Ward Theatre Company presents The Mound Builders by Lanford Wilson @ Ward Theatre
Jan 6 – Feb 18 all-day

A group of archaeologists take advantage of a rural landowner’s good will with dire consequences for their careers and their families.

The Company has transformed its intimate performance space into an old farm house, inhabited by the team of scientists and a well-known author recently forced into recovery after prolonged substance abuse.

Three cast members from the Company’s hit show Jacuzzi return to round out the cast of seven, with additional Company members taking over roles halfway through the run.

David Arcus Organ Recital at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church @ St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm
David Arcus Organ Recital at St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church @ St. Matthew's Episcopal Church | Hillsborough | North Carolina | United States

On January 21, St. Matthew’s Director of Music and Organist, Dr. David Arcus, will present an organ recital on the church’s 1883 Hook & Hastings two-manual pipe organ. The program, entitled “Two Are Plenty,” will feature compositions written expressly for organs for two manual keyboards and one pedal keyboard. It will include Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Dorian” Toccata and Julius Reubke’s Sonata on the 94th Psalm, which latter of which is often thought of as a piece that can only be played on large organs of three or more manual keyboards.

Everyone is cordially invited to attend the recital and the reception which follows it. There is no charge, but donations will be accepted.

St. Matthew’s 1883 Hook and Hasting organ is known for its beauty and sweetness of sound. The tracker-action pipe organ, Opus number 1169, was purchased for $1,040 by the Ladies of the Sewing Society for Miss Lizzie Jones, who served as organist for over fifty years.  It has seven ranks of pipes and is affectionately known as “Miss Lizzie” in honor of its first organist. The organ is housed in an oak case. It was disassembled and removed from the church building on June 2, 2004 and completely restored by John Farmer, Pipe Organ Builders of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The facade pipes were re-stenciled in original colors.

A native of Kingston, New York, David Arcus was the Duke University Chapel Organist and Associate University Organist for thirty years.

Dr. Arcus holds the B. Mus. degree from Oberlin Conservatory and the M.Mus. and Mus.A.D. degrees from the Yale University School of Music.  Active as a recitalist, he has concertized in the United States, Great Britain, France, and Germany, including Washington National Cathedral, London’s St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Leeds Town Hall, Bamberg’s Imperial Cathedral, and Paris’s St. Sulpice.  He is in frequent demand as an organ clinician, having taught recently at the national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists. Dr. Arcus has recorded for Gothic Records, and his performances have been heard on the nationally broadcast radio program “Pipedreams.” He frequently includes music by contemporary composers in his recitals and has premiered works by composers such as Aaron Jay Kernis, Dan Locklair, Richard Townley, Peter Paul Olejar, and Marianne Ploger. He has performed with the North Carolina Symphony Orchestra and accompanied the Duke Chapel Choir on tours to Great Britain, Poland, The Czech Republic, Spain, Greece, Turkey, and The People’s Republic of China.

A composer himself, Dr. Arcus has received many commissions, including one from the Raleigh Oratorio Society which premiered his Hodie for mixed voices and organ in December, 1997. In August 1998, Hinshaw Music Inc. published his Memorial Festival Overture (based on the hymn-tune CELEBRATE by Carol Saylor), which began as an improvisation performed in 1997 at a memorial concert for Don Hinshaw in Duke Chapel. Dr. Arcus was named winner of the 2000 Holtkamp-AGO Competition in Organ Composition, and performed his winning entry, the Song of Ruth and Naomi, at the 2000 National Convention of the American Guild of Organists in Seattle. In December of 2001, he premiered his Symphony No. 2 for Solo Organ, commissioned for the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Benjamin N. Duke Memorial Organ (Flentrop) in Duke Chapel. His organ composition Ancient Wonders was recently published by Wayne Leupold Editions.

Recognized internationally as an improviser at the organ, Dr. Arcus was selected as the only American to participate in the International Organ Improvisation Competition of the 1990 Haarlem Organ Festival. He won second prize at the 1994 National Improvisation Competition of the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Dallas. Additional awards include winner of the Lloyd Morisett Contemporary Keyboard Improvisation Competition (Oberlin, 1980), Charles Ives Organ Scholarship (Yale, 1982) and Yale-AGO Organ Composition Competition (1991, Toccata-Fantasia on Hymn to Joy, published by Concordia).

The St. Matthew’s Faith and the Arts Series began in 2010 as a result of the church’s desire to be more intentional in their support of the arts and artists; to challenge and deepen faith through exposure to the arts; and to use sacred space as a setting for artistic expression.

Women’s Voices Chorus Winter Concert: Song of the Universal @ University United Methodist Church
Jan 21 @ 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm

Women’s Voices Chorus Winter concert, Song of the Universal, will explore themes of war, the wish for peace, and the redemptive powers of nature, love and mercy. Music will include works by American composer Abbie Betinis, Estonian composer Vjelo Tormis, Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, and more. Featuring a string ensemble and dancers. Deborah Hollis, Accompanist. Allan Friedman, Artistic Director.

Memory Cafes @ Passmore Center
Jan 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Memory Cafes are an expansion of the support groups through the Orange CountyDepartment on Aging and add a social component for both people with dementia and their care partners. They provide opportunities for individuals with memory concerns and their families to socialize with others in similar situations. Enjoy company, light refreshments, activities, and entertainment. RSVP not required, but encouraged. For RSVPs or questions contact: Kim Lamon-Loperfido at kloperfido@orangecountync.gov or 919-245-4253Fee: FREE 
Chapel Hill Bird Club monthly meeting @ Binkley Baptist Church
Jan 22 @ 7:30 pm
The Chapel Hill Bird Club will hold its regular monthly meeting on Monday, 22 January 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Binkley Baptist Church in Chapel Hill. The featured speaker is Nathan Swick, who will present on The Field Guide in the Digital Age, an Evolution.
The field guide is one of the most indispensable tools in the birder’s toolbox, but the form has changed over the years as birders’ needs have changed. From Audubon to Peterson to Sibley to the digital realm, we’ll take a look at what works, what doesn’t, and why. Nate Swick, author of the ABA Field Guide to Birds of the Carolinas, shares some of his own experiences in creating a field guide, and what he learned about this essential item.
Admission is free and the public is invited.
Music Therapy for Parkinson Disease (MT4PD) @ Seymour Center
Jan 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

MT4PD is a weekly music therapy group. Funded through a grant from the National Parkinson Foundation, these sessions focus on maintaining or improving speech and language deficits caused by Parkinson’s Disease progression. MT4PD is a fun, inviting way for individuals with Parkinson’s Disease and care partners to connect with members of the Parkinson’s community, while addressing individual rehabilitation needs. Prior musical experience not required.Questions? Please contact Allison Hingley (919-443-9448 or allison@atlanticmusicthearpy.com . 

Flip4kids Spanish Immersion Workshop Series Begins @ Kidzu Children’s Museum
Jan 25 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Date: Thursdays, starting October 12th

Time:  4pm-5pm

Price: $120 for 5-week class

In the elementary classes, we focus on encouraging children to learn phrases by exposing them to print in addition to listening to Spanish from a native fluent speaker. Classes will include singing, movement, games, and arts and crafts! These fun activities provide a natural and safe environment for children to listen, learn, and take the risk of speaking in a new language. Spanish immersion classes for ages 3-11. Pre-registration required

Event website: https://flip4kidsnc.com/classes/

Registration link: https://flip4kidsnc.com/register/

Caregiver Respite Program @ Passmore Center
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Caregiver Respite Program offers respite for local family caregivers. Through group interactions, activities, and exercises, the program provides numerous opportunities for socialization and stimulation to older adults with cognitive impairment. Limited to 10 participants. To enroll, please contact Lisa Meinert at lmeinert@orangecountync.gov, or call 919-245-4253. Instructors: led by dementia care professionals and degree-specialized students Fee: FREE for qualified participants
Shared Learning Association Event @ Expand Church
Jan 26 @ 11:00 am
On Friday, January 26, 2018, 11:00 a.m., Shared Learning Association of Chapel Hill is honored to present a lecture by Eric M. Meyers, Ph.D., on the topic ‘Holy Land Archeology:   Where the Past Meets the Present.’  He is an Emeritus Professor in Judaic Studies, Trinity College of Arts and Sciences, Duke University, and has served on the active faculty of Duke from 1969 to 2015.   His lecture is free and open to the public and will take place in Expand Church, 114 Weaver Dairy Road, Chapel Hill 27514.  Check the website for more information — htpp//:sharedlearning.us — or contact Nancy:  nagoudreau@yahoo.com.
Dr. Meyers’s career has focused on supporting archaeological efforts to uncover facts in Jewish history and Israeli societies and to expand knowledge and understanding.
Marvelous Music Mainstage Series presents Lucia Micarelli @ Cary Arts Center
Jan 26 @ 7:30 pm

Born in Queens, New York, Lucia Micarelli was immersed in the arts at an early age, practicing dance, piano, and violin. At the age of six, Lucia made her debut as a violin soloist with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra. Since then, her profile has continued to soar—she has been the featured violinist during tours with the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Josh Groban, Chris Botti, and Barbara Streisand; released two solo albums; and starred as “Annie” in HBO’s critically acclaimed series, “Treme.” Lucia will take you on an eclectic journey through her many musical influences—from classical to jazz to traditional fiddle music and Americana.