Tickets are on sale now for the Davis Theatre’s 2011-12 season, featuring an outstanding line-up of music, drama and comedy. The Davis offers three performing arts series: the flagship On Stage at the Davis, the bluegrass Brand New Opry and the regional music Footlights. Operated by the Cabarrus Arts Council, the Davis Theatre is located in Cabarrus County’s historic courthouse at 65 Union Street S in downtown Concord. The beautiful space features state-of-the-art sound and lights and just 227 seats, every one of them close to the stage. Audience members get to enjoy the artwork in The Galleries before and after the shows, and performers greet the audience, sign autographs and pose for photos afterward. Tickets for all shows are available 24 hours a day online at www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org and at the Davis Theatre Box Office Monday-Friday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., in person or by phone, 704-920-2753. The On Stage at the Davis season will open October 1, with piano virtuoso Emile Pandolfi followed by a warm and funny version of A Christmas Carol on November 5, the show-stopping Ain’t Misbehavin’ on February 3, Canadian band Sagapool on March 17 and the Adam Growe Comedy and Quiz Showe on April 21.Each of the On Stage performers is critically acclaimed and known for outstanding performances: Emile Pandolfi in Concert, Saturday, October 1, 8 p.m., $36 + applicable feesClassically trained pianist Emile Pandolfi is the embodiment of a full eight octaves of impeccable, premium entertainment. With a remarkable repertoire and well-tuned humor, he blends familiar Broadway and romantic standards with classical favorites as he surprises the audience with unexpected tales and laugh-inducting anecdotes betweens songs. Audiences all over the United States savor his performances and then line up to buy his almost 30 albums. Emilepandolfi.com A Christmas Carol, Saturday, November 5, 8 p.m., $32 + applicable fees British-born actor Jeremy Webb’s take on the Dickens’ classic encompasses a lively mix of humor and emotional depth that will put you in the holiday spirit! Webb plays – and owns – all 30 roles in this fresh retelling of the familiar story, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim to the miserly and ultimately transformed Ebenezer Scrooge. bahhumbug.ca Ain’t Misbehavin’, Friday, February 3, 8 p.m., $49 + applicable fees Ain’t Misbehavin’s 30 show-stopping musical numbers take you on a journey through the Fats Waller songbook and Harlem in its heyday. It features Broadway veterans including M. Martine Allard, who was nominated for a Tony for The Tap Dance Kid, and Vivian Jett, who was Amelia McQueen in Ain’t Misbehavin’ on Broadway. In snazzy period costumes the dynamic five-member cast, accompanied by a hot band, turn the theatre into a rollicking rent party. sonicbids.com/AintMisbehavin Sagapool in Concert, Saturday, March 17, 8 p.m., $39 + applicable fees This Canadian band of six musicians has created a vibrant, original sound that defies simple categorization. Featuring guitar, double bass, accordion, percussion, banjo, glockenspiel, violin, clarinet and piano, Sagapool combines elements of jazz, gypsy and fanfare with pure fun. The band was conceived in the halls of the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal and played extensively in Canada before it began performing in the United States in 2007. It has won several honors, including “Best Instrumental Album” in the 2008 Canadian Folk Music Awards. sonicbids.com/Sagapool Adam Growe Comedy and Quiz Showe, Saturday, April 21, 8 p.m., $40 + applicable fees This uproarious stand-up comedy quiz show features audience members as contestants competing for cash prizes live on stage. Growe is one of Canada’s most accomplished and well-known comedians, performing on stage, television and radio. He is host of Discovery Channel Canada’s Cash Cab and stars in his own Just for Laughs Gala. He also has been seen in the United States on Premium Blend and Star Search. adamgrowe.com The Davis Theatre’s popular Brand New Opry bluegrass series will be back this year with five shows hosted by local favorite Jeff Whittington. Due to the huge demand for the Christmas version of this show, there are two this year on Thursdays, December 8 and December 15. There also will be shows on Thursdays, November 17, January 12 and February 16. All shows are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 plus applicable fees. The Footlights series will bring three evenings of music to the Davis Theatre starting Thursday, September 22 with the Route 66 band, which plays covers of rock and roll classics from the 1960s to the present with a few originals thrown in. Footlights also will present Jim Avett, a singer-songwriter and guitarist who plays folk, country and gospel on Thursday, March 29, and Clyde Derberry, a Mooresville musician whose influences are rock and roll, R&B and gospel on Thursday, April 26. All shows are at 7:30 p.m., and tickets are $10 plus applicable fees.For more information, call 704-920-2753 or visit www.CabarrusArtsCouncil.org.
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