Tonight, the Charlotte Ballet and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra are putting their thumbprint on two of the dance world’s most revered compositions.
For those who love the art of dance, the Chautauqua Dance program offers this summer everything from performances by dancers in-residence to lectures on various topics in the world of dance.
The Charlotte Ballet, known formerly as the North Carolina Dance Theatre, will be in residence for the first seven weeks of the Chautauqua season, under the artistic direction of Jean-Pierre Bonnefoux.
Lawrence Mitchell-Matthews’ great-great-great-grandfather sang African spirituals.
He was a farmer, a sharecropper and a pastor. He would gather the family together and make everyone sit down before leading the songs. The group sing-alongs were a time for family and God. Now when Matthews sings spirituals, he feels a loving connection to his past.
The river where they dumped the bodies and the armory where they kept the Gatling guns were the most vivid for Philip Gerard. His novel Cape Fear Rising, based on actual events, tells the story of the Wilmington Insurrection of 1898 and the burning of the only black newspaper in Wilmington, N.C.
If he hadn’t gone to Wilmington, if he hadn’t known the place, he would not have been able to write about it.