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 […]

“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.” […]

“Drood” Opens On The Barton Stage March 3

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WILSON, N.C. — Halfway through an ambitious second season in the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, Adam Twiss, director of Theatre at Barton, shares, “Through the transformative power of theatre, we leave the Scottish moors of Shakespeare’s ‘Macbeth’ to embark on a performance experience of another variety as Theatre at Barton proudly presents “Drood,” a musical by Rupert Holmes adapted from Charles Dickens’ ‘The Mystery of Edwin Drood.’” “Drood” opens in Barton’s Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre with evening performances Thursday through Saturday, March 3-5, at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, March 6, at 3 p.m. A special preview performance for invited guests will be held on Wednesday, March 2. “This […]

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 […]

Barton Welcomes Hunt and Pearce for “Jim Hunt: A Biography” Book Signing To Be Held on Monday, Nov. 8

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WILSON, N.C. – Barton College will welcome Governor James B. Hunt, Jr., and author Gary Pearce for a book signing for “Jim Hunt, A Biography,” soon to be released by John F. Blair, Publisher.  The book signing will be held on Monday, Nov. 8, in the Bridgestone Americas Atrium of the Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre from 6-8 p.m.  At approximately 7 p.m., Governor Hunt and Pearce will make brief remarks and take questions from the audience. Books will be available for sale at $23.95 each, plus tax. About the book – In the 1950s, Jim Hunt was a farm boy from rural eastern North Carolina with no money […]

Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” Opens On Barton Stage Thursday, October 14

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WILSON, N.C. – Witches, ghosts, prophecy, and murder converge “upon the heath,” promising a spellbinding evening of theatre in October. On Thursday, Oct. 14, Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” will open on stage in Barton’s Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre with evening performances Thursday through Saturday, October 14-16, at 8 p.m., and Sunday afternoon, Oct. 17, at 3 p.m. A special preview performance for invited guests will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 13. In recent years, Theatre at Barton has produced an incredible array of plays and musicals. New, contemporary American voices have been heard on stage alongside timeless masters from around the globe. Barton’s second season in the beautiful, new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre opened with Broadway star and […]

Barton College/Wilson Symphony to Feature Canadian Virtuoso

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WILSON, N.C. – The Barton College/Wilson Symphony Orchestra will present their Spring Concert on Sunday, May 2, at 3 p.m. in the new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre on the Barton campus. The symphony, under the direction of Mark N. Peterson, will welcome back to the Barton stage the internationally acclaimed pianist Jeremy Thompson to perform Edvard Grieg’s hauntingly romantic “Piano Concerto in A Minor.” The orchestra will also play two beloved works of Franz Schubert: the “Unfinished Symphony” and “The Rosamunde Overture.” Currently residing in Goldsboro, Dr. Thompson has performed throughout North America and Europe, thrilling audiences with his virtuosity and the emotional and intellectual depth of his […]

Sartre’s “No Exit” On Barton Stage April 22-25

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WILSON, N.C. –  Theatre at Barton will present Jean Paul Sartre’s “No Exit”, a mainstage production directed by first-time director and senior theatre major Christopher Wallen. Four performances, to be held in Barton’s new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre, will run Thursday through Saturday, April 22-24, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, April 25, at 3 p.m. “No Exit” is an iconic, 1944 existentialist play by Jean-Paul Sartre, originally published in French as “Huis Clos.” The play features only four characters, a single set and is the source of Sartre’s most famous quotation, “Hell is other people.”  (In French, “l’enfer, c’est les autres”). It has been adapted in […]

Eric Carl’s “Afric’s Muse” Debuts On Barton Stage March 4-7

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WILSON, N.C. – On Thursday, March 4, Eric Carl’s world premiere of “Afric’s Muse” will open on stage in Barton’s new Lauren Kennedy and Alan Campbell Theatre.  Evening performances will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 4-6, at 8 p.m. and on Sunday afternoon, March 7, at 3 p.m. The audience is immediately drawn to the lead character as they are introduced simultaneously to a modern black woman named Phillis living in contemporary Boston and an articulate young black female poet and slave named Phillis Wheatley who lived in Colonial America in the late 1770s. “Afric’s Muse” celebrates Phillis Wheatley who, ahead of her time, defied the odds to embody both […]