Students to see professional arts performances, thanks to the Cabarrus Arts Council.

For the 14th consecutive year, school children will see live, professional performances, thanks to the Cabarrus Arts Council’s Students Take Part in the Arts program and its partnerships with the Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City school systems and private schools.

Every child in kindergarten through eighth grade, students at each high school in both public school systems and at participating private schools will see one of more than 60 performances.

Each performance relates to the Common Core State and N.C. Essential Standards and includes a study guide.

The 2014-15 schedule includes music, dance, storytelling and drama:


Second and third grades: Sept. 22-25

, Big Bang Boom, children’s three-person band, performs kids’ music with a pop sensibility that mixes genres such as alternative, hip-hop, pop and county. Led by singer/songwriter Ben Folds’ younger brother Chuck, the group plays children’s favorites and their own original songs.


Fourth and fifth grades: Oct. 27-31

, Charlotte Ballet in “Blue, Black and Green.” This interactive, educational program draws from the diverse cultural and artistic contributions of dancers, choreographers and musicians. The dance themes include black history, blues music and conservation, pollution, waste and the environment.


Ninth to 12th grades: Nov. 17-20

, Mike Wiley in “Tired Souls: The Montgomery Bus Boycott.” Wiley plays all the characters in this one-man show, which documents the days after Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat on the bus and the accounts of those who held tight to their bus money and walked for freedom for 381 days.



Sixth to eighth grades: Dec. 5 and 8-12

, Donna Washington, a storyteller, author and folklorist, enthralls and delights audiences with her vocal pyrotechnics, elastic face and dynamic physicality. She has been featured at the National Storytellers Festival and has won awards for her CDs and books.



Sixth to eighth grades: March 9-13

, Doktor Kaboom, science comedy. This variety show blends theater arts and the wonders of scientific exploration. He leads the audience on a theatrical and educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular adaptations of the physical sciences.



Kindergarten and first grade: April 20-25

, Roger Day, children’s musician. One of the nation’s top touring family artists, Day puts on an energetic show that incorporates his trademark wit, whimsy and wordplay.


Students Take Part in the Arts is possible because of the arts council’s sponsors: Carolinas HealthCare System, Cabarrus County, the cities of Concord and Kannapolis, the N.C. Arts Council, Wells Fargo, Embassy Suites Charlotte–Concord, ACN, Concord Printing, Duke Energy, Fifth Third Bank, The Independent Tribune, S&D Coffee and Tea, Technologies Edge, Wingate by Wyndham–Concord, Bank of North Carolina, the Cabarrus County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the towns of Harrisburg, Midland and Mount Pleasant.

For information, call 704-920-2787 or visit Cabarrus Arts Council