Craven Community College’s (CCC) Lifetime Learning Center (LLC) will kick off its 2016-17 Explorations in the ARTS performing arts series on Friday, December 9, with The Phantom Playboys. The LLC is currently offering a discounted series ticket price of $64 for adult ($72 regular price) and $30 for student ($36 regular price).
“Now in our fourth season of presenting musical explorations, this is our most diverse series to date,” said Jennifer Baer, director of the Lifetime Learning Center and community engagement. Billed as “informances,” the audience has the opportunity to engage with the musicians and singers to learn more about their craft, genre and creative process.
This series will feature host Finley Woolston. For over 20 years, Woolston has been a radio host of classical music on Public Radio East (PRE) on broadcast station WTEB 89.3 FM. During each Explorations in the ARTS performance, Woolston will interview performers and facilitate audience questions.
“It is an honor for me to be the host. I’m very familiar with the series and I like the format of the host providing a bridge between the artists and the audience. As a musician myself, I like to talk to the audience,” said Woolston.
The Phantom Playboys call themselves, “The swingingest, sultriest, suavest rockabilly band in Wilmington, N.C.” They will perform Rockabilly music. Rockabilly is considered an early form of rock-and-roll music starting around the 1950s.
Hailing from the state’s Piedmont region, Diali Cisskho & Kaira Bara will play dance music from Senegal, West Africa. Senegalese band leader and lead vocalist Diali Cisskho is joined by four N.C. musicians. “The results of this cross-continental collaboration is a fresh and exhilarating musical experience,” according to the band. Diali Cisskho & Kaira Bara will perform on Friday, February 24, 2017.
The Carolina Klezmer Project will perform music that dates back thousands of years and is rooted in Eastern European and Mediterranean cultures. The klezmer term refers the music of the Jewish people of Eastern Europe. The six-member band will perform traditional styles such as horas, freilakhs, waltzes and shers. An hora is a Romanian or Israeli dance in ring formation. A freilakhs is a classical clarinet music piece. A waltz has German origins and is dance music often written in ¾ time. A Sher is a popular East European Jewish figure dance. Carolina Klezmer Project will perform on Thursday, April 27, 2017.
The Explorations in the ARTS program is sponsored by Public Radio East, and Ashley Martin and Jon Tait of Raymond James Financial Services, Inc. of New Bern. Proceeds from LLC events benefit the CCC Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to CCC students and funds other educational initiatives at the college.
The discounted series ticket will be available until December 9. Individual performance ticket prices, including sales tax are $24 for adult and $12 for student. For more information and to purchase tickets, contact the LLC at (252) 633-2618, or visit the college’s website at www.CravenCC.edu/LLC.
Deborah Kania is the director of marketing, communications and development liaison at Craven Community College.
Article originally appeared in the New Bern Sun Journal.