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Friday, May 1
Elon University Music Department present Music in the Quad with
the World Percussion Ensemble and the Electric Ensemble

Young Commons, 5 p.m.

A dual program and outdoor celebration will begin with the World Percussion Ensemble, under the direction of Jim Roberts, performing African-inspired music and featured works by Babatunde Olatunji, the artist considered to be the single most important contributor to the popularization of African hand drumming in the United States. They will be joined by guest artist Quint Lange, who performed with Olatunji, and was an instructor with him at Omega Institute for Holistic Studies in New York. At 6 p.m., the Electric Ensemble, directed by Dr. Todd Coleman, performs a program of Retro Rock including music from the 70’s and early 80’s. Bring your lawn chairs or blankets and pack a picnic basket for a great evening outdoors.

Saturday, May 2
elan, A Night at the (Rock) Opera
Paramount Theatre, Burlington, 7:30 p.m.

A concert by Elon University’s vocal jazz ensemble, under the direction of Stephen A. Futrell, will feature selections from a variety of rock operas: Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Tommy, and others with selections from the rock group Queen.

Monday-Tuesday, May 4 & 5
Elon University Opera Workshop
Yeager Recital Hall, 7:30PM

Under the direction of Elon voice faculty member Lisbeth Carter, Elon’s Opera workshop will present a number of scenes in original language from The Majc Flute, The Medium, The Marriage of Figaro, Hansel & Gretel, and the Merry Wives of Windsor.  

Thursday-Saturday, May 7-9
Department of Performing Arts presents Vibe
Artistic Direction by Lauren W. Kearns
McCrary Theatre, Thursday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 and 7:30 p.m.

Vibe features performances by the Elon Dance Company and Breath of Fire choreographed by the 2008 Samuel H. Scripps ADF Award Winner Laura Dean. Heralded as “one of the major artists of her age,” by the San Francisco Examiner, Ms. Dean is renowned for her work as both a choreographer and composer. In addition, the Elon Dance Company will perform new choreography by the Elon dance faculty, including I Live Here, a multi-media collaboration between choreographer Lauren Kearns, lighting/set designer Bill Webb, and video artist Jay McMerty.
Admission: $12 or Elon ID. Tickets available April 16.

Tuesday, May 12
Elon University Wind Ensemble, “100-year Anniversary Celebration”
McCrary Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Please join the Elon University Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Tony Sawyer, for a night of wonderful music from the band tradition as part of the centennial celebration of the Elon band program. The Elen band program will begin its year-long celebration to culminate at Homecoming in the fall of 2009.

Thursday, May 14
North Carolina Symphony Orchestra Concert, “Festive and Fun”
McCrary Theatre, 8 p.m.

Under the direction of William Henry Curry, resident conductor, the Orchestra will perform Dvorak’s Carnival Overture and Symphony No. 7, Liszt’s Orpheus, and Smetana’s Sarka from Ma vlast.
Admission: Adults $26, Seniors $23, non-Elon students $5, or Elon ID. Tickets available April 23.