Arts Calendar

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May 19-22

Carolina Ballet presents Giselle

Location: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, North Carolina

About the Program:

We will close our 2021-2022 Season with one of the most celebrated stories ever told through the traditions of classical ballet, Giselle. This program is filled with romance, heartbreak, tragedy and love. First performed in 1841, the choreography used in this production derives from legendary choreographers Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa.

Giselle features the iconic Wilis, ethereal spirits who rise from their graves to dance at night. These supernatural beings are portrayed by a chorus of 16+ ballerinas—all on pointe, all moving together as one. Counted among the greatest masterworks of the classical ballet canon, Giselle will leave you moved and mesmerized.

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Sunday, May 22 | 3:00 p.m.

The Raleigh Boychoir presents Spring Concert “Resilience”

Location: The Church of the Good Shepherd Episcopal, Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Program:

The Raleigh Boychoir is collaborating with the Mosaic Treble Choir for their Spring Concert, “Resilience”, featuring stories, music, and composers of Resilience.

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Monday, May 23 | 3:00 p.m.

Carolina Performing Arts presents Joshua Bell, violin, and Peter Dugan, piano

Location: Memorial Hall, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina

About the Program:

With a career spanning almost four decades, GRAMMY® Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell is one of the most celebrated artists of his era. Having performed with virtually every major orchestra in the world, Bell continues to maintain engagements as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, conductor, and Music Director of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields. A longtime friend of Carolina Performing Arts, Bell has appeared at CPA on numerous occasions, most recently in the 20/21 virtual season.

Bell will be joined on stage by Peter Dugan, acclaimed multi-genre pianist, who has been lauded by the Los Angeles Times and San Francisco Chronicle as “stunning” and “fearlessly athletic.” He has appeared as a soloist and chamber musician across North America and abroad. This is his second performance for Carolina Performing Arts.


Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 7 in C Minor, Op. 30 No. 2
Ernest Bloch:  Baal Shem (Three Pictures of Chassidic Life)
Joseph Maurice Ravel: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Major

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Sunday, May 29 | 2 & 7 p.m.

Cary Ballet Company  presents Spring Works

Location: A.J. Fletcher Opera Theatre, Raleigh, North Carolina

About the Program:

Spring Works features Maria Konrad’s new Bonjour le Monde!, contemporary works by Krista King Doherty and Heather Iler and George Balanchine’s classical Serenade accompanied by Triangle Music Philharmonic. This impressive production has something for everyone!

The children’s ballet Bonjour le Monde is a world premiere that has many unique French inspirations. There will be Chanel, Givenchy, and Saint Laurent shoppers from the fashion scene of Paris. Picture Frames with dancers moving in and around individual frames. Oversized Renoir flowers capture the beauty of French paintings.  Young French mimes encasing Le Rose. The main character, Ellie, and her friends dance with a balloon man that has captured their attention.  All of these pieces are accompanied by famous French singers from the past and present. Bonjour le Monde will be a stimulating and entertaining experience for all ages.

Contemporary ensembles by Krista King Doherty and Heather Iler.  ‘Mechanism’ is captivating with its foot-stomping formations that fade into soft moments that are seamless and riveting. ‘Experience’ begins soft and changes to a dynamic, syncopated movement that is fresh as a breath of air.   Both received awards from Youth American Grand Prix and American Dance Competition Semi Regional competitions.

The classical ballet, Serenade by George Balanchine.  Balanchine was one of the most influential 20th century choreographers that was titled the father of ballet in America.  Nearly all professional ballet companies around the world perform his work.  Cary Ballet Company is proud to be the first in this area as a youth organization to have been approved by The Balanchine Trust Foundation to perform this monumental piece. And to bring this performance to a full artistic circle, the Triangle Music Philharmonic will perform Tchaikovsky’s Serenade live!! It is a major milestone in our history to perform Serenade with a live orchestra!

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