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Singer Scotty McCreery.
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Carolina Performing Arts

Shows at 7:30 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Memorial Hall, 114 E. Cameron Ave, Chapel Hill


▪ Swimming in Dark Waters: Other Voices of the American Experience: Features Rhiannon Giddens, Bhi Bhiman and Leyla McCalla. Feb. 28. Starting at $39.

▪ Fred Hersch, piano and Julian Lage, guitar, 8 p.m. March 4. Starting at $19.

▪ Garrison Keillor and pianist Rich Dworsky. March 29. Starting at $25.

▪ Leif Ove Andsnes, piano, Christian Tetzlaff, violin, Tabea Zimmerman, viola and Clemens Hagen, cello. April 7. Starting at $39.

▪ Gabriel Kahane and Timo Andres, 8 p.m. April 9, $25.

▪ Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra with Mariss Jansons, chief conductor and Leonidas Kavakos, violin. April 13. $54

▪ Abigail Washburn and Friends: Singer/songwriter/clawhammer banjo player. 2 p.m., April 17. $29.

▪ Les Arts Florissants with William Christie, harpsichord and director. April 20. $49.

Carolina Theater

Shows at 8 p.m., 309 W. Morgan St., Durham

▪ Beth Hart, Feb. 23. Starting at $28.

▪ Josh Ritter, Feb. 25. Starting at $29.

▪ Metropolitan Opera Rising Stars, Feb. 27. Starting at $12.

▪ A Fiddler’s Feast, March 6. Starting at $27.

▪ Los Lonely Boys, March 10. Starting at $32.

▪ The Hit Men, March 11. Starting at $28.

▪ Chris Mann, March 13. Starting at $27.

▪ Indigo Girls, March 14. Starting at $37.

▪ Rickie Lee Jones, March 15. Starting at $37.

▪ The Pink Floyd Experience March 16. Starting at $28.

▪ Jewel, March 19. Starting at $37.

▪ Joe Satriani, March 21. Starting at $22.

▪ The Johnny Clegg Band, March 22. Starting at $27.

▪ Stewart Copeland and Jon Kimura Parker, March 31. Starting at $27.

▪ Ryan Keberle and Catharsis, April 1. $22.

▪ Black Violin, April 5. Starting at $28.

▪ Steve Hackett, April 19. Starting at $47.

▪ Esperanza Spalding Presents: Emily’s D+Evolution, April 20. Starting at $37.

▪ Rita Wilson, April 21. Starting at $34.

▪ Terence Blanchard, May 6. Starting at $51.

Cary Arts Center

101 Dry Ave., Cary



▪ “The Clothesline Muse”: Multi-discipline theater project featuring a cast of six and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon, as “The Muse,” 7:30 p.m., March 18. $22-26.

▪ Billy McGuigan’s Yesterday & Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience: Audience members fill out request cards for the Beatles songs they want to hear. 7:30 p.m., April 1. $22-26.

▪ Ceilidh: Celtic music and dance, 7-9 p.m., April 2. $10 adults, $5 students.

▪ Starlight Concert Series presents Polka Night: The music of late polka legend Frankie Yankovic, performed by the Polka Plus Band. Free dance lessons at 6:30 p.m., show at 7 p.m., May 20, Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden, 119 Ambassador Loop, Cary. Free.

Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle

Shows at 3 p.m., Carolina Theatre, Durham

$25; 919-560-3030;

▪ “Love and Tragedy”: Performance includes excerpts from “Romeo et Juliet.” March 20.

▪ “A Surprise from the Classical Period”: Includes Cartellieri’s “Symphony No.1”; Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante.” May 8.

The Choral Society of Durham

Tickets $22; students of all ages free. 919-560-2733;

▪ Sergei Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (Vespers), sung in the original Church Slavonic, Rodney Wynkoop, conductor, 8 Feb. 26, First Presbyterian Church, 303 E. Main St., Durham. And, 4 p.m. Feb. 28, University United Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill.

▪ Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Requiem and Anton Bruckner: Te Deum: The Choral Society of Durham joins forces with the Durham Symphony in two sacred masterworks. Rodney Wynkoop & William Henry Curry, conductors, with choirs from the Durham School of the Arts. 7:30 p.m., April 30, Weaver Auditorium, Durham School of the Arts, 400 N. Duke St., Durham.

Clayton Center

111 East Second St., Clayton

Shows at 8 p.m. $25. 919-553-1737;

▪ Lee Roy Parnell, March 12. $25

▪ Mike Farris

Concert Singers of Cary

▪ “The Deepness of the Blue:” The Concert Singers of Cary Symphonic Choir sings African, and African American Music from the early days of slavery to the post civil rights era. Features the North Carolina premiere of “The Deepness of the Blue by William Averitt. 7:30 pm., April 23, Saint Francis United Methodist Church, 2965 Kildaire Farm Roadd, Cary. $25 adults

▪ “Timeless Voices:” The Concert Singers of Cary Choral Artists are joined by the North Carolina Baroque Orchestra Chamber Players performing works by J.S. Bach and Heinrich Schutz. Join the performers for a catered post concert reception of wine, cheese and fruit immediately following the performance. 3 p.m., May 22, The Matthews House, 317 West Chatham St., Cary. $35. Not appropriate for young children.

Durham Children’s Choir

Riverside High School Auditorium, 3218 Rose of Sharon Road, Durham.

$15, $10.

▪ Broadway benefit concert and silent auction, 7 p.m. Feb. 27.

Durham Community Concert Band

▪ Spring Concert, 4 p.m., April 10, North Carolina School of Science and Math, 1219 Broad St., Durham. Free.

▪ Father’s Day Concert, 4 p.m., June 18, Durham Central Park, 501 Foster St, Durham. Free.

Duke Performances

Shows at 8 p.m. at Baldwin Auditorim unless otherwise noted. Tickets start at $15.


▪ Patty Griffin, Sara Watkins & Anaïs Mitchell, singer-songwriters, Feb. 26, Page Auditorium.

▪ Fazil Say, Turkish pianist, 7 p.m., Feb. 28.

▪ Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band, March 4

▪ Hurray for the Riff Raff, American roots music, March 5

▪ Deviant Septet, New York ensemble, March 11.

▪ Parker Quartet with Kim Kashkashian, viola, March 12.

▪ Joan Baez, March 20, Page Auditorium

▪ Conrad Tao, pianist, March 25

▪ The Gloaming, Celtic supergroup, March 26

▪ Kassé Mady Diabaté, traditional Mali acoustic music, April 1

▪ Emerson String Quartet, April 2.

▪ Shanghai Quartet featuring Wu Man, Pipa, April 8.

▪ Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar & Fanfare Ciocarlia, Balkan brass bands, 7 p.m., April 11, Page Auditorium

▪ Michael Gordon featuring Mantra Percussion & the Rushes Ensemble. April 22-23, Durham Fruit & Produce Co., 305 South Dillard St.

▪ Murray Perahia, pianist, April 29.

▪ Roomful of Teeth, vocal ensemble, April 30.

Durham Performing Arts Center

123 Vivian St., Durham.

Shows at 8 p.m. unless otherwise noted. 919-680-2787;

▪ The Moody Blues, March 24. Start at $50

▪ Duran Duran, March 28. Start at $70.

▪ Aretha Franklin, May 19. Start at $70.

▪ Get the Led Out, Led Zeppelin tribute, April 1. Start at $27.50

▪ Yanni, 7:30 p.m., April 3. Start at $45

▪ Celtic Woman, 7:30 p.m. April 16. Start at $53.

The Fearrington Village Singers

Barn at Fearrington Village, 2000 Fearrington Village Center.


▪ “And This Shall Be for Music”: Mix of jazz, Broadway, big band, folk and inspirational music, under the direction of Matt Fry, 7:30 p.m., May 4. $10.

Garner Performing Arts Center

▪ “More Than a Name,” historical musical inspired by people and events in Wake County during World War II, written by Tim Stevens. Features the 1940s music of The Hall Sisters. 7:30 p.m. March 31-April 1, 3 p.m. April 2. $15.

▪ David Burnham, Broadway and cabaret star performing in “Broadway Voices,” 7:30 p.m. April 30. $35.

Gregg Gelb and Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra

4608 Industry Lane, Durham. $15.


▪ Big band works of N.C. jazz composers, 8 p.m., April 9.

Halle Cultural Arts Center

237 N. Salem St., Apex

▪ 2016 Classical Concert Series: Mozart, Scriabin, Copland and the Chopin Connection featuring Jonathan Moyer, 3 p.m., March 13. $12 adults, $6 students 16 and under.

▪ SAS Showchoir: Vocal Motion, the SAS sponsored Show Choir, and Audio Kuduz, 7 p.m., April 15. Free.

▪ 2016 JazzLive Concert Series: With Pianist Lenore Raphael, vocalist Sherry Williams, bassist Jason Foureman and drummer Peter Ingram, 7:30 p.m., April 16. $15 adults; $12 students 18 and under.

Hillyer Community Chorus

Hillyer Memorial Christian Church, 718 Hillsborough St, Raleigh.


▪ Spring ’16 Concert: with Bill Rashleigh directing, 4 p.m., May 22.

Holly Springs Cultural center

300 W Ballentine St, Holly Springs


▪ Holly Springs Community Band: Spring concert “Around the World in a Daze,” 7:30 p.m. Free.

Johnston County Chorale

Tickets are available at the Clayton Center Box Office, 919-553-1737,

▪ Best of Broadway, featuring the orchestra, dancers and comedy skits, 2 and 7 p.m., May 7, the Clayton Center, 111 E. Second St., Cary.

Jones Performing Arts Center

Louisburg College. 866-773-6354;

▪ Celtic Tenors, 7:30 p.m. March 18. $25.

Koka Booth Amphitheatre

8003 Regency Parkway, Cary


▪ Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band with Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette, 7:30 p.m., June 18. $50 lawn, $129.50 reserved table.

Lee County Arts Center

507 N. Steele St., Sanford

$10; $5 military/students; 919-774-6139

▪ La Fiesta Latin Jazz Quintet, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 26.

▪ Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra Concert: 18-piece big band directed, April 1.

Mallarmé Chamber Players

$20 in advance, $25 at door, $5 with student ID unless otherwise noted


▪ “Undressing Beethoven – Beyond the Canon: Leather”: With Nicholas DiEugenio, violin, and Mimi Solomon, piano. 3-5 p.m. March 12, house concert in Durham; address will be sent to ticket buyers.

▪ Gala House Concert, 3 p.m., April 24, SEEDS Building, 706 Gilbert St., Durham. $75.

▪ “The Other Side of My Heart”: Music by Greensboro composer Alejandro Rutty, 8 p.m., May 21, Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 4907 Garrett Rd., Durham.

North Carolina Master Chorale

▪ Berlioz L’Efance du Christ: Performed by the Chorale, symphony orchestra and soloists, 3 p.m., March 13, Meymandi Hall, Duke Energy Center, Raleigh. $25-32

▪ Shakespeare Sings: Forty voices of the Master Chorale will perform works on Shakespearean texts by composers from the Romantic era to the 21st century. 7:30 p.m,. April 8, Hayes Barton United Methodist Church, Raleigh. $20.

▪ Barons of Broadway: Works by Stephen Sondheim and Rodgers and Hammerstein, 3 p.m., May 15, Fletcher Opera Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. $20-$28.

North Carolina Museum of Art

Amphitheater, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh.

$24; $19 members general admission. 919-715-5923;

▪ Snarky Puppy: Jazz/funk/global collective, 6:30 p.m. May 1.

N.C. State Live

Shows at 8 p.m., Stewart Theatre, 2610 Cates Ave, Raleigh.

919-515-1100 or

▪ Cameron Carpenter performing on a monumental digital organ of his own design. Pre-show talk, 7 p.m. March 19. $26-$30

▪ Acoustic Africa: Musicians Habib Koité and Vusi Mahlasela. April 16. $31-$35

▪ The Swingles: London-based a cappella group, April 27. $28-$32

N.C. Symphony

Concerts at Meymandi Concert Hall, Raleigh

$20-$60 unless otherwise noted. 919-733-2750;

▪ Stravinsky’s “The Firebird,” featuring music by Handel and Haydn. Grant Llewellyn conducts. Feb. 11, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill; 8 p.m. Feb. 12-13, Meymandi, Raleigh.

▪ Johnny Mathis, 8 p.m., Feb. 19-20, Raleigh, $110.

▪ “Soundbites at the Pub,” multi-course dinner and music, at Humble Pie in Raleigh. 6 p.m., Feb. 22. $69, includes meal.

▪ Saint-Saëns’ “Organ” Symphony and music by Debussy and Franck; guest conductor Andrew Grams. 8 p.m., Feb. 26-27.

▪ “Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5;” program also features works by William Henry Curry, who conducts. Noon and 8 p.m., March 4, Meymandi, Raleigh; 7:30 p.m., March 5, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill. $30 at noon; evening concerts $18-$56.

▪ Young People’s Concert, “The Composer Is Dead,” by Nathaniel Stookey with text by Lemony Snicket. 1 and 4 p.m., March 12, with pre-concert activities. $23.

▪ Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons,” with a multimedia celebration of the N.C. Park system centennial; Llewellyn conducts, 8 p.m., March 18-19, 8 p.m. $18-$66.

▪ “Beethoven Triple and Brahms Double,” with soloists Awadagin Pratt, Philippe Quint and Zuill Bailey and conductor Llewellyn. 7:30 p.m., April 14, Memorial Hall, UNC-Chapel Hill; 8 p.m., April 14-15, Meymandi, Raleigh. $18-$66.

▪ “Classical Mystery Tour” tribute to the Beatles with guest conductor Martin Herman and band. 8 p.m., April 22-23. $30-$66.

▪ “Soundbites at the Pub,” multi-course dinner and music, at Babylon in Raleigh. 6 p.m., Feb. 22, $69, includes meal.

▪ “Beethoven’s Violin Concerto” with violinist Noah Bendix-Balgley; Llewellyn conducts. 8 p.m., April 29-30, 8 p.m., Meymandi; May 2, 7:30 p.m., Memorial Hall, Chapel Hill.

▪ “A Day in Paris,” Grant Llewellyn conducts favorites from the City of Light. Noon, May 6. $27.

▪ “Grant Conducts Mahler;” the 7th Symphony conducted by Llewellyn. 8 p.m., May 13-14.

▪ “The Rat Pack: 100 Years of Frank!” with guest singers; William Henry Curry conducts. 8 p.m., May 20, 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., May 21. $30-$66.

PineCone Concert Series

Free unless otherwise noted. 919-664-8333;

▪ I Draw Slow: bluegrass/Americana band from Ireland, 8 p.m., Feb. 26, Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St., Raleigh. $22-$29; 919-664-8302.

▪ North Carolina Sacred Harp Convention: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., March 5, Pullen Memorial Baptist Church, Raleigh. 919-664-8333;

▪ Inis Cairde School of Irish Dance: 3 p.m., March 13, N.C. Museum of History.

▪ Ed Stephenson & the Paco Band: 3 p.m., April 10, N.C. Museum of History.

▪ The Zinc Kings: Setting Shakespeare to music, 3 p.m., May 8, N.C. Museum of History.

▪ Mile Twelve Bluegrass: 5 p.m., May 14, Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, Cary.

▪ Midtown Bluegrass: 2-6 p.m., May 15, Midtown Park Amphitheater, North Hills, Raleigh.

▪ North Carolina Heritage Awards Ceremony: Marc Pruett (with Balsam Range), Sheila Kay Adams, Maceo Parker and others, 8 p.m., May. 25, Fletcher Theater, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, 2 E South St, Raleighs. $25.

▪ JamRock: Reggae, 5 p.m., May 29, E Carroll Joyner Park, Wake Forest.

▪ The Honey Dewdrops: 6 p.m., June 11, Sertoma Amphitheatre, Bond Park, Cary.

▪ Sara Grey & Kieron Means: 3 p.m., June 12, N.C. Museum of History.

Raleigh Civic Chamber Orchestra

$10 adults, $5 students, free under 12. Shows 4 p.m., Stewart Theatre, N.C. State University.

▪ The Great Animal Orchestra Symphony, April 17.

▪ “Peter and the Wolfpack!” featuring narrator Harry Shearer, 4 p.m., April 24.

The Raleigh Concert Band

Show at Broughton High School, 723 St. Marys Street, Raleigh.

$10, $5 seniors and students, free under 12.

▪ “CounterMeasures” works with distinctive rhythms, tempos, and meters, including the theme from “Lawrence of Arabia” and Mancini’s “Pie in the Face Polka,” 7:30 p.m. April 23.

Raleigh Ringers

▪ Spring Concert, 4 p.m., May 22, Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Energy Center. $20, 18 seniors, $10 students. 919-847-7574;

Raleigh Symphony Chamber Series

Carswell Recital Hall, Meredith College, Raleigh.

Shows at 3 p.m. Tickets $12 adults, $10 seniors/students, free under 12.


▪ “Pictures on a Wall”: Music inspired by pictures, graffiti or photos with new works from aspiring young composers, March 20.

▪ “We are Brothers After All”: Works to include “Chryssalis“ by Tarik Ghiradella and “Trio for Violin, Clarinet and Piano” by Richard Faith. April 17

Raleigh Symphony Classical Series

Unless otherwise noted shows at Jones Auditorium, Meredith College and tickets are $20-$25; free under 12. 9


▪ “Rising Stars”: Showcasing winners of RSO’s annual statewide concerto competition. 8 p.m., Feb. 27, 8 p.m.

▪ “Heroes and Villains”: From Mozart’s Don Giovanni to David Little’s Haunted Topography, 3 p.m. May 1.

▪ “A Garden Party!”: 1 p.m., May 14, Wake Forest College Birthplace, 414 N. Main St, Wake Forest

▪ Aria Concert: Features winners of Meredith College’s annual Aria Competition. Feb. 26. Free.

The Really Terrible Orchestra Of the Triangle (RTOOT) Spring Concert


▪ “Dance, Dance, Dance,” 7:30 p.m., May 16 at 7:30 p.m. $9.

Shakori Hills

Shakori Hills, 1439 Henderson Tanyard Road, Pittsboro

Four-day pass $114, daily tickets $27, $37; more at the gate; children 12 and under free. 919-542-8142;

▪  GrassRoots Festival of Music & Dance: Four days of music by Punch Boys, Donna the Buffalo, Bluegrass Experience, Danay Suarez, Locos for Juana, Preston Frank, Driftwood on two outdoor stages, cabaret tent and dance tent. Food and craft vendors, on-site camping. May 5-8.

Smedes Parlor Concert Series

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


“Songs of Southern Composers,” with Marlissa Hudson, soprano, and David Heid, piano. 8 p.m., Feb. 23.

Triangle Traditional Jazz Society

The Glenwood Club, 3300 Woman’s Club Drive, Raleigh.

$10. 919-770-0349

▪ Featuring Mike Sailors and the Second Line Stompers, 4 p.m. April 3.

Triangle Youth Music - Philharmonic Association

Unless otherwise noted, tickets are $5 and $10, and shows at Meymandi Concert Hall, Duke Center for the Performing Arts, Raleigh.


▪ Triangle Youth Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra: Performing a variety of big band literature, led by Gregg Gelb, 2 p.m. April 17. N.C. History Museum, 5 E Edenton St, Raleigh. Free.

▪ The Triangle Youth Philharmonic presents youth performing in three concerti and Holst’s Planets, 3 p.m., April 24.

▪ Concerts by the Triangle Youth Orchestra and Symphony featuring Beethoven, Bruckner and more, 7 p.m., April 26.

Triangle Wind Ensemble

50-member semi-professional wind and percussion ensemble directed by Dr. Evan Feldman.


▪ 7 p.m., March 11. With the Fuquay-Varina “Bengal” Wind Ensemble, directed by Matt Edwards, Holly Springs High School Auditorium, 5329 Cass Holt Rd., Holly Springs. Free

▪ 7:30 p.m., April 9. Romantic and modern works for winds and percussion Cary Arts Center, 101 Dry Ave., Cary. $12 adults, $5 students/children.

▪ 7 p.m., May 29. Featured work will be George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue performed by 12-year old pianist Gabe Crist,. Koka Booth Amphitheater, Regency Park, Cary. $13-$26.


Shows at 3 p.m. Tickets $17;$15 age 62 and up; $7 students; free children 12 and under, unless otherwise noted.

▪ “From Britain With Love”: Music by Vaughan Williams, Holst, Finzi, Elgar, and Britten with guest organist Matthew Brown, performed by Cantari, the Voices Ensemble, March 5. Chapel of The Cross, 304 East Franklin St, Chapel Hill

▪ “Full of Wonder and Grace” Cantari performs with girls from Sisters’ Voices, May 15, University United Methodist Church, 150 East Franklin St., Chapel Hill

▪ “Austrian Elegance in the Age of Enlightenment”: Sacred works for orchestra, soloists, and choir, featuring Haydn’s “Harmoniemesse,” May 22, UNC’s Memorial Hall, 114 East Cameron Ave., Chapel Hill. $20; $18 senior 62 and older. $15-25.

Vox Virorum Men’s Chorus Spring Concert

▪ Vox Virorum of Durham presents an eclectic mix of choral selections composed for the male voice. Directed by Jeremy Nabors, accompanied by Deborah Coclanis, 3 p.m., May 22, University Methodist Church, 150 E. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. Free admission, $10 suggested donation

Wake Forest Renaissance Centre

405 S. Brooks St., Wake Forest

▪ The Backsliders: Raleigh alt-country band with Chip Robinson and Steve Howell. 8 p.m., March 19. $10.

▪ Wake Forest Children’s Choir Spring Concert, 6 p.m., April 18.

Walnut Creek Amphitheater

3801 Rock Quarry Road, Raleigh.

▪ Jimmy Buffett and Huey Lewis and The News, 7 p.m. April 21. Lawn tickets start at $54

▪ Outcry Tour: Hillsop Worship, Kari Jobe, Jesus Culture and Martin Smith, 6:30 p.m., April 22. Lawn starts at $43.

▪ Widespread Panic and Jason Isbell, 6 p.m., April 30. Lawn starts at $68.

▪ Kenny Chesney and Old Dominion, May 21. (Time tba.) Lawn starts at $56.

World Voice Day with Scotty McCreery

Educational learning sessions, demonstrations, games, prizes and a vocal health fair with experts from the Duke Voice Care Center. “American Idol” winner and country music artist Scotty McCreery will receive the 2016 Patrick D. Kenan Award for Vocal Health and Wellness. 7 p.m. March 29, Cary Arts Center 101 Dry Ave., Cary. $15-$25., 800-514-3849.

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