New name and events for Tchaikovsky fest

Hoping to build a one-time collaboration into an annual event, a group of Charlotte arts organizations on Thursday gave it a name: Ulysses - Charlotte Spring Festival of the Arts.

The festival, named for a springtime butterfly, will spotlight Russian composer Tchaikovsky in an array of performances in March. The main events will feature the Charlotte Symphony, N.C. Dance Theatre and Opera Carolina.

The groups Thursday announced two new components. As a prelude to the festival, a community day on Feb. 25 at the Levine Museum of the New South will feature folk music, food and other aspects of Russian culture. The Light Factory will show three influential Russian films, including "Potemkin" from 1925. Steven Brown