RIP PRC Publicist Connie Mahan

Tragic news from UNC:

“It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share with you the news that Connie Mahan, the Associate Director of Communications at PlayMakers Repertory Company, lost her life in an automobile accident on Thursday night. PRC was blessed to have such a passionate and talented communications professional at the helm of our marketing and public relations department for the past nine years. She was a tireless and dedicated advocate for the value and success of PlayMakers, the Department for Dramatic Arts, and for the University of North Carolina. She was also a dear friend and colleague to many at PRC as well as across the Triangle and Triad.”

The announcement continues, “Her absence will be felt in our offices for a very long time. Our hearts go out to her sister Christine, friends, family and loved ones.

“Further details on services and ways to celebrate Connie’s life and legacy will be forthcoming.”

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Horst Meyer, Long-time Mainstay of Chamber Music in Durham

We regret to convey news of the death of J. Horst Meyer, a physicist, music lover, and gardening enthusiast whose diverse interests and pursuits in Durham and beyond enriched the lives of all he touched. The obit is here.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Sarah P. Duke Gardens, to its “General Maintenance Fund.” To donate online, click here.

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A Great Critic Writes about a Great Critic

One of America’s leading critics writes with evident affection about one of the greatest critics in our entire cultural history: Anthony Tommasini reviews a volume of criticism by Virgil Thomson. Read the article here. (Thomson is the guy who was [allegedly] caught napping during a concert led by Toscanini. Challenged about it, he stated that he invariably woke up if anything interesting happened.)

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Forget Beantown. Even New York?! If the Coverage Matters, Please SUPPORT IT

Two more critics have been let go in the cradle of American culture. If what CVNC is doing in NC matters to YOU, now’s the time to support it. To do so, click here.

Our fiscal year ends Thursday, and we really need your help!

But meanwhile, read about the latest losses in the Big Apple here.

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Even Boston?! If the Coverage Matters to YOU, Please Help!

Even as the City of Boston “unveils big new arts initiatives…,” the Boston Globe yes, even the Boston Globe takes a fire axe to its coverage of the arts, chopping out freelancers. Before you know it, that once-great paper will resemble the N&O, where only presenters who offer repeat performances have a snowball’s chance of a review.

Journals like CVNC make up the difference in selected American cities, regions, and states. But none of these non-profit platforms can do it alone. PLEASE HELP by making a generous contribution NOW, in the waning days of the current fiscal year. Thank you.

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Arts Coverage in Another City Evaporates

Here’s the headline: As arts writers disappear, Grand Rapids organizations band together to connect with audiences.

Read the article here.

It probably will not happen here because we have a few alternatives to the commercial side of the journalism house. But the alternatives to conventional print-media coverage cannot provide services forever on their own, and grants to the non-profits that are struggling to fill the voids cover only a small percentage of the cost. Please help. This fiscal year ends on June 30, and we are counting on you.

To contribute, click here.

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Saginaw Bay Snares Fouad Fakhouri

Conductor Fouad Fakhouri, who completed a ten-year stint with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra (NC’s oldest community orchestra) on Apr. 16, has been appointed Music Director of the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra in Michigan. Readers with long memories here will recall that the late Patrick J. Flynn, who helped the NC Symphony over its post-Gosling transition, was MD at Saginaw at the time of his death in 2008.

Details of Fakhouri’s appointment are here.

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North Carolina Brass Band in the News

The North Carolina Brass Band has returned from the Great American Brass Band Festival in Danville, KY. The GABBF attracts 10-20K music enthusiasts each year, and this year the NCBB was the featured ensemble.

Here’s a YouTube link to video taken from the audience. Visit the group’s Facebook page for more photos.

The NCBB reports that it is moving its 2016-17 concert series to Carolina Theater in Greensboro and Brendle Recital Hall in Winston-Salem. We’ll have their concerts in CVNC‘s calendar in due course.

And its second album, “Christmas Wrapped in Brass,” is due for release this fall. Stay tuned!

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