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Koka Booth Amphitheatre Skateboarder at Sk8 Cary Ritter Park Playground Lazy Daze

2015-16 Marvelous Music Mainstage Series

Come to downtown Cary and be a part of six incredible evenings of entertainment through the Marvelous Music Mainstage Series. The 2015-16 season marks the fifth anniversary of presenting this beloved series in the restored historic Cary Arts Center. The series showcases a variety of emerging and nationally acclaimed touring artists.

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The Clothesline Muse

Friday, March 18 | 7:30 p.m.

The Clothesline Muse is a multi-discipline theater project featuring a cast of six and jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon as “The Muse.” The performance combines dance, percussive music, spoken word, interview text, video, and interactive art with a creative theme that explores the “clothesline” as a metaphor of our community lifeline and its ties to our environment. You may recall, back in November 2011, Ms. Freelon performed in our first season at the Cary Arts Center. Don’t miss the chance to see the six-time Grammy nominated jazz singer in her latest project as writer, composer and producer of this original work.

This will be a fun and unique night. Evening activities include:
6-7:30 p.m. | Artists’ Reception (Marcus Dry)
6:15 p.m. | Gallery Talk and Meet the Muses (Marcus Dry)
7 p.m. | Cary Youth Chorale performs (Lobby)
7:30 p.m. | Performance (Theatre)

The Clothesline Muse Art Exhibition

Clothesline Musings: Art Inspired By the Clothesline
Wednesday, March 9-Sunday, April 3

This interactive exhibition is inspired by the grind and grace of domestic life. A diverse range of visual media is presented: fine art, photography, prints, sculptures, installations, and digital art created by artists' interpretations--literal, figurative, and abstract--of the clothesline, hand-washing and line-drying, clothesline games and memories, and the environmental impact of taking in the wash. 

*The Clothesline Muse was made possible with funding by the New England Foundation for the Arts' National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

*The Clothesline Muse is a National Performance Network (NPN) Creation Fund Project co-commissioned by Painted Bride Art Center in partnership with St. Joseph's Historic Foundation, Inc./Hayti Heritage Center and NPN. The Creation Fund is supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts (a federal agency). For more information:

Billy McGuigan's Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience

Friday, April 1 | 7:30 p.m.

Yesterday and Today: The Interactive Beatles Experience is a live request concert experience where the audience gets to pick the set list from over 200 Beatles’ classics. You will be asked to fill out request cards just prior to the show noting why a particular Beatles tune is special to you. Then during the show, Billy, Matthew, and Ryan McGuigan pull request cards out of a hat and chat with the audience members about the reasons for their requests. Then, note for note, chord for chord, the three brothers perform your requests as originally recorded by the Beatles. No single performance is ever the same. And it is sure to be a crowd pleaser. Enjoy!

Experience more of The Beatles this spring on the big screen at The Cary Theater:
Thursday, March 31 | 7 p.m.: Good Ol' Freda
Thursday, March 31 | 9 p.m.: A Hard Day's Night   Sunday, April 3 | 2 p.m.: Good Ol' Freda


Contact Information

For general information, call (919) 462-2055.

Sarah Preston
Operations & Program Supervisor-Theater
(919) 462-3969

 Cary Arts Center  101 Dry Avenue, Cary, NC 27511  |  (919) 469-4069