A Blind Choral Student Takes to the Stage in CPCC’s “War Requiem”

CPCC’s Cassidy Hooper, who will graduate from CPCC in May, is set to perform in the Sensoria performance of Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem.” What makes her story so special? She was born blind and had to learn the music by using braille – no easy feat. Read the complete WFAE-FM story.

Sensoria Comes to CPCC April 6 – 15

CPCC invites you to attend Sensoria, its annual 10-day celebration of literature and the arts, featuring visual art, dance, theatre, music, film, culture, history and more. Join CPCC as it celebrates its 26th year of literary events and hosts nearly 90 events on multiple campuses, including the following highlights:

April 6-8 – CPCC Opera Theatre presents “Elixir of Love”
“L’elisir d’amore” (“The Elixir of Love”) will be performed on the Halton stage for the first time in CPCC Opera Theatre’s 20-year history. In this endearing comic opera, a love-sick Nemorino buys the dubious Dr. Dulcamara’s magic potion (it’s really just wine) in order to win the beautiful Adina’s heart.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

April 6-15 – CPCC Theatre presents “On Golden Pond”
“On Golden Pond” is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who are returning to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. This touching, funny and warmly perceptive study of a spirited and lovable elderly couple facing their twilight years received some of the most powerful critical and popular acclaim of any new playwright’s debut in Broadway history.
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

Friday, April 6, 6 – 9 p.m. – Local Music Night at Camp North End
This year’s Sensoria kicks off a new tradition: a spotlight on local music! Come hear the Behailu Band, David Childers and the Serpents, and Patois Counselors in the outdoor Boileryard at Camp North End, CPCC’s partner in this event, which will take place at 1824 Statesville Avenue.

Monday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. – CPCC Dance Theatre presents “Spring Student/Faculty Showcase”
CPCC and Mallard Creek High School dance students perform CPCC faculty works, and a guest aerial artist performs.

Tuesday, April 10,  5 p.m. – CPCC Visual Arts presents “The Annual Juried Student Show”
“The Annual Juried Student Show” showcases top talent among our students at CPCC, highlighting the variety and skill in our Visual Arts program.

Wednesday, April 11, 8 – 9 p.m.  and Thursday, April 12, 11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. – Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer: U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith
Current U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith is the 2018 Irene Blair Honeycutt Distinguished Lecturer and she will read from and discuss her work twice, with book signings to follow. Both are free and open to the public, with general admission and no reservations.

Thursday, April 12 – Felicia van Bork presents “color + “color = space”
In collaboration with Jerald Melberg Gallery, CPCC Art Galleries present “color + color = space,” an exhibit of recent collages and paintings by Felicia van Bork.

Friday & Saturday, April 13 and 14 – CPCC and UNC Charlotte Departments of Music Present Britten’s “War Requiem”
Central Piedmont Community College and UNC Charlotte’s College of Arts + Architecture mark the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI with performances of Benjamin Britten’s masterpiece “War Requiem.”
*ticketed event, visit tix.cpcc.edu

WHERE: CPCC campuses, including Central Campus, 1201 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte

CONTACT: To see a full calendar of events at all campuses, please visit http://sensoria.cpcc.edu.

Backyard Neighbors: Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick

Backyard Neighbors: Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Bill Gorelick
Now-May 11

“Backyard Neighbors” is an exhibit among friends, neighbors actually for many years. One, a collector and half of the philanthropic pair behind the Bill and Patty Gorelick Galleries at Central Piedmont Community College, and the other, a retired radiologist who loves the challenge of watercolor painting. Their combined exhibition of art is colorful, sometimes whimsical, and inspired by memories of travels and life experiences.

Meet the artist/collector: March 28 at 2 p.m. in Levine II, First Floor, Gallery

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Image by Ed Newman
Watercolor, Untitled

 

Dances of India Tickets are on Sale!

Come celebrate the history and culture of India as Dances of India celebrates its 16th year at CPCC. You will not want to miss this performance featuring internationally acclaimed performer and choreographer Dr. Maha Gingrich and group. Enjoy a large ensemble of dancers as they present 3,000-year-old classical and folk dances of India. Join us for the show’s signature dance, “Unity in Diversity,” which features several international dance styles set to live music. Click here for a sneak preview.

Upcoming Arts Events

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Felicia Van Bork: color + color = space
April 12, 2018
Artist’s Lecture: 3 p.m.
Tate Hall, 2nd floor of Overcash Building, Central Campus

Opening Reception: 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Ross Gallery1st floor of Overcash Building, Central Campus

CPCC Visual Arts presents The Annual Juried Student Show
Tuesday, April 10
Awards presentation: 5 p.m.
Pease Auditorium

Reception to follow: 5 – 7 p.m. in Pease Lobby
Pease Gallery, 1st floor of Learning Resource Center, Central Campus

Art Exhibitions on Display at Levine and Harris Campuses

Revealing/Concealing Artwork

Revealing/Concealing
Now – Dec. 11
Gorelick Gallery, Harris Campus, Harris II

Revealing/Concealing explores the middle ground between painting and sculpture and also tests the limits of what the paint medium itself can do. Paul Farmer creates collages using multiple paint skins, allowing them to become so dense that layers are hidden. These organic abstractions reveal the artist’s interest in natural processes, color and topography. The textures and colors of Mr. Farmer’s art are influenced heavily by his time spent living in the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains. His works complement the natural beauty surrounding the Harris Conference Center.

An alumnus of Central Piedmont Community College, Mr. Farmer transferred to North Carolina State University and then to Western Carolina University where he earned his Master of Fine Art degree. He currently lives in Charlotte, N.C.

 

Backyard Neighbors, Paintings by Ed Newman and Works from the Collection of Backyard Neighbors artworkBill Gorelick
Now – May 11
Levine Campus, Levine II

Over the years, Mr. Gorelick and his late wife, Patty, collected many beautiful glass and ceramic sculptures from artists all over the world. Mr. Gorelick agreed to loan pieces from his personal collection to complement the paintings by his friend, Dr. Ed Newman. The inspiration for Dr. Newman’s paintings comes from the scenes and landscapes he has encountered through his travels across the globe.

 

Attend a Connor Chamber Musicians Rehearsal on Feb. 27

On February 27, the Connor Chamber musicians will rehearse in Tate Hall at 10 a.m. and again at 2 p.m. Students are encouraged to attend either of these sessions as their schedules allow. Students may stay for a brief period or the duration of the rehearsal. All that is asked of them is that they be respectful of the musicians while they are in Tate Hall and as they come and go from the auditorium. Very special friends of the college – Catherine and Wilton Connor – make the Connor Chamber Series and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra on Campus possible. We hope students will take advantage of this opportunity and have a great experience.

 

Students, Get Theatre Tickets for FREE!

Students! Did you know you can attend CPCC Theatre and CPCC Opera Theatre events here at Central Piedmont for FREE on certain dates? If you visit the Overcash lobby box office on Fridays and select Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., you can get one free ticket with your vaild CPCC student ID! Limited availability, so get there early before they run out! Of course, you can always purchase your discounted student ticket, too, for any night of the run! Watch our CPCC Arts Facebook page and follow @cpccarts on Instagram for more specific information and reminders about the Student Rush Ticket program!

CPCC Theatre to Perform “Evita” Feb. 16 – 25, Student Tickets Just $5!

CPCC Theatre is excited to bring Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Tony-award-Evitawinning musical “Evita” to the Halton stage for the first time. With a strong cast of characters torn from the fiery pages of Latin American history, “Evita” represents one of Lloyd Webber’s most beloved scores, combining Latin, jazz, pop and more traditional influences. With such well-known songs as “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” “Buenos Aires” and “Another Suitcase in Another Hall,” “Evita” has captured audiences’ hearts around the world!

For tickets, call 704.330.6534.

Denver Citizen Article: Local chef part of Team USA to compete in Culinary Olympics

Chef Robert MarillaCPCC culinary instructor Rob Marilla is one of eight people in the country to secure a spot on American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA. The team will spend the next couple of years practicing before going head-to-head with the best from around the world in the Culinary Olympics in 2020 – also called the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) International Culinary Exhibition. Read the complete story here.

2018 Sensoria Mural Project

Interested in painting a mural on the CPCC Levine Campus? Be sure to sign up to come and paint with our Sensoria highlighted artist, Felicia van Bork.Mural

When: January 24 & 25, 2018 12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Painting times are in one (1) hour blocks on January 24 and 25 in the hours between noon – 5 p.m.

Where: 1st floor of the Levine Building II, Levine Campus, 2800 Campus Ridge Rd. Matthews, NC 28105

Sign up for a date and time.

For more information, contact Art Galleries Director, Megan Lynch, at Megan.Lynch@cpcc.edu. 

Upcoming Art Galleries Events

Revery and Continue SculptureArtist Matt Horick’s “revert and continue” exhibit comes to CPCC’s Pease Gallery Jan. 11

WHAT: Central Piedmont Community College’s (CPCC) is pleased to announce Matt Horick’s latest exhibition, “revert and continue,” will be on display in Pease Gallery beginning Jan. 11.

The exhibition expands on Horick’s idea of sculptural editions and features a number of distinct works for both the wall and floor. It will include many of Horick’s signature white abstract forms, situated alongside a new set of sculptures created from found and recycled sheet metal, largely retaining the raw appearance of their original material.

Horick began working on the exhibition while in residence at the McColl Center for Arts + Innovation in uptown Charlotte. As a result, it serves as a culmination of his work over the past several years. His work has also been added to CPCC’s permanent art collection and is featured as part of Learning Resource Center’s sustainable Greenroof.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: February 7, 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: February 7, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Pease Gallery, Learning Resource Center, First Floor, CPCC Central Campus, 1200 Sam Ryburn Walk, Charlotte, NC 28204

 

About FaceCPCC partnership with About Face Charlotte seeks to engage community through photography

The CPCC Ross Art Gallery is partnering with About Face Charlotte to bring the works of Scott Gardner, a videographer and photojournalist for Discovery, National Geographic, History Channel and Animal Planet, to the college’s Central Campus.

About Face Charlotte is a movement dedicated to the cultivation of kindness, compassion and connection through photography, storytelling and community engagement. It seeks to empower people to make a difference in their community by creating campaigns and projects that raise social awareness through art and empathy education.

Be sure to mark your calendars to visit Ross Art Gallery for an awe-inspiring experience featuring real people and the many stories of our community.

WHEN: January 11 – March 7, 2018, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. (Monday – Thursday)

Artist Lecture: January 23, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Opening Reception: January 23, 5 – 7 p.m.

WHERE: Ross Gallery, CPCC Central Campus, Overcash Center, 1206 Elizabeth Ave., Charlotte, NC 28204

CPCC Culinary Arts Instructor Named to ACF Culinary Team USA

Chef Robert Marilla, CEC, a culinary arts instructor at CPCC, earned one of only eight spots on the American Culinary Federation (ACF) Culinary Team USA, the official representative for the United States in major Chef Robert Marillainternational culinary competitions. Fourteen chefs from across the country competed for a place on the eight-member team during a July 10-13 conference in Orlando, Fla.

During the four-day event, Marilla, together with Sam Hart, a CPCC culinary student intern and Charlotte resident, participated in two competitions, expertly executing the menu Marilla had perfected in the months leading up to the event: a fish course featuring Brunswick County Strawberry Grouper, a Frisee and Brussels Sprouts salad and a Pork Loin and Sausage Crepinette entrée.

“I cannot thank the CPCC community enough for its support,” Marilla, a Denver, N.C., resident, said. “I am extremely excited about this opportunity and representing CPCC on the world stage.

While much of Marilla and Hart’s time was spent inside the competition kitchens, the duo was able to attend the conference’s other attractions, including a variety of culinary seminars and networking sessions with some of the most notable chefs in the country.

Sam Hart plating food“This experience gave me the opportunity to see the best in the country put forward their best work,” said Hart. “The conference and the six months of preparation leading up to the competition with Chef Rob have meant everything to my career. Because of my involvement, I was offered jobs at some of the most prestigious restaurants, clubs and corporations in the county. As a result, my sights are set much higher now – my current floor used to be my ceiling.”

A new ACF Culinary Team USA is officially named every four years, and the team is comprised of three divisions: national, youth and military. Marilla was named to the national division, and going forward, will train, practice and compete with his new teammates in a number of smaller competitions (including Luxembourg in November 2017), prior to participating in the World Championships in 2018 and the Internationale Kochkunst Ausstellung (IKA) “Culinary Olympics” in Erfurt, Germany, in 2020.

Being named to the ACF Culinary Team USA is just one of the many accomplishments Marilla has achieved during his career. Since graduating from Johnson & Wales University, he has earned his HACCP Manager Certification and has served as executive chef for a variety of notable establishments, including Cramer Mountain Country Club, The Point Lake and Golf Club, Solace Restaurant and Morrison’s Advanced Culinary Center. In the past, his culinary masterpieces have impressed both patrons and the industry’s leading culinary experts. As a result, he has won 13 ACF medals (three silver and one gold) and was named the 2008 winner of the Best Appetizer and Best Tapas/Small Plate Restaurant Award.

 

CPCC Theatre Brings “The Crucible” to the Pease Auditorium Stage Oct. 27 – Nov. 5, Student Tickets $5!

CPCC Theatre is excited to bring Arthur Miller’s classic play “The Crucible” to the Pease Auditorium stage Oct. 27 – Nov. 5.

When a group of young girls is found dancing in the woods, and immediately fall ill, no earthly cause can be determined. However, the citizens of Salem suspect that some more sinister force may be at hand. As long-held grudges turn to violent disputes, humiliating secrets are exposed and disseminated, and the line between truth and pretense becomes increasingly blurry, the citizens’ dogged determination to root out evil becomes more dangerous than the evil itself.

Winner of the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play, Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” remains as relevant as ever, and carries with it a stern warning: in every community torn by suspicion, the most dangerous threat may be the community itself.

Don’t miss this opportunity to support local theatre; reserve your seat today!

WHEN: October 27 and 28, November 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 p.m.

October 29 and November 5 at 2:30 p.m.

WHERE: Pease Auditorium, Pease Lane, CPCC Central Campus, Charlotte, NC

Individual tickets are $18 and a $10 ticket is available for children under 15 with the purchase of an adult ticket. College and high school students who have a valid student I.D. can purchase a $5 ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at tix.cpcc.edu, at the SunTrust Box Office from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday or by calling 704.330.6534. Free parking is available in the Theater parking deck, accessible from E. 4th St. Connect to CPCC Arts on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/cpccarts.

COLOR BAR: Art, Bites and Cocktails Inspired by the Colors of Charlotte

On select Thursday evenings this fall, McColl Center artist-in-residence and baker Leah Rosenberg activates her first-floor project Color for the People by serving bites and a Color Bar specialty cocktail inspired by the colors of Charlotte.

Color Bar is made possible, in part, by the generous support of students in the Culinary Arts and Baking & Pastry Arts programs at Central Piedmont Community College (CPCC).

For more on Color Bar, click here.