Event Calendar

Meymandi Concert Hall
Thibaudet
Mar 13-14
March 13 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 14 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
Thibaudet

Jazz and classical music strike up a lively conversation in the Ravel Piano Concerto, performed by Jean-Yves Thibaudet—hailed as “one of the best pianists in the world.” The Symphony reveals Gershwin’s remarkable talent as a song spinner and vivid orchestrator with the “I Got Rhythm” Variations and An American in Paris.

Mar 13 - Mar 15

Starpower National Talent Competition

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
Starpower: National Dance Competition
Mar 13-15
Starpower: National Dance Competition

More than 30 years of experience has shaped our unique competition. Every year, Studio Owners, Teachers, Performers, and their Families and Friends are welcomed at upwards of 80 creative and energy packed competitions in cities across the globe.

* The Performing Arts Center parking deck (Located on South St. behind the Residence Inn) will undergo construction to move existing and add additional island pay areas starting February 17 - March 13th.  Work will happen Monday - Friday until 5:00pm each day.  This may cause some back-ups or delays accessing the deck until 5pm.  As an alternate, the flat parking lots in front of our venue will be available for paid parking during this time period.* 

Meymandi Concert Hall
Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown
March 21, 2020 | Saturday
8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Dancing in the Street: The Music of Motown

The North Carolina Symphony and guest-star singers relive the magic of Motown! This program features smash hits made famous by artists like Marvin Gaye, The Four Tops, Lionel Richie, Diana Ross, The Temptations, and the one and only Stevie Wonder. Get ready to dance to hits including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough,” “I Heard It Through the Grapevine,” “My Girl,” “Superstition,” and many more!

Mar 24 - Mar 29

Memphis - North Carolina Theatre

Memorial Auditorium
Memorial Auditorium
Memphis
Mar 24-29
March 24 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 25 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 26 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 27 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 28 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
March 28 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 29 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
March 29 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
Memphis

From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis comes the Tony and Olivier Award-winning musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, MEMPHIS follows the story of a white radio DJ who wants to change the world, and a black club singer waiting for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves – filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n’ roll.

Mar 26

Eric Johnson Classics: Present and Past

Fletcher Opera Theater
Fletcher Opera Theater
Eric Johnson: Classics Present & Past
March 26, 2020 | Thursday
8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Eric Johnson: Classics Present & Past

Eric Johnson has been traveling on a prolific odyssey over the course of more than four decades. Along the way, his creations have encompassed repertoire that cross pollinate genres which include rock, blues, jazz, fusion, soul, folk, new-age, classical and even country. Inevitably E.J. says it best himself in sharing. “It really boils down to the music and the song at the end of the day,” he explains. “If it doesn’t have that it gets boring for me. The most important thing for me is to grow musically and make a more expansive and meaningful artistic statement with every new project.”

As another decade turns, the guitarist, vocalist, composer, and multi-instrumentalist will release a new studio offering titled EJ Vol II. This album follows its predecessor from 2016 which was simply EJ, an all-acoustic collection of songs which showcased nine original compositions and four covers. His approach was deeply honest, intimate, personal and delivered with organic emotion. The touring which followed presented the rare opportunity for fans to enjoy the artist’s performances on both guitar and piano. With EJ Vol II, Johnson presents new repertoire that combines electric and acoustic arrangements. Additional detail on the upcoming album release will follow later this year.

Mar 27

An R-Rated Magic Show

Fletcher Opera Theater
Fletcher Opera Theater
An R-Rated Magic Show
March 27, 2020 | Friday
8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
An R-Rated Magic Show

This is NOT your grandfather's magic show… This is the show that will have you asking, "How the ****?" and "What the ****?"

Tricks, antics, pranks, stunts, wisecracks, buffoonery - all brought to you by one of the most compelling entertainers of his generation! Side-splitting comedy and mind-blowing magic are brought into the spotlight as comedy magician Grant Freeman brings his unique, raunchy show full of surprises to Raleigh!

Meymandi Concert Hall
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
Mar 27-28
March 27 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
March 28 - 8:00 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
Beethoven Symphony No. 7

Beethoven’s ebullient side comes to the forefront in his beloved Symphony No. 7, and the North Carolina Symphony’s stellar tuba and trombones come to front stage in the Low Brass Concerto by Jennifer Higdon—a work that explores the lyrical capabilities of these powerful instruments.

Fletcher Opera Theater
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
March 28, 2020 | Saturday
March 28 - 4:00 PM | Doors 3:00 PM
March 28 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus

The Off-Broadway hit comedy Men Are From Mars – Women Are From Venus LIVE!, is a one-man fusion of theatre and stand-up, and is a light-hearted theatrical comedy based on the New York Times #1 best-selling book of the last decade by John Gray.

Moving swiftly through a series of vignettes, the show covers everything from dating and marriage to the bedroom.  This hysterical show will have couples elbowing each other all evening as they see themselves on stage. Sexy and fast paced, this show is definitely for adults, but will leave audiences laughing and giggling like little kids! 

When Mars and Venus collide, the adventures are earth-shatteringly hysterical. It's a great recipe for a date night out: a little storytelling blended with some comedy and a dash of sage wisdom from the book. A delicious evening of entertainment!

Mar 29

Barons of Broadway - NC Master Chorale

Meymandi Concert Hall
Meymandi Concert Hall
Barons of Broadway
March 29, 2020 | Sunday
3:00 PM | Doors 2:00 PM
Barons of Broadway

The Chorale and pit orchestra present some of the most beloved music from the American Musical Theater. You’ll hear songs from shows like Camelot, My Fair Lady, Phantom, Cats, Guys and Dolls, and more. In our second installment of Barons of Broadway, we pay homage to the compositional duo Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, Broadway legend Frank Loesser, and internationally-renowned songwriter Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Apr 2

Whose Live Anyway?

Meymandi Concert Hall
Meymandi Concert Hall
Whose Live Anyway
April 2, 2020 | Thursday
8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Whose Live Anyway

WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? is 90 minutes of hilarious improvised comedy and song all based on audience suggestions. Cast members Ryan Stiles, Greg Proops, Jeff B. Davis, and Joel Murray will leave you gasping with the very witty scenes they invent before your eyes. Audience participation is key to the show so bring your suggestions and you might be asked to join the cast onstage! WHOSE LIVE ANYWAY? showcases some of the improv games made famous on the long-running TV show as well as some exciting new ones, featuring musical direction by Bob Derkach.

Fletcher Opera Theater
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba
April 3, 2020 | Friday
7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba

For the past decade, kora player and singer Diali Cissokho (kora and vocals) has called North Carolina home. Hailing from a long line of Senegalese musicians and storytellers known as griots, Cissokho made the transatlantic move to Pittsboro with his wife almost 10 years ago. Shortly afterward, he formed the band Kaira Ba with the aid of native Piedmont musicians John Westmoreland (guitar), Jonathan Henderson (bass), Austin McCall (drums), and Will Ridenour (percussion). Together, they blend the traditions and rhythms of West African music with subtle timbres of the American South. While comparison has been drawn to other notable Senegalese griots, such as Baaba Maal or Youssou N’Dour, the fusion of polyrhythmic percussion, plucky electric guitars, and sprinkles of pedal steel and electric organs makes for a much more individualistic, accessible sound. In essence, Diali Cissokho & Kaira Ba makes dance music that bridges the continental divide. ~Sam Haw, IndyWeek
 

Tony Williamson, who received a North Carolina Heritage Award in 2018 in recognition of his contributions to our state’s cultural vitality, is a renowned mandolin player from Chatham County. He’s also a skilled songwriter whose compositions integrate everything from traditional Piedmont string band tunes to classical music and jazz. He writes and plays innovative bluegrass music while maintaining his traditional roots. He was a sought-after session musician and sideman for artists like Sam Bush, David Grisman, Jerry Douglas, and Ricky Skaggs. Not only has he collaborated with other mandolin legends, he has become a mentor to a younger generation of pickers like Sierra Hull, Chris Thile, and Andrew Marlin of Chapel Hill-based Mandolin Orange.

Memorial Auditorium
The Magic Flute
Apr 3-5
April 3 - 7:30 PM | Doors 6:30 PM
April 5 - 2:00 PM | Doors 1:00 PM
The Magic Flute

Mozart’s delightful, fairy tale comedy The Magic Flute comes to life in a brand new, never-before-seen production designed and built specifically for North Carolina Opera. 
 
The Queen of the Night convinces Prince Tamino to rescue her daughter, Pamina, from the clutches of the evil high priest Sarastro. He soon learns that Sarastro is not a villain, but the virtuous leader of an enlightened group that both Tamino and Pamina wish to join. With the help of the colorful, zany bird catcher Papageno and his magic bells, Tamino and Pamina pass a series of entrance tests, thus ensuring that love and goodness carry the day. 

The Magic Flute is staged by NCO favorite David Paul (ToscaAidaIl trovatore) and features a remarkable ensemble cast and the NCO Orchestra all conducted by Joseph Mechavich in his NCO debut. 
 
The Magic Flute is in two acts and sung in German with spoken English dialogue, both accompanied by projected English translations/texts.

North Carolina Opera’s new production of The Magic Flute is made possible by C. Thomas Kunz.   

Meymandi Concert Hall
Fairy Tales and Dragons
April 4, 2020 | Saturday
April 4 - 1:00 PM | Doors 12:00 PM
April 4 - 4:00 PM | Doors 3:00 PM
Fairy Tales and Dragons

Come dressed as your favorite fairy-tale character or dragon-trainer and enter the magical realm of mystery and imagination with beloved musical tales such as Sleeping Beauty, Frozen, The Sorcerer's Apprentice, Shrek, and How to Train your Dragon. Come early for free, kid-friendly activities in the lobby beginning one hour before each performance.

Apr 4

Robert Dubac's Book of Moron

Fletcher Opera Theater
Fletcher Opera Theater
Book of Moron
April 4, 2020 | Saturday
April 4 - 4:00 PM | Doors 3:00 PM
April 4 - 8:00 PM | Doors 7:00 PM
Book of Moron

Robert Dubac’s Off-Broadway solo hit, BOOK OF MORON, has been described as one of the most “Hilarious” “Intelligent” and “Scorching” satirical attacks on idiocracy since Mark Twain. (And “idiocracy” isn’t even a word. How dumb is that?)

The New York Times raves, “Riding shotgun with intelligence and absurdity, there’s laughter for all!”

One man’s pain is another man’s comedy.  Especially when he’s in a coma and his five inner voices won’t stop yakking.  How he wakes up from his nightmare is hysterical!

It’s comedy on steroids. Think your funny bone can handle it?