Arts Calendar

Photo of the WCPE String Quartet by the North Carolina Chamber Music Institute

Thursday, December 2 through Sunday, December 19

Burning Coal Theatre presents The Road To Mecca

Location: Burning Coal Theatre, 224 Polk St., Raleigh NC 27604

Based on the true story of a South African woman, Miss Helen, who began to create sculptures late in her life, determined that her voice would finally be heard.  Athol Fugard’s masterpiece was hailed on its original production at Burning Coal as one of the Triangle’s best productions of the decade.  Artistic Director Jerome Davis again returns to the Karoo Desert and to the play he calls “one of my five all-time favorites.”

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Friday, December 10 | 7:30 p.m.

Vocal Arts Ensemble Christmas Concert: O Holy Night

Location: First Presbyterian Church, Durham

The Vocal Arts Ensemble of Durham, with conductor Rodney Wynkoop, presents its annual Christmas concert, O Holy Night. Music includes recent compositions plus arrangements of carols in popular and traditional styles.

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Saturday, December 11 | 7:30 p.m.

Concert Singers of Cary present Holiday Pops

Location: Cary Arts Center

The concert follows the Cary Christmas Parade, a joyful celebration which includes bands, mascots, local businesses, community groups, and churches.

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Saturday & Sunday, December 11 & 12 | 6 p.m.

Christ Baptist Church: A Thrill Of Hope

Location: Christ Baptist Church, Raleigh

We are thrilled to present a live, in-person performance which will include our Worship Choir, Adoration Student Choir, Women’s Chamber Ensemble, Holy Notes Children’s Choir, and our Worship Orchestra.  Come hear these ensembles as they share beautiful Christmas music!

The theme for this year’s concert is “A Thrill of Hope.”  This phrase is taken from one of the most beloved Christmas carols of all time, “O Holy Night.”  At the concert you’ll hear a beautiful rendition of this piece along with many others that are built around the idea of “hope.”

Please invite your friends, family, neighbors, and coworkers to “Christmas at Christ” on December 11th and 12th at 6:00 P.M.  You’ll be blessed and encouraged by the expressions of worship and praise.  The concert will also be live-streamed at

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Sunday, December 12 | 4 p.m.

Handel’s Messiah

Location: Virtual Performance

Duke Chapel Choir
Soloists: Emily Oehrtman, Rianne Gebhardt, Kay’mon Murrah, and Zaikuan Song
Mallarmé Chamber Players
Christopher Jacobson, continuo
Zebulon Highben, conductor

In consideration of current public health protocols, this year’s Messiah will be abbreviated to approximately 90 minutes, including the Christmas portion plus selected movements from Parts II and III. These concerts are sold out. The concert will not be live-streamed, but a recording of the performance will be available online beginning Sunday, December 12.

Tickets may be purchased at a discount for the broadcast.

Sunday, December 12 | 4 p.m.

Raleigh Ringers’ Christmas Concert

Location: Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
2 E. South St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

Come experience The Raleigh Ringers live in concert as they continue to dazzle concert audiences with unique interpretations of sacred, secular, and popular music, including famous rock ‘n’ roll tunes arranged just for handbells.

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Thursday, December 16 | 8 p.m.

Duke Performances presents The King’s Singers

Location: Baldwin Auditorium, Duke University

The King’s Singers’ return to Duke Performances is accompanied by a program as wide-ranging as you would expect, from traditional plainchant to the 1940s Mel Tormé classic, instantly recognizable by its opening line: “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire.” As is King’s Singers’ tradition, the evening will wrap up with an assortment of new surprises and festive favorites.

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Thursday, December 16 | 8 p.m.

The Greensboro Symphony presents Beethoven 9

Location: Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts, Greensboro

Program: Dmitry Sitkovetsky, conductor

Greensboro Symphony,  Master Chorale
Jonathan Emmons and James Keith, Master Chorale conductors
Lyubov Petrova, Soprano
Marcus Deloach, Baritone
Rodrick Dixon, Tenor
Nancy Maultsby, Mezzo

Copland: Fanfare for the Common Man
Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 “Choral”

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Friday, December 17 | 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 18 | 3 p.m.

Voices presents A Celebration of Carols

Location: University United Methodist Church, Chapel Hill

Voices, the Chapel Hill Chorus is one of the Triangle’s oldest and most distinguished choral groups with a rich history spanning over four decades.

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Friday, December 17 through Friday, December 24

Carolina Ballet: The Nutcracker

Location: Raleigh Memorial Auditorium

The Nutcracker is the perfect ballet for the young and young at heart. With illusions created by magician Rick Thomas, made possible by WRAL-TV, ours is one of the only Nutcracker productions with magic performed live on stage.

Whether you are seeing it live for the first time or the 20th, Carolina Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker is a must-see tradition that reminds all of us that the holidays are a time when families can gather, and dreams really can come true.

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