, and the selected works will then be exhibited in the Galleries. This year, […]

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Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra’s Fall Concert Will Feature Piano Virtuoso Boaz Sharon on November 22

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Fall Concert on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre. Under the direction of conductor Mark N. Peterson, director of music at Barton, the orchestra welcomes back to Wilson noted piano virtuoso and educator, Boaz Sharon. He will perform Beethoven’s profoundly dynamic “Piano Concerto No. 3.”  Also featured will be Mozart’s scintillating “Symphony No. 41,” performed by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra. Nicknamed “The Jupiter,” this was the last symphony that Mozart composed. General admission for the fall orchestra performance is $10. Barton College students, faculty, and staff are admitted free. For additional information, […]

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Theatre at Barton & The Playhouse of Wilson Present “Peter Pan”

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WILSON, N.C. — “All you need is faith, trust, and a little bit of pixie dust.” Let Theatre at Barton and The Playhouse of Wilson take you away to Neverland, for a special co-production of “Peter Pan.” This classic of 20th century musical theatre opens to the public on Thursday, Nov. 12, at 7:30 p.m., at the Edna E. Boykin Cultural Center on Nash Street in historic downtown Wilson. Evening performances continue through Saturday, Nov. 14, and resume on Thursday, Nov. 19 through Saturday, Nov. 21. An afternoon matinee will be held on Sunday, Nov. 15, beginning at 3 p.m. Tickets are $12 and are available at the door, or […]

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Civil Rights at the Center of BB&T Series History Lecture on November 3

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome historian William Chafe, Ph.D., Alice Mary Baldwin Professor of History, Emeritus at Duke University, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Heritage Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Chafe’s lecture is titled, “The Long History of the Civil Rights Movement.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A leading expert on American Civil Rights, Chafe has devoted much of his scholarship and professional research to the topics of race and gender equality. The author of 12 books, his […]

Billy Graham the Focus of Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Lecture on October 27

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College is pleased to welcome Dr. Grant Wacker, Gilbert T. Rowe Professor Emeritus of Christian History, Duke University Divinity School, as the featured speaker for the 2015 Allan R. Sharp Religion in Life Series/Heritage Lecture. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 27, at 7 p.m. Dr. Wacker’s lecture is titled “Billy Graham and American Culture.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A specialist in American Pentecostalism and Evangelicalism, Dr. Wacker is the author or co-author of seven books, including the award-winning “Heaven Below: Early Pentecostals and American Culture” (2001, […]

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Take A Tour of Fine Italian Wines at the Barton Art Galleries on October 22

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Reservations for the wine tasting are required, and guests aged 21 and older are invited to attend. The cost is $25 per person, which may be paid by cash or check at the event. WILSON, N.C. — In a toast to artist-in-residence Enzo Torcoletti, the Barton Art Galleries will host an Italian wine tasting on Thursday, Oct. 22, from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event features renowned sommelier Inez Ribustello, co-owner of On the Square restaurant and wine bar in historic downtown Tarboro. Guests may enjoy samples of wine while viewing works from Torcoletti’s latest exhibition, “Mythos: From Concept to Creation,” which opens on Monday, Oct. 12, and runs […]

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Barton Welcomes Shelby Stephenson for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 19

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Oct. 19. 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 all are invited to attend. Stephenson grew up on “Paul’s Hill,” a family farm near Benson in Johnston County. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” Stephenson shared on his homepage of his web site, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I […]

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“The Rocky Horror Show” Returns to Barton Stage for Encore Performances

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WILSON, N.C. — If you missed it earlier this year, have no fear; “The Rocky Horror Show” is coming back to Barton College! This campy comedy musical is a tribute to the golden age of B-movies, and is packed with complex themes and raucous scenes. A smash hit when it debuted in April, the Theatre at Barton production returns for encore performances on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 2-3, in Kennedy Family Theatre. Evening performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m., followed by midnight showings each night. Despite its light-hearted and self-deprecating nature, this musical is intended for mature audiences. A cult classic by Richard O’Brien, “The Rocky Horror Show” is a […]