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Event Spotlight

 

Mummenschanz: you & me

Saturday, February 3 at 8pm           
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets begin at $45

Dazzling audiences for more than 45 years, this Swiss-based troupe transcends cultural barriers and sparks the imagination with its unique, nonverbal theatrical style. Bringing to life the large-scale masks they’re famous for, and adding a dose of uncanny acrobatics, their brand new creation, you & me, is a visually stunning spectacle that celebrates the timeless love and mutual joy between the audience and performers of MUMMENSCHANZ!

 

Carpenter Center Dance Series

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo

Saturday, January 20 at 8pm & Sunday, January 21 at 2pm       
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets begin at $50

The funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet! The “Trocks” return to the Carpenter Center after five sold-out appearances! The “ballerinas” of this all-male company bring hilarity and awe with a unique combination of ballet, parodies and physical comedy—along with pieces that show off the performers’ impressive dance abilities.

 

 Carpenter Center Wit and Wisdom Series

An Evening with Jeffrey Toobin

Saturday, January 27 at 8pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $65

A high-profile senior analyst for CNN and staff writer for The New Yorker, Jeffrey Toobin is an unbiased, deeply analytic, and often very funny expert on American law, politics and media. Toobin gives us an unparalleled view into the inner workings of the Supreme Court and its influence, as well as insight into how our recent elections will shape the court and, in turn, the nation. Don’t miss Toobin as he deftly deconstructs some of the most provocative and important events of our time.

 

Carpenter Center Cabaret Series

Mandy Harvey

Wednesday-Thursday, January 31-February 1     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Performance begins at 7pm/Dinner served at 6pm

Harvey returns with a brand new show, her incredible voice adding to her message as she weaves her magic through a songbook that glides from breathy jazz standards to growling blues to inspiring originals.

 

 Carpenter Center Cabaret Series

Robin Spielberg

Wednesday-Thursday, March 7-8   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Performance begins at 7pm/Dinner served at 6pm

Humor and nostalgia are the hallmarks of a Robin Spielberg concert. In American Tapestry, Robin and her trio perform fresh arrangements of American gems, interwoven with new music and the stories that inspired them.

 

New York Gilbert and Sullivan Players: Pirates of Penzance

Saturday, March 10 at 8pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $50

Set sail with this classic Gilbert and Sullivan comedy that boasts one of the most famous patter songs in musical theatre history—“Major-General’s Song!” Throw in a band of tenderhearted pirates, a young man named Frederic, a bevy of beauties, a brash Pirate King and you’ve got what The New York Times calls “an endearing production with high musical standards and spirited performances!”

 

DanúSt. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Thursday, March 15 at 8pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $45

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of today's leading traditional Irish ensembles. With high-energy performances and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire, Danú takes you on a musical journey to their native Ireland, offering a moving and memorable concert experience.

Carpenter Center WOW! Series

 

Chris Perondi’s Stunt Dog Experience

Sunday, March 18 at 1 & 5pm         
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $25

They’re back! With star performances on “Ellen,” “Oprah,” and “Animal Planet’s Pet Stars,” these canine daredevils will thrill the entire family with doggone amazing tricks. All former rescue dogs and all first-rate show stoppers, these adorable athletes perform more delightful antics than you can shake a stick at. The most talented dogs in the world will wow you with their interactive showdowns judged by audience applause!

Frank Warren

Thursday, March 22 at 7pm 
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $35

PostSecret blog creator Frank Warren introduced the world to a collection of highly personal and artfully decorated postcards mailed anonymously from around the world, exposing the soulful secrets we never voice. Since PostSecret’s inception, Warren has received over 1,000,000 anonymous secrets on homemade postcards. Come be a part of this wildly popular, insightful, moving and interactive show, and experience the PostSecret phenomenon.

 

Aquila Theatre Company: Hamlet

Saturday, March 24 at 8pm  
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $45

Aquila’s Hamlet sheds new light on this tragic story through its innovative use of movement, design, sound, and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition. Aquila’s productions of Shakespeare are “beautifully spoken, dramatically revealing and crystalline in effect.” The New Yorker

 

Sunday Afternoon Concert Series

The Jive Aces: Jump, Jive, & Wail

Sunday, March 25 at 2pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $40

The U.K.’s No. 1 jive band The Jive Aces returns to bring on the swing in a show that features the band’s inimitable take on classics by such greats as Louis Prima and Cab Calloway. Jump, jive, and wail along to “Sing, Sing, Sing,” “Just a Gigolo,” “That Old Black Magic,” and Big Joe Turner’s rockin’ “Boogie Woogie Country Girl!”

 

Martha Redbone

Thursday, April 26 at 8pm   
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $45

Renowned blues and soul singer Martha Redbone—with her all-star band—explores her diverse family’s history in an epic that spans generations. Redbone’s deeply evocative music flows from her award-winning blend of Native American elements and her deep roots in Appalachian folk and Piedmont blues. 
“…bolstered by some of New York’s finest jazz and blues musicians and Redbone’s own stirring voice and commanding presence.” – The Wall Street Journal

 

Carpenter Center President’s Party

Mavis Staples

Saturday, April 28 at 8pm    
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $50

Grammy Award-winner and Kennedy Center Honoree Mavis Staples is living, breathing history. A master at weaving the genres of rhythm and blues, gospel, and soul, her voice became an anthem of the Civil Rights movement. Now in her seventh decade, Staples’ legendary raw and rasping voice is more powerful than ever as she shouts, croons, scats, and testifies like no one else can.

 

Ranky Tanky

Sunday, May 6 at 2pm          
Carpenter Performing Arts Center    
Tickets begin at $40

“Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky.” This Charleston, SC based quintet performs the exhilarating music of Gullah culture born in the Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, you’ll be mesmerized by the musical roots from which these immensely talented artists are grateful to have grown!

 

Lee Rocker

Saturday, May 19 at 8pm     
Carpenter Performing Arts Center
Tickets begin at $40

This Stray Cat is back! Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group The Stray Cats. After bringing rockabilly music to the top of the charts, Rocker’s got all the classics you love. As Rolling Stonedeclares, “Lee Rocker’s singing naturally captures the spirit of rock ‘n’ roll!”