• Antibalas is credited with introducing Afrobeat to a wider global audience, influencing countless musicians and developing a legendary live show. ©Marina-Abadjieff

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  • Yamato Drummers of Japan

    A mind-altering array of traditional percussion instruments large and small, Yamato enthralled the audience with passion, excitement and sheer force.

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  • Reduced Shakespeare Company, the bad boys of abridgement, tackled 83 of the world's greatest works in "All the Great Books (Abridged)."

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  • Jason Samuels Smith

    Jason Samuel Smith's ACGI (Anybody Can Get It) Tap Company became a blur of black patent leather whooshing before your eyes©Eduardo Patino

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    The Aquila Theatre Company brought new life to Ray Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry in Fahrenheit 451.

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  • Cashore Marionettes

    Artistry, grace and refinement of movement, Life in Motion is a concert of more than a dozen marionette pieces, performed by Joe Cashore in full view of the audience.

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Artist Series

The C. Shaw and Nancy K. Smith Artist Series is proud to offer an ever-growing series of entertainment, culture and quality. The faculty and students who participate in the Union Board Artist Series Committee take great pride in selecting and presenting a series that students, faculty, staff and members of the surrounding community can all enjoy and experience with their friends and family members.

Regardless of your tastes, we're sure you'll find many enjoyable moments throughout the season that put a smile on your face! This season features a little bit of everything, including world music, tap dance, theater and even dramatic marionettes. We hope you enjoy what the season has to offer and look forward to seeing you at each performance!

All performances take place in the Duke Family Performance Hall of the Knobloch Campus Center at 8 p.m. For ticket information call 704-894-2135.

Past Events (2013-14)

Here is a sampling of events that were offered in 2013-14. Check back in September 2014 for a list of events offered in 2014-15.

Yamato Drummers

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan

November 8, 2013

Artist Website

Enthralling audiences with passion, excitement and sheer force, Yamato was founded in 1993 in Nara which is considered the birthplace of Japanese culture. These master drummers are young, modern and brimming with infectious energy as they take the ancient art of taiko drumming and bring it to audiences around the world.

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Reduced Shakespeare Company: All the Great Books (Abridged)

January 24, 2014

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Davidson welcomes back the bad boys of abridgement as they tackle the literary canon. In "All the Great Books (Abridged)," America's best-loved comedy troupe takes you through a compact compendium of 83 of the world's greatest works.

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Aquila Theatre Company: Fahrenheit 451

February 4, 2014

Artist Website

Founded with the desire to create bold reinterpretations of classical plays for contemporary audiences that sought to free the spirit of the original work and recreate the excitement of the live performance that made it become a classic play, the Aquila Theatre Company will bring new life to Ray Bradbury's visionary parable of a society gone awry in Fahrenheit 451.

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Cashore Marionettes

February 25, 2014

Artist Website

Unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement, the internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. Life in Motion is a concert of more than a dozen marionette pieces, performed by Joe Cashore in full view of the audience. A show for both adults and young adults.