NC State LIVE | 2020 Spring Season

Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation at NC State LIVE on January 24, 2020. Photo by Yasmine Omari.Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“The genius of the modern piano.” -Wynton Marsalis

When Marcus Roberts sits down at the piano, you want to be in that room. He’s got the wild style of Thelonious Monk with a little Fats Waller thrown in for good measure. He’s won countless awards, launched his own record label, been commissioned by prestigious jazz festivals, and profiled on CBS’ 60 Minutes. But his greatness doesn’t stop there. Partnering with his longtime collaborators Rodney Jordan (on bass) and Jason Marsalis (on drums), they’ve founded The Modern Jazz Generation. The music born from this multigenerational group is charged with history and innovation – truly shaping the next generation of jazz.

Bistro and a Show dinner starting at 5:30PM.

Pre-show talk with Marcus Roberts at 7PM.

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Shana Tucker at NC State LIVE on February 15, 2020. Photo by Chris Charles for Creative Silence

Shana Tucker

SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 15, 2020 5PM & 8PM, TITMUS THEATRE

“Much like vocalist Esperanza Spalding with her double bass, Tucker and her cello blur the lines in our heads that divide classical, jazz, folk, R&B and soul.” -INDY Week

North Carolina has a rich musical heritage, and pioneering artists like Shana Tucker are keeping this lineage alive! “Chambersoul” is how Shana prefers to label her distinctive mix of lyrical storytelling, uplifting jazz, classical, folk, R&B, and pop – all translated through her soulful voice and hypnotic cello arrangements.

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Yamato - The Drummers of Japan at NC State LIVE on February 28, 2020. Photo by Masa Ogawa.

Yamato – The Drummers of Japan

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2020 8PM, STEWART THEATRE

“It was simply captivating. The incredible talent and sheer enjoyment of what they do was plain to see.” -The Evening Post (UK)

Yamato’s motto is “Go anywhere if invited and make the world a little more happy.” With close to 200 performances a year worldwide, they take happiness very seriously. Traveling from Japan’s Asuka Village in Nara Prefecture, these highly trained musicians captivate audiences through Japan’s traditional Wadaiko (Taiko) drums. Yamato thinks of their ancient instruments as a heartbeat – the basic element of life. To witness their playing is to become surrounded by this beat and immersed in an energy that ties us all together. The experience reminds us all of the power of live performance.

Bistro and a Show dinner starting at 5:30PM.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar at NC State LIVE on March 22, 2020. Photo by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

KIDSTUFF:
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites

SUNDAY, MARCH 22, 2020 3pm STEWART THEATRE

The enchanting Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia returns to bring us Eric Carle’s classic tale of transition, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Using the magic of black light and fanciful puppets, this inventive theatre company brings the beloved story to life in a blaze of color. Their charming puppeteering also shines a light on Little Cloud and The Mixed up Chameleon – celebrating the genius and charm of Eric Carle.

Recommended for curious and creative minds ages 3 to 8 and their families.

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L.A. Theatre Works SEVEN at NC State LIVE on March 26, 2020.

L.A. Theatre Works
SEVEN

By Paula Clzmar, Catherine Filloux, Gail Kriegel, Carol K. Mack, Ruth Margraff, Anna Deavere Smith and Susan Yankowitz

THURSDAY, MARCH 26, 2020 8pm STEWART THEATRE

“L.A. Theatre Works is a national theatrical treasure…” -The Philadelphia Inquirer

Seven game-changing female playwrights take on the true stories of seven remarkable women from seven countries across the globe who faced seemingly insurmountable odds to create heroic change. This powerful tapestry of documentary storytelling transports the audience to Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia, showcasing the strength and resiliency of women around the world. SEVEN reveals that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage, can change the lives of thousands.

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SPEAK at NC State LIVE on April 17 and 18.

Leela Dance Collective
SPEAK

Co-created by Michelle Dorrance, Rina Mehta, Rachna Nivas and Dormeshia Sumbry-Edwards

FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2020 8PM
SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2020 3PM & 8PM, TITMUS THEATRE

“…an evening of rhythmic magic.” –Los Angeles Dance Chronicle

Indian Kathak dance and American tap intertwine to celebrate tradition and embrace new possibilities. Flipping the script on forms generally dominated by men, these four incredible women (including Chapel Hill native and tap impresario Michelle Dorrance) have co-created a triumph of cross-cultural collaboration. The dancers share the stage with a stellar array of Indian classical musicians and a hip jazz combo. Come embrace our differences while celebrating what makes us one.

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