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Carolina Performing Arts and UNC-Chapel Hill will present a year-long centennial commemoration of The Rite of Spring, embracing all aspects of the multifaceted work. From September 2012 through May 2013, UNC’s campus will be home to performances, academic conferences and courses exploring the impact of The Rite and what the work means today.

Carolina Performing Arts has commissioned 11 new works from important artists across the globe – choreographer Bill T. Jones and director Anne Bogart, puppeteer Basil Twist, composer Dmitri Yanov-Yanovsky, jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, among others – who will re-imagine The Rite, bringing a contemporary flavor to the 1913 masterpiece.



Basil Twist, puppeteer, with Orchestra of St. Luke's

A third-generation puppeteer, Basil Twist is the only American to graduate from France’s École Supérieure Nationale des Arts de la Marionnette. One of the most creative performers in contemporary...


Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company and SITI Company

CANCELLATION - Friday's performance has been canceled due to deteriorating road conditions. If you had tickets to Friday's performance, please click here or contact our Box Office for information on exchanging...


Brooklyn Rider, with special guests Gabriel Kahane and Shara Worden

In the spirit of the Modernist motto “Make It New!”, the brilliant string quartet Brooklyn Rider returns to Chapel Hill with a carefully curated evening of music. The program reflects on the influence...


Magdalena Kožená, mezzo-soprano and Yefim Bronfman, piano

In a pairing of two major international talents, Israel’s Yefim Bronfman, a Grammy Award-winning pianist who performed at Memorial Hall in 2006, will take the stage alongside Czech mezzo-soprano Magdalena...


Mariinsky Orchestra of St. Petersburg with Valery Gergiev, conductor special guest Denis Matsuev, piano

Under the inspired direction of Valery Gergiev, St. Petersburg’s Mariinsky Orchestra, one of the oldest and pre-eminent symphony orchestras in Russia, returns to Memorial Hall for two nights with programs...


Nederlands Dans Theater I

Founded in 1959, Nederlands Dans Theater I is at the forefront of contemporary dance and has long been recognized for its innovative work. The company returns to Memorial Hall for two nights after performing...


The Silk Road Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

The highly acclaimed Silk Road Ensemble, featuring multiple Grammy Award-winning cellist Yo-Yo Ma, will present a thrilling combination of world and classical music traditions. The concert program includes the...


Vijay Iyer, Prashant Bhargava and International Contemporary Ensemble

The program for The Rite of Spring at 100 features the world premiere of RADHE RADHE - Rites of Holi, a new work by Vijay Iyer, one of the most exciting jazz pianists of our time, in...