Oceanographer Robert Ballard presents “Human History Under Water” as part of the Voyages of Discovery Series at 7 p.m. Sept. 14 in Wright Auditorium. Ballard is best known for his 1985 discovery of the Titanic and has tracked down numerous other significant shipwrecks. He is a National Geographic Society Explorer-In-Residence, a commissioner on the U.S. Commission on Ocean Policy and president of the Ocean Exploration Trust. An explorer, discoverer and historian, Ballard teaches a great deal about the past and has encouraged others to take strides in the survey of the mysteries of the deep sea.
In the second Voyages event of the fall, Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Colson Whitehead reads from his novel The Underground Railroad at 7 p.m. Oct. 4 in Wright Auditorium. Whitehead has established himself as one of the most versatile and innovative writers in contemporary literature. The Underground Railroad is a 2017 Pulitzer Prize winner, was the 2016 National Book Award winner and appeared at the top of the New York Times bestseller list.
Tickets are available at www.ecu.edu/voyages.
Sense and Sensibility, a playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, hits the McGinnis Theatre stage Sept. 28-Oct. 3. The play follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters — sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne — after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, depth and bold theatricality. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for ECU students and those 18 and under.
Dance @ Wright continues the performance season with a fun and unique performance Oct. 27-29 at Wright Auditorium. The eclectic lineup of ballet, jazz, tap, modern and contemporary dance has plenty for the dance newcomer and the dance lover. Tickets are $15 for the public and $10 for ECU students and those 18 and under.
It’s alive! The musical comedy adaptation of Mel Brooks’ monstrously funny film Young Frankenstein comes to McGinnis Theatre on Nov. 16-21. Tickets are $17.50 for the public and $10 for ECU students and those 18 and under.
Tickets and show times for all events are available at www.ECUARTS.com or by calling 252-328-6829.
S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series
The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series opens its 56th season Sept. 22 at 8 p.m. with “Billie and Blue Eyes,” a performance featuring the return of guitarist John Pizzarelli and his band with singer Catherine Russell. The salute includes Billie Holiday classics such as “All of Me” and “What a Little Moonlight Will Do” as well as Frank Sinatra hits such as “Witchcraft” and “I Thought About You.” Pizzarelli is credited with reinvigorating the Great American Songbook and repopularizing jazz (Boston Globe). Russell has performed and recorded with David Bowie, Steely Dan, Paul Simon and Rosanne Cash among others and recently won a Grammy Award for her appearance as a featured artist on the soundtrack album for HBO’s Boardwalk Empire.
Tracing its history to 1296, the Vienna Boys Choir — which included Joseph Haydn and Franz Schubert among its members — will offer a joyful program titled “Smile” on Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. Works will include selections from Couperin, Mendelssohn, Purcell, Schumann and Mozart as well as contemporary selections such as Nacio Herb Brown’s “Singin’ in the Rain,” Edwin Hawkins’ “Oh Happy Day” and Pharrell Williams’ “Happy.” Audiences at East Carolina will be among the half-million people worldwide to hear the choir live this season.
Evidence: A Dance Company will serve a multi-day residency with support from South Arts’ Dance Touring Initiative and perform Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. Artistic director Ron K. Brown integrates traditional African dance with contemporary movement, music and spoken word and has set works on significant African-American companies that have also performed in Wright Auditorium. “I hope that when people see the work, their spirits are lifted. I am interested in sharing perspectives through modern dance, theater and kinetic storytelling. I want my work to be evidence of these perspectives,” says Brown.
All SRAPAS performances are in Wright Auditorium. Subscriptions and individual tickets are available at 252-328-4788 or www.ECUARTS.com.
North Carolina NewMusic Initiative director Ed Jacobs welcomes percussionist Ayano Kataoka to ECU’s A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on Oct. 13. She has been praised by The New York Times for her
“…atmospheric, tactile backdrop of pitched percussion, played deftly… .”
ECU’s Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival presents two concert residencies at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall in Greenville this fall with the Season Opening Extravaganza on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 6 at 8 p.m.; and Chamber Music Monuments on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 17 at 8 p.m.
The Season Opening Extravaganza is reprised Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. and Chamber Music Monuments on Nov. 19 at 3 p.m. at Hayes Barton United Methodist Church in Raleigh.
Tickets and more information are available at www.ecu.edu/fourseasons or by calling 252-328-6019.
Flutist Claire Chase comes to A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on Nov. 9. Chase is a soloist, collaborative artist, curator and advocate for new and experimental music. Called “the young star of the modern flute…” by The New Yorker, over the past decade she has given the world premieres of hundreds of new works in performances throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia, and she has championed new music throughout the world.
Premiere Performances, a concert dedicated to the newest ideas of ECU’s developing young composers, will be presented Nov. 20 at the School of Music.
All North Carolina NewMusic Initiative concerts are at 7:30 p.m., and admission is free. More information is at www.ecu.edu/newmusic.
ECU Opera Theater and director John Kramar present Iolanthe, or The Peer and the Peri, a comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, at the historic Turnage Theater in Washington, with performances Nov. 3 and Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 5 at 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $10 senior/faculty/staff and $5 for students and are available at
The ECU Symphony Orchestra, Jorge Richter, conductor, is in concert Sept. 23, Oct. 14 and Nov. 10. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. in ECU’s Wright Auditorium and are free and open to the public. For more information, call 252-328-6851.
The ECU Symphonic Wind Ensemble, Concert Band and Symphonic Band take the stage for Bandoramas on Sept. 26 and Nov. 8. Concerts are in Wright Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. and are free.
Oct. 26 is all things percussion at Fletcher Music Center when the Percussion Ensemble performs in Room B110 at 7:30 p.m. Free.
The annual free Holiday Band Concert featuring songs of the season is Dec. 3 in Wright Auditorium at 2 p.m. For information, call 252-328-6851.
Be there or be square as jazz rules at Wright Auditorium at 8 p.m. Dec. 2 with ECU Jazz Ensemble (A) and the ECU Dr. Billy Taylor Combo in a free combined jazz concert.
Classical guitarist Luther Enloe comes to A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall on Oct. 4. Possessing a distinctively resonant sound quality, lyrical phrasing and technical finesse, Enloe has received acclaim for the expressive command of his live performances from concert presenters and audience members alike.
The Klasinc-Loncar Duo performs at ECU on Oct. 11. Their programs often blend Baroque, Classical and Romantic compositions with Loncar’s original works, transcriptions and arrangements of Spanish, Croatian and other Mediterranean folk styles and music of the Viennese tradition.
Both concerts are at A.J. Fletcher Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. and are free and open to the public. For information, call 252-328-6851.
Family Fare enters its 28th season Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium with a musical romp through the kid-lit scene with Theatreworks USA’s Dragons Love Tacos and Other Storybooks. Theatreworks has been a Family Fare staple for more than a decade because of its smart lyrics and captivating performances. ECU Storybook Theatre, a performance-outreach arm of the School of Theatre and Dance, will stage the classic Wind in the Willows, based on the book by Kenneth Grahame on Dec. 1 at 7 p.m. in Wright Auditorium. A rich story about several animals living in the countryside centers on Toad’s obsession with cars, the mayhem that ensues and the lessons he learns about his impetuous ways.
The Wellington B. Gray Gallery in the Jenkins Fine Arts Center will feature a series of local and regional art exhibitions in the 2017- 2018 academic year. They will include student and faculty work from the School of Art and Design. Hours are Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and admission is free. The gallery is closed for all university holidays. More information is available by calling 252-328-1312 or at www.ecu.edu/graygallery.
Lisa Beth Robinson hosts End of Times 2: The Time is Now in the Erwin Gallery from Sept. 1-28. Forty letterpress printers from around the world will be creating an edition of 80 prints that capture their personal styles and reactions to the current world climate. Information is at endoftimesprints.com.
The Erwin Gallery is in the historic Erwin Building on the ECU campus. Public hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Free admission.
Tickets and show times for all events are available at www. ECUARTS.com or by calling 252-328-6829.
Heather Muise’s Side Show
is presented Nov. 1-30. The exhibit includes a series of color etchings that explore autobiographical narratives, true and imaginary, using the denizens of the circus and sideshow.
Cynthia Bickley-Green presents Looking Good: Visual Experience, paintings representing entoptic visual experience inspired by sound and haptic sensation,
Oct. 21, 2017
Oct. 21, 9 a.m., Fifth Street
Join us at the Taylor-Slaughter Alumni Center to watch the parade. See PeeDee, the Marching Pirates and other bands, ECU cheerleaders, student organization floats, the homecoming court and Alumni Award recipients.
Pirate Game Day Tailgate
Oct. 21, Three hours before kick-off, ECU soccer stadium Gather with fellow Pirates for a buffet meal by Aramark and Smithfield Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q. along with beverages, live music and entertainment, door prizes and more. Pirate Game Day Tailgate is open to friends and fans of ECU. Members of the alumni association can enter 30 minutes early. Information and pricing are at PirateAlumni.com.
Oct. 18, 7 p.m.
Performer TBA at ecu.edu/homecoming
Treasure Found! Homecoming sale
Dowdy Student Store, Wright Building
Discounts throughout the store and a FREE game day button with purchase. Alumni, show us your class ring and save up to 30 percent off regular prices. Extended hours before the game.
Homecoming canned food drive
Oct. 19, Noon-3 p.m.
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or 252-737-1808
Homecoming pep rally at Freeboot Friday
Oct. 20, 5-8 p.m.
Five Points Plaza, Uptown Greenville
Free, contact email@example.com
The Black Alumni Chapter of the East Carolina Alumni Association presents the 2017 Black Alumni Reunion. Hotel blocks are available at the Holiday Inn Express at 909 Moye Blvd. and the Hilton at 207 SW Greenville Blvd. Details and registration information are at PirateAlumni.com/2017BAR.
Marching Pirates alumni reunion
Join fellow former band members for a weekend of fun, music and football. The reunion fee is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. Football tickets are available and are NOT included in the fee. A block of seats will be reserved in the Boneyard behind the marching band. Football block purchase details will be available at PirateAlumni.com/2017MPReunion. The host hotel is the Holiday Inn Express at 909 Moye Blvd. Hotel block details and more information are at PirateAlumni.com/2017MPReunion.
College, School and Department Events
Career Services, Student Affairs Development and Parents & Family Programs
Parade of Pirates
Oct. 21, 9-11 a.m. (during Homecoming Parade)
Career Services house on Fifth Street
Karen Franklin, 252-328-6050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Allied Health Sciences
50th-anniversary alumni tailgate
Oct. 21, time TBD
Location/cost/RSVP deadline TBD
Alyssa De Santis Figiel, 252-744-2114 or email@example.com
Department of Biology
Homecoming Nerd Nite
Oct. 20, 7:30 p.m.
Tapped, 650 E. Fire Tower Road, Winterville
Free, no RSVP
Jeff McKinnon, 252-328-5258 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Department of Chemistry
Oct. 20, 5-8:30 p.m.
Science and Technology Building third floor atrium area
Cost TBD, RSVP by Oct. 6
Aimee Callicutt, 252-328-9710 or email@example.com
Department of Criminal Justice
Oct. 21, 10 a.m.,
Rivers Building north lawn
Campus Recreation and wellness
CRW alumni welcome reception
Oct. 20, 6-8 p.m.
Student Recreation Center
Free, RSVP TBA at ecu.edu/crw
Greg Corack, 328-1564
College of Education
Breakfast on the Porch
Oct. 21, 8:30 a.m.
Front of Speight Building; parking available in adjacent lots.
Free, no RSVP
College of Fine Arts and Communication
Homecoming tailgate (Co-sponsored by Pirate Radio 1250 & 930)
Oct. 20, three hours before kickoff
Free, RSVP by Oct. 13
Mary Jane Gaddis, 252-328-1268 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Nursing
Annual homecoming festivities, special recognition of the class of ’67 and online alumni
Oct. 20, 5-8 p.m.
College of Nursing building front lobby
Free, RSVP by Oct. 3
Jane Boardman, 252-744-6504 email@example.com
Thomas Harriot College of Arts and Sciences
Oct. 21, 8 a.m.
On the lawn beside Whichard Building facing Fifth Street
Free, no RSVP
Jessica Nottingham, 252-737-1753 or firstname.lastname@example.org
College of Health and Human Performance
Oct. 21, 8 a.m.
Rivers Building Lawn
Free, no RSVP
Kathy Muse, email@example.com
NPHC Step Show
Oct. 20, time/cost TBD
2017 Alumni Award Recipients
The following Pirates will be recognized Oct.20 at the Alumni Awards Ceremony and Dinner and during halftime of the Oct.21 homecoming football game.
Valeria Lassiter ’90 is the founder and CEO of Lassiter & Associates, a strategic partnership, communications and fundraising management firm.
Harry Stubbs, IV ’74 ’77 (1952-2015) had a 32-year career in Washington, D.C., primarily with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation.
Art Beeler ’75 is a clinical assistant professor at North Carolina Central University in the Department of Criminal Justice.
Sheilah Cotten ’75 ’77, recently retired after 40 years of teaching and coaching at Louisburg College, is best known for her tenure as the head coach of the Louisburg softball team from 1986-2005, compiling a record of 516-293.
Jim Newman ’68 ’74 is a former Navy officer and reservist with more than 30 years of service.
William “Bill” Rowland ’53 has played a key role for more than 50 years in the identification, recovery, documentation and preservation of the CSS Neuse, a Confederate ironclad discovered in the Neuse River at Kinston.
The alumni awards ceremony and dinner is 6 p.m. Oct. 20 at the Greenville Convention Center. Alumni, friends and guests are welcome; advance registration is required. Sponsorship opportunities are available. To be a sponsor or for general information, contact Shawn Moore ’91 ’98 at 252-328-5775 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Information is at URL .
The alumni association is accepting nominations for the 2018 Alumni Awards through Nov. 1. More information is at PirateAlumni.com/AwardsProcess.