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Introducing the 2015-2016 season

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Season and pick three packages are available online at www.ECUARTS.com (it's the first option!). You may also purchase by mail, fax or email with an order form (click to DOWNLOAD); or contact the Central Ticket Office at 252-328-4788. Individual tickets go on sale six weeks prior to each performance.


Chinese Acrobats in performance

National Circus, Acrobats of the Republic of China

Thursday, November 5, 2015 at 8:00 pm

The National Circus and Acrobats of the People's Republic of China bring, from the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven, “Peking Dreams,” an action-packed program featuring the cultural treasures of China: acrobatic art, Chinese circus and Peking opera. Experience an artistic world full of history and wonder, colorful costumes, elaborate makeup and a lot of action. “Peking Dreams” was performed at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games and won a Golden Medal at the International Circus Festival in 2012.


Pianist Haochen Zhang

Pianist Haochen Zhang and the ECU Symphony Orchestra

Saturday, November 21, 2015 at 8:00 pm

Since his gold medal win at the 13th Van Cliburn Competition in 2009, Haochen Zhang has captivated audiences with a unique combination of deep musical sensitivity, fearless imagination and spectacular virtuosity. In 2013, he made his first Munich Philharmonic debut, followed by a sold out tour of China. In 2014, he made his BBC Proms debut. At East Carolina University, he’ll perform the Beethoven Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor. Conductor Jorge Richter will select additional works to compliment the concerto.

The Irish band Danu

DANU: Feile Na Nollag (A Christmas Gathering)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Taste the tradition of Ireland’s County Waterford this holiday season, as Danu’s virtuosi players and top-notch guest dancers bring a traditional celebration of Christmas and Wrens Day to Wright Auditorium. The Washington Post lauds Danu’s “vibrant mix of virtuosity, energy and empathy.” Hear Ireland’s best flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion and bouzouki players plus an acclaimed vocalist singing in Irish and English, as they bring the gathering to eastern North Carolina.

Singer Steve Lippia

Simply Sinatra: Steve Lippia and His Big Band

Friday, January 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm

With a hot, driving band behind him, Steve Lippia impeccably interprets the best repertoire of the big band era, leaving his audience begging for more. A modern Sinatra—a gifted performer—Lippia pulls his audience back in time to deliver music in a deeply personal way. He brings to life the music and lyrics of Cole Porter, Harold Arlen, Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen, Rodgers and Hart and Stephen Sondheim. Celebrate Frank Sinatra’s 100th birthday with us!

Met opera

Rising Stars of the Metropolitan Opera

Sunday, February 28, 2016 at 3:00 pm

A rare opportunity to experience four remarkable young artists on the cusp of extraordinary careers! For more than 125 years, the Metropolitan Opera has been the artistic home of the greatest singers in the world. Some of today’s leading artists got their first big break by winning the company’s national auditions. For this program, ECU will host four audition winners and a Met Opera pianist for an evening of solos, duets and scenes from the Metropolitan Opera’s 2015-2016 repertoire.

Dance company Bodytraffic


Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 8:00 pm

From their smashingly successful debut at the American Dance Festival, BodyTraffic brings its unique reflection of the diverse Los Angeles landscape to Eastern North Carolina. Like LA, the company is warm, innovative and sexy.

Audiences are enveloped by the company’s superb technique and pure joy of dance. Their versatile and ever-growing repertory, by today’s most distinctive choreographic voices, is heart rendering, thought provoking and entertaining. The San Francisco Chronicle says they are “limber, expressive and elegant artists. The kind of people you could watch dance anything all night.”

And indeed, while at ADF in Durham, the three-work program was nicely varied, ending with "O2JOY" by choreographer Richard Siegal, a piece in which dancers move to music by Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Glenn Miller and Oscar Peterson. The work was so much fun to watch that the Chronicle review rang true: these are the kind of people you could watch dance anything. All night.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Grant Logos

Dave Barry

The Wit and Wisdom of Dave Barry

Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 8:00 pm

Dave Barry is a best-selling author and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist whose weekly column was a staple in more than 500 newspapers nationwide for more than 15 years. Barry speaks about the absurdities of our everyday lives in his own down-to-earth style, delivering nonstop laughter. His TV sitcom, “Dave’s World,” ran on CBS from 1993 to 1997. For 20 years, he played guitar in the literary rock band “The Rock Bottom Remainders” with authors Stephen King and Barbara Kingsolver. Clever and hilarious, Barry delivers laugh after laugh.

About the Series

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

We present in the 1,483-seat Wright Auditorium located at the core of East Carolina University's main campus.

All dates, times, artists and details are subject to change.

Added attractions!

The S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series and Family Fare offer three added attractions this season. All are general admission seating. 

Formal photo of US Army Field Band

United States Army Field Band and Soldiers' Chorus

Saturday, November 14, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., J.H. Rose High School, order free tickets

From Boston to Baghdad, Tampa to Toronto, The United States Army Field Band has been thrilling audiences of all ages for more than six decades. As the premier touring musical representative for the United States Army, this internationally-acclaimed organization travels thousands of miles each year presenting a variety of music to enthusiastic audiences throughout the nation and abroad. Through these concerts, the Field Band fosters the support of the American people for members of the armed forces and supports diplomatic efforts around the world. Use the link above to request free tickets.

The string ensemble Bravura! performs in Wright Auditorium.

Down East Talent Search TRYOUTS

Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Mendenhall Student Center, time assigned on registration

Last year, 58 acts representing 14 counties in Eastern North Carolina tried out. The youngest contestant was seven years of age. The oldest was 66. Bands, string ensembles (like Bravura!, above), pianists, solo instrumentalists, solo dancers, hip-hop ensembles, a Bollywood fusion act, a taekwondo demonstration team, singer/songwriters, solo vocalists and accompanied vocalists (performing to prerecorded music or live accompaniment) competed. Twenty-two acts were selected to participate in the Search. We seek all kinds of talent. 

Auditions include a four-minute maximum performance before a panel of volunteer judges that represent the arts community in eastern North Carolina and an on-camera interview. 


Tryouts are held in Mendenhall Student Center on the campus of East Carolina University on Saturday, February 6, 2016. Registration requires a fee, payable at www.ECUARTS.com, and the return of an application form, available here.



Black Violin pose with instruments

Black Violin

Saturday, January 23, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Black Violin will support their latest album, Stereotypes, in Wright Auditorium. The classically-trained Kevin "Kev Marcus" Sylvester and Wilner "Wil B" Baptiste meld classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass in a genre-busting act as Black Violin. The musical sensation is committed to empowering young fans. "Black Violin is about overcoming obstacles and staying strong," says Baptiste.  

Sylvester told NPR in a recent interview that Mozart and hip-hop are the party musics of different eras. Black Violin mixed it together and made something new.

Hear NPR's story from Morning Edition.


Talent search winner Alana Houston

Down East Talent Search

Friday, March 4, 2016 in Wright Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.

Someone is going to win $1,000 and take first prize at the second-ever Down East Talent Search. Watch our celebrity judges sweat as they deliberate. Cast your vote for the audience choice award. Be amazed at the quality and calibre of talent in eastern North Carolina. 

A jaw-dropping variety show that will exceed your expectations, this fundraiser supports the FRIENDS of the S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series.

Left: Elizabeth City's Alana Houston stopped a sleetstorm with her planet-shifting performance of "That's Life." She won first prize in 2015.