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2016-17 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 2016-17 season marks the sixth 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 Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

Saturday, September 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets

This 17-piece ensemble features some of the South’s greatest vocalists and performs music of the Great American Songbook with a sprinkling of Motown and funky New Orleans. Don’t expect a concert or a jazz recital; rather, come for a one-of-a kind, high-energy stage show featuring music by some of the best entertainers and musicians the industry has to offer. Enjoy their fresh approach to the Great American Big Band revival. 

Billy McGuigan: "Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience"
Saturday, November 19 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Billy McGuigan and his band are back to present another hit show, “Rave On! The Buddy Holly Experience.” “Rave On!” reinvents the ordinary tribute show with an electrifying, high-energy, rock n’ roll extravaganza featuring America’s principal Buddy Holly interpreter, Billy McGuigan, a dead ringer for the legendary rocker. Backed by the rockin’ Rave On! band, their incredible musicianship helps ignite the stage and breathe new life into the music of Buddy Holly, which will include such hits as “Peggy Sue,” “That’ll Be the Day,” and, of course, “Rave On.” 

Robin Spielberg
Friday, January 27 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
One of America’s most beloved pianists/composers, Robin Spielberg made her Carnegie Hall debut before a sold-out crowd, appeared on PBS, played for “CBS Saturday Morning” and was a featured speaker on “TEDx.” In addition to her performances and recordings, Robin is an author who speaks about how music affects our well-being, a topic of her book, “Naked on the Bench: Adventures in Pianoland.” Robin’s neo-classical piano stylings coupled with her ability to connect with audiences will inspire and move you. 

Ken Lavigne
Friday, February 17 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Singer Ken Lavigne has charmed his way into the hearts of concert-goers across North America with his exciting blend of classical tenor sound and modern style. Joined by a four-piece ensemble, Lavigne takes his audience on a riveting and enchanting journey, retelling his personal campaign to sing at Carnegie Hall with the New York Pops. Told with spectacular songs and entertaining and hilarious stories, Lavigne embodies the spirit of the underdog–audacity, tenacity and ultimately…triumph.

"Pump Boys & Dinettes"
Saturday, March 4 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
The ‘Pump Boys’ sell high octane on Highway 57 somewhere between Frog Level and Smyrna, N. C. The ‘Dinettes’—Prudie and Rhetta Cupp—run the Double Cupp Diner next door. Together they fashion an evening of country western songs that received unanimous raves on and off-Broadway. With heartbreak and hilarity, they perform highly entertaining toe-tappers on guitars, piano, bass and, yes, kitchen utensils.
Come early and enjoy Cary Youth Voices' performance in the lobby prior to the show!

Balsam Range
Friday, April 21 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
This Haywood N.C. bluegrass and acoustic group are winners of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group of the Year awards. The group infuses elements of jazz, country, gospel, swing and old-time music into their fresh sound, while the musicians’ five distinct personalities create one remarkable musical experience.


Bonus Performance:

Clayton Piano Festival & Town of Cary present Rachel Flowers
Friday, October 14 | 7:30 p.m. | Buy Tickets
Tickets: $20 Adults; $15 Seniors & Students; $12 Marvelous Music Season Ticket Holders
Multi-talented instrumentalist and composer Rachel Flowers was born 15-weeks premature and lost her eyesight as an infant due to Retinopathy of Prematurity. When Rachel was two, to discourage her from banging on their ancient piano with her toys, Rachel’s mother showed her how to play “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” Rachel picked it up immediately, and was soon working out for herself every song she heard. Now over 20 years later, Rachel has brought home many awards as a classical flutist and jazz pianist and has been featured on “60 Minutes.” She will present a wide selection of her original compositions and covers of famous jazz and rock artists in a style uniquely hers.

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