Sting’s ‘the Last Ship’ Sets Sail, In Concert

JIAN ZHANG Jian Zhang More Information Learn more: For information about Jian Zhangs organization and the Oct. 5 concert, call him at 704-906-8686 or go to . Next month, Charlotte will have a chance to hear some of the best musicians from China and the southeastern U.S. Charlottes Chinese American Association, the Confucius Institute at Pfeiffer University, and the North Carolina China Council in Raleigh will host a concert titled Trans-Pacific Melodies. The concert will be 7 p.m. Oct. 5. The China National Orchestra and the North Carolina International Orchestra will perform at the Dale F. Halton Theater on the campus of Central Piedmont Community College. The CNO is an arts institute of the Ministry of Culture in China. Fifteen members of the orchestra will perform in four concerts in the United States. The CNO is led by artistic director Xi Qiang, an expert in Chinese folk music.

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A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. Join the Nation’s Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Sting’s ‘The Last Ship’ sets sail, in concert Elysa Gardner, USA TODAY 10:37 a.m. EDT September 26, 2013 Pop star introduces songs from a musical – his first – in intimate performance. Sting performs ‘The Last Ship’ to benefit The Public Theater on Sept. 25 in New York City. (Photo: Kevin Mazur, WireImage) Singer/songwriter was joined by a small gathering of musicians in a 260-seat venue Writing for other characters’ voices “freed me up” to craft new songs, Sting says New tunes showcase folk textures and propel story informed by Sting’s youth SHARE 8228 CONNECT 62 TWEET COMMENTEMAILMORE NEW YORK Who will play Sting on Broadway next year? That was the burning question posed sort of Wednesday night at the Public Theater, as the pop veteran launched a 10-night run of benefit concerts introducing songs “inspired by” his first musical, The Last Ship, due to arrive on the Main Stem in fall 2014. Billed as “An Evening With Sting: The Last Ship,” the show placed the international star in the Public’s 260-seat Anspacher Theater, where he explained to an audience including fan-club members and lottery winners how he conceived his virgin project as a musical-theater composer/lyricist. Set in Northeast England, where he grew up, it features as its hero a man who is, like Sting, the son of a shipyard worker, who leaves his small community and remains “very ambivalent about where he comes from.” His name is Gideon not a far cry, Sting wryly noted, from his own given name, Gordon (Sumner). “There’s some autobiography there,” he said. But not too much. Sting’s newly released album, also titled The Last Ship and featuring songs from the upcoming musical, is his first collection of new tunes in a decade. It came to fruition, he told the crowd, only after he was freed from writer’s block by the concept of crafting songs to be delivered by other people, representing different perspectives. He likened the consequent outpouring of music to “projectile vomiting.” His set list at the Public where he was joined by 14 other musicians and vocalists, a number of them also natives of Northern England featured at least one song that hadn’t made the cut for the stage project (but is on the album): Practical Arrangement, a bittersweet duet written for Meg, the feisty single mom who is Gideon’s love interest, and a rival for her affections.

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Hebert chose to sing Feeling Good, a song she had been practicing during the days leading up to the concert, just in case she was asked to sing on stage. The song choice was appropriate, considering Heberts good feeling about her chances that night I was just thinking really positive, she said. A video of Heberts performance appeared on YouTube later that night, and has received thousands of views since. Hebert was so good, some commenters on the YouTube video believe she was planted in the audience by Buble. Hebert says it was 100-percent spontaneous. she takes those comments as a compliment. People are going to think what they want to think, Hebert said. I know its real, my friends and family know its real, and thats all that matters. Hebert has never had any professional training. She did not discover her love for singing until high school when she joined South Windsor High Schools Show Choir. I was like ‘Hey, Im kind of good at this,’ Hebert said. Hebert is now a senior at Southern Connecticut State University, where she fosters her love for singing as a member of the universitys Jubilee Gospel Choir.

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CAPTION By Associated Press, LOS ANGELES After a bitterly fought five-month trial, a negligence lawsuit by Michael Jacksons mother against his concert promoter is in the hands of a jury after a final plea by a Jackson lawyer to punish the company he portrayed as a heartless, money-making machine. In his argument Thursday, attorney Brian Panish, who represents Katherine Jackson, urged the six women and six men on the jury to find that defendant AEG Live LLC and Jackson shared responsibility for hiring Dr. Conrad Murray, the physician whose treatments killed the superstar. Looking for things to do? Select one or more criteria to search Kid-friendly Get ideas Earlier this week, a lawyer for AEG Live suggested the promoter was pressured by Jackson to hire Murray as his personal physician, and was deceived when Jackson and Murray hid the fact that the singer was receiving nightly doses of the anesthetic propofol in his bedroom. The drug is intended for use during operations at hospitals. Murray was convicted in 2011 of involuntary manslaughter after giving Jackson an overdose of propofol as a sleep aid as Jackson fought chronic insomnia. Murray is in prison. Jurors were led out of the courtroom by 10 armed sheriffs deputies assigned to guard them during deliberations. They spent two hours behind closed doors, then retired for the night and returned Friday for their first full day of talks. Panish used his rebuttal argument Thursday to urge the jury to find that AEG hired Murray without considering whether he was fit for the job. AEG lawyers say it was Jackson who hired the doctor. In his speech to jurors, Panish suggested they might decide there was shared negligence in hiring Murray. Think of a bicycle built for two, he said. Both can cause the harm. He did not blame Jackson for seeking propofol and instead cited AEG for hiring the doctor who gave it to him.