The arts connect a community. Despite the struggles of many due to the pandemic, the Chatham County arts community is starting 2022 strong. Sing along to a musical, follow along to a play, enjoy arts in your backyard! January is packed with opportunities to experience live music and theater, get your tickets today!
Now that the Trans-Siberian Orchestra is finished playing the “Carol of the Bells” for the season, you’ll be looking for a new melodic masterpiece to enjoy. The Chamber Orchestra of the Triangle will perform at the Carolina Theatre – Fletcher Hall in Durham on Sunday, January 9 at 3 p.m. Tickets are still available to experience some of the orchestra’s favorite pieces, along with a few new features. Additional performances at Fletcher Hall include Sunday, February 13, Sunday, March 13 and Sunday, May 1.
On Saturday, January 15, Abigail Dowd, Lyn Koonce and Eric Bannan will grace the stage at Bynum Front Porch for their 2022 Winter Music Series. It’s never too cold for music, right? Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7 p.m. Lasting until 9 p.m., enjoy the songwriting talents of these musicians in a free musical showcase. While admission is free, donations are highly recommended to be placed in the pith helmet being passed through the audience. Proceeds directly benefit the artists and the continuing of free music events at Bynum Front Porch. We’ll see you at the General Store!
A cinematic experience we all know and love, “Driving Miss Daisy” will claim its residency at the Temple Theatre in Sanford January 13 through January 23, part of Carolina’s Center for the Performing Arts. If you’ve never seen the storyline performed live, this is your chance. The Temple Theatre acting guild will perform “Driving Miss Daisy,” winner of the 1988 Pulitzer Prize, the Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Off-Broadway Play and Academy Award for Best Picture. What’s not to love?
The play, like the movie, follows Daisy Werthan, a Southern icon who relies on her chauffeur after wrecking her car. Her son hires chauffer Hoke, who will eventually become Daisy’s best friend, despite their significant differences. Showtimes are Thursday through Sunday, with matinee and evening times available. For a full list of showtimes and ticket availability, visit their website. The ticket price for adults is $29, $17 for children and $27 for veterans and educators.
While you’re in the neighborhood, Rick Peele with members of The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra will grace Temple Theatre on January 18 at 7:30 p.m. A native of Sanford and a graduate of Sanford Central High School, Rick Peele began his musical career in the third grade and continued to play in various bands throughout high school. His music and his career are inspired by Sinatra, Bobby Darin, Tony Bennett and Michael Bublé.
Joined by The Heart of Carolina Jazz Orchestra, their mission is to promote and increase public knowledge of jazz through performance and educational activities. A volunteer-based orchestra, the group seeks to involve minorities through diverse programming and outreach. This performance is one night only and tickets are $20 each. Buy your tickets!