Fall 2019 Arts Guide: Your ultimate calendar to live music, concerts in the Triangle

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Fall 2019 Arts Guide

The Triangle guide to music, art, theater, dance, festivals and books in Fall 2019.

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All information is subject to change. Check with the venue or organization before buying tickets. In some cases, schedules weren’t available at press time. Check this list at newsobserver.com, or the organization’s site, for updates.

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Art of Cool

Sept. 27-29, Six Durham venues (Durham Bulls Athletic Park, the Durham Armory, Motorco Music Hall, Carolina Theatre, The Pinhook and The Masonic Lodge.)

984-244-1033 or aocfestival.com

One-day passes available along with VIP packages

There will be more than 20 acts from R&B, soul, hip-hop, jazz and alternative music. Plus, former UNC and NBA player Rasheed Wallace (also known as current Durham Jordan High School coach) is the guest host. Friday performances include Jill Scott, Ari Lennox, 9th Wonder and Yolanda Rabun. Saturday performances include Run-DMC, Whodini, Big Daddy Kane & The Symphony and Talib Kweli.

The ArtsCenter

300-G E. Main St., Carrboro

919-929-2787 or artscenterlive.org

Richard Smith, Sept. 5

Alice Gerrard, Allison de Groot and Tatiana Hargreaves, Sept. 21

Kim So Ra: A Sign of Rain, Sept. 22

Bombino and Vieux Farka Touré, Oct. 13

Susan Werner, Oct. 18

Alash and Shodekeh, Oct. 26

Keller Williams, Dec. 6

Circle 12 Holiday Show, Dec. 20

BeauSoleil Cajun Christmas, Dec. 21

Bands, Bites and Boats

Fred G. Bond Metro Park, 801 High House Road, Cary

919-469-4100 or townofcary.org. Free.

Bands, food trucks and breweries gather at Bond Park the first Friday of the month from April to October.

Be Loud! 2019

Cat’s Cradle, 300 E. Main St., Carrboro

$40 for a weekend pass, $25 for Friday night only and $25 for Saturday night. 919-967-9053, beloudfestival.com or catscradle.com

This 6th annual benefit concert is Aug. 23-24. This year’s lineup features Chatham County Line, The Old Ceremony, The Tan & Sober Gentlemen and Alive at 27 on Aug. 23. The following day, Aug. 24, features Preeesh!, Greg Humphreys Electric Trio, PopUp Chorus and Pajama Day. (Preesh! is described as a “Chapel Hill supergroup” who will perform songs from Joe Jackson’s first two albums, “Look Sharp!” and “I’m the Man.”) All proceeds go to the Be Loud! Sophie Foundation, which raises funds for adolescent and young adult cancer support program at UNC.

Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary Cary

800-514-3849 or boothamphitheatre.com

Big Head Todd & the Monsters and Toad the Wet Sprocket, Aug. 18

New Reveille with Andrew Duhon, Pickin’ in the Pines, Sept. 4

Little Big Town with Ashley McBryde, Sept. 6

Jeanne Jolly, Pickin’ in the Pines, Sept. 11

Kacey Musgraves, Sept. 14

Diamond Creek, Pickin’ in the Pines, Sept. 18

Mandolin Orange with Mountain Man, Sept. 21

Johnny Folsom 4/Patsy Cline Tribute, Pickin’ in the Pines, Sept. 25

Lorraine Jordan & Friends, Pickin’ in the Pines, Oct. 2

Wilco, Oct. 16

Kacey Musgraves performs on NBC’s “Today” July 19, 2019. She will bring her show to Booth Amphtheatre Sept. 14. Charles Sykes Invision/AP

Carolina Harmony Chorus

St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 5101 Oak Park Rd, Raleigh

877-851-9188 or carolinaharmony.com

Singsation, Aug. 20-Oct. 1, learn how to sing with the award-winning women’s a cappella chorus. Free. RSVP on website.

Emmylou Harris plays UNC’s Memorial Hall Nov. 8. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com

Carolina Performing Arts

Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave., UNC-Chapel Hill

CURRENT ArtSpace + Studio, 123 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill

Moeser Auditorium, Hill Hall, 145 E. Cameron Ave., UNC-Chapel Hill

919-843-3333 or carolinaperformingarts.org

Tierra Whack, Sept. 13, Memorial Hall

Alicia Olatuja, “Intuition: Songs from the Minds of Women,” Oct. 2, Hill Hall

An Evening with Chris Thile, Oct. 22, Memorial Hall

Golda Schultz, soprano, and Jonathan Ware, piano, Oct. 30, Hill Hall

Emmylou Harris, Nov. 8, Memorial Hall

Sarod Trilogy, Amjad Ali Khan, Nov. 13, Memorial Hall

Sarah Cahill, “The Future is Female,” piano, Nov. 16, CURRENT

Publiquartet, “Freedom and Faith,” Dec. 13, Hill Hall

Singer Mavis Staples, center, performs at the Apollo Theater to celebrate the release of her new album “We Get By,” on Thursday, May 9, 2019, in New York. Brad Barket/Invision AP

Carolina Theatre

309 W. Morgan St., Durham

919-560-3030 or carolinatheatre.org

Richard Marx, solo acoustic, Aug. 23

Robert Cray, Aug. 24

Three Dog Night, Sept. 6

Leo Dan En Concierto, Sept. 7

Judy Collins, Sept. 19

The Mavericks, Sept. 22

Josh Ritter & the Royal City Band, Sept. 26

The Righteous Brothers: Bill Medley and Bucky Heard, Sept. 29

Mavis Staples, Oct. 3

Andy Grammer, Oct. 4

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle – Masters of Invention, Oct. 6

Rumours of Fleetwood Mac: 50th anniversary tour, Oct. 19

Justin Hayward with Michael Dawes, Oct. 26

100 Men in Black reunion concert with Kelontae Gavin, Oct. 27

Durham Symphony Orchestra: American Women’s Suffrage Centennial Concert, Nov. 3

Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin, Nov. 14

The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle – Beyond Opera, Nov. 17

Kip Moore, Nov. 21

Aaron Neville, Nov. 22

Robert Earl Keen: Countdown to Christmas, Dec. 4

The Malpass Brothers, Dec. 5

See Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle and Duke Performances listings for more.

Cary-Apex Youth Choir


Winter concert, Dec. 8, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, 2220 High House Road, Cary

Cary Youth Voices

919-319-6534 or caryyouthvoices.org

“Summer Sing, Greenwood Forest Baptist Church, Aug. 20

Concert Choir Ovations performance, Meymandi Concert Hall, Nov. 23

Winter concert, Dec. 6

Chamber Music Raleigh

SECU Auditorium at N.C. Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh

N.C. Museum of History, 5 E. Edenton St., Raleigh

919-821-2030 or chambermusicraleigh.org

Individual concert tickets can be bought day-of at ncartmuseum.org or at 919-715-5923. Season tickets available. Some docent-led tours of featured works are offered.

Eroica Trio, Sept. 29, N.C. Museum of History

Trio Virado, Oct. 27, N.C. Museum of History

Ciompi Quartet, Nov. 10, N.C. Museum of Art

Clara Yang and Javier Martinez Campos, N.C. Museum of Art

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

919-335-6125 or chamberorchestraofthetriangle.org

Ticket prices vary, from free to $30

UpClose Chamber Music Series featuring The Verona Quartet – Visionary Voices, Sept. 25, Durham Arts Council, PSI Theatre, 120 Morris St., Durham

Guest Artist Recital – Sayaka Selina, cello, Oct. 3, NorthStar Church of the Arts, 220 W. Geer St., Durham

The COT – Masters of Invention featuring cellist Sayaka Selina, Oct. 6, Carolina Theatre, 309 W. Morgan St., Durham

UpClose Chamber Music Series featuring The Verona Quartet – The Art of Storytelling, Nov. 7, Moeser Auditorium in Hill Hall, 135 E. Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill

Guest Artist Masterclass – Mary Gayle Green, mezzo-soprano, Nov. 15, The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham

The COT – Beyond Opera featuring mezzo-soprano Mary Gayle Green, Nov. 17, Carolina Theatre

Chapel Hill Philharmonia

Season TBD.

Choral Society of Durham

919-560-2733 or choral-society.org

Christmas Concerts, “Cantata 63, Christen, ätzet diesen Tag” by J.S. Bach and choral arrangements of holiday movie music and “The Nutcracker,” Dec. 13 and Dec. 15, Duke University Chapel

Clayton Center

111 East Second St., Clayton

919-553-1737, theclaytoncenter.com

Strong Tower Christian Fellowship Praise Party with Canton Jones, Sept. 14

Marty Stuart presents “The Pilgrim,” Oct. 4

Carole Sloane and Mike Renzi: Two for the Road, Oct. 11

Clayton at 150: Piano Festival Gala, Nov. 9

Melinda Doolittle, Dec. 6

Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek

3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh

919-831-6400 or walnutcreekamphitheatre.com

Breaking Benjamin, Chevelle & Three Days Grace, Aug. 18

Chris Young and Chris Janson, Aug. 23

Beck, Cage the Elephant and Spoon, Aug. 24

Jason Aldean and Kane Brown, Sept. 13

Peter Frampton, Sept. 14

Outlaw Music Festival: Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Alison Krauss, Lukas Nelson and Promise of the Real, Sept. 15

Game of Thrones Live Concert Experience, Sept. 18

Meek Mill and Future, Sept. 19

ZZ Top, Oct. 5

Luke Bryan, Cole Swindell and Jon Langston, Oct. 12

Concert Singers of Cary

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary

919-469-4069 or concertsingers.org

Tickets: $22 to $24

“Music of Light and Love,” featuring Jake Runestad’s “The Hope of Loving,” Oct. 26

Holiday Pops, Dec. 14

Concerts in the Park

Joyner Park, 701 Harris Road, Wake Forest


Free outdoor concerts from 5 to 7 p.m. In case of rain, shows may be relocated to the Wake Forest Renaissance Centre.

Sensory Expressions, Sept. 1, with Wake Forest Unplugged before the concert

Legacy Band, Sept. 8

Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts

2 E. South St., Raleigh

919-996-8700 or dukeenergycenterraleigh.com

Yordano in Concert, Aug. 31, A.J. Fletcher Opera Theater

North Carolina Symphony – Sensory-Friendly Concert: Family Fun 4 Everyone, Sept. 14, Meymandi (for children and adults with autism, sensory sensitivities and other special needs.)

North Carolina Symphony – Concerto for Two Pianos, Sept. 20-21, Meymandi Concert Hall

Gary Allan, Sept. 28, Memorial Auditorium

Marisela, Sept. 29, Memorial

Triangle Independent Schools Choral Festival, Sept. 29, Meymandi

Dream Theater: Distance Over Time Tour, Oct. 5, Memorial

North Carolina Symphony – Video Games Live, Oct. 5, Meymandi

Iyanla Vanzant, Oct. 8, Memorial

North Carolina Symphony – Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Oct. 11-12, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Leslie Odom Jr., Oct. 18-19, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Halloween Spooktacular: The Composer is Dead, Oct. 26, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Mahler Symphony No. 5, Nov. 1-2, Meymandi

Roy Orbison & Buddy Holly: The Rock ’N’ Roll Dream Tour (via holographic performance), Nov. 9, Memorial

North Carolina Opera presents Wagner’s “Siegfried Act III,” Nov. 10, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – New World Symphony, Nov. 15-16, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Bernstein & Copland, Nov. 22-23, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Cirque de Noel, Nov. 27-30, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 6-7, Meymandi

Home Free Dive Bar Christmas Tour, Dec. 8, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – Holiday Pops, Dec. 13-14, Meymandi

North Carolina Symphony – New Year’s Eve: Vienna with a Twist, Dec. 31, Meymandi

See N.C. Symphony and N.C. Opera schedules for more.

Duke University Department of Music

music.duke.edu. Free unless otherwise noted.

Duke Symphony Orchestra Pops Concert, Sept. 1. East Campus Main Quad

Flute4: Carla Copeland-Burns, Erinn Frechette, Caroline Ulrich, & Amy Orsinger Whitehead, Sept. 8. Baldwin Auditorium

Faculty/Student Chamber Orchestra Concert, Sept. 14, Free, Baldwin Auditorium

“Priceless: The Music of Florence Price,” Sept. 21, Baldwin Auditorium

Encounters: with the Music of Our Time presents Gloria Cheng, piano, Sept. 22, Baldwin Auditorium

Page Stephens, mezzo soprano; Chuck Dillard, piano; and chamber ensemble: “The White Album,” Sept. 28, Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building

Flavors of French Song: Elizabeth Linnartz, soprano & Deborah Hollis, pianist, Sept. 29, Nelson Music Room

Duke Symphony Orchestra with Karen Walwyn, pianist, Oct. 2, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke University Wind Symphony: “Let My Love be Heard,” Oct. 3, Baldwin Auditorium

Ciompi Quartet: Trois Modernes, Oct. 12, $18, Nelson Music Room

Women’s Wind Ensemble, Oct. 13, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke New Music Ensemble [dnme] presents RighteousGIRLS, Oct. 18, Baldwin Auditorium

Hsiao-mei Ku, violin & R. Larry Todd, piano, Oct. 20, Nelson Music Room

Duke Jazz, Djembe and Afro-Cuban Ensembles with Ernie Watts, saxophone, Oct. 25, $10, Baldwin

Duke Chorale, Symphony Orchestra, and Wind Symphony, Oct. 26, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke University String School: Violin and Cello Choir Concert, Nov. 2, Nelson Music Room

Duke University String School: Orchestra Concert, Nov. 3, Baldwin Auditorium

Rare Music Series: “Frescobaldi in Florence,” with Julianne Baird, soprano & Benjamin Katz, harpsichord, Nov. 9, Nelson Music Room

Duke University Wind Symphony with Imani Winds, Nov. 14, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke Djembe & Afro-Cuban Ensembles with guest artist Melena, Nov. 15, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke Chinese Music Ensemble, Nov. 17, Nelson Music Room

Chamber Music Concert, Nov. 19, Baldwin Auditorium

Duke Opera Theater, Nov. 23, Nelson Music Room

Duke Chorale Christmas Concert, Dec. 3, Duke Chapel

Duke Symphony Orchestra with Caroline Stinson, cellist, Dec. 4, Baldwin

Duke Jazz Ensemble with Fred Wesley, trombone, Dec. 6, $10 ($5 for senior citizens and students, free for 17 and younger), Baldwin Auditorium

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The Kingdom Choir, who became internationally known after performing at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, will perform at Duke Chapel Oct. 26.

Duke Performances

919-684-4444 or dukeperformances.org

Ambrose Akinmusire, “Origami Harvest,” Sept. 19, Rubenstein Arts Center

Mumu Fresh, “Building Bridges: Muslims in America,” Sept. 21, The Pinhook

Escher String Quartet and Dover Quartet, Sept. 28, Baldwin Auditorium

Mavis Staples, Oct. 3, Carolina Theatre

Andrew Tyson, piano, Oct. 11, Baldwin Auditorium

Vox Luminis, “The Bach Dynasty,” Oct. 18, Duke Chapel

Jerusalem Quartet, Oct. 19, Baldwin Auditorium

The Bad Plus, Oct. 20, Baldwin Auditorium

The Kingdom Choir, Oct. 26, Duke Chapel

Sam Green & Yo La Tengo, Nov. 1, Reynolds Industries Theater

Rafiq Bhatia, “Breaking English, Building Bridges: Muslims in America,” Nov. 7, Rubenstein Arts Center

Shai Wosner and Orio Weiss, “Two Pianos,” Nov. 9, Baldwin Auditorium

Tenebrae Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles,” Nov. 12, Duke Chapel

Imani Winds & Harlem Quartet, “Passion for Bach & Coltrane,” Nov. 16, Baldwin Auditorium

Isabelle Faust, violin, and Alexander Melnikov, piano, Nov. 23, Baldwin Auditorium

Ciompi Quartet featuring the Lark Quartet and Laura Sewell, cello, “Of the Cloth,” Nov. 24, Baldwin Auditorium

Music Maker 25 Pickers & Storytellers: Don Flemons, “Blind Boy” Paxton, Jake Xerxes Fussell and Gail Caesar, Dec. 4, The Fruit

Music Maker 25 Southern Voices: Lonnie Holley and Alexa Rose, Dec. 5, The Fruit

Music Maker 25 Zydeco: Major Handy with Buckwheat Zydeco Jr and Ils Sont Partis, Dec. 6, The Fruit

Music Maker 25 Native American: Pura Fe, Cary Morin, Deer Clain Singers and Lakota John and Kin, Dec. 7, The Fruit

Peter Serkin, piano, and Pamela Frank, violin, Dec. 7, Baldwin Auditorium

Music Maker 25 Blues Revue: Cool John Ferguson, Alabama Slim, Pat “Mother Blues” Cohen, Pura Fe and Cary Morin, Dec. 7, The Fruit

Music Maker 25 Gospel: The Branchettes with Phil Cook, Dec. 8, The Fruit

Music Maker 25 Gospel: The Glorifying Vines Sisters, Dec. 8, The Fruit

Durham Community Chorale

Hoilday concert, Dec. 7, Temple Baptist Church, 2121 Umstead Road, Durham.

Durham Community Concert Band

919-885-4237, info@durhamband.org or durhamband.org

Fall concert – Movies & Musicals, Oct. 27

Holiday concert, Dec. 12, Dec. 14

Durham Medical Orchestra

“Baseball for All: A Concert to Benefit the Durham Miracle League Field,” Oct. 20, Durham Central Park Pavilion, 501 Foster St., Durham. Free lawn seating. Tickets for covered seats. The family-friendly musical program recreates the experience of attending a baseball game in nine innings.

Fall Concert featuring Trombone and Cello concertos, Dec. 8, Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University. Free.

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Gladys Knight will play at the Durham Performing Arts Center Aug. 21. Derek Blanks Derek Blanks Photography

Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)

123 Vivian St., Durham

919-680-2787 or dpacnc.com

Gladys Knight, Aug. 21

The Temptations and The Four Tops, Aug. 23

Indigo Girls, Sept. 7

Buddy Guy and Shemekia Copeland, Sept. 10

Charlie Wilson, Sept. 13

Kevin Gates, Oct. 30

John Prine, Nov. 1

Third Eye Blind with Smallpools, Nov. 12

REO Speedwagon, Nov. 13

Kansas, Nov. 16

The Doobie Brothers, Nov. 20

Sylvan Esso with Molly Salre of Mountain Men, Nov. 22-23

Kenny G, Nov. 24

The Britan Setzer Orchestra’s annual Christmas Rocks! Tour

Il Divo Holiday Song Celebration, Nov. 29

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Amelia Meath and Nick Sanborn, together known as the band Sylvan Esso, sit for a portrait in their Durham studio on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, in Durham, NC. They will play two shows at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Casey Toth ctoth@newsobserver.com

Fearrington Village Singers

December concert TBA.

Follow Me to Fuquay-Varina

Centennial Square, 102 N. Main Street, Fuquay-Varina


The free concert series is 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. with music, food trucks and a kids zone. Sept. 5, 19, Oct. 10.

Forty Acres Concerts

919-630-4659 or fortyacres.org

The Old Ceremony at RambleRill Farm, Sept. 7, 913 Arthur Minnis Road, Hillsborough

Anya Hinkle & Tellico, Oct. 19, Five Oaks Clubhouse, 5109 Pine Cone Drive, Durham.

Chatham Rabbits, Nov. 16, Five Oaks Clubhouse.

Friday Night on White concert series

The Wake Forest concerts takes place along South White Street on the second Friday night of each month from April through September. Concerts are 6 to 9 p.m.

Crush, Sept. 13.

Four Seasons Chamber Music Festival

Season Opening Extravaganza, Sept. 29, Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh

The Magnificent Schubert, Oct. 12, Hayes Barton

Next Generation, Oct. 27, Nelson Music Room, Duke University, Durham

A Tradition of Individuals, Nov. 17, Hayes Barton

Garner Performing Arts Center

742 W. Garner Road, Garner

919-661-4602 or garnerperformingartscenter.com

Brian Owens featuring Marvin Gaye hits, Sept. 12

Jazz dinner with Yolanda Rabun, Dec. 13

Groove in the Garden

Stephenson Amphitheatre at Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh.

The fifth annual Groove in the Garden is Sept. 21 from 2 to 8 p.m. with two stages of music with a focus on homegrown acts. This year’s headline acts on the main stage include Arson Daily, Urban Soil, Hot at Nights 18-piece orchestra, Kooley High and Sarah Shook & The Disarmers. With food, art vendors and a kids zone. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 day-of. Free for kids 5 and younger.

Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem St. Apex

919-249-1120 or TheHalle.org

Halle Classical Concert Series, American Music for Brass, Sept. 15

Jazzlive Concert Series with Vibraphonist Steve Hobbs, Nov. 9

Halle Classical Concert Series, Russian Composers in their 30s, Nov. 17

Hillyer Community Chorus

Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 718 Hillsborough St., Raleigh

HillyerCommunityChorus@gmail.com or hillyercommunitychorus.org

Winter concert, Jan. 12

Holly Springs Cultural Center

300 W. Ballentine St, Holly Springs

919-567-4000 or hollyspringsnc.us/323/Cultural-Center or Facebook

Summer at the Springs presents The Whiskey Runners, Aug. 23

Matt Dusk, Sept. 20

Route 55 Jazz Band, Sept. 21

Big Bang Boom, Sept. 28

Holly Springs Community Band, Oct. 12

The John Denver Story starring William Florian, Nov. 1

Route 55 Jazz Band, Dec. 14

Holly Springs Community Band, Dec. 15

Corin Tucker, left, and Carrie Brownstein of Sleater Kinney, in Los Angeles, July 9, 2019. After two and a half decades, the acclaimed band collaborates with St. Vincent for its ninth album -- and moves onward without its longtime drummer. (Rozette Rago/The New York Times) ROZETTE RAGO NYT

Hopscotch Music Festival

The 10th edition is Sept. 5-7, downtown Raleigh. Single show tickets for main stage shows ($37.50 to $47.50); single-day passes ($89 to $99) and multi-day wristband tickets available. Plus, free day parties in smaller night spots.

Look for 130 bands over three days across 12-plus venues. Headliners on Sept. 5 at City Plaza are Sleater-Kinney, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Snail Mail and The Nude Party. The headliners on Sept. 6 at Red Hat Amphitheater are James Blake, Dirty Projectors and Faye Webster and at City Plaza, Jenny Lewis and Tyler Ramsey. The festival wraps up Sept. 7 with Chvrches, Phantogram and !!! (CHK CHK CHK) at Red Hat with Little Brother, Raphael Saadiq and Lute at City Plaza.

Local Jazz at Durham Fruit Co.

Durham Fruit Co., 305 S. Dillard St., Durham


New concert series hosted by singer-songwriter and cellist, Shana Tucker. Doors open at 7 p.m. Shows at 7:30 p.m. All concerts general admission. Tickets only available online in advance.

60th anniversary celebration of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue, Lynn Grissett Sextet, Aug. 19

Annalisa and Zen Poets, Aug. 26

Ernest Turner Trio, Sept. 9

Brian Horton Quartet with Mavis Swan Poole, Sept. 16

Shaquim Muldrow Quartet, Oct. 21

Shana Tucker and Brian Horton present “John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman,” Oct. 28

The Christian Tamburr Quartet featuring Kate McGarry, Nov. 4

Ariel Pocock Quartet, Nov. 11

Mallarmé Chamber Players

Durham at 150, Chamber Music of 1869, Sept. 8, 120 Morris St., Durham

A Series of Unfortunate Musical Events with Low and Lower, Oct. 11, First Presbyterian Church, 305 E. Main St., Durham

Marvelous Music Mainstage Series

Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary

919-462-2055, townofcary.org (Search Mainstage Series)

Marvelous Music Mainstage: The East Pointers, Sept. 20

Marvelous Music Family: Grey Seal Puppets presents “Bathtub Pirates,” Oct. 12

Marvelous Music Mainstage: Gina Chavez, Oct. 19

Varvelous Music Mainstage: Violet Bell and Zoe & Cloyd, Nov. 8

Marvelous Music Family: ArtsPower presents “The Monster Who Ate My Peas,” Nov. 9

Marvelous Music Family: “The Nutcracker Suite” presented in partnership with Cary Ballet, Dec. 21

McGregor Hall Performing Arts Center

201 Breckenridge St., Henderson

252-598-0662 or mcgregorhall.org

King Michael: A tribute to the King of Pop, Sept. 28

Beyond Amazing Tour: A Gospel Music All-Star Event, Nov. 8

The Raleigh Ringers, Dec. 6

Black Nativity, Dec. 13-15

Meredith College

Concert schedule to be announced.



Chanukah Concert, Dec. 15, 2-4 p.m., Quail Ridge Books & Music, Raleigh. Free.


The Durham festival, which celebrates the intersection of music and technology, is April 16-19, 2020.

Music Made in Heaven Community Handbell Ensemble

919-373-0103 or mmihraleigh.org

See website for dates.

North Carolina Museum of Art

2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

919-715-5923 or ncartmuseum.org

Old Crow Medicine Show with Charlie Worsham, Aug. 24

Chaka Khan, Aug. 29

Mipso and Robert Ellis, Aug. 31

Paperhand Puppet Intervention presents “We Are Here,” Sept. 6-8

Snarky Puppy, Sept. 14

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi, Sept. 25

See Chamber Music Raleigh schedule for more.

North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

919-781-3863 or nccmi.org

See website for concerts.

North Carolina Master Chorale

919-856-9700 or ncmasterchorale.org

Dona Nobis Pacem, Oct. 25, Christ Baptist Church, 400 Newton Road, Raleigh

Joy of the Season, Dec. 17, Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E. South St., Raleigh

NC State Music Department

Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, unless otherwise noted

919-515-1100 or music.arts.ncsu.edu

$$5 to $12. go.ncsu.edu/concerts

Fall Choral Collage, Oct. 18

Wind Ensemble, Nov. 5

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra, Nov. 10

Jazz Ensemble II, Nov. 13

Symphonic Band, Nov. 14

Jazz Ensemble I, Nov. 15

Wolfgang A Cappella, Nov. 17

Ladies in Red, Nov. 23

Raleigh Civic Symphony, Nov. 24

Wind Ensemble Holiday Concert, Dec. 5

Choral Holiday Concert, Dec. 6

Acappology, Dec. 7

See NC State LIVE schedule for more.

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Canadian Brass will come to NC State Nov. 16 as part of the NC State Live series. This appearance honors the 60th anniversary of the founding of NC State’s Friends of the College series; the ensemble performed on that series on four occasions during its 35-year history. Daniel D’Ottavio


Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh, unless otherwise noted

919-515-1100, live.arts.ncsu.edu

Les Tireux d’Roches, Aug. 27, The Pour House Music Hall, 224 S. Blount St., Raleigh. Tickets: thepourhousemusichall.com

Amythyst Kiah, Sept. 10, The Pour House

Regina Carter: Simply Ella, Sept. 28

Nobuntu, Oct. 4

Contra-Tiempo: joyUS justUS, with live music by Las Cafeteras, Oct. 25

Nella, Nov. 2

Canadian Brass, Nov. 16

Leslie Odom Jr. will perform at two concerts with the North Carolina Symphony Oct. 18-19. He is known for originating the role of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” on Broadway. He won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. Amy Harris

N.C. Symphony

Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2. E. South St., Raleigh

919-733-2750 or ncsymphony.org

Sensory-Friendly Concert: Family Fun 4 Everyone, Sept. 14, For children and adults with autism, sensory sensitivities and other special needs.

Concerto for Two Pianos, Sept. 20-21

Video Games Live, Oct. 5

Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2, Oct. 11-12

Leslie Odom Jr., Oct. 18-19

Halloween Spooktacular: The Composer Is Dead, Oct. 26

Mahler Symphony No. 5, Nov. 1-2

New World Symphony, Nov. 15-16

Bernstein & Copland, Nov. 22-23

Cirque de Noel, Nov. 27-30

Handel’s Messiah, Dec. 6-7

Holiday Pops, Dec. 13-14

New Year’s Eve: Vienna with a Twist, Dec. 31

Northeast Piedmont Chorale

See website for schedule.

Oak City Sound (formerly General Assembly Chorus)

321-345-7464 (SING) or oakcitysound.org

The men’s a cappella chorus presents its holiday concert, Dec. 11, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary

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Delta Rae, whose roots are in Durham, will play the Packapalooza concert Aug. 24 on Hillsborough Street. Scott Sharpe ssharpe@newsobserver.com


Live It Up! Hillsborough Street caps off Wolfpack Welcome Week with this annual daylong party Aug. 24, 2 to 10 p.m., on Hillsborough Street. There will be games, food, performances and this year’s headliner, Delta Rae.

Ignacy Jan Paderewski Piano Festival of Raleigh

919-233-5200 or paderewski-festival.org

Hubert Rutkowski (Poland) with the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra, Oct. 20 and 22, Meredith College, Jones Auditorium

Tomasz Ritter (Poland), Nov. 2, N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium

Andrew Yang (United States), Nov. 3, N.C. Museum of History, Daniels Auditorium

Gloria Campaner (Italy), Nov. 9, St. Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor

Jakub Kuszlik (Poland), Nov. 10, St. Mary’s School, Smedes Parlor

Philharmonic Association – Triangle Youth Music

Triangle Youth Jazz Fall Concert, Nov. 10, Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary

Triangle Youth Strings Fall Concert, Nov. 22, Cary Arts Center

Triangle Youth Philharmonic Fall Concert, Nov. 24, Cary Arts Center

Triangle Youth Orchestra and Symphony Fall Concerts, Nov. 26, Meymandi Concert Hall

Triangle Youth Philharmonic Holiday Concert, Meymandi Concert Hall


919-664-8333 or pinecone.org

The Trailblazers, Sept. 14, 7 p.m., Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, 801 High House Rd, Cary. Free.

Che Apalache with Circus No. 9; all-ages pre-show bluegrass jam with Russell Johnson, Sept. 15, 2-6 p.m., Coastal Credit Union Midtown Park, Raleigh. Free.

Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 27-28, Red Hat Amphitheater and downtown Raleigh. See worldofbluegrass.org

South Indian Classical vocal music concert by Mytreyi Shastry Aravind, Oct. 13, 3 p.m. N.C. Museum of History, Raleigh. Free tickets required.

Playlist Concert Series

Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St., Durham


&More with Niito, Aug. 23

Project 919 Band with Empower Dance Lesson, Sept. 6

Les Filles de Illighadad with Diali Cissokho, Sept. 20

PNC Arena

1400 Edwards Mill Road, Raleigh

919-861-2300 or thepncarena.com

Backstreet Boy,s Aug. 20

Chris Brown, Sept. 6

Carrie Underwood, Sept. 30

Post Malone, Oct. 17

Bon Iver, with Feist, Oct. 19

MercyMe, Oct. 20

Slayer with Primus, Ministry and Phil Anselmo & The Illegals, Nov. 3

The Black Keys, Modest Mouse and Shannon & The Clams, Nov. 8

The 1975, Nov. 19

Ariana Grande, Nov. 22

Raleigh Area Flute Association (RAFA)


Flute Concert: Valerie Coleman, flutist/composer, Nov. 9, Highland United Methodist Church, 1901 Ridge Road, Raleigh. $16 general admission; free for RAFA members

Raleigh Children’s Orchestra

See website for details.

Raleigh Civic Symphony and Chamber Orchestra

Stewart Theatre, N.C. State Talley Student Union, 2610 Cates Ave., Raleigh

919-515-1100 or raleighcivicsymphony.com

Orchestra performs world premiere by James Budinich, Nov. 10

Symphony performs a world premiere by Georgia Shreve, Nov. 24

The Raleigh Concert Band

Concerts are Nov. 9 and Dec. 14. Venues to be announced.

Raleigh Little Theatre

301 Pogue St., Raleigh

919-821-3111 or raleighlittletheatre.org

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra Fall Pops Concert, “Legends of the Musical Stage,” Sept. 15, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre

Groove in the Garden, Sept. 21, Gates open at 1 p.m. Stephenson Amphitheatre (see description above)

The Raleigh Ringers

Winter concert Dec. 21-22, Meymandi Concert Hall, 2 E. South St., Raleigh.

Raleigh Symphony Orchestra

919-546-9755 or raleighsymphony.org

“Legends of the Musical Stage,” Sept. 15, Cantey V. Sutton Theatre, Raleigh Little Theatre, 301 Pogue St., Raleigh. Tickets at raleighlittletheatre.org

“Tango to Nuevo Tango,” Oct. 5, presented by the Free Spirits Ensemble, the chamber music program of the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra. Ruggero Piano, 4720 Hargrove Road, Raleigh.

Symphonic Concert with the Paderewski Festival, Oct. 20, the first collaboration between the Raleigh Symphony Orchestra and the annual Paderewski Festival. Jones Auditorium, Meredith College.

Really Terrible Orchestra of the Triangle

919-469-4069 or rtoot.org

A Mildly Italian Christmas, Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m. Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary

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Red Hat Amphitheater

500 S. McDowell St., Raleigh.

919-996-8800 or redhatamphitheater.com

Flogging Molly and Social Distortion, Aug. 18

Judah & The Lion, Aug. 23

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals and Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Aug. 24

St. Paul & The Broken Bones with The Connells and Terminator X (Rescheduled Band Together concert), Aug. 29

The Raconteurs, Sept. 3

Hopscotch Music Festival, Sept. 6-7 (See hopscotchmusicfest.com)

Lizzo, Sept. 13

NGHTMRE and Slander, Sept. 17

NF, Sept. 21

Dropkick Murphys and Clutch, Sept. 24

IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass, Sept. 27-28 (See worldofbluegrass.org)

The Head and the Heart, Oct. 1

Zedd, Oct. 5

Sara Bareilles, Oct. 8

Bastille, Oct. 25

Renaissance Centre for the Arts

405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

919-435-9458 or wakeforestrencen.org

Trung Thu Moon Festival, Sept. 14

Rockin’ the Forest: Hip Pocket, Oct. 11

Rockin’ the Forest, The Catalinas, Nov. 8

Rockin’ the Forest, Steve Owens & Summertime, Dec. 28

Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance

1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro

919-542-8142 or shakorihillsgrassroots.org

The 2019 Fall Festival is Oct. 3-6 with 57 performers on four stages over four days. Bands include Galactic, Donna the Buffalo, Preston Frank, Roosevelt Collier Band, Hayley Jane, Yes Darling and Ryan Montbleau Band.

Sharp 9 Gallery

4608-L Industry Lane, Durham

919-486-5299 or DurhamJazzWorkshop.org

Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz Quartet, Aug. 20 (2 shows)

Jim Crew Quartet, Aug. 23

Brian Horton Quintent plays music of Wayne Shorter, Aug. 24

NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Aug. 27

Jim Ketch Swingtet, Aug. 30

Jonathan Kreisberg Quartet, Sept. 7

UNC Jazz Faculty with Jamey Aebersold, Sept. 13

Ralph Bowen with Steve Haynes Trio, Sept. 14

The Atomic Mr. Basie Guitar Trio, Sept. 20

Ron Brendle Quartet: A Tribute to the Bassist of Jazz, Sept. 21

NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Sept. 24

Mark Tonelli Quartet, Sept. 27

NC Revelers, Oct. 1

UNC Jazz Faculty with Ricard Pascal, Oct. 4

Joshua Espinoza, Oct. 5

Durham Jazz Workshop Jazz Jam, Oct. 6

Randy Johnston-Scott Sawyer Quartet, Oct. 11

Lenore Raphael, Steve Hobbs MJQ Tribute, Oct. 12

Ernest Turner Monk Tribute, Oct. 15

Frankie Alexander, Oct. 18

The Christian Tamburr Quartet, Oct. 19

Iris Ornig, Oct. 26

NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Oct. 29

UNC Jazz, Nov. 1

Lovell Bradford Trio, Nov. 2

Jim Ketch Swingtet, Nov. 8

Noel Sherr Quartet, Nov. 9

NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Nov. 26

Alamance Jazz Orchestra, Dec. 3

Juan Alamo and Marimjazzia, Dec. 7

Angela Bingham Trio, Dec. 13

NC Jazz Repertory Orchestra, Dec. 17

Six String Presents

The Cary Theater, 122 E. Chatham St., Cary

sixstringpresents.com or thecarytheater.com

Bill West and Jason Adamo, Sept. 14

The Gravy Boys with James Dunn, Sept. 21

Stand & Sway (Beth Wood and Ara James), Oct. 11

Pre-Turkey Day Benefit Jam hosted by Jon Shain, Nov. 16

The Ultimate Johnny Cash Show Tribute, Nov. 29-30

Joe Newberry and April Verch, Dec. 20

Smedes Parlor Concert Series

Saint Mary’s School, Smedes-Emory Parlor, 900 Hillsborough St., Raleigh.

919-424-4036 or sms.edu/our-programs/arts

“Compendium,” Raleigh Bach Soloists, Oct. 22. Free.

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church

1520 Canterbury Road, Raleigh

919-946-5721 or HolyMichaelChoirs.org/concerts/

David Arcus, organ, Sept. 20

Katherine Posner, soprano, and Margaret Singer, piano, Oct. 13

The Oakwood Waits annual benefit Christmas concert, Dec. 8

St. Stephen’s Concert Series

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 82 Kimberly Drive, Durham

919-493-5451 or ststephens.instantencore.com

The Frank H. Kenan Memorial Organ Recital, Geoffrey Simon, organist, Oct. 27

Heifetz On Tour, Dec. 8, with pre-concert discussion

Triangle Brass Bands

See website for concerts.

Triangle Jewish Chorale

Levin Jewish Community Center, 1937 W. Cornwallis Road, Durham

919 493-1288 or trianglejewishchorale.org

Celebrating the Triangle Jewish Chorale’s Silver Anniversary: A Concert in Honor of Founder Gayla Halbrecht, Nov. 17, Free.

Triangle Traditional Jazz Society

See website for schedule.

Triangle Wagner Society

info@trianglewagnersociety.com or trianglewagnersociety.com

Susan Dakin lecture on “Wagner’s Tannhauser: Sources and Symbolism.” Sept. 15, SearStone, 17001 SearStone Drive, Cary, NC 27513. Free for members and $25 for guests.

Eric Mitchko lecture on “The Recorded Hero: Interpreters of the Young Siegfried on Disc.” Oct. 13. The Forest at Duke, 2701 Pickett Road, Durham. Free for members and $25 for guests.

William Henry Curry lecture on “The Early Wagner Conductors: Their Legacy and Recordings.” Nov. 2. SearStone. Free for members and $25 for guests.

Triangle Wind Ensemble

919-960-1893 or trianglewind.org

Across the Divide, Nov. 19, Campbell University

Across the Divide, Nov. 23, Cary Arts Center

The Snowman, Dec. 15, Cary Arts Center

Trinity Park Salon Series


Benefit concert, Sept. 7, with Dvorak’s Piano Quintet No. 2, Opus 81 and Silent Woods. 7 p.m., Global Breath Yoga Studio, 119 West Main St., #300, Durham. Proceeds go to the Durham One Fund of United Way of the Greater Triangle, which helps those affected by the April 10 gas explosion. $20.


info@voiceschapelhill.org or voiceschapelhill.org

See website for concerts.

Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus

Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough St., Raleigh,

919-360-5242 or voxvirorum.org

See website for concerts.

IBMA World of Bluegrass

Downtown Raleigh, various locations


Sept. 24-28 in downtown Raleigh, the Raleigh Convention Center, Red Hat Amphitheater, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and other venues around downtown. Includes the IBMA Business Conference; the Bluegrass Ramble music showcase; the International Bluegrass Music Awards; and Wide Open Bluegrass. Many events are free, though there are limited reserved tickets for some Red Hat shows.

IBMA has announced Red Hat stage performers, leaving open the possibility of some surprise acts still to come. The Sept. 27 performers are: Sister Sadie, Balsam Range, Molly Tuttle, I’m With Her and new bluegrass supergroup, The Ringers, featuring Jerry Douglas, Ronnie McCoury, Todd Phillips, Christian Sedelmyer and Dan Tyminski. On Sept. 28, there will be a celebration of Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard; Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen; Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver; and Del McCoury Band with Sam Bush. Other acts for the free street festival have yet to be announced.

Women’s Voices Chorus

919-307-6860 or womensvoiceschorus.org

See website for concerts.