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The Batte Center Presents

The Nile Project

The Capitol Steps

Eileen Ivers

The HillBenders

“Letters Home”


John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli

Welcome to Wingate! Join us all year long for dynamic and diverse entertainment that features live music, compelling drama, hilarious sketch comedy, cutting edge film and family friendly events. The 2016-2017 Batte Center Presents Season showcases world-class artists like Grammy winners John Pizzarelli, Eileen Ivers and Paul Jacobs. Griffin Theatre delivers a powerful portrait of our military men and women in “Letters Home.” Always inventive, the HillBenders bring their bluegrass adaptation of The Who’s iconic rock opera TOMMY that critics called “phenomenal and brilliantly executed.” The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers makes a return visit with six outstanding films and filmmakers. Each film tells a compelling story. They dig deep into the lives of remarkable people which include author and activist Maya Angelou, the “female Michael Jordan” Chamique Holdsclaw, and artist Tyrus Wong, known for his groundbreaking work on the Disney classic, Bambi. Throughout the season, Wingate University departments produce exceptional events that challenge, educate and delight. They include distinguished authors and thought leaders, student choral and wind ensemble concerts, curated gallery openings, a fully-staged opera with orchestra and so much more. Thanks to our dedicated students, caring faculty, collegial staff and our community Sponsors and Members, something great is always happening at The Batte! Check it out! Laura Kratt, Director of Cultural Events

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THE CAPITOL STEPS Sept 9, 2016 n 8 PM n $28 n Austin Auditorium It’s a hilarious lead-up to the 2016 presidential elections that you just can’t miss! Using witty musical parody and satire, THE CAPITOL STEPS poke fun at all sides of the issues making it the one new thing in Washington sure to earn bi-partisan support. THE CAPITOL STEPS put the “Mock” in Democracy! Media Sponsor



PAUL JACOBS, ORGANIST Oct 16, 2016 n 4 PM n Free (Tickets Required) n Austin Auditorium

An extraordinarily expressive performer and an intensely intelligent musician, Grammy Award-winning organist Paul Jacobs is helping the King of Instruments retake its rightful place in classical music. The first and only organist ever to have won a Grammy Award, he is known for his imaginative interpretations and charismatic stage presence with a repertoire that spans the gamut of music written for his instrument, both old and new.

“Paul Jacobs is one of the great living virtuosos.” – THE WASHINGTON POST

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“A virtuoso of dazzling technical acumen”






Nov 11, 2016 n 8 PM n $25 ($15 child) n McGee Theater Eileen Ivers will change the way you think about the violin. She’s been called a “sensation” by Billboard magazine and “the Jimi Hendrix of the violin” by The New York Times. Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, the original musical star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Eileen Ivers has established herself as one of the pre-eminent exponents of the fiddle in the world today. Her work is so boldly imaginative and clearly virtuosic that the task of respectfully exploring the traditions and progression of the Celtic fiddle is quite literally on Eileen Ivers’ shoulders.

“She electrifies the crowd with a dazzling show of virtuoso playing” – THE IRISH TIMES

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Nov 18, 2016 n 8 PM n $25 ($15 child) McGee Theatre Griffin Theater’s “Letters Home” puts the recent wars in Afghanistan and Iraq front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in those countries. The production is inspired by the New York Times Op-Ed Article “The Things They Wrote” and the subsequent HBO documentary “Last Letters Home.”

Without politicizing, the play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier’s experience, defining patriotism and what it means to serve our country through acts of bravery, compassion and brotherhood. Please note: Elements of this performance can be graphic and contain explicit language.

JOHN PIZZARELLI Feb 10, 2017 n 8 PM n $32 ($20 child) McGee Theatre A world-renowned jazz guitarist, singer and master of the Great American Songbook, John Pizzarelli’s old school magnetism, along with his superb musicianship, has kept him a fixture in the American jazz scene for nearly 30 years. Pizzarelli’s hero and inspiration has been Nat “King” Cole but his expanded repertoire includes the music of Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Tom Waits, Rosemary Clooney, Frank Sinatra and Lennon-McCartney.

“Pizzarelli’s music portrays the kind of joy that sneaks up on you at odd moments when you’re just talking around feeling good.” – THE NEW YORK TIMES


Feb 17, 2017 n 8 PM n $25 ($15 child) McGee Theatre

“phenomenal and brilliantly executed homage to the classic rock opera”

Forty-five years after its original release, The Who’s rock opera TOMMY has been transformed by the HillBenders into a full-length bluegrass tribute with all the original record’s energy, instrumental showmanship and rock star vocals intact. Originally recorded with a full rock band, the dynamic bluegrass quintet recreated the legendary album with a banjo, dobro, mandolin, bass, and guitar.




2017 Using music to spark cultural curiosity, The Nile Project engages musicians, students and audiences, challenging them to connect to the world’s longest river and explore new approaches to our social, cultural, and environmental problems.

THE NILE PROJECT in Concert Mar 31, 2017 n 8 PM $25 ($15 child) McGee Theater One of the tightest cross-cultural collaborations in history, the Nile Project concert brings together musicians from the 11 Nile basin countries, representing over 400 million people, to make music that combines the rich diversity of its ancient cultures and peoples.

LECTURE: Ben Simon with Ugly Produce, It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts! Mar 23 @ 7:30PM McGee Theatre

Ben Simon is Co-Founder and CEO of Imperfect Produce, America’s leading consumer brand for ugly produce as a way to help communities reduce waste and fight hunger.

EXHIBIT: The Dwindling Supply of Our Most Precious Resource Mar 20 - May 7 – Helms Gallery Artist Jeff Murphy will exhibit his large-scale images of our most precious resource –water. Murphy’s provocative images of the effects of drought and pollution, serve as an important wake-up call for this ecological issue.

LECTURE & RECEPTION: Artist Talk with Jeff Murphy Mar 28 @ 5 PM

March 2017 Join us for a month-long series of performances, exhibits, films and lectures that explore sustainability and the fundamental resource that feeds us all - water. Media Sponsors 89.9 fm

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In keeping with the belief that diversity of experience is essential to a well-rounded education, The 2017 Connected Campus is a multi-disciplinary collaborative project of the Wingate University Departments of Philosophy and Religion, Communication and Art, International Studies, History and Political Science, English, Lyceum, Music, Student Life, UCAN, Distinguished Speakers Series, The Batte Center and community partners Union County Public Schools, Catawba Riverkeeper, and Union County Community Arts Council. The Nile Project is a statewide collaborative initiative of the Bardo Arts Center at Western Carolina University, The Batte Center at Wingate University, NC State LIVE, the Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts at Appalachian State University, the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series at East Carolina University, and UNCW Presents.


THE STORY PIRATES Mar 19, 2017 n 3 PM $15 ($6 child) McGee Theater The Story Pirates turn kids ideas and original stories into wild sketch comedy musicals featuring professional actors showing those kids just how amazing their ideas are. Kids, bring your ideas about clean water, recycling and how we can take care of the planet. You may get chosen to have your idea come alive on stage! LECTURE: Musical Collaboration and Water Cooperation with Mina Girgis Mar 30 @ 7PM McGee Theatre

An interactive lecture/ demonstration with Nile Project founder and ethnomusicologist, Mina Girgis.

PANEL DISCUSSION: The Ebb & Flow of Earth’s Lifeblood: Diving into Water Issues in our Midst Thursday, Mar 16 @ 7PM McGee Theatre More Events to be announced!

WINGATE UNIVERSITY ART EXHIBITIONS IN HELMS GALLERY & THE HINSON MUSEUM The C. Douglas Helms Gallery is located in The Batte Center and is open M-F 10AM-5PM. The Hinson Art Museum is next to The Batte and is open M-F 9AM-4PM.

Arun Ghandi–Peace Activist Helms Gallery

Archived Images and Ancient Techniques – Aug 29-Oct21 – HINSON New to the permanent collection - Through process and exploration. Joshua Flint reinterprets photographs from the Library of Congress. Encaustic painting techniques are applied to create abstract wood panels of tribal art by Jim Waters. Avian World – Sep 8–Oct 14 – HELMS – Nature photographers, Harold Boger and Maria Levix will exhibit their striking photographs displaying the colors and textures of our winged wonders. Gallery Talk – Sep 15 @ 5 PM Portrait of Mankind: Neo-German Expressionism – Oct 20 – Dec 9 – HELMS New to the permanent collection - Peter Robert Keil uses primary colors and keen social commentary on man’s gritty interactions in Europe and America. From Realism to Surrealism – Nov 3 – Dec 12 – HINSON A former theatrical scene painter known for a deft hand and eye for detail, Jeffrey Batchelor draws from the unconscious mind and metaphoric symbols to compose his magical “dream” environments. Artist’s Talk- Nov 8 @ 5 PM Capturing Life through the Mediums of Cast Glass and Alternative Processes in Photography –Jan 17–Feb 26 – HINSON Two of Penland School of Craft’s current artists’ work will be on display, Dean Allison and Mercedes Jelinek. Artist Talk – Jan 26 @ 5 PM Color Puzzles by Mary Margaret Myers – Jan 20-Mar 2 – HELMS The two dimensional work of Mary Margaret Myers is a symphony of forms dealing with figure-ground relationships, fractals, and color puzzles. The Brady Collection – Mar 15 – May 16 – HINSON – The collection of Charlotte Neonatologist Dr. Larry Brady features includes works by Maud Gatewood, Harvey Littleton, Dale Chihuly and Micheal Sherrill. Collector’s Talk – Mar 16 @ 5PM

WU Choirs

The Dwindling Supply of Our Most Precious Resource – Mar 20–May 7 – HELMS Artist Jeff Murphy creates provocative large-scale images of our most precious resource –water. Artist Talk – Mar 28 @ 5 PM (A Connected Campus Event) DISTINGUISHED SPEAKER SERIES Speaker events start at 7:30pm in McGee Theatre and are free with the exceptions noted below **.

Arun Ghandi – Peace Activist & Proponent of Nonviolence – Sep 27 Topic: Lessons Learned from My Grandfather: Non-Violence in a Violent World Sally Kohn & Tara Setmayer– CNN Political Commentators – Nov 2 Topic: Not Black & White: A Political Debate of Reversed Roles in Austin Auditorium** by Joshua Flint

Ben Simon – CEO & Co-founder of Imperfect Produce – Mar 23 Topic: Ugly Produce, It’s What’s on the Inside that Counts! (Connected Campus Event)

Y CULTURAL EVENTS MUSIC DEPARTMENT CONCERTS IN MCGEE THEATRE All Music Department events start at 7:30pm in McGee Theatre and are free with the exceptions noted below **.

Wind Ensemble Concert – Oct 3 University Choirs Fall Concert – Oct 6 – The Wingate University Choirs present a varied program featuring some of the finest choral repertoire written over the span of four centuries.

by Elizabeth Spotswood Spencer WU Opera

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck – Nov 4 & 5 Wingate students will be accompanied by an orchestra comprised of students, faculty and members of the Union Symphony Orchestra. This childhood favorite is brought to the opera stage in a charming fashion. Tickets: $15** Wingate University Singers: J. S. Bach’s Symbolum Nicem from B-Minor Mass – Nov 21 – In collaboration with the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra. Concert starts at NOON.** Wind Ensemble Concert – Nov 28 Chamber Ensemble Concert – Nov 29 University Choirs Christmas Concert: “A Wingate Christmas” – Dec 2 A traditional Christmas concert featuring international seasonal selections. Austin Auditorium at 6PM** University Singers and Chamber Choir Home Concert – Feb 23 – The Choirs annual winter tour culminates in this home concert. Wind Ensemble Concert – Feb 27 Wingate University Men’s and Women’s Choirs Concert – Mar 2 Presenting vocal music that spans the centuries of music history. Wingate University Chamber Choir – Apr 6 Commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with J. S. Bach’s monumental Passion According to St. John with North Carolina Baroque Orchestra.

Sally Kohn & Tara Setmayer

The Advanced Women’s Ensemble – Apr 11 Performing music with texts by influential women throughout history.   Evening of Opera Scenes – Apr 21 Students perform fully-staged scenes from opera and operetta featuring standard repertoire as well as some more obscure offerings. There will be laughter, tears, love and incredible talent! Tickets: $10** Wind Ensemble Concert – May 1 Chamber Ensemble Concert – May 2 Wingate University Choirs Spring Concert – May 4 WU Wind Ensemble



TYRUS Sept. 20, 2016 7PM McGEE THEATER

Pamela Tom

TYRUS is a feature-length documentary film that tells the unlikely story of 105year old Chinese American artist Tyrus Wong, and how he overcame poverty and racism to become a celebrated modernist painter, Hollywood sketch artist, and ‘Disney Legend’ for his groundbreaking work on the classic animated film, Bambi.


Michael Collins

A young Iraq war veteran embarks on a transformative journey across the United States as he struggles to regain his humanity while resisting the pull of suicide. Step by step, from Wisconsin to the Pacific Ocean, this documentary film explores the consequences of moral injury and offers hope in the compassionate responses of the communities that embrace them along the way.


Sridhar Reddy

Imagine a young, unarmed black teenager is shot by a white neighborhood watchman. It is up to a jury of six to decide whether or not the man is guilty of murder. 6 Angry Women - done with an improvised script - presents the jury deliberation of six strangers seeking to answer the ultimate question: what is justice vs. what is legal?

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MIND|GAME: Rick Goldsmith THE UNQUIET JOURNEY OF CHAMIQUE HOLDSCLAW Feb. 7, 2017 7PM McGEE THEATER Mind/Game tells the compelling story of basketball phenom Chamique Holdsclaw, the “female Michael Jordan,” from her rise to WNBA stardom to her struggle with mental illness and the strength she called on to speak out about it. The film debuted at the 2015 Nashville Film Festival where it won its first of many Audience Awards.


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Maya Angelou has lived not one life, but half a dozen: from her hardscrabble roots in the Depression-era South to supper club chanteuse, coordinator for Martin Luther King’s SCLC, journalist in Egypt and Ghana, comrade of Malcolm X, Presidential medal of freedom honoree and bestselling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Her life has uncannily intersected with some of the most profound moments in modern American history.

This is a collaborative project of The Batte Center and the Union County Community Arts Council with support from the Wingate University Lyceum program, Writing Center and Department of English.


Kathlyn Horan

The If Project follows a group of inmates incarcerated in a maximumsecurity women’s prison who are part of a writing workshop co-created by a Seattle police detective and a repeat offender serving a nine-year sentence. The workshop challenges the women to answer, in their own words, a simple question with a difficult answer: What if things had been different?

The Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers is a program of South Arts. Screenings are supported in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.



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The Batte Center 2016-17 Season Brochure  

The Batte Center presents world-class performances on the Wingate University campus which is located southeast of downtown Charlotte, N.C.

The Batte Center 2016-17 Season Brochure  

The Batte Center presents world-class performances on the Wingate University campus which is located southeast of downtown Charlotte, N.C.