Event Calendar

Nov 19

Lydia Salett Dudley with Jazz Xpressions

Fletcher Opera Theater
Fletcher Opera Theater
Jazz Xpressions
November 19, 2019 | Tuesday
7:00 PM
Jazz Xpressions

Holiday’s Enrapture is a celebration of Jazz and its influence on Soul, R&B, Gospel and traditional Holiday music. This performance will feature North Carolina’s national recording jazz musician and vocalist Lydia Salett Dudley with her band Jazz Xpressions. Lydia will perform music from her new holiday CD, This is Christmas. There will also be performances by Special Guests of Lydia’s. This performance will be an exclusive one night engagement to rejoice and celebrate an amazing expression of music.  

WNCU 90.7FM Jazz Station and the HBCU Advocate are both proud sponsors of this event.

Memorial Auditorium
A Tribute to the Masters
Nov 21-24
November 21 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
November 22 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
November 23 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
November 23 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
November 24 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
A Tribute to the Masters

The sheer elegance of Edgar Grieg’s Piano Concerto is paired with the premier of Robert Weiss’ ballet to Beethoven’s beloved 7th Symphony, which Richard Wagner called “the apotheosis of dance.”

Meymandi Concert Hall
Cirque de Noel
Nov 27-30
November 27 - 3:00 PM | Doors 1:30 PM
November 29 - 3:00 PM | Doors 1:30 PM
November 29 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
November 30 - 3:00 PM | Doors 1:30 PM
Cirque de Noel

The circus meets the symphony! Stunning aerial feats, mind-boggling contortions, and jaw-dropping juggling acts will take your breath away—and with these awe-inspiring acrobatics accompanied by musical holiday favorites, this event is sure to fill you and your family with the wonder of the season. Come early to meet Santa in the lobby!

Nov 29 - Dec 24

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical

Fletcher Opera Theater
Fletcher Opera Theater
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Nov 29 - Dec 24
November 29 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
November 29 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
November 30 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
November 30 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 1 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 6 - 6:30 PM | Doors 5:30 PM
December 7 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 7 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 8 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 8 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 13 - 6:30 PM | Doors 5:30 PM
December 14 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 14 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 14 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
December 15 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 15 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 15 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
December 20 - 6:30 PM | Doors 5:30 PM
December 21 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 21 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 21 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
December 22 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 22 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 22 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
December 23 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 23 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 24 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

The original television classic comes to life!

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.  It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.  Script adaptation by Robert Penola.  Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.

***If you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to one of our designated school performances listed below, please submit your request here- or contact group sales 919-996-8707 PAC.Group@raleighnc.gov

December 5th 10:30AM

December 11th 10:30AM

December 12th 10:30AM

December 19th 10:30AM

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Nov 30 - Dec 8

A Snow White Christmas

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
A Snow White Christmas
Nov 30 - Dec 8
November 30 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
November 30 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 1 - 11:00 AM | Doors 10:00 AM
December 3 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 4 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 5 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 6 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 7 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 7 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 8 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 8 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
A Snow White Christmas

Fun for the entire family, enjoy this wonderful, witty retelling of a classic fairy-tale. With a score consisting of well-known pop songs, follow Snow White and her Seven Dwarves as they try to save Christmas from her Wicked Aunt. This British Panto style performance will have you laughing in the aisles and singing from your seats.

Michael Campion of Netflix's Fuller House and Local Raleigh Area Kids join this star-filled cast! Campion joins previously announced Olivia Sanabia (Disney Channel’s Coop & Cami Ask the World, Amazon’s original series Just Add Magic) as Snow White, Grammy Award winning recording artist and actress Michelle Williams as The Wicked Queen, Jared Gertner (Broadway’s The Book of Mormon) as Muddles, Garrett Clayton (Teen Beach Movie, Teen Beach 2, Hairspray Live!) as The Huntsman, and Tony Award Winner Neil Patrick Harris as The On Screen Magic Mirror. 

***If you are a teacher interested in bringing your class to our designated school performance on December 5th at 11am, please submit your request here- or contact group sales 919-996-8707 PAC.Group@raleighnc.gov

A Snow White Christmas
Dec 1

David Sedaris

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
David Sedaris
December 1, 2019 | Sunday
7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
David Sedaris

An Evening with David Sedaris will feature all new stories and observations, along with an audience Q & A and book signing.  With sardonic wit and incisive social critiques, Mr. Sedaris has become one of America’s preeminent humor writers. The great skill with which he slices through cultural euphemisms and political correctness proves that Sedaris is a master of satire and one of the most observant writers addressing the human condition today.

David Sedaris returns to the road following the release of his most deeply personal and darkly hilarious collection, Calypso. Sedaris sets his formidable powers of observation toward middle age and mortality. Make no mistake: these stories are very, very funny-it’s a book that can make you laugh ’til you snort, the way only family can. Sedaris’s powers of observation have never been sharper, and his ability to shock readers into laughter unparalleled. But much of the comedy here is born out of that vertiginous moment when your own body betrays you and you realize that the story of your life is made up of more past than future.

If you love David Sedaris’s cheerfully misanthropic stories, you might think you know what you’re getting into at his live readings. You’d be wrong. To see him read his own work on stage allows his autobiographical narrative to reveal a uniquely personal narrative that will keep you laughing throughout the evening. Don’t miss this event!

David Sedaris
Meymandi Concert Hall
Selections from Handels Messiah
December 6, 2019 | Friday
Selections from Handels Messiah

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Ellie Dehn, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Owens, tenor; Federico de Michelis, bass-baritone; North Carolina Master Chorale

One of the most inspiring works of music ever conceived, Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion and drama — the perfect way to celebrate this holiday season. Don’t miss Handel’s exultant “Hallelujah Chorus” with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.

Meymandi Concert Hall
Handel's Messiah
Dec 6-7
December 6 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
December 7 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
Handel's Messiah

Grant Llewellyn, conductor; Ellie Dehn, soprano; Jennifer Johnson Cano, mezzo-soprano; Andrew Owens, tenor; Federico de Michelis, bass-baritone; North Carolina Master Chorale

One of the most inspiring works of music ever conceived, Handel’s masterpiece is full of passion and drama — the perfect way to celebrate this holiday season. Don’t miss Handel’s exultant “Hallelujah Chorus” with the North Carolina Symphony and the North Carolina Master Chorale.

Dec 8

Home Free

Meymandi Concert Hall
Meymandi Concert Hall
Home Free Dive Bar Tour
December 8, 2019 | Sunday
2:30 PM | Doors 1:30 PM
Home Free Dive Bar Tour

'Dive Bar Saints" is the title track in Home Free’s upcoming album release, out this summer.  The band’s rich, Southern harmonies from their four vocalists Tim Foust, Rob Lundquist, Austin Brown, Adam Chance, and beatboxer Adam Rupp are coming to town this Winter.

With praise rolling in wide ranges from the likes of Rolling Stone, Country Living, Perez Hilton, FOX & Friends, and AXS.com, the extraordinary showmen electrify crowds with a one-of-a-kind live show, mixing Nashville standards, soaring originals, and quick witted-humor that brings audiences to their feet with energy and laughter.

Join us for HOME FREE’s DIVE BAR CHRISTMAS TOUR for a perfect evening of mixed upbeat Nashville-dipped pop hits, country and western standards, incredible harmony and quick witted humor.  Music and details on VIP packages available at http://HomeFreeMusic.com.

Home Free Dive Bar Christmas Tour
Dec 11 - Dec 15

A Christmas Carol

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
A Christmas Carol
Dec 11-15
December 11 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 12 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 13 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 14 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 14 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 15 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
A Christmas Carol

A musical comedy adaptation of the Dickens classic. The show has been performed annually since 1974 and has been named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast." Cited as "one of the most successful shows in North Carolina theatre history," A Christmas Carol has enjoyed critically acclaimed tours to England and France.

With over one million people having experienced the magic of A Christmas Carol throughout the years, the show regularly sells out. A few of its honors include being named one of the Top 20 Events In The Southeast, the Metro Ovation Award, the Triangle Arts & Entertainment Reader's Choice Award, Proclamations from the Mayor of Raleigh and the Governor of North Carolina, Proclamations from Compiegne, France and Kingston-Upon-Hull, England. Continue a family tradition or start a new one with Ira David Wood III's A Christmas Carol!

Scrooge Performance Schedule

Dec. 11, 7:00pm - Ira David Wood III
Dec. 12, 7:00pm - Ira David Wood IV
Dec. 13, 7:00pm - Ira  David Wood IV
Dec. 14,  2:00pm - Ira David Wood IV
Dec. 14,  7:00pm - Ira David Wood III
Dec. 15,  2:00pm - Ira David Wood III

Dec 13 - Dec 14

Holiday Pops - North Carolina Symphony Pops Series

Meymandi Concert Hall
Meymandi Concert Hall
Holiday Pops
Dec 13-14
December 13 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
December 14 - 3:00 PM | Doors 2:00 PM
December 14 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Holiday Pops

North Carolina Symphony Children’s Chorus; Jeremy Tucker, chorus director

This annual tradition is getting bigger and better and will feature all your festive musical favorites, plus the NCS Children’s Chorus, carolers, falling snow, a sing-a-long, a chorus line of dancing Santas, and a few surprises to make your holiday bright!

Dec 18 - Dec 29

The Nutcracker - Carolina Ballet

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
The Nutcracker
Dec 18-29
December 18 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 19 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 20 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 20 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 21 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 21 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 22 - 1:00 PM | Doors 12:00 PM
December 22 - 5:00 PM | Doors 4:00 PM
December 23 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 23 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 27 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 28 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
December 28 - 7:00 PM | Doors 6:00 PM
December 29 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
The Nutcracker

From the moment the curtain rises, the magic of this Holiday classic is mesmerizing. That a journey to a land of whimsical characters featuring magical illusions, magnificent sets and beautiful costumes. Listen as a live symphony orchestra plays Tchaikovsky’s famed score. The Nutcracker is the perfect story ballet for the young and young at heart. You’ll want to visit once, twice or mire during this Holiday season.

Dec 19 - Dec 22

Oh What A (Holy) Night! - Theatre Raleigh

Kennedy Theatre
Kennedy Theatre
Oh What a Holy Night
Dec 19-22
December 19 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
December 20 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
December 21 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
December 22 - 3:00 PM | Doors 2:00 PM
Oh What a Holy Night

Our annual holiday tradition is here! This Christmas cabaret will ease you into the holiday season with a talented and professional cast of performers from local and national stages. Featuring Melvin Gray, Jr. (Smokey Joe's Cafe, The Scottsboro Boys), Gerard Williams (The Scottsboro Boys), Destiny Diamond McNeill (Dreamgirls, Beehive: the 60's Musical), Cassidy Hamilton (Smokey Joe's Cafe) and Supriya Jaya (The Bridges of Madison County)!

Kennedy Theatre
Ariana DeBose: There's No Place Like Home
December 22, 2019 | Sunday
8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Ariana DeBose: There's No Place Like Home

Tony Award nominee Ariana DeBose returns home to Raleigh for a one-night-only concert at the intimate Kennedy Theatre! Arriving direct from rehearsals in Los Angeles for Ryan Murphy's adaptation of The Prom for Netflix where she is starring opposite Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, and James Corden, DeBose will finally bring her acclaimed concert act to her hometown.

With music director Benjamin Rauhala, Ariana will sing a set-list filled with their trademark medleys and mashups, as well as highlights from her career on Broadway and a few holiday favorites. Joined by their dear friend and special guest Lauren Kennedy Brady, the concert will celebrate that, no matter how far you roam, there really is no place like home - especially for the holidays!

Memorial Auditorium
An Evening with Chevy Chase
December 30, 2019 | Monday
7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
An Evening with Chevy Chase

Light up your holidays with Chevy Chase live on stage plus audience Q & A following a 30th anniversary screening of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. After the showing of the holiday classic on the big screen, the celebration will continue with actor Chevy Chase (Clark Griswold) sharing stories from his career and the making of his classic movies and legendary television programs.

An original member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, Chevy Chase was the trailblazer who turned SNL success into Hollywood mega-stardom. The movies Caddyshack, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Fletch, and Three Amigos all contributed to making Chevy Chase a world-wide household name. Fans can expect the unexpected as Chevy Chase shares a no-holds-barred trip down memory lane in this exclusive evening with a comedy legend.

Christmas with the Griswolds has never been more beloved! National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation was ranked #2 on Esquire’s list of “The 40 Best Christmas Movies” of all-time. Chestnuts and eggnog recommended!

An Evening with Chevy Chase followin a screening of Christmas Vacation
Meymandi Concert Hall
New Year's Eve Vienna With a Twist
December 31, 2019 | Tuesday
8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
New Year's Eve Vienna With a Twist

To welcome 2020, we take you back to the Roaring ‘20s with jazzy big band classics that will put the swing in your New Year’s Eve! Plus, the time-honored tradition of Viennese waltzes will make this a night you’ll remember well into the new year.