Exploring Opera: Celebrating Caterina Jarboro, Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva

Friday, February 23, 2018
11:30 AM
Cultural Arts CA1075 Beckwith Recital Hall
Event Type
Music Dept.
Ann Seymour
Music Department

Opera Wilmington presents
Exploring Opera:
Celebrating Caterina Jarboro (1898–1986), Wilmington’s First Operatic Diva
Two days of presentations, reminiscences, and coffee and conversation
All events on Friday are free with the exception of the 7:30 recital.

Friday Schedule
Coffee and Check-In
10:30 - 10:45 a.m.
Cultural Arts Grand Lobby 

Welcome and Opening Remarks
10:45 - 11 a.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall
Session I
11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall
Jarboro’s Early Years: From Wilmington, NC to Harlem, NY
Glen Anthony Harris, associate professor of history, UNCW : Racial Politics of Late 19th- and Early 20th-Century Wilmington
Amy Kirschke, professor of art history, UNCW: Women Artists of the Harlem Renaissance: The Crusade for Social Justice
Helena Kopchick Spencer, assistant professor of music history, UNCW “ The Making of a Diva: From Katherine Yarborough to Caterina Jarboro

Coffee and Conversation
2:45 - 1:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Grand Lobby

Session II
1:00 - 2:45 p.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall
Jarboro’s Aida at the New York Hippodrome and the Struggle for Racial Equality in American Opera
Lucy Caplan, Ph.D. candidate in American studies and African American studies, Yale University: Race and History on the Operatic Stage: Caterina Jarboro Performs Aida
Marian Smith, professor of musicology, University of Oregon: A Dash of Hi-di-hi: Balanchine’s Met Aida, 1935
Carolyn Guzski, associate professor of musicology, SUNY Buffalo: Desegregating the Metropolitan Opera in the 20th Century

Coffee and Conversation
2:45 - 3:00 p.m.
Cultural Arts Grand Lobby

Session III
3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
eckwith Recital Hall
From Broadway to Carnegie Hall: Caterina Jarboro’s Repertoire

Nancy King, associate professor of voice, UNCW: Appreciating Caterina Jarboro’s Repertoire

Master class with guest artist Jemeesa Yarborough, soprano featuring UNCW voice student performers Sarah Wells, Tori Thomas and Shauntè Jordan

5:00 - 7:30 p.m
Special exhibition by the Cape Fear Museum: Artifacts from Jarboro’s life and career will be on display during this time.
Stay after the master class or arrive early before the Friday evening recital to peruse these items!

Guest Artist Recital
7:30 p.m.
Beckwith Recital Hall
Jemeesa Yarborough, soprano
Marva Robinson and the Williston Alumni Community Choir
Snipes Academy of Arts and Design Chorus, directed by Christa Faison
(ticketed event: please see the information below or the separate web listing for Friday's recital)

About the symposium 
Opera Wilmington is delighted to announce our 3rd Annual Opera Symposium, a two-day event held on February 23rd & 24th, to celebrate the life and achievements of Caterina Jarboro, the first African-American diva to perform a leading role on stage with an American company.   
Co-sponsors for the event include UNCW Department of Music, Office of the Arts, Office of Community Engagement and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,

“Celebrating Caterina Jarboro” features two days of multimedia presentations, musical performances, and firsthand reminiscences that trace this historic African-American singer’s journey from hometown soprano to international opera star. 
Lecture Jarboro’s great-nephew, Richard Yarborough (Professor of English & African American Studies, UCLA) with his recollections of his “Aunt Catherine”, along with his family’s history in Wilmington at the turn of the century; prominent musicologists Carolyn Guzski (SUNY Buffalo) and Marian Smith (U of Oregon); along with local favorites Marva Robinson and Tony Rivenbark.  All lectures are free and open to the public (Beckwith Recital Hall).
You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of coffee and conversation during the breaks, visit UNCW student poster presentations, and view a special exhibit of Jarboro’s jewelry and photos by the Cape Fear Museum (Lobby, Cultural Arts Building).
A Friday evening recital continues the celebration: operatic soprano Jemeesa Yarborough (Florida State and NC School of the Arts) performs music championed by Jarboro throughout her career.  Special guests include Marva Robinson and the Williston Alumni Community Choir, along with students from the Snipes Academy of Arts and Design, directed by Christa Faison.

Tickets are not needed for any symposium events, except the recital on Friday at 7:30 p.m.
    -  $25 general public (per person)
    -  $15 UNCW faculty
    -  $6 students with valid UNCW ID
Tickets are available at the UNCW Box Office, located in Kenan Auditorium: 910.962.3500
Any remaining tickets may be purchased at the Cultural Arts Building Box Office, starting at 6:30 on Friday, Feb. 23. 

UNCW Campus Map
The Cultural Arts building is designated as “CA” and is on the left hand side of the map, just above midpoint.
Plenty of free parking, right out in front of the Cultural Arts building and across the street. No need to feed the meters for this event.
Contact us at the email or phone number above, and let us know your first and last name.
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Arrive on time

•   Arrive at the concert venue at least 10 minutes before the posted concert time. If you need to get a ticket at the box office, have your UNCW student ID ready and arrive at least another 5 sooner.

    •   The box office will only be open for ticket sales and distribution to students up until 15 minutes after the performance begins. 

    •   Students arriving 5 minutes after the start time of the event will not be admitted free with their UNCW ID card, and must purchase tickets in order to be admitted. If the box office has closed, students will not be admitted into the venue.

Concert attendance and program stamping

Programs for students registered in Department of Music classes are stamped by the ushers at the end of the performance. 

   •   If you leave before the concert ends, your program will not be stamped.

   •   If ushers should run out of programs, ask them to stamp your ticket stub at the end of the concert. Let your teacher know what happened. 


Use of electronic devices during performances

   •   use of computers, tablets, phones is not allowed during performances. Anyone using an electronic device will be asked to put it away. Noncompliance may result in being asked to leave the event.


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