2012 Performing Arts Preview

Spring Spectacular
Triangle performances at a glance


Whether you're into jazz, blues, ballet, comedy, country, light-hearted musicals or serious dramas, it's all coming to the Triangle. The Carolina Woman preview offers a glance at music, theater and dance from January through April. Start marking those calendars now, so you can experience the Triangle at its artistic best.
Here's a sample of what's coming on stage:




300-G E. Main St., Carrboro
Meredith Vieira Productions presents "Life in a Marital Institution (20 Years of Monogamy in One Terrifying Hour)" with James Braly
Jan. 13
Mark Twain Now
One-man show highlighting Mark Twain
Jan. 28
DSI presents David Letterman Showcase: Eddie Brill
Feb. 4
The Monti
Unscripted and real stories from local story tellers
Feb. 9, April 20
N.C. Comedy Arts Festival presented by Dirty South Improv
Comedy fest with performances by improvisational groups
Feb. 16-18
Blood Knot by Athol Fugard and Portraits of a Poetic Revolution
Presented by StreetSigns Center for Literature and Performance with The Sacrificial Poets
March 1-5, 8-11, 19-20
Carrboro Modern Dance Company
April 6
Transactors Improv

Oldest active improvisational group in the South
April 7
UNC Pauper Players present a Spring Musical
April 13-17
"One Act Play Festival - An Evening of One Acts,"
presented by ArtsCenter Stage

April 27-29


Arts NC State
N.C. State University, Raleigh
Ticket central: 515-1100

NCSU Center Stage
Turtle Island Quartet - "A Love Supreme: The Music of John Coltrane"

Jan. 28
David Dorfman Dance - Prophets of Funk - Dance to the Music
Movement driven by the sounds of Sly and the Family Stone
Feb. 4
The Cashore Marionettes Puppetry
Feb. 18
Sagapool Gypsy music with Latin and folk rhythms
March 16
John Pizzarelli & Jessica Molaskey - The Heart of Saturday Night
Contemporary classic
March 24
Red Baraat
North Indian, funk, go-go, Latin and jazz
April 21

Dance Program
Panoramic Dance Project Concert
Choreographic work with Afrocentric and World Dance perspectives by director Autumn Mist Belk
March 30
NCSU Dance Company Concert: A Retrospective of 25 Years
April 19-20

Music @ NC State
Arts Now!
Jan. 24
Concert Band Invitational
Feb. 22
Jazz Ensemble
Feb. 23
Tom Koch Faculty Lecture-Recital
Feb. 24
Olga Kleiankina Faculty Recital
March 14
Ladies in Red
March 17
PMC Lecture Series
March 18
State Chorale Spring Concert
March 24
Music from the British Isles
March 28
Raleigh Civic Symphony
April 1
Grains of Time
April 3
Monday Night Music General Recital
April 9
Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra
April 22
N.C. State Salsa Band
April 24
Wind Ensemble/Concert Band
April 25
N.C. State University Choirs
April 26
Jazz Ensemble
April 27

University Theatre
Broadway musical
Feb. 15-19
"The Arabian Nights," adapted by Mary Zimmerman
Play based on the classic tales
April 12-15, 18-22


Broadway Series South
Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St., Raleigh
Green Day's "American Idiot"
Broadway musical
Jan. 31 - Feb. 5
Les Miserables
Broadway musical
Feb. 14-19
"Steel Magnolias"
The hit movie was, first, a play
April 20-29


Burning Coal Theatre Company
The Murphey School
224 Polk St., Raleigh

"Man of La Mancha"
T he classic musical, directed by Tea Alagic
Feb. 2 - 19
"Jude the Obscure"
Parts 1 & 2, adapted from the novel by Thomas Hardy, directed by Jerome Davis
April 12 - May 5, 2012

New Works/Staged Readings Series
"Across the Holy Tell"
By June Guralnick, directed by Jonathan McCarter
Feb. 15

Second Stage Series
"Mary's Wedding"
B y Stephen Massicotte, presented in collaboration with Josh Benjamin, directed by Josh Benjamin
Jan. 12-22


Carolina Ballet
Various venues
Balanchine Rarities
Feb. 16-March 4
The Little Mermaid
March 15-April 1
Carmina Burana - New Weiss Ballet

Apr. 19-22


Carolina Performing Arts
UNC-Chapel Hill
Brooklyn Rider and The Knights
Classical, gypsy tunes, Neapolitan love songs
Jan. 11
Carolina Chocolate Drops, with special guest Luminescent Orchestrii
Jazz, string-band, Balkan and beat-box
Feb. 3
"Four Electric Ghosts"
An Opera-Masquerade, by Mendi and Keith Obadike
Feb. 9
Overtone Quartet, featuring Dave Holland, Chris Potter, Jason Moran and Eric Harland

Feb. 10
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Modern dance
Feb. 13-14
Leif Ove Andsnes
Feb. 17
Christian McBride & Inside Straight
Feb. 24
Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, with Ton Koopman, conductor
March 13-14
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
March 15
Extreme circus and dance
March 20-21
An Evening with Herbie Hancock and His Band
Jazz pianist
March 22
"Whispering Pines"
Opera by artist Shana Moulton in collaboration with composer Nick Hallett
March 27-28
"Snow White," by Angelin Preljocaj
Contemporary ballet
April 4-5
Joshua Redman & Brad Mehldau Duo
April 10
European Union Youth Orchestra with Vladimir Ashkenazy, music director and conductor
April 13
Cheikh Lô
African music
April 14
Göteborg Ballet
April 17
"Gospels of Childhood: The Triptych," by Teatr Zar
Theater out of the spirit of music
April 22-23
Bėla Fleck & the Original Flecktones
April 25

Carolina Theatre
309 W. Morgan St., Durham
Kickin' Grass 10th Anniversary Concert
Country and folk
Jan. 14
Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle - The Classical Style
Professional ensemble
Jan. 15 & March 18
"Adam Carolla Hates the Holidays"
Jan. 19
Paula Poundstone
Jan. 20
Travis Tritt
Jan. 21
Sandy Hackett's Rat Pack Show
Jan. 27
Mike Birbiglia's My Girlfriend's Boyfriend
Feb. 3
Eric Benet
R&B/urban soul
Feb. 9
The N.C. Comedy Arts Festival and the Carolina Theatre present "The Second City"
Feb. 11
Bruce Hornsby
Feb. 14
"Jon Anderson: The Voice of YES"
March 1
"An Evening with Carrie Fisher"
March 2
Sweet Honey in the Rock
All-woman a cappella ensemble
March 9
The Peking Acrobats
March 10
Jay & Silent Bob Get Old
March 15
Cinematic Titanic
March 16
David Benoit and Brian Culbertson: piano2piano
Jazz & blues
March 21
Henson Alternative: Stuffed and Unstrung
April 20

Common Ground Theatre
4815B Hillsborough Rd., Durham
Transactors Improv Company Presents: "The Professors - Episode 2!"
Jan. 13, March 2, April 13
Ghost & Spice Productions Presents: "A Taste of Honey," by Shelagh Delaney
April 20-21, 26-29

Deep Dish Theater Company

University Mall
201 S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill

"Terra Nova"
Theatrical take on the strengths and weaknesses of the human spirit
Feb. 24-March 17
April 27-May 19

Duke Performances
Duke University, Durham
Branford Marsalis Quartet
Jan. 13-14
Simone Dinnerstein, piano
Essential Classics, Piano Recital Series
Jan. 20
Christian Tetzlaff, violin
Chamber Arts Society, Essential Classics
Jan. 23
Trio Jean Paul
Chamber Arts Society
Jan. 27-28
Fiasco Theater, "Cymbeline"
by William Shakespeare
Witty music and swashbuckling action
Feb. 2-4
Thurston Moore
Gospel country, blues, rock, pop, soul
Feb. 7
Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana
International, theater dance
Feb. 11
Ciompi Quartet Lunchtime Classics No. 3
Ciompi Quartet
Feb. 14
Workshop Reading: Fiasco Theatre, "Measure for Measure" by William Shakespeare
Feb. 17, 18
Ciompi Quartet Concert No. 3
Ciompi Quartet
Feb. 18
Wayne McGregor - Random Dance, "Far"
Theater dance
Feb. 24-25
Edgar Meyer, double bass
Essential classics, gospel country, blues
March 1
Jerusalem String Quartet
Chamber Arts Society
March 3
Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Essential Classics, Piano Recital Series
March 16
Takács Quartet & Garrick Ohlsson, piano
Chamber Arts Society
March 17
Robert Glasper Trio
DP Downtown, jazz
March 30-31
Tallis Scholars, conducted by Peter Phillips
Essential Classics
April 1
Seun Kuti & Egypt 80
International, rock, pop, soul
April 5
Ciompi Quartet Concert No. 4
Ciompi Quartet
April 7
Ciompi Quartet Lunchtime Classics No. 4
Ciompi Quartet
April 10
Anoushka Shankar & the Traveler Ensemble, "Flamenco Journey"
April 14
Richard Goode, piano
Essential Classics, Piano Recital Series
April 19
Artemis String Quartet
Chamber Arts Society
April 28
Mohammad-Reza Shajarian & the Shahnaz Ensemble
DP Downtown, international
April 28

Durham Performing Arts Center
American Tobacco District
123 Vivian St., Durham
Loretta Lynn
Jan. 8
The O'Jays
R&B/Urban soul
Jan. 15
Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles
Rock & Roll
Jan. 17 & 18
Bill Cosby
Jan. 21
Broadway musical
Jan. 24-29
Kelly Clarkson - with special guest Matt Nathanson
Jan. 31
Bill O'Reilly
News analysis
Feb. 3
Aretha Franklin
Feb. 9
The Addams Family
Musical Comedy
Feb. 28 - March 4
Big Time Rush - with special guest One Direction
March 6
Broadway musical
March 20 & 21
Diana Krall
March 22
Ira Glass
Journalist, storyteller and humorist
March 24
Pink Martini
March 30
Disney's Phineas and Ferb LIVE!
Children's musical
March 31
The Fresh Beat Band
Nickelodeon's popular preschool music group
April 5
Bring It On: The Musical
Musical comedy
April 17-22
Mohammad-Reza Shajarian & the Shahnaz Ensemble
World music
April 28
Elvis Costello and the Imposters
April 29

N.C. Symphony
3700 Glenwood Ave. Ste. 130, Raleigh
Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill
Passport to Hungary
Jan. 12
Tango Nuevo
Jan. 26
Dvorak and America
Feb. 16
Chapel Hill Espana
March 25
Chapel Hill: Beethoven and Beyond
April 28
Progress Energy Center - Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh
Young People's Concerts - Green Eggs and Ham
Jan. 7
Passport to Hungary
Jan. 13 & 14
The Music of Billy Joel
Jan. 20 - 22
Tango Nuevo
Jan. 27 & 28
Feb. 10 & 11
Dvorak and America
Feb. 17
Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2
Feb. 24 & 25
Art Garfunkel
March 2 & 3
NCS Kids presents Bug Songs
March 10
Beethoven's Eighth Symphony
March 16 & 17
Mozart's Two Pianos
March 30 & 31
The Music Man
April 13 - 15
Grant's Postcards from Home
April 20 & 21

PlayMakers Repertory Company
Center for Dramatic Art, UNC-Chapel Hill
Mainstage Season
The Making of a King, "Henry IV & Henry V,"
by William Shakespeare
Jan. 28-March 4
"Noises Off"
by Michael Frayn
April 4-22
PRC2 Season
"No Child..."
written and performed by Nilaja Sun, directed by Hal Brooks
Jan. 11-15
written and performed by Ellen McLaughlin, music composed by Sarah Kirkland Snider
April 25-29


Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St., Raleigh
Fletcher Opera Theatre
Pinecone Presents Deep River Rising
Jan. 6
Pinecone Presents Red Horse: Eliza Gilkyson, John Gorka, Lucy Kaplansky
Jan. 21
Pinecone Presents The Duhks
Feb. 10
Meymandi Concert Hall
St. Olaf Choir
Feb. 2
UNC Clef Hangers Concert
A Capella group
Feb. 3
Freedom Train - Classic Productions
The story of Harriet Tubman, told through dance, dialogue and music.
Feb. 14
Pinecone Presents Taj Mahal Trio
Feb. 18
Charlotte's Web - Classic Productions
Theatrical production of E.B. White's "Charlottes' Web"
March 12 & 13
Going for Gold - Triangle Brass Band with Special Guests Triangle Youth Brass Band and Triangle Youth
March 18
N.C. Master Chorale: Britten & Haydn "Spring"
March 25
Il Trovatore - North Carolina Opera
Italian opera
April 27

RBC Center
1400 Edwards Mill Rd., Raleigh
World's Toughest Rodeo
Cowboy rodeo competition
Jan. 21
Casting Crowns
March 9
Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour, by Cirque du Soleil
March 10-11

Raleigh Chamber Music Guild
Various venues
NCSU Stewart Theatre
Turtle Island Quartet
Jan. 28
Fletcher Opera Theatre
Kalichstein - Laredo - Robinson Trio
Feb. 12
Bach Aria Group
March 11
NC Museum of Art
UNC-Pembroke Faculty Brass Quintet
Jan. 8
Montage Music Society
Feb. 26
McIver String Quartet
April 15

Raleigh Little Theatre

301 Pogue St., Raleigh
"Dead Man's Cell Phone"
Delightful and delicate fantasy
Jan. 20-22, 26-29, Feb. 2-5
"The Miss Firecracker Contest"
Feb. 10-12, 16-19, 23-24, 26
"The Adventures of Nate the Great"
March 9-11, 16-18, 23-25
"The Crucible"
Classic drama
April 13-15, 19-22, 26-29

Theatre in the Park

107 Pullen Rd., Raleigh
"Stones in His Pockets"
by Maria Jones
Funny and moving play
March 2-4, 8-11, 16-18
"Leaving Iowa"
by Tim Clue and Spike Manton
A roast on the classic family road trip
April 13-15, 19-22, 27-29