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Joan Baez comes to Wingate University

11/8/2011
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Joan Baez
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Contact: Kim Williams Laura Kratt
Communications Writer Director of Cultural Events
704-233-8320 704-233-8302
k.williams@wingate.edu l.kratt@wingate.edu


Wingate, N.C. – Billboard says it best: “Decades pass, yet Joan Baez’ voice never gets old.” Joan Baez, the iconic voice of a generation, comes to The Batte Fine Arts Center on the Wingate University campus for one night only on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 7:30 p.m.

Baez has been a potent force in American music, combining art and activism both onstage and off. From her classic self-titled debut LP in 1960 to the landmark Diamonds and Rust (1975) to her acclaimed Dark Chords on a Big Guitar (2003), Baez has remained a folk icon and superstar. On her latest release, the Grammy nominated Day After Tomorrow, she returns to songs that evoke the spirit and message of her defining early work.

Even as an 18-year old, introduced onstage at the first Newport Folk Festival in 1959, her repertoire reflected a different sensibility from her peers. In the traditional songs she mastered, there was an acknowledgment of the human condition. She remains a musical force of nature whose influence is incalculable - marching on the front line of the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr., inspiring Vaclav Havel in his fight for a Czech Republic, singing on the first Amnesty International tour and standing alongside Nelson Mandela when the world celebrated his 90th birthday in London's Hyde Park. She brought the Free Speech Movement into the spotlight, took to the fields with Cesar Chavez, organized resistance to the war in Southeast Asia, then forty years later saluted the Dixie Chicks for their courage to protest war.

Her earliest recordings fed a host of traditional ballads into the rock vernacular, before she unselfconsciously introduced Bob Dylan to the world in 1963. She focused awareness on songwriters ranging from Woody Guthrie, Dylan, Richard Farina and Tim Hardin, to Kris Kristofferson and Mickey Newbury, to Dar Williams, Richard Shindell and Steve Earle.

Tickets are $42 and $52 and on sale via the Batte Center box office, www.battecenter.org, and the CarolinaTix phone room and website. For a complete schedule of events, ticket prices, as well as membership information call 704-233-8300.

Opened in 1999, the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center presents events in the McGee Theatre, Plyler-Griffin Recital Hall and Austin Auditorium. Located just a short, 5 minute drive from Monroe, The Batte is just two blocks off of Highway 74 and 30 miles east of Charlotte. Free parking is plentiful and all three performance spaces offer full wheelchair accessibility.

About Wingate University
Wingate University, ranked as the 8th "best value" in the South by U.S. News & World Report, serves more than 2,500 students on three campuses in Wingate, Matthews and Hendersonville, N.C. Founded in 1896, the University offers 34 undergraduate majors, 37 minors and career concentrations, numerous pre-professional programs, graduate degrees in business, accounting, education, physician assistant studies and sport administration, and doctorates in pharmacy and education. With a 14 to 1 student/teacher ratio, Wingate students gain the tools and support needed to excel in academics and apply that learning toward an extraordinary career and life.

In addition to a robust intramural athletics program, Wingate student athletes compete in 19 NCAA Division II sports. The University has won the South Atlantic Conference Echols Athletic Excellence Award for the past five years. For more information, go to www.wingate.edu.