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Billie and Blue Eyes
Billie and Blue Eyes: Catherine Russell and the John Pizzarelli Quartet

Friday, September 22 at 8:00 pm

 

Catherine Russell and John Pizzarelli salute Billie Holiday and Frank Sinatra in Billie and Blue Eyes. Relive the glory days of jazz with these two iconic voices. Enjoy titles from Billie Holiday including All of Me, What a Little Moonlight Will Do, Them There Eyes and I Cover the Waterfront. Selections from Sinatra include Witchcraft, Wee Small Hours, I Thought About You and One More for my Baby.

Both artists descend from musical royalty. The Grammy-winning Russell has six decorated albums to her credit. Pizzarelli, the "genial genius of the guitar," recently performed with the Boston Pops.

 

Watch Mr. Pizzarelli's take on "I Got Rhythm" and Catherine Russell's Swing! Brother, Swing! from her latest album.

Vienna Boys Choir on the beach
Vienna Boys Choir

Tuesday, October 17 at 8:00 pm

In a program entitled "Bella Italia," the legendary Vienna Boys Choir will perform joyful works by Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi, and Mascagni, along with popular favorites such as Santa Lucia, O sole mio, Volare and more.

 

The choir is renowned as one of the finest vocal ensembles in the world for more than five centuries, all boys between the ages of 10 and 14. The choir was formally established at Vienna's Imperial Chapel in 1498 by Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Since 1926, they've undertaken more than 1,000 tours in more than 100 different countries.

 

Watch video.

 

 

Ronald K. Brown Evidence Dance
Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance

Tuesday, November 7 at 8:00 pm

Brown, a Guggenheim, NEA and United States Artists fellow, has set legendary repertoire on Alvin Ailey, Philadanco and Ballet Hispanico, among other significant companies.

 

Ronald K. Brown/Evidence Dance was founded in 1985 and based in Brooklyn. The company focuses on the seamless integration of traditional African dance with contemporary choreography and spoken word. Through work, Evidence provides a unique view of human struggles, tragedies and triumphs. "I hope that when people see the work, their spirits are lifted," Brown said.

 

Watch video.

 

This performance and residency is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment of the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

 


Dorrance Dance
Dorrance Dance

Sunday, January 28 at 4:00 pm

Founded by the 2015 MacArthur Fellow, Michelle Dorrance, this company won a Bessie Award for their first performance. While upholding traditional tap forms, the ensemble pushes rhythmic, technical and conceptional boundaries. A live band electrifies these fabulous dancers.

 

At East Carolina University, the company will perform a new work, Myelination, with National Dance Project support. They've blasted open our notions of tap with performances at packed houses including Jacob's Pillow, the Joyce Theatre, the Kennedy Center, Spoleto Festival, and many more.

 

Watch Michelle Dorrance solo on the CBS "Late Show."

 

The presentation of Dorrance Dance Company was made possible by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Dance Project, with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.


Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra
Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra

Thursday, February 1 at 8:00 pm

Sweden’s finest performs Sibelius’ Valse Triste Op. 44 No. 1; Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 (featuring violinist Catherine Manoukian, pictured) and Brahms’ Symphony No. 2 in D Major.

 

The orchestra was founded in 1912 and has performed throughout Europe, recently at three sold-out concerts at the Great Festival Hall in Salzburg. With an extensive discography and an ambitious home season (31 concerts), these musicians are world class and ready to shine in Wright Auditorium.


Golden Dragon Acrobats
Golden Dragon Acrobats

Sunday, March 18 at 4:00 pm

The world renowned Golden Dragon Acrobats, a company of 35, combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

 

The company offers more than 200 performances annually. Watch a spectacular montage.


Broadway Live!
Broadway Live!

Friday April 13 at 8:00 pm

Experience the magic of a nostalgic journey through the classic moments of the Great White Way, brought to life by six phenomenal leading Broadway artists...who’ve all starred recently in one or more of the marquee leading roles in the biggest Broadway blockbusters of all time - Les Miserables, Phantom, Wicked and Jersey Boys.

About the Series

The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series effectively began when Rudy Alexander arrived at East Carolina in 1962 and bundled four student-selected classical offerings into a subscription package. Since that time, the series has presented more than 500 world-class artists and served more than one million patrons, university and K-12 students through its programming.

Today, the series continues a tradition of presenting the best performing arts touring attractions available for the enjoyment of regional audiences and the edification of ECU students. Behind the scenes, our guest artists are actively engaged in master classes and workshops.

The series is presented in the 1,443-seat Wright Auditorium located at the core of East Carolina University's main campus.

All dates, times, artists and details are subject to change. Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) should contact the Department for Disability Support Services at least 48 hours prior to the event at 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY).


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