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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 Down East Talent Search is a general admission seating event. SRAPAS series services (Park & Ride, VIP parking, FRIENDS Lounge) are not offered for added attraction events.

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, and the return of an application form, available here.



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.



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