The Lifetime Learning Center is pleased to announce this year’s exciting line-up for the 2017-18 season of Explorations in The ARTS. These performers bring a great diversity of musical arts tradition to our campus. For our opening act this year we welcome The Gospel Jubilators, an all-male vocal group from the Raleigh/Durham area that performs a cappella gospel music. In the New Year we feature our “favorite band” from the Outer Bank, Molasses Creek. Our grand finale will put the spotlight on the young dance artists of the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble.
Our series can best be described as informances, a unique recipe of two parts live performance, one part artist interview, stirred together with a pinch of Q&A and a dash of audience participation.
To see a video preview of each performance click on the images below.
North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble
Rhythm…funk…innovation…excitement: that’s the North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble (NCYTE). One of the best youth tap ensembles in the world, NCYTE features 40 dancers, ages 8 to 18, who hail from throughout North Carolina. Don’t let the word “youth” fool you. These dancers tear up the floor with poise, passion and professionalism. NCYTE honors the traditions of this unique American form while infusing it with youthful energy, contemporary music and innovative dances from some of the world’s most talented choreographers.
Founded by JUBA award winning artistic director Gene Medler in 1983, NCYTE entertains audiences with cutting-edge contemporary choreography along with traditional rhythm tap. The list of choreographers who have created the company’s repertory reads like a who’s who in the tap world, including the legendary Savion Glover. NCYTE has toured throughout the U.S. and the world, with performances in Austria, Brazil, Canada, China, Finland, Germany and Mexico. The company has toured or collaborated with the Greensboro Symphony, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Mallarme Chamber Players and the North Carolina
Jazz Repertory Orchestra, among others.