- October 20, 2014 Manning Music Series Concert: Broadway Comes to Peace William Peace University's Manning Music Series presents a FREE "Broadway Comes to Peace" Concert featuring Carolann Sanita and Lauren Kennedy, Visiting Professor of Music Theatre, to the Kenan Hall stage on Monday, October 20, 2014 at 7:30 p.m. The Manning Music Concert Series is made possible through a gift made by alumna Sara Jo Allen Manning '58 '60 and the Manning Music Series Fund. For the 2014-15 performing arts season, the Manning Series will include 5 free concerts ranging from jazz, classical and contemporary to Broadway performances. Carolann is a professional singer, actress and vocal technician/coach. She has been seen all over the United States as Marian in the first national tour of The Music Man and internationally as Maria in the European and Asian tours of West Side Story. She was was thrilled to appear as a soloist with the Naples Philharmonic Pops Orchestra for The Music of Marvin Hamlisch last April and to have had the pleasure of performing the role of Gwen in Bob Clyman’s play The Exceptionals as a part of Florida Repertory Theatre’s Play Lab Series in May. Favorite credits include High Society (Tracy Lord) at TheatreZone, Les Miserables (Cosette) at Flat Rock Playhouse, Beauty and the Beast (Belle) at Artpark, Sweeney Todd (Johanna) and West Side Story (Maria) at Sacramento Music Circus, A Little Night Music (Anne) at South Coast Repertory, Encore’s No, No Nanette at New York City Center, Thoroughly Modern Millie (Miss Dorothy) at The Cape Playhouse, Urinetown (Hope) at the Geva Theatre, Barnum (Jenny Lind) at Westchester Broadway, and Fiddler on the Roof (Hodel) at the Fulton Theatre. Carolann is an adjunct voice professor at Florida Gulf Coast University and currently splits her time between NYC and SWFL. Lauren is currently a visiting professor of Musical Theatre at William Peace University. As an actress she has a appeared on Broadway as Lady of the Lake in Monty Python's Spamalot, in Sunset Boulevard with Glenn Close, in Side Show as Daisy Hilton, and in Les Miserables as Fantine. Also, Cinderella at New York City Opera and Off-Broadway she starred in Vanities and Good Ol' Girls. In London: Trevor Nunn's revival of South Pacific as Nellie Forbush at The Royal National Theatre. Lauren starred opposite Val Kilmer in The Ten Commandments at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles. She starred in pre-Broadway production of Lone Star Love with Randy Quaid. Other new works and premieres: Zelda Fitzgerald in Frank Wildhorn's Waiting For The Moon (LENAPE, Barrymore Award Nom. for Best Actress), The Rhythm Club (Signature Theatre, Helen Hayes Nom. for Best Actress), White Christmas, Breakfast At Tiffany's (St. Louis MUNY), Hot Shoe Shuffle (TUTS), The Trumpet of the Swan (The Kennedy Center) and The Last Five Years (Northlight). She has also done a National Tour in Sunset Boulevard as Betty Schaeffer. Both her new album Here And Now and her debut album Lauren Kennedy Songs Of Jason Robert Brown have both received rave reviews and are available on PS Classics. Lauren is the Artistic Director at Hot Summer Night's At The Kennedy. She is most proud of her daughter Riley. Additional Manning Series concerts this year include: Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Jan. 12, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians. Monday, Apr. 6, 2015 featuring North Carolina musicians, alongside vocalists from the William Peace University Singers and within the Bachelor of Fine Arts major. William Peace University is pleased to partner once again this year with the North Carolina Symphony on three of the Manning Series events. PRE-RESERVATIONS ARE NOW CLOSED. THE SHOW IS SOLD OUT. William Peace University wishes to make this event accessible to all people in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you need a reasonable accommodation to fully participate in this event please contact the Office of Engagement at Engagement@peace.edu or 919.508.2362. Please make your needs known as soon as possible to allow sufficient time for effective accommodations, preferably at least 5 business days prior to the event. view Event
- October 22, 2014 Career Connections William Peace University's Office of Career Services is delighted to offer "Career Connections" -- a series of undergraduate and graduate panels -- designed to connect alumni and community mentors with WPU students. Alumni and community mentors discuss their career paths. The event also connects students with professionals for career information, networking, internship(s) and job leads. Alumni interested in volunteering to sit on a professional panel as a Career Mentor should email Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services. Students interested in attending should sign up with Barbara Efird, Director of Career Services, by sending her an email with your name, student ID#, major and class year. view Event
- October 23, 2014 Lunch & Learn: Verity Asset Management A Special Event for WPU Faculty & Staff Does your financial future scare you? Halloween may be just around the corner, but you don’t have to let retirement planning give you the creeps! WPU Faculty and Staff are invited to learn all about the University Retirement Plan (403B) from Verity Asset Management October 23, 2014 12:00 p.m. You bring your lunch. We’ll bring the dessert and beverages! WPU FACULTY & STAFF ONLY, REGISTER HERE view Event
Local Performance Groups From William Peace University And Southeast Raleigh High School Celebrate African-American Heritage At Progress Energy Center For The Performing Arts On Oct. 24
RALEIGH, N.C. – AT&T North Carolina has announced the Peace Singers of William Peace University and Southeast Raleigh High School’s E-Motion Dance Company will provide entertainment for the inaugural gala that will unveil the 2013 edition of “The Heritage Calendar: Celebrating the NC African-American Experience” on Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, located at 2 E. South St. E-Motion, a nine-member dance company from Southeast Raleigh High School, will perform an African-American themed dance medley during the event, and the Peace Singers, a 25-member small vocal ensemble from William Peace University, will close the evening festivities.
The Heritage Calendar is a celebration of 12 men and women of all races who have contributed significantly to the lives and experiences of African-Americans in North Carolina. The gala, an exclusive red carpet event which is free and open to the public, will be attended by the honorees and their families. The evening will celebrate the invaluable role each honoree has made in weaving the rich tapestry that is North Carolina’s diverse history, and will promote the individual stories and lives of all honorees to inspire the state’s future generation of leaders. It will include a VIP welcome reception for the honorees and their families, a special calendar signing, and meet and greet with the honorees for all attendees directly following the event. Gerald Owens, anchor and reporter from WRAL-TV, will serve as the event’s emcee. All attendees will receive a free copy of the calendar.
Included in the calendar are the stories of monthly honorees as well as historically important dates for both the state and the nation. AT&T worked closely with the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to interview, write and produce biographies for all honorees. They partnered with the Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to develop lesson plans and other interactive materials based on the historical contributions of each honoree to be implemented in elementary, middle and high school 2013 curricula statewide. All materials will be used to spur student interest and understanding of the impact and history of North Carolina’s African-American community.
To reserve free tickets for the inaugural gala, email email@example.com or call (919) 835-1546. Tickets provided on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about the AT&T 2013 Heritage Calendar, visit http://ncheritagecalendar.com/.
“We are very excited to have these two outstanding performance groups from the Triangle to provide live entertainment for the Heritage Calendar Gala,” said Cynthia Marshall, president of AT&T North Carolina. “The talent that these young people have will be a great addition to the ceremony honoring so many outstanding and inspirational men and women who have profoundly affected the lives of our state’s African-American community.”
“It is an honor for the Peace Singers to participate in this historic event in North Carolina,” said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “The honorees have played an incredible role in our state’s African-American heritage, and we are excited to be able to recognize their achievements through music.”
“Our group is proud and excited to perform at the 2013 Heritage Calendar Gala,” said Lisa Yvette Wilder, director of E-Motion and dance teacher at Southeast Raleigh High School. “We are preparing a special dance routine which will commemorate the history of African-Americans in our state in appreciation of this project and all of those deserving individuals being saluted for their contributions.”
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