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(CANCELED) Ken Burns' COUNTRY MUSIC Preview Screening

Thursday, Sept. 5, 7–8:45 p.m. (Doors open at 6:30 p.m.)

UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, the North Carolina Museum of History and Bank of America invite you and a guest to join us for a special evening including a preview screening of Country Music, a film by Ken Burns, and a special Music in the Round performance by local country music-inspired artists.

This is a free event, but space is extremely limited. RSVPs accepted on a first come, first served basis. Please register you and your guest via Eventbrite or contact Karen Nowak at or 919-549-7273.

UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, Bank of America and the North Carolina Museum of History staff will screen clips from Ken Burns’ upcoming 16-hour documentary series, Country Music, followed by an intimate Music in the Round experience featuring local country music-inspired artists BJ Barham, H.C. McEntire and local up-and-coming bluegrass artist Eliza Meyer. The film, which chronicles the history of the uniquely American art form, features many North Carolina artists and their stories, including Fred Foster, Jimmie Rodgers, Betty Johnson and Rhiannon Giddens.

Watch Ken Burns' Country Music trailer

More about the film:

Explore the history of a uniquely American art form: country music. From its deep, tangled roots in ballads, blues and hymns to worldwide popularity, learn how country music evolved and emerged as America’s music. The series, directed by Ken Burns, features never-before-seen footage and photographs, plus interviews with more than 80 country music artists. No one has ever told the story of country music this thoroughly or respectfully before. It's the magic of Ken Burns and it's sure to become as big a classic as his Civil War, Baseball, World War II, Jazz and other monumental documentaries.

Country Music premieres on UNC-TV, Sunday-Wednesday, September 15-18, and Sunday-Wednesday, September 22-25, from 8-10 PM.

Funding for Country Music was provided by Bank of America, the Annenberg Foundation, the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations, Belmont University, Tennessee Department of Tourist Development, the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, Rosalind P. Walter and by members of ‘The Better Angels Society,’ including: The Blavatnik Family Foundation, the Schwartz/Reisman Foundation, the Pfeil Foundation, Diane and Hal Brierley, John and Catherine Debs, the Fullerton Family Charitable Fund, the Perry and Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Jay Alix and Una Jackman, Mercedes T. Bass, Fred and Donna Seigel, Gilchrist and Amy Berg, James R. Berdell Foundation, David Bonderman, Deborah P. and Jonathan T. Dawson, Senator Bill and Tracy Frist, Susan and David Kreisman, Rocco and Debby Landesman, Lillian Lovelace, John and Leslie McQuown, Mindy’s Hope Foundation, the Segal Family Foundation, Michelle Smith. Major funding was provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and PBS.

This special evening is made possible with support from North Carolina Museum of History, North Carolina Museum of History Associates, UNC-TV Public Media North Carolina, Bank of America and WETA.