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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Pieces of Gold

Posted March 23, 2011 11:01 a.m. EDT
Updated March 23, 2011 1:04 p.m. EDT

This is one of my favorite days of the year. I get a front row seat to a great show in Raleigh. Actually I get a seat on stage!

This is the 28th year of Wake Education Partnership’s Pieces of Gold extravaganza in Raleigh. For the last eight years or so I have been serving as co-emcee of the event with former WRAL Public Affairs Director Waltye Rasulala. Pieces of Gold celebrates the most talented singers, dancers and performers in the Wake County Public School System. I can guarantee that I will once again be blown away by the talent I see and hear tonight. Tickets are still available but don’t wait until the last minute because it is often a sold-out affair.

Tonight’s program begins at 7:00 in Raleigh’s Memorial Auditorium in the Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The show features a wide array of tremendous talent including 18 Karat, a Southeast High School choral group that performed on WRAL’s Noon News last week. I can’t wait to hear Elsie Shuler’s group again tonight and all of the other performers.

By the way, I would like to announce the winner of our contest this week for best love story. We had lots of good ones. Plum wins two tickets to the Bill Leslie & Lorica Concert at Johnston County Community College in Smithfield this Saturday night, March 26 at 7:00PM. It will be a wonderful evening and I look forward to seeing many of you there in the beautiful 1,000 seat Paul Johnston Auditorium just off Interstate 95.