Mike Wiley and RLT present “Breach of Peace”

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In a partnership with Raleigh Little Theatre (RLT), The Clayton Center welcomes Mike Wiley back to our stage as he performs a real-time, live performance over Zoom for an RLT audience.

On Friday and Saturday, January 22 and 23, Mike presents his one-man show Breach of Peace. Audience members are asked to keep their cameras on so Mike can “see” and interact with his audience, who will be projected live into The Clayton Center auditorium.

The production will be as close as you can get to attending a live in-person show without actually leaving home. Stick around after each show for a live talkback with Mike!

Breach of Peace is based on true accounts of surviving participants of the Freedom Rides, as well as many other individuals involved in the early struggle for African-American equality. (Photo by Chris Charles for Creative Silence.)

Visit RLT online for ticket and show access information.

Join the MacMaster Leaheys for A Celtic Family Christmas

With nine months of experience in livestreaming events under our belts, The Clayton Center is branching out this holiday season with a special offering of A Celtic Family Christmas with the MacMaster Leahy Family.

The event – which becomes available on Thursday, December 17 – is our first ticketed virtual show. Tickets are available through our partner streaming service HomePlay.Live. Click here for details on how to purchase tickets and access the show via HomePlay.Live

The MacMaster-Leahy Family

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories, but few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

Indeed, when two of the planet’s very best fiddle players married in 2002, the proverbial mantelpiece was instantly crammed with JUNO and East Coast Music Awards. Though MacMaster and Leahy followed different trajectories – she a Cape Breton native who could step-dance before she could walk; he the oldest brother of acclaimed family group Leahy – both had assuredly crested the traditional music peak.

Their first recorded collaboration, 2015’s Bob Ezrin-produced album One, which was followed by 2016’s A Celtic Family Christmas (and which cemented the couple’s status as powerhouses on the seasonal circuit) confirmed MacMaster and Leahy were as dynamic working together as they were working apart.

The entertainment world is filled with extraordinary stories, but few match the beguiling true-life tale of Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, Canada’s reigning couple of Celtic music, whose dazzling career achievements underpin an incomparable off-stage life.

That’s no small feat when your combined album sales exceed one million; when past collaborators include classical cellist Yo-Yo Ma, bluegrass star Alison Krauss and banjo ace Béla Fleck; and when your ecstatic fan base (which boasts Shania Twain and The Chieftains) stretches from Sydney, Nova Scotia to Sydney, Australia.

“The fiddle was definitely common ground for us when we first got together,” MacMaster, a Member of Order of Canada since 2006, recalls with a chuckle. “But I was so in awe of Donnell’s family, of 11 siblings who could play and had a family band. And here I am now doing almost exactly the same thing. Well, kind of.”

MacMaster is referring to her and Leahy’s six musically gifted children, who today are the centrepiece of the MacMaster/Leahy live set though not because the couple necessarily envision showbiz careers for Mary Frances, Michael, Clare, Julia and Alec (Sadie’s only 3).

Rather, the pair realized early on that being on the road without their kids was infinitely harder than touring with them. That the children were already being home schooled (MacMaster has a teaching degree) made enacting that decision easier.

“Initially we were reluctant to let the kids perform. We worried the expectations might be too much,” Leahy says. “But then one night we put Mary Frances on stage. Soon after that Michael wanted to play. And you must reward practice.

“When I was a kid, I played the fiddle for my parents and my brothers and sisters. But you need to get into the game at some point. For me, the game was playing house parties. Our kids are practicing and when they come out on stage and do their little number, it’s their reward. They feel like a part of the tour and that provides amazing gratification.”

Thank you for your support of our weekly concerts

livestream compilation collage

Since the initial pandemic shutdown back in March, The Clayton Center has continued bringing live music to the community.

To commemorate our eight months of shows, we have put together an “events in review” stream. Join us for the Giving Thanks Live Stream Compilation, which features highlights from some of our favorite pandemic livestream concerts.

The featured North Carolina musicians have sustained us through this time of isolation and uncertainty, and we are grateful to them and to you for sticking with us. We wish you all a happy and healthy Thanksgiving, and we hope you enjoy the show. You’ll find it this Wednesday, November 25, at 7:00 PM at https://youtu.be/t7plwfcVBVo.

Special Veterans Day YouTube event features Jazz Ambassadors of The U.S. Army Field Band

The Clayton Center is proud to honor the men and women who have served and defended our country this Veterans Day with a special live video stream of “The Greatest Generation” as performed by The Jazz Ambassadors of The United States Army Field Band.

We would like nothing else than to have our veterans gather in the auditorium for a tribute as in years past. But since we can’t do that, we are streaming a video performance of the the Jazz Ambassadors, which is the official touring big band of the United States Army. The concert is scheduled for 7:00 PM on Wednesday, November 11.

This event will be streamed on YouTube at the following link: https://youtu.be/dg5C7G0TOLY.

Formed in 1969, this 19-member ensemble has received great acclaim at home and abroad performing America’s greatest original art form, jazz.

Concerts by the Jazz Ambassadors are programmed to entertain all types of audiences. The band’s diverse repertoire includes big band swing, bebop, Latin, contemporary jazz, standards, popular tunes, Dixieland, vocals, and patriotic selections, many of which are written or arranged by members of the Jazz Ambassadors.

The Jazz Ambassadors has appeared in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India, and throughout Europe. Recent notable performances include concerts at the Toronto Jazz Festival, the Richmond Jazz Festival at Maymont, the Kennedy Center Honors, the Jazz Education Network Conference, and an appearance on the Colbert Report.

Gordon Goodwin, Bobby Shew, Ernie Watts, and the Dave Brubeck All-Star Quintet are just a few of the outstanding jazz artists who have shared the stage with the Jazz Ambassadors. The band has been featured in joint concerts with Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra, the Seattle Symphony Pops, the Colorado Pops Orchestra, and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall.

The Jazz Ambassadors’ rigorous touring schedule and reputation for excellence has earned it the title “America’s Big Band.”

Zoom in Tuesday for the magic of Joshua Lozoff

Photo of Joshua Lozoff on stage

The Clayton Center presents Joshua Lozoff: Virtually Impossible this Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 PM live via Zoom.

 The show is available for the first 100 viewers who zoom into the event on Tuesday, October 20, at 7:00 PM. Just follow the link below.

Joshua’s motto is “Life is Magic.” He says, “the most beautiful thing about magic is how it appeals to everyone. I can go from a black-tie gala to a backyard barbeque, and everyone has a few moments in time which transcend our ordinary reality; moments of awe, of astonishment, and just a flat-out fun time.”

Recently, Joshua had the honor of being one of only two magicians to receive an invitation to perform at the World’s Fair in Japan. He spent two weeks as a featured performer for the USA Pavilion, entertaining Fair visitors from around the globe.

Before turning his attention to magic, Joshua was a professional actor, with a notable recurring role on the TV show Cheers, as Gino Tortelli, and as Logan in the movie Clueless. You can even see Joshua’s martial arts prowess on display (he holds a 2nd degree black belt in Aikido) in the film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

After 14 years as a professional actor, Joshua left Los Angeles to regain his sanity and devote more time to service work, including volunteer stints throughout Latin America.

ZOOM LINK: https://zoom.us/j/99307444410?pwd=L3RjMm5ZZGxBY3ZESlorM3FwVkpJZz09

If you’re prompted for a meeting ID and Passcode, use the Meeting ID: 993 0744 4410 and Passcode: magic.

Presented by The Clayton Center, North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation. 

Weekly livestream moving to YouTube in October

We are excited to announce that The Clayton Center’s Wednesday evening concerts will be livestreamed via YouTube beginning October 7 at 7:00 PM.

The switch will make our concerts accessible to a wider audience, as many individuals do not use social media. It also will allow for higher quality and faster uploads of the performances.

OCTOBER SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

William Seymour
Wednesday, October 7, 7:00 PM

Without Further Ado
Wednesday, October 21, 7:00 PM

KTZ Band
Wednesday, October 14, 7:00 PM

Autumn Nicholas
Wednesday, October 28, 7:00 PM

Piedmont Laureate presents new project in special Tuesday livestream event

Love in space, at the seashore, in the backyard.
Love in the future, one hundred years ago, and right this very moment.
Love between family, friends, and lovers.
Broken love, silly love, healing love.

It’s all in here. The Declaration of Love Project.

Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane and colleague Aurelia Belfield commissioned 11 North Carolina playwrights to craft short audio scenes based on the prompt “Declaration of Love.”

The pair presents six of the 11 audio pieces in a special appearance on The Clayton Center’s Facebook Livestream on Tuesday, September 29, at 7:00 PM.

A Durham playwright, Tamara’s work has been produced by both hands theatre company, Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern and Women’s Theatre Festival. Her stage-plays, The New Colossus and Master Builder, were commissioned and performed by Little Green Pig Theatrical Concern in 2016 and 2018.  She is the host of Artist Soapbox, a weekly podcast featuring original audio fiction and interviews with Triangle/NC artists about their creative process.

Recorded remotely by local actors, the complete Declaration of Love anthology will be released to the public in podcast form later this year.

This special event is presented by The Clayton Center in collaboration with the North Carolina Arts Council and the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation.

Find a list of the scenes to be included in this presentation here.