artful afternoon luncheon

thursday, february 14, 2019

A Burlington native who is dean of students at The School of American Ballet will be our celebrated speaker for the 2019 Artful Afternoon Luncheon and Lecture series on February 14, 2019 at Alamance Country Club.

Sion Harrington is Dean of Students at The School of American Ballet, the preeminent ballet academy in the United States. The school was founded in 1934 by the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world of ballet, George Balanchine, and Boston-born dance connoisseur, Lincoln Kirstein, as the first step in their quest to establish an American ballet company. Fourteen years later the New York City Ballet was born. The School of American Ballet has been New York City Ballet’s official academy ever since, providing the vast majority of the company’s dancers as well as training dancers for other companies around the globe. The Academy is located in the heart of classical performing arts in New York City, at Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

How does the world’s leading ballet training academy prepare its students for careers on the world’s stages? Who better than the Dean of Students of this most prestigious and respected institution to speak to the challenges of ensuring that the young people in his charge arrive at their careers with ALL the tools they need to be successful professional artists.

Sion Harrington, a Burlington native and 1998 graduate of Williams High School, was highly active with both Alamance Children’s Theater and The Gallery Players throughout his childhood and fondly remembers productions of “The Velveteen Rabbit”, “Narnia”, “Gypsy” and “Oliver!” His experiences in Laura Sam’s Musical Theater class at Williams were the defining moments of his adolescence. Sion remained involved in theater and choral music while a student at Appalachian State University. It was also through experiences at Appalachian where he discovered his passion for working with students, holding leadership positions as a Resident Assistant, a Student Orientation Leader, and as Appalachian’s first Peer Academic Advisor. After graduating in 2002 with a BA in both Communication and Spanish, he returned to Williams High School where he taught Spanish for two years.

The Artful Afternoon committee is seeking sponsors:

  • $5,000- sponsor receives a table for ten, their name on all printed materials, and a reception and picture with the speaker

  • $2,500- sponsor receives a table for ten and their name in the program

  • $1,000- sponsor receives one seat at the speaker table and their name in the program

  • $350- sponsor receives a table for ten

Being a sponsor for Artful Afternoon is a wonderful way to express your love and gratitude to friends, family or colleagues to celebrate Valentine’s Day and offers much appreciated support to Alamance Arts.

For more information about Artful Afternoon, call 336-226-4495.


malpass brothers concert

thursday, march 7, 2019

Join us Thursday, March 7, at 7:00 p.m. at the Paramount Theater in downtown Burlington for a special performance by the Malpass Brothers!

The Malpass Brothers toured with the late Don Helms, former steel guitarist for Hank Williams. They have opened for music legend Merle Haggard on multiple tours and appeared on stages from the Shetland Islands to Ryman Auditorium to Merlefest. Bluegrass Today proclaims, “The Malpass Brothers are the best traditional country music that can be seen today.”

Proceeds benefit the Arts, allowing Alamance Arts to continue providing excellent arts programming in our community. All tickets are $25.

Purchase your tickets here.


gigglemug children’s theatre festival

saturday, march 30, 2019

Alamance Arts with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts will be presenting a Performing Arts Festival for Children on March 30th in downtown Burlington!  The performances will be held in the Paramount Theatre, Impact Alamance, Holy Comforter Church and May Memorial Library.  Each venue will present two performers.  The performers will be professional groups that present subject matter for children in music, theatre, dance, and storytelling.  All tickets will be $2.50 per person.  Mark your calendar for this fun event for the whole family! This project sponsors include Impact Alamance, Duke Energy, Alamance Foundation,  Nationwide Insurance: John A Peterson Jr, and Blairton and Brenda Hampton.

The following performers will show:

  • Bluegrass Stomp!, Charles Pettee

  • Didgeridoo Down Under Show, Didgeridoo Down Under

  • From Anansi to Zeus, Donna Washington

  • Spelling 2-5-5, Children’s Theatre of Charlotte

  • Steel and Djembe: Festival of Drums and Percussion, Mickey Mills

  • The Emperor’s New Clothes, Grey Seal Puppets

  • The Scientific Mime, or, What’s Up with Gravity?, Sheila Kerrigan

  • The Three Bears’ Guide to Porridge Making, FBN Productions Opera for Kids

Click here to read more about the performances.