Defiant RequiemThe UNC Department of Music is once again bringing back the best music bargain in town for the 2017-18 year. Subscription passes for the William S. Newman Artists Series and Scholarship Benefit Concert Series are now on sale in the music office. The All-Access Pass gives the best of both series and grants admission to all 36 Newman and Scholarship concerts. These passes, which are heavily discounted from the retail value, will grant holders admission to performances featuring faculty, guest artists, and the department’s premier ensembles.

All subscriptions are available for sale either through the Music Department office (919-962-1039; music.dept@unc.edu) or at the door. Payment can be made by either cash or check (made out to “UNC Music Department” with the name of the pass in the memo line).

UNC Music All-Access Pass

  • Grants individual admission to all 27 Scholarship Benefit Series events and all 9 William S. Newman Artists Series events
  • Newman Series subscribers may apply full cost of their subscription to an upgraded All-Access pass
  • $200 general admission ($100 for students and UNC faculty/staff)

William S. Newman Artists Series

Brent Wissick
Professor Brent Wissick speaking during a Newman Concert last year.

The Newman Series features a great slate of concerts across the musical spectrum with acclaimed faculty and guest artists. Violinist Edson Scheid will kick off the Newman Series with his September 22 concert of Paganini’s 24 Caprices, one of the most famous and difficult works for solo violin. As an additional treat, Scheid will perform on gut strings, a period instrument setup. On October 1, Assistant Professor Marc Callahan (baritone) will sing music from the French Baroque, including works by Marais, Destouches and Lully, featuring Rameau’s exquisitely tempestuous cantate Thétis. The last Newman concert for the fall semester will take place on October 12 and will also act as part of the Festival on the Hill, a biennial conference with talks and concerts. The theme of this year’s conference is “A Century of Movement: Russian Culture and Global Community Since 1917” and the Newman concert is titled “Key Moments in Soviet Composition.” This concert will feature UNC graduate students, faculty, and guest trumpeter Peter Auricchio.

There are nine concerts scheduled for the William S. Newman Artists Series, and the full schedule can be found here. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 students or UNC faculty/staff and can be purchased at the door.

Subscription Pass Option

Newman Pick 5 Pass
  • Grants five admissions to Newman Series events (admissions transferable among multiple patrons)
  • May also be substituted for admission to Scholarship Benefit Series events
  • Individual Pass: $40 general admission ($20 students and UNC faculty/staff)
  • Family Pass (2 adults and children): $65 for all family members

Scholarship Benefit Concert Series

This year’s Scholarship Benefit Concert series features more concerts than ever before with 12 performances scheduled for this fall, including department mainstays such as the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Jazz Band, Opera, Carolina Choir and Chamber Singers, and Glee Clubs. New ensembles added to this series include the Symphony Band, Guitar Ensemble, and the Carolina Bluegrass Band.

The October 13 Symphony Orchestra concert, which is also part of the Festival on the Hill, will feature the Shostakovich Piano Concerto No. 2 with Associate Professor Clara Yang (piano). The next day, October 14, the Jazz Band will perform with Andre Hayward (trombone). Hayward is a previous winner of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Trombone Competition. UNC Opera will hold its two-night performance of Massenet’s Cendrillon on November 11-12. In December, the Jazz Band will perform with Jamey Aebersold (alto saxophone), who donates to the jazz program and whose “Play-A-Long” instructional books are one of the leading jazz educational resources in the world. On November 6, the Symphony Band will invite the Orange High School band to share the stage under the baton of Andy Carter. The December 6 Symphony Orchestra concert will also feature a collaboration with a UNC faculty member; this time Assistant Professor Nicholas DiEugenio (violin) will solo on the Sibelius Violin Concerto.

There are 27 concerts scheduled for the Scholarship Benefit Concert Series, and the full schedule can be found here. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 students or UNC faculty/staff and can be purchased at the door.

Subscription Pass Options

Scholarship Benefit Series Pick 10 Pass
  • Grants admission to 10 Scholarship Benefit Series events (admissions transferable among multiple patrons)
  • Individual Pass: $75 general admission ($37.50 for students and UNC faculty/staff)
  • Family Pass (2 adults & children): $140 ($100 for students and UNC faculty/staff)
Scholarship Benefit Series Pick 5 Pass
  • Grants admission to 5 to Scholarship Benefit Series events (admissions transferable among multiple patrons)
  • Individual Pass: $40 general admission ($20 for students and UNC faculty/staff)
  • Family Pass (2 adults & children): $75 ($50 for students and UNC faculty/staff)
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