Carolina Performing Arts Announces 2013-14 Season

Date: May 29, 2013

Chapel Hill, N.C. (May 29, 2013) ? Carolina Performing Arts (CPA) at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) today announced its 2013-14 season featuring internationally renowned performers, emerging artists and returning favorites. The season includes 26 total programs showcasing the best in modern dance, classical concerts, world music, American roots and jazz.

?Carolina Performing Arts? mission is to change lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences, and this season?s lineup is sure to entertain, challenge and inspire,? said Emil Kang, director of CPA and Executive Director for the Arts at UNC-Chapel Hill. ?We are thrilled to present artists from around the world whose curiosities, ideas and risk-taking truly identify them as 21st century virtuosos.?

The season will kick off Sept. 27, 2013, with a double bill featuring funk legends Maceo Parker and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic. Other fall highlights include

L-E-V, featuring Israeli choreographer Sharon Eyal, longtime member of Batsheva Dance Company, and her partner Gai Behar. András Schiff will perform J.S. Bach?s Goldberg Variations, arguably the most important work of variations ever written. Singer/songwriter giants Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt will present an evening of acoustic music in late October. Equal parts rock concert, global music performance and dazzling theatrical experience, The Manganiyar Seduction explores the union between the traditional music of the Manganiyars and the visual seduction of Amsterdam?s red light district. Grammy Award-winner Taj Mahal leads World Blues, a celebration of the global influence of American blues music.

In the spring of 2014, CPA will present the Chapel Hill debut of conductor Harry Bicket and The English Concert in a rare concert opera interpretation of Handel?s Theodora, featuring leading operatic soloists. One of the world?s most influential jazz drummers, Jack DeJohnette performs in The Spring Quartet, with Joe Lovano, Esperanza Spalding and Leo Genovese.

Many artists will make repeat visits to Memorial Hall in 2013-14, including Lang Lang, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, and Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis. This season, conductor Damien Sneed and his 70-person gospel choir, Chorale Le Chateau, will join Marsalis and his orchestra as they blend a history of jazz with the chants and joyous expressions of the African-American church service. In a solo program, Chris Thile will play a wide range of music, including pieces from his recent Bach recording, as well as contemporary music and his own compositions.

In the spring, other returning artists include Abigail Washburn and Béla Fleck performing together. This rare chance to see the couple features a mix of traditional and original songs they developed together. Joshua Bell, one of today?s most sought-after violinists, returns with Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, where he serves as Music Director. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre of Taiwan will bring their captivating Songs of the Wanderers to Chapel Hill, and New York City Ballet principal dancer Wendy Whelan performs an evening of duets created and performed with four dynamic young choreographers.

STREB returns with big ideas, big hardware and big hearts in a big show for the whole family. Other family programming includes The Nutcracker, returning to Memorial Hall in December.

Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 20. Subscriptions are available on June 18. For more details on the 2013-14 season, including ticket information and an interactive, digital brochure, please visit

2013-14 Season

Fall 2013
Spring 2014


About Carolina Performing Arts

The mission of Carolina Performing Arts is to enrich lives by creating and presenting exceptional arts experiences and connecting them to the UNC community and beyond. Established in 2005 at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Carolina Performing Arts presents the very best from the full spectrum of the performing arts: internationally renowned recitalists and orchestras, chamber ensembles, jazz, folk, and world music artists, dance and theater.

CPA strives to nurture artistic innovation and the development of new works on and off campus; to challenge and inspire audiences with powerful and transformative performances; and to integrate the arts into the life of the University, embracing its mission of teaching, research and public service.


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