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Ballet Nepantla

Carlsen Center Presents

Ballet Nepantla - 'Valentina'

8 p.m. Saturday, September 7, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Part contemporary ballet, part traditional folklórico, 'Valentina' speaks to the strength of women in Revolutionary Mexico.

New Dance Partners

Carlsen Center Presents

New Dance Partners
The Ultimate Collaboration – two shows!

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, September 27, 2019 - September 28, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Four Choreographers – Four Companies – Four World Premieres! An innovative festival of contemporary and modern dance.

Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’

Carlsen Center Presents

Preston Singletary and Khu.éex’

7:30 p.m. Thursday, October 10, 2019 | Polsky Theatre

Jazz and funk/rock meet spoken word in English and indigenous languages. Partnership with Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art.

Russian Renaissance

Carlsen Center Presents

Russian Renaissance

8 p.m. Friday, October 11, 2019 | Polsky Theatre

Redefining the possibilities of their traditional Russian folk instruments, an electrifying and exhilarating ensemble.

Illusionist Rick Thomas

Carlsen Center Presents

Illusionist Rick Thomas

8 p.m. Saturday, October 19, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Back by HUGE Demand – all new show! The most intriguing, innovative and mind-blowing grand illusions on the Yardley Hall stage.

Taj Express – The Bollywood Musical Revue

Carlsen Center Presents

Taj Express
The Bollywood Musical Revue

8 p.m. Friday, October 25, 2019 | Yardley Hall

A high-energy Bollywood celebration with joyful dance and thrilling live music by the Oscar winner for 'Slumdog Millionaire.'

Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

Carlsen Center Presents

Pablo Ziegler Jazz Tango Trio

8 p.m. Saturday, October 26, 2019 | Polsky Theatre

Ziegler is the Grammy-winning composer who helped define the modern tango. With Hector del Curto, bandoneon, and Claudio Ragazzi, guitar.

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

Carlsen Center Presents

Jake Shimabukuro, ukulele

7 p.m. Sunday, October 27, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Master of the ukulele, his rock and pop performances have become one of the hottest tickets around.

National Dance Company of Siberia

Carlsen Center Presents

National Dance Company of Siberia

8 p.m. Saturday, November 2, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Stunning costumes, great choreography, wonderful precision dancing, awesome acrobatic strength. 

Cirque Mechanics

Carlsen Center Presents

Cirque Mechanics
"42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels"

8 p.m. Friday, November 8, 2019 | Yardley Hall

At the center of every circus rests a 42FT ring full of thrills, laughs and excitement. '42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical ...

Robert Randolph

Carlsen Center Presents

Robert Randolph and the Family Band

8 p.m. Saturday, November 9, 2019 | Yardley Hall

One of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Randolph's pedal-steel jam band blends rock, funk, soul and jazz.

Harlem 100

Carlsen Center Presents

Harlem 100 – Celebrating the 100th
Anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance

7 p.m. Sunday, November 10, 2019 | Yardley Hall

One of the country's greatest artistic eras, the Harlem Renaissance gave us the music of Duke Ellington, Billie Holliday and more.

Colin Mochrie and Brad Sherwood

Carlsen Center Presents

Colin Mochrie & Brad Sherwood
The Scared Scriptless Tour

8 p.m. Friday, November 22, 2019 | Yardley Hall

Known by TV audiences for their work on 'Whose Line is it Anyway?,' Colin & Brad improvise new material every night.

Ensemble Ibérica

Carlsen Center Presents

Winterlude – Ensemble Ibérica
Siento y Vivo (I Feel and Live)

7 p.m. Sunday, December 8, 2019 | Polsky Theatre

A celebration of flamenco music performed by Kansas City musicians.

Bomsori Kim, violin

Carlsen Center Presents

Bomsori Kim, violin

8 p.m. Saturday, January 18, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Internationally regarded as one of today’s most vibrant and exciting instrumentalists, Bomsori Kim will perform in recital.

Eboni Fondren

Carlsen Center Presents

Winterlude – Eboni Fondren

7 p.m. Sunday, January 19, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Eboni is backed by piano, bass and drums, singing favorites from the American Songbook and familiar jazz standards.

Anderson & Roe, piano duo

Carlsen Center Presents

Anderson & Roe, piano duo

8 p.m. Friday, February 7, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Steinway artists Greg Anderson and Elizabeth Joy Roe are revolutionizing the piano duo experience for the 21st century.

Bobby McFerrin

Carlsen Center Presents

Bobby McFerrin and Gimme5: circlesongs

7 p.m. Sunday, February 9, 2020 | Yardley Hall

This improv vocal program showcases the power of the human voice, where lyrics meet pure sound and avant-garde meets traditional.

American in Paris

Carlsen Center Presents

An American in Paris – two shows!

8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, February 15, 2020 - February 16, 2020 | Yardley Hall

Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical recreates the streets of mid-century Paris against the backdrop of the lush Gershwin score.

The Choir of Man

Carlsen Center Presents

The Choir of Man

8 p.m. Friday, February 21, 2020 | Yardley Hall

In this concert show set in an Irish pub, nine multi-talented blokes sing everything from pub tunes to folk to Broadway to classic rock.

Gerald Spaits’ Sax

Carlsen Center Presents

Winterlude – Sax & Violins

7 p.m. Sunday, February 23, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Traditional string quartet plus a jazz foursome, performing Ellington, Monk, the Beatles and more.

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

Carlsen Center Presents

Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait

8 p.m. Friday, March 6, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

'Kannapolis: A Moving Portrait' was commissioned by Duke Performances at Duke University. The piece premiered at Duke's ...

Danú

Carlsen Center Presents

Danú – St. Patrick’s Celebration

8 p.m. Saturday, March 7, 2020 | Yardley Hall

Travel on a musical journey to Ireland! A moving and memorable concert experience, just in time for St. Patrick’s Day!

SEEDS

Carlsen Center Presents

SEEDS

7 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Life-changing experiments are being conducted in the food we eat. Witness the legal battle between a Canadian farmer and Monsanto Inc.

Nate Nall Quintet

Carlsen Center Presents

Winterlude – Nate Nall Quintet

7 p.m. Sunday, March 15, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

Trumpet player Nate Nall studied with saxophonist Bobby Watson. Now he heads his own impressive group.

TAO: Drum Heart

Carlsen Center Presents

DRUM TAO 2020 – two shows!

8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, March 20, 2020 - March 21, 2020 | Yardley Hall

Back by popular demand! Explosive, large-scale Japanese drumming, precise choreography, athletic bodies and contemporary costumes.

The Reminders

Carlsen Center Presents

The Reminders

7 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 2020 | Polsky Theatre

A remarkable musical duo seamlessly blending soulful sounds and roots music with insightful messages and thoughtful lyrics.

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

Carlsen Center Presents

Alonzo King LINES Ballet

8 p.m. Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Yardley Hall

Using Native peoples' poetry and music, this ballet takes a poignant journey through indigenous languages on the verge of extinction.