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The eighth season of Carolina Performing Arts will feature 46 performances and a very special centennial celebration of the premiere of “The Rite of Spring.”

The 2012-2013 season includes several highly anticipated performances by renowned artists such as indie-bluegrass band the Punch Brothers (Oct. 16), acclaimed violinist Joshua Bell (Nov. 2), the celebrated authentic performance pioneers Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique with conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner (Nov. 14), Jazz at Lincoln Center with Wynton Marsalis (Feb. 10, 2013) and Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Feb. 26–27, 2013).

The season also features a celebration commemorating the centennial anniversary of the premiere of “The Rite of Spring,” the ground-breaking ballet choreographed by Vaslav Nijinsky to a score by Igor Stravinsky and performed by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. This shockingly new artwork debuted on May 29, 1913, and resulted in a riot at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées. “The Rite of Spring” premiere is considered a cultural milestone.

Single tickets go on sale to the general public June 19.

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