This week kicked off Charlotte’s newest attraction — Ulysses: Charlotte’s New Spring Festival of the Arts. What’s Ulysses? It’s a month-long, arts extravaganza! It’s also the name of a beautiful blue butterfly that symbolizes Spring and about the season that is wonderful and new.
Wonderful and new are certainly two perfect word to use to describe the festival and to describe Charlotte! (who wouldn’t want to live here?). The festival began as collaboration between the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, N.C. Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina, and regional cultural partners. The festival’s intent is to unify and celebrate the arts community in an unique and unprecedented fashion.
The theme for the inaugural 2012 festival — The Majesty of Russia and the Music of Tchaikovsky — celebrates Russian culture and composer Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky, including N.C. Dance Theatre’s Sleeping Beauty and Opera Carolina’s Eugene Onegin (both by Tchaikovsky).
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And here’s a quick rundown of events:
- March 4 — “The Concert,” film by Radu Mihaileanu, sponsored by Charlotte Jewish Film Festival and The Light Factory: Temple Israel, 4901 Providence Road. www.lightfactory.org
- March 6 — The 5 Browns, piano quintet: Batte Center, Wingate University, Wingate. www.wingate.edu.
- March 8-11 and 16-18 — “Sleeping Beauty” by N.C. Dance Theatre: Knight Theater, 430 S. Tryon St. www.nc dance.org .
- March 11 — “Battleship Potemkin,” film by Sergei Eisenstein: UNC Charlotte uptown building, 320 E. 9th St. www.lightfactory.org.
- March 17 — “Souvenir de Florence,” Charlotte Symphony members: Myers Park Baptist Church, 1900 Queens Road. www.charlottesymphony.org.
- March 17, 22, 25 — “Eugene Onegin” by Opera Carolina:. Belk Theater, 130 N. Tryon St. www.operacarolina.org.
- March 18 — “Solaris,” film by Andrei Tarkovsky: UNC Charlotte uptown building. www.lightfactory.org.
- March 18 — Music and Museum concert, Tchaikovsky chamber music: Bechtler Museum of Modern Art, 420 S. Tryon St. www.bechtler.org.
- March 20 — Piano Trio, Charlotte Symphony cellist Alan Black and others: Knight Theater. www.charlotte symphony.org .
- March 23 — “To Tchaikovsky With Love,” KnightSounds performance by symphony, NCDT, Opera Carolina: Knight Theater. www.charlotte symphony.org .
- March 25 — “My Joy,” film by Sergei Loznitsa: UNC Charlotte uptown building. www.lightfactory.org.
- March 30-31 — Charlotte Symphony , Christopher Warren-Green conducting, with cellist Joshua Roman (excerpts from “Swan Lake,” Variations on a Rococo Theme, Symphony No. 4): Belk Theater. www.charlottesymphony.org.
- April 3 — “The Seasons of Tchaikovsky,” instrumental works presented by Charlotte Chamber Music: First Presbyterian Church, 200 W. Trade St. www.charlottechambermusic.org.