Barton Welcomes Peter Makuck for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 24

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WILSON, N.C. – October 17, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author and poet Peter Makuck for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday. Oct. 24. 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. Twice winner of the annual Brockman-Campbell Award for best book of poetry published by a North Carolinian (1988, 2011), Peter Makuck has authored five volumes of poetry; the last is “Long Lens: New & Selected Poems” (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2010).  Forthcoming in October 2016 from the same publisher is […]

“All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” Opens the Theatre Season October 20-23

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WILSON, N.C. — October 12, 2016 — Theatre at Barton College opens its 2016-2017 season with “All in the Timing and Other Outrageous Short Comedies” by award-winning American playwright David Ives. Performances will be held Thursday and Friday, Oct. 20-21, at 7:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 22-23 at 3 p.m. in the Kennedy Family Theatre on the Barton campus. Tickets will be sold at the door and online at barton.edu/theatre. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors, military and alumni, $6 for non-Barton students, and free of charge for Barton students, faculty, and staff. A witty collection of short comedies, “All in the Timing” was first produced in […]

Emancipation and Reconstruction – the Focus of the BB&T Lecture in American History on October 18

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WILSON, N.C. — October 11, 2016 — Barton College will welcome historian John David Smith, Charles H. Stone Distinguished Professor of American History at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, as the featured speaker for the BB&T Lecture in American History, on Tuesday, Oct. 18. Scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center, Dr. Smith’s lecture is titled “‘You turned us loose to the sky . . . to the wrath of our infuriated masters’:  Emancipation and Reconstruction Reconsidered.” This program is open to the public free of charge, and the community is invited to attend. A Brooklyn, New York, native, Smith studied southern and […]

Artist-in-Residence Will Focus on Photography and Filmmaking in October

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WILSON, N.C. — October 5, 2016 — Photography and documentary filmmaking will be showcased through a series of events as Barton College welcomes artist-in-residence Richard Knox Robinson to the Barton Art Galleries in October. His new exhibition, “Notes from Atlantis,” opens on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and runs through Wednesday, Nov. 23. On Thursday, Oct. 13, Barton College Friends of Visual Arts will host its annual FOVA Fall Lecture and Dinner. A wine and cheese reception with the artist will begin in the Barton Art Galleries at 5 p.m., followed by Robinson’s lecture at 6 p.m. Guests are then invited to Kennedy Family Theatre for dinner at 7 p.m. Reservations are required. […]

Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library Join Forces to Welcome Author Michael Parker on October 4

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WILSON, N.C. — September 15, 2016 — The Friends of the Wilson County Public Library and the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library are pleased to welcome short story writer, novelist, and journalist Michael Parker as guest speaker of a jointly-sponsored dinner/lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 4, in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College. The event will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the program immediately afterward. Titled “A Man Came Up From Wilmington Carrying A Bag of Snakes” after one of his essays, Parker’s presentation will address the relationship between his work and his having grown up in Eastern North Carolina. […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony Welcomes Renowned Flutist Michel Bellavance for the “Downtown” Concert on September 29

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WILSON, N.C. — September 15, 2016 — It’s that time of year again! The annual “Downtown” Concert, presented by the Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra, will be held on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, located at 100 Green Street. The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra opens every new concert season with an admission-free, off-campus event, designed to introduce itself to a wider audience. And, this concert promises to be one of the symphony’s best, featuring the internationally celebrated Swiss-Canadian flutist Michel Bellavance. He will perform among other pieces, the Flute Concerto in D minor by C.P.E. Bach. “We are fortunate to have a local connection to […]

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Barton Hosts Wilton Barnhardt for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 14

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WILSON, N.C. — September 9, 2016 — Barton College welcomes Wilton Barnhardt, as the featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Barnhardt grew up in Winston-Salem, and has traveled extensively doing research for his fiction, including trips to France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, and Africa. He completed his undergraduate studies at Michigan State University and earned a Master of Philosophy degree at Oxford University.  In the 1980s, he lived in New York […]

“Million Dollar Quartet” Comes to Theatre at Barton Stage Sept. 1-3

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WILSON, N.C. — August 26, 2016 — Theatre at Barton is pleased to offer the Tony Award-winning “Million Dollar Quartet” as Barton’s annual, season-opening collaboration with Lauren Kennedy and Theatre Raleigh. Evening performances are scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 1, through Saturday, Sept. 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Kennedy Family Theatre on the campus of Barton College. “This fantastic, jukebox show has been touring the nation and raking in the rave reviews,” shared Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton. “Theatre Raleigh’s outstanding cast, which includes Ian Fairlee, Ted Bushman, Joe Boover, and Taylor Kraft, alongside Barton and Wilson veterans Michael Kennedy and David McClutchey, will have the Kennedy Family Theatre on Barton’s […]

“Unspoken” Opens in the Barton Art Galleries on August 18

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WILSON, N.C. — August 17, 2016 — “Unspoken” by artist Sharyn O’Mara debuts in the Barton Art Galleries on Thursday, Aug. 18. O’Mara’s spectacular glass works exhibition will open the 2016-2017 art season on the Barton College campus. An opening reception will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m., and the artist will provide a gallery talk at 6 p.m. O’Mara’s work has been on view across the United States abroad in a number of solo and group exhibitions as well as in several public and private collections in the United States. An artist and an educator, she currently serves as associate professor and head of the glass program for […]

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 […]