Jason Catron and His Little Big Band

Saturday, February 4, 2023

7:30pm

Imagine your favorite American Songbook tunes and classic country songs with a fresh and new big band swing. This Kentucky native and veteran musician was influenced by entertainers/singers like Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennett. In his most recent project, he puts a jazzy touch to country favorites that sat in archives for decades, creating the "Nashville Songbook." Jason's music isn't like everybody else's; it bridges generations.

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Downtown Jazz: Unforgettable

101 Years of Nat King Cole

featuring Clint Holmes

Thursday, February 9, 2023

7:00pm

Christian Tamburr is an internationally renowned vibraphonist, pianist, composer and arranger. He leads the critically acclaimed Christian Tamburr Quintet which performs regularly at venues such as Lincoln Center and the Kennedy Center.
Clint Holmes is a consummate entertainer, writer, performer, recording artist and one of the country’s finest vocalists. When Clint is on stage, anything can happen, and usually does.
Join us as these two accomplished performers bring their talents to the stage for an evening that will truly be Unforgettable.

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ZUZU African Acrobats

Friday, February 10, 2023

7:30pm

The ZUZU Acrobats are a Tanzanian troupe who base their performances on 2000 years of history. They bring modern art, culture, and passion with them everywhere they go. ZUZU celebrates their niche culture of Dar Es Salaam through jaw-dropping acrobatics, live music, singing, dancing, and more.

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Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

by Ken Ludwig

February 16, 17 & 18, 2023

All shows 7:30pm

$14 Adults/ $12 Srs & Students

Put on your deerstalker cap, the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, The Hound of the Baskervilles, into a murderously funny theatrical adventure. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one, but Sherlock Holmes is on the case! A dizzying web of clues unravels as five actors deftly portray more than forty characters. Does a wild hellhound prowl the moors of Devonshire? Can Holmes and Watson discover the truth in time? Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be. 

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Joshua Lozoff--Life is Magic

Saturday, February 25, 2023

7:30pm

Fan favorite Joshua Lozoff returns to the Arts Center with more of his amazing illusions. Joshua’s performances combine his love for the art of magic, with his fascination with psychology and the powers of observation. In one moment, he makes a drawing come to life just by pointing; the next, he predicts an audience member’s choices even before they know it themselves. You'll be wondering how he did it long after the show!

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Mike Wiley: The Fire of Freedom

Friday, March 3, 2023

7:30pm

Abraham H. Galloway (1837-1870) was a fiery young slave rebel, radical abolitionist, and Union spy who rose out of bondage to become one of the most significant and stirring black leaders in the South during the Civil War. He risked his life behind enemy lines, recruited black soldiers for the North, and fought racism in the Union army’s ranks. He stood at the forefront of an African-American political movement, leading a historic delegation of black southerners to the White House to meet with President Lincoln and later became one of the first black men elected to the North Carolina legislature. Long hidden from history, Galloway’s story reveals a war unfamiliar to most of us.

This riveting portrait, based on the book of the same name by David Cecelski and adapted by playwright Howard Craft, illuminates Galloway’s life and deepens our insight into the Civil War and Reconstruction as experienced by African Americans in the South.

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Downtown Jazz: Swingin' into Spring

From Sinatra to Ellington, featuring Kate McGarry and Keith Ganz

Thursday, March 9, 2023

7:00pm

Kate and Keith have been life partners for 17 years, honing their craft on the NYC jazz scene for many years.  They join Christian Tamburr and his quartet to bring the songs of Sinatra, Ellington and others alive.

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Beatlesque

Saturday, March 11, 2023

7:30pm

One of the most popular groups to perform at the Arts Center! Beatlesque is a top-notch, crowd-pleasing, fan-favorite tribute band. In costume and in character, the fab four members of the group enjoy the challenge and the thrill of recreating the music that we all know and love. We're thrilled to welcome them back to the stage!

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Portrait of Aretha: Cece Teneal celebrates The Queen of Soul

Thursday, March 23, 2023

7:00pm

Portrait of Aretha: Cece Teneal Celebrates The Queen of Soul is a dynamic musical production that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. An award-winning songstress, Teneal will energize you with life lessons from Aretha Franklin's 50+ year legacy, and take you on a trip down memory lane with stellar hits from Aretha Franklin’s musical catalog including “Chain of Fools,” “Natural Woman,” "Think", “Bridge Over Troubled Water" and -of course-"Respect".

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Downtown Jazz: The Sirens of Song

Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn & Nina Simone, featuring Shana Tucker

Thursday, April 13, 2023

7pm

Cellist and singer-songwriter Shana Tucker joins Christian Tamburr and his band for an evening dedicated to the women of jazz. Tucker takes us on a journey through the music of Fitzgerald, Vaughan and Simone, inviting you in with her voice and capturing your heart with her unique ChamberSoul style. She’s opened for heavy-hitters like the Indigo Girls and Blind Boys of Alabama and played several years in Las Vegas with Cirque du Soleil.

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Who Hijacked my Fairytale, featuring Kelly Swanson

Saturday, April 15, 2023 

7:30pm

Step into the incredibly funny, magical, heartwarming journey of a wayward southern belle who went from being a shy child who tried to be invisible, to a tacky woman who just won't shut up.

This story starts and ends on the other side of the fairy tale - the place the books and movies never showed you. To the land of muffin tops and turkey necks, ungrateful children, and fairy dust that turned out to be just dust.

Award-winning storyteller, comedian, and author, Kelly Swanson, will have you laughing your way through her twisted journey to a happier ever after. And just when you least expect it, your heart gets tugged on.

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Rodney Marsalis and the Philadelphia Big Brass

Saturday, April 29, 2023

7:30pm

The Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass is America’s premier large brass ensemble. A group that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture, RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The ensemble is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. 

In recent years the group has been invited to perform in performing arts centers around the world including China's National Center for the Performing Arts, Guangzhou Opera House, Tanglewood's Seiji Ozawa Hall, and prominent performing arts centers throughout the United States, South America, Asia, and Europe.

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Singin' Into Spring with the Fuquay Varina Chorale

May 5, 2023, 7:30pm

May 6, 2023, 3:00pm

The Fuquay Varina Chorale has been bringing the joy of song to our community for just over 4 years--and they never disappoint! Their annual Spring concert promises to provide a wide repertoire of music and, as always, to be a showcase for extraordinary local talent.

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Sense and Sensibility

by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austen

May 18, 19, 20

all shows 7:30pm

$14/Adults; $12 Srs & Students

A playful new adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved novel follows the fortunes (and misfortunes) of the Dashwood sisters—sensible Elinor and hypersensitive Marianne—after their father’s sudden death leaves them financially destitute and socially vulnerable. Set in gossipy late 18th-century England, with a fresh female voice, the play is full of humor, emotional depth, and bold theatricality. When reputation is everything, how do you follow your heart?

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