Carolina Performing Arts

Carolina Performing Arts provides arts programing from multiple disciplines to the University of North Carolina community. It is a part of the Office of the Executive Director of the Arts. Its mission is to commission new works, support artists in residence and collaborate with groups from around the globe.

CPA sponsors programs from all areas of art, such as musicians, modern dancers and spoken word artists. CPA offers ticket packages, such as a bundle for all the jazz performances, or an option to build a package of six performances. There are also student discounts available to UNC students.

CPA has three venues in which it usually hosts its programs, Gerrard Hall, Memorial Hall and Historic Playmakers Theatre.

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	Anthony Dean Griffey, UNC professor of practice and four-time Grammy winner, will be singing at Memorial Hall tonight through Saturday.

Four-time Grammy winner Griffey will perform at Memorial Hall

The opening night for the opera “Of Mice and Men,” in Sydney, Australia, this July ended in a six-minute standing ovation. Four-time Grammy winner Anthony Dean Griffey — who played one of the two leads, Lennie — was on the receiving end of the high-level applause, a rarity at the Sydney Opera House.


Carolina Performing Arts maintains student ticket prices despite budget cuts

In 2005, Carolina Performing Arts was built on $10 student ticket prices. Six years later, despite a decline of millions of dollars in University funding, that price remains. Though the allotment continues to shrink, Emil Kang, executive director for the arts, said he has no plans to raise prices for students to see some of the world’s most sought-after performance acts.

	Branford Marsalis, an internationally recognized saxaphonist, will play at Memorial Hall with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orchestra.  Courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts

Branford Marsalis comes back to UNC

Branford Marsalis may not be as famous as his brother, Wynton — but his musical chops are just as exciting. In his first performance with the North Carolina Jazz Repertory Orhestra, Marsalis will bring his jazzy style and saxophone charm to Memorial Hall Thursday night.

St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra stuns with epic evening

Russian giants arrived in Chapel Hill on Tuesday night, as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic — Russia’s oldest symphonic ensemble — had a packed Memorial Hall transfixed from the first note to the encore’s conclusion. The ensemble offered a performance that was thoroughly Russian in character, and powerful — unthinkably powerful — in execution.

Dutch dance group to perform at Memorial Hall

Though the Nederlands Dans Theater is on a world tour, their stop in North Carolina this week is the only place the innovative dance troupe will perform on the Eastern Sea Board. The two-night engagement at Memorial Hall continues Carolina Performing Arts’ tradition of presenting edgy dance groups on its stages.

‘John the Revelator’ spins Catholic mass

Tonight, string quartet ETHEL and vocal group Lionheart will perform a tailor-made composition from Phil Kline. Mixing modern sound with traditional music and literature, then pasting it into the structure of a Catholic mass, Kline’s “John the Revelator” promises to be a unique performance.

	Yves Jacques rehearses The Andersen Project on Wednesday. Jacques will perform the one-man show in Memorial Hall Thursday and Friday.

Fairy tales at the center of ‘The Andersen Project’

Although Hans Christian Andersen is better known for stories other than the ones at the center of French-Canadian theater troupe Ex Machina’s “The Andersen Project” — coming to Memorial Hall Thursday night — the performance promises to be a mixed-media spectacle. Theater artist Robert LePage wrote the piece, which continues the Carolina Performing Arts’ International Theater Festival.

	Pianist Leon Fleisher will perform in Memorial Hall tonight. Fleisher suffers from focal dystonia, a neurological condition that affects specific muscles. Photo courtesy of Carolina Performing Arts.

Famed pianist Leon Fleisher to play at Memorial Hall

Though pianist Fleisher lost the use of his right hand at age 36, that hasn’t stopped him from making a name as one of the most respected classical musicians of his time. After years of treatment and therapy, he is now able to play with both hands. He comes to UNC’s Memorial Hall Thursday night for a concert, rescheduled from last September.

Cirque Eloize comes to Memorial Hall

Two rival gangs, fighting for the identity of a city. No, this isn’t “West Side Story.” This is Cirque Eloize’s “iD,” a modern mix of circus, dance and stunts exploring public identity.