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Arts Season Delivers Eclectic Mix

The Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha performs in this season's Center Stage performance series.

The start of a new school year heralds the start of an exciting new performing arts season at NC State. Tickets are now on sale for ARTS NC STATE’s 2014-15 season, which promises a mix of Broadway hits, a cappella jams, modern jazz, ancient Greek drama and an “ethno-chaos” band delivering a potent brew of “Ukrainian folk-punk.”

The Center Stage performance series begins on Friday, Sept. 5, with traditional jazz band the Hot Sardines playing Parisian-flavored, New Orleans-influenced renditions of jazz standards of the 1920s, ‘30s and ‘40s.

Jazz band in studio.
Don’t miss the traditional jazz sounds of the Hot Sardines.

Later in the season you can catch modern jazz ensemble SFJAZZ Collective, Chilean indie-folk-rock guitarist Nano Stern, Grammy-winning a capella masters the Swingle Singers, jazz violinist and MacArthur “genius grant” recipient Regina Carter, and the Ukrainian band DakhaBrakha, playing music rooted in the folk traditions of their homeland and spiced with the addition of Indian, Arabic and African instrumentation.

50 Years of Student Theatre

University Theatre, the popular student theatre company, is proud to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year with a production of Little Shop of Horrors, the smash Broadway hit about a foul-mouthed, R&B-singing carnivorous plant.

Other productions include an adaptation of the Jules Verne classic Around the World in 80 Days; the Pulitzer Prize-winning play You Can’t Take It With You; and Seamus Heaney’s Burial at Thebes, a unique version of Sophocles’ Antigone. By the way, the first show produced by University Theatre (then Thompson Theatre) 50 years ago was Antigone, so it’s fitting that the company is presenting Heaney’s outstanding new translation of this classical masterwork.

All seating is reserved for University Theatre shows, so get your tickets early.

Ticket Information

Individual tickets for all ARTS NC STATE shows are available online. You can buy subscription packages for Center Stage or season tickets for University Theatre by calling Ticket Central at 919-515-1100. You can also visit the Ticket Central office in the lobby of Thompson Hall 1–5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Faculty and staff receive a discount on all individual, subscription and season ticket prices, except for the second Wednesday of each University Theatre production, when all tickets are only $10. University Theatre’s Early Bird season ticket rate is still available through Friday, Aug. 22, so call Ticket Central soon to reserve your seats. All ARTS NC STATE events are just $5 for NC State students.