UNC Charlotte to present exciting lineup for Charlotte SHOUT! Festival

sonic butterfly
Wednesday, March 27, 2024

UNC Charlotte is an official Ideas Pillar Sponsor for the upcoming Charlotte SHOUT! Festival. For 17 days this spring, Charlotte SHOUT! will invigorate Uptown delivering performances, installations, food trucks, interactive art and engaging conversations to plazas and venues in Center City.

Charlotte SHOUT!, presented by Atrium Health and Bank of America and organized by Charlotte Center City Partners, is a multiweek festival celebrating Charlotte's creativity and innovation through art, music, food and ideas. The University's partnership highlights its dedication to advancing new ideas and exploring the intersections of art, technology and culture.

Running March 29 through April 14 Charlotte SHOUT! will feature more than 100 activities and installations, along with curated programming from around the corner and the world.

Among the highlights are performances and presentations featuring UNC Charlotte faculty, students, alumni and co-hosted by several colleges. 

April 3 
AI, Robotics and Life in 2050 with CBS Sunday Morning’s David Pogue,
6 p.m., The Dubois Center at UNC Charlotte Center City


Pogue will entertain audiences with his infectious personality and stories about today and tomorrow. He is a full-time correspondent for CBS Sunday Morning who covers the technology, science and language beat. He’s a six-time Emmy winner, a New York Times bestselling author, a five-time TED speaker, host of 20 NOVA science specials on PBS and creator/host of the CBS News/Simon & Schuster podcast Unsung Science.

Tickets are free for UNC Charlotte affiliates with code NINERS.

April 4
Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast with Kelly Corrigan
6 p.m., Mint Museum Uptown

Corrigan will light up the stage with her wit and heartfelt anecdotes. She has written four New York Times bestselling memoirs in the last decade, earning her the title of “The Poet Laureate of the ordinary” from the Huffington Post and the “voice of a generation” from O Magazine. She is curious and funny and eager to go well past the superficial in every conversation. She will share insights from the many people she has interviewed and present on how “Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast.”

Tickets are $50. 

April 5
The Wisdom of Rumi with Haleh Liza Gafori
6 p.m., Harvey B. Gantt Center for African American Art + Culture


Haleh Liza Gafori is a transcendent performer who brings the poetry of Rumi to life. Born in New York City, she is a translator, vocalist, performance artist, poet and educator of Iranian descent. She grew up hearing recitations of Persian poetry and has deepened her connection to her ancestral culture through singing and translating the work of various Persian poets, most notably the poetry of the 13th century sage and mystic Rumi. Haleh will perform and discuss “The Wisdom of Rumi.” 

Tickets are $25. 

April 5
Nightingale and The Tower, with Sonic Butterfly 
8:30 p.m., First Ward Park


The College of Arts + Architecture Digital Arts Center, in partnership with Charlotte SHOUT, will present “Nightingale and the Tower,” an electro-acoustic multimedia performance featuring the Sonic Butterfly.

“Nightingale and the Tower,” by composer, director and award-winning performing artist Rebecca Comerford, is an intergenerational futuristic fable about a young boy who enters a magical forest and a supercomputer tower operated by an empress.

At the heart of this musical adventure through nature, technology and art is the spectacular Sonic Butterfly, an acoustic, chromatic, long-string harp designed and performed by acclaimed musician and installation artist Andrea Brook. With strings more than 60 feet long that span out over the audience, the vast two-octave harp creates rich longitudinal vibrations with ascending overtones that will transform First Ward Park into a stunning immersive musical instrument.

Attendance is free. 

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April 10
Orchestra Mosaic, 6:15 and 7:30 p.m.
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art

Orchestra Mosaic, featuring the UNC Charlotte Orchestra with the Queens University Chamber Orchestra and professional musicians, performs at the Bechtler Museum of Modern Art. Tubist Joe Skillen, chair of the Department of Music at UNC Charlotte, joins the orchestra as a guest soloist. 

Attendance is free.