Duke Energy Center for the Performing ArtsDecember 19, 2014 7:00 PM
2 East South Street
Raleigh, NC 27601
This world-renowned production tells the story of a nutcracker who comes to life, taking its owner, Clara, on a fantastical journey through a magical world populated by the rose queen, sugar plum fairies and an army of evil rats. The enchanting tale is performed by companies large and small during the holiday season, as a beloved tradition. The spectacular dances and incomparable score by Tchaikovsky have cemented themselves in the hearts and imaginations of popular culture, enduring for decades as a classic.
Yelawolf (aka Michael Wayne Atha) is a Southern hip-hop artist from Alabama. Heavily inspired by Outkast--and Andre 3000 in particular---he took to rapping in the early 2000s, appearing on the reality talent program The Road to Stardom with Missy Elliott in 2005. After enjoy some middling success soon after, Yelawolf was quickly signed and then dropped from Columbia Records' roster. In 2010 however, he began popping up as a guest rapper on tracks from the likes of Big Boi, Juelz Santana and Paul Wall, finding some hard-earned attention for his own work in the process. Combining traces of Eminem's eccentric flow with the production and beats found in modern Southern rap, Yelawolf seems primed to become a household name in the hip-hop world sooner than later.
Though her life was tragically cut short at just 30 years of age, Patsy Cline nevertheless managed to cement herself as one of country music's all-time great voices during her brief career. Born in Virginia in 1932, Cline (originally born Virginia Patterson Hensley) grew up admiring stars such as Judy Garland and Shirley Temple, beginning to sing herself in her teenage years. By the mid-1950s, her strong, emotive voice had earned her a reputation around Nashville, yielding several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry. Cline's ability to combine pop songwriting appeal with classic country styles made her a crossover sensation, as songs such as "Crazy," "Walkin' After Midnight" and "I Fall to Pieces" topped both the country and pop charts in the US in the early-1960s. She died in a plane crash in Tennessee in 1963, quickly ending her brief but incredibly influential career.