Durham 150 Closing Ceremony

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The Durham 150 Closing Ceremony Presented by Duke University and Duke Health will take place on Saturday, November 2 from 7:30-10 p.m. at DPAC. This will be a culminating event of Durham 150, and will explore the history of Durham through narration, video, live performance and music.

The production will recount pivotal moments of the last 150 years in Durham, while spotlighting the work and accomplishments of 29 individuals identified by the Sesquicentennial Honors Commission as heroes and changemakers from our past.

Expect to see video walls featuring historical visual materials compiled by FireStream Media, narration written by historian Jim Wise and recorded by WUNC, 91.5 FM host Frank Stasio, live and recorded music from the John Brown Little Big Band, as well as live actors performing scenes created by Durham playwright Howard Craft and directed by JaMeeka Holloway-Burrell, artistic director of Durham’s Black Ops Theatre Company. A video that envisions the next 50 years in Durham (created, produced and narrated by Durham middle and high school students) will also be a part of the production, and a live performance of a new Durham anthem composed by Gavin Williams, Joshua Gunn and Phil Cook.

Tickets go on sale August 15 at 10 a.m. and will be available for either $15 or $30 (plus taxes and fees). Tickets will be available online at DPACnc.com or in-person at DPAC’s box office.

To ensure the production is an accessible community event, there will also be a lottery established for $5 tickets closer to November 2. More information about the lottery will be announced soon.

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