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Performing Arts in the Triangle

Are you a lover of performance art? One of the greatest benefits of the Triangle’s many cities in close proximity is that there is nearly always something happening in the performance art world. The Triangle has many performance companies, venues, musical groups, ensembles, and creative minds. Some of the largest performing arts organizations are listed below, but there are also many more.

1. Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) – Durham

Presents plays, concerts, musicals, and more throughout the year
Recent performances include Jersey Boys, Mary Poppins, Alabama, Hall & Oats, Jerry Seinfeld, The Blue Man Group,  and more

2. North Carolina Symphony – Raleigh

Performance symphony that hosts some of the state’s finest musicians.
Recent performances include: “The Rite of Spring,” “Freedom” concerts celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, and more

3. Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts – Raleigh

Hosts concerts, festivals, plays and is home to the NC Symphony, NC Theatre, and Carolina Ballet.
Recent performances include: Lee Anne Rhymes with the NC Symphony, Dave Chapelle, and The Drowsy Chaperone

4. Carolina Ballet, Inc.

The Triangle’s own professional ballet company
Recent performances include “Giselle” and “The Rite of Spring”
Don’t miss the annual “Nutcracker” production during the holiday season

5. North Carolina Theatre

Professional theatre that performs Broadway revivals and provides community education and outreach
Recent performances include NERDS, Alter Boys, and Cats

6. American Dance Festival – Durham

Modern dance company
The 2013 season was their 80th anniversary

7. Carolina Theatre of Durham

Presents concerts, comedy, and educational programming as well as independent films and festivals. Recent performances include: Pat Benatar, Boz Scaggs, and Cheap Trick

8. PlayMaker Repertory Company – Chapel Hill

Professional regional theater
Recent performances include Cabaret, Big River, and Angels in America

9. The ArtsCenter – Carrboro

Presents performances and provides arts education. Recent performances include: 10 by 10 in the Triangle, Ruthie Foster, and Justin Roberts

10. Theatre in the Park – Raleigh

Community theatre especially known for its annual performances of "A Christmas Carol."
Recent performances include: To Kill a Mockingbird and Fuddy Meers.

11. North Carolina Opera – Raleigh

Professional opera company. Recent performances include: Aida, Wagner, and Les Enfantes Terribles

12. Raleigh Little Theatre, Inc.

Community Theatre
Recent performances include Spring Awakening, The Importance of Being Earnest, and Animal Farm.

13. Triangle Youth Ballet – Chapel Hill

Ballet company.
Education division trains dancers from age 3 to adult

14. Raleigh Symphony Orchestra

Concerts, in-school and community education
Recent performances include Canadian Soundscapes and Treasured Classics

15. North Carolina Master Chorale – Raleigh

Choral organization performing choral-orchestral masterworks.
Recent performances include Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s St. John’s Passion, and Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis