Regina Carter’s Simply Ella

Regina Carter at NC State LIVE on Sept 28, 2019. Photo by Christopher DrukkerSaturday, September 28, at 8pm

Stewart Theatre, Talley Student Union


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Pre-show Dinner

Break bread together! Before Regina’s bow hits the strings, enjoy a three-course prix fixe dinner at NC State’s 1887 Bistro inspired by the performance. Dinner is $32.95 per person and includes two glasses of wine or beer. For dinner reservations call 919.515.1100. Click here for menu.

About the Performance

For Grammy nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence earned Regina the prestigious “genius” grant from the MacArthur Foundation. An NC State LIVE audience favorite, we welcome Regina back with open arms.

Regina’s recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive, and world tour, Simply Ella, mark the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. An influence that began in childhood and has remained with Regina throughout her life, she shares a visceral connection to Ella’s quintessential music.

Regina describes the connection beautifully, when she states, “Growing up in Detroit, there was always music playing in our home. While there was a variety of music I enjoyed, there were a few recordings and artists I found consistently captivating. Ella Fitzgerald was one of these exceptions. To this very day, whenever I hear an Ella recording it grabs me at my core. I’m entranced by her voice, her melodic improvisations and the passion and artfulness with which Ella sings a song. She helps me understand a song by providing a window to its essence. In a word, Ella is sublime, and she is at the top of my go-to list when learning a jazz tune.”