This preview was provided by the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture.

On May 31, the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture presents a special performance inspired by North Carolina folk art and history. Deep Water: The Murder Ballads will combine traditional folk song and contemporary music and dance in what will be a truly unique and memorable concert experience.

True tales of seduction and revenge will come to life in three dance theater pieces by UNC Charlotte choreographer E.E. Balcos and composer John Allemeier. These brand new works are inspired by the19th-century North Carolina murder ballads that chronicle the tragic deaths of Randolph County’s Omie Wise, Forsyth County’s Ellen Smith, and Burke County’s Frankie Silver

The stunning and beautiful new works by Allemeier and Balcos, each performed by a professional dance ensemble to live musical accompaniment, will be connected to the songs that served as their inspiration by North Carolina’s own Riley Baugus. A celebrated traditional musician, Baugus will introduce these modern interpretations with his authentic performances of the ballads.

Tickets are $18 and are available through or by calling 704-372-1000. Charlotte Folk Society members can mention the promo code “CFS” to receive a $3 discount on tickets!

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Deep Water: The Murder Ballads

Friday, May 31 at 8:00pm

Knight Theater, Levine Center for the Arts

Charlotte, NC