The Explorations in the Arts series is a unique mix of performances created with a recipe of live performance, stirred together with a pinch of Q&A and a dash of audience participation. We strive to bring artists to Craven County from throughout North Carolina that represent the very best in performance.


Lighthouse in Maine

Landscapes & Lighthouses of Coastal Maine

USA Adventure - 7-day tour
Saturday to Friday, August 13-19, 2022

Travel Information Session
Tuesday, January 18, 2022
Ward Hall – Naumann Community Room #115
2 p.m. - FREE
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Orchestral members of John Brown's Little Big Band

John Brown's "Little" Big Band

Friday, January 21, 2022

7:30 p.m. - Orringer Auditorium
Tickets: Adults $25/Students $12

The concert event featuring John Brown’s "Little" Big Band, scheduled for Friday, January 21, 2022 at 7:30 p.m. in Orringer Auditorium has been postponed due to the Ice/Winter Storm Warnings now in effect for our area.  

The Lifetime Learning Center is working with Mr. Brown to reschedule the concert. As soon as we have all the details and a new date confirmed we will notify you of the new concert date. All tickets now held for the January 21st concert will be honored on our new date.

We appreciate your patience as we arrange to reschedule and welcome the “Little” Big Band to Craven CC in the near future.

Please stay safe and we’ll look forward to hearing the fabulous “Little” Big Band Jazz in the near future.

Warmest regards,

Jennifer Baer
Office: 252-633-2618

Members of the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra

North Carolina Baroque Orchestra

Thursday, March 31, 2022
7:30 p.m. - Orringer Auditorium
Tickets: Adults $22/Students $10

The North Carolina Baroque Orchestra (NCBO), founded by Conductor Frances Blaker, a world-renowned expert in baroque performance practice, and her musician sister Barbara Krumdieck, pursue the goal of sharing baroque period pieces with the world. This orchestra is especially brilliant because it brings period piece specialists from across the state and the country together to perform live just a few times each year. We are honored to host them for one of their special performances this year!

Over 30 members will be gracing our college stage this March 31st to tell the musical tale of the Baroque era that started around 1600 and included composers like Bach, Vivaldi, and Handel.

 The NCBO provides audiences who may be new to baroque music an opportunity to hear this music performed on period instruments in a vigorous and exciting way in an intimate and casual setting.

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Special thanks to our performance grant providers

The Explorations in the Arts series is funded in part by a grant from The Thomas B. & Robertha K. Coleman Foundation. The presentation of John Brown’s “Little” Big Band is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and North Carolina Arts Council. We are grateful to our grant partners for helping to make this series possible.

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