McCarter Theatre Center announces shows for 2021-22 season

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Bela Fleck performs at the McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton, Sept. 24.

Bela Fleck, Audra McDonald, Richard Thompson, Terence Blanchard and Seong-Jin Cho are among the artists booked for the 2021-22 season of The McCarter Theatre Center in Princeton. The arts center is currently closed but will reopen in September.

Tickets are currently on sale to McCarter members, and will go on sale to the general public in Aug. 10.

According to the venue’s website, it will sell tickets for each show at full capacity “with no social distancing, face coverings, or vaccine requirements. As guidelines and health directions evolve, we will update our requirements. Closer to the performance date, we will notify you of the current requirements via an emailed performance reminder.”

Here is the schedule, with the shows in the McCarter’s Matthews Theater listed first, followed by those at the smaller Berlind Theater, and then a McCarter-sponsored show taking place outdoors at the Princeton Shopping Center.

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Sept. 24:
Béla Fleck, “My Bluegrass Heart” featuring Michael Cleveland, Sierra Hull, Justin Moses, Mark Schatz, and Bryan Sutton.
Oct. 9: Tusk (Fleetwood Mac tribute)
Oct. 12: David Sedaris
Oct. 15:
Jan Lisiecki, piano. All-Chopin program of Etudes and Nocturnes
Oct. 16: Terence Blanchard, with The E-Collective and Turtle Island Quartet
Oct. 22: Dorrance Dance
Oct. 23: Chris Thile
Oct. 24: Lake Street Dive
Oct. 29: Matthew Whitaker Quartet
Nov. 5: “The Moth” (storytelling)
Nov. 6: “Shake & Holla” featuring The North Mississippi Allstars, The Rebirth Brass Band and Cedric Burnside.
Nov. 7: “National Geographic Live: Secrets of the Whales”
Nov. 13: Kelli O’Hara
Nov. 19:
Dec. 3:
Rosanne Cash
Dec. 5: J’Nai Bridges, mezzo-soprano
Dec. 7-12: “What the Constitution Means to Me”
Dec. 16: Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center. Program includes Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos.
Dec. 17: Sweet Honey in the Rock. “Celebrating the Holidays.”
Dec. 18: The Hot Sardines
Jan. 11: Igor Levit, piano
Jan. 22: Acrobuffos. “Air Play.”
Feb. 4: Branford Marsalis Quartet
Feb. 7: Keb’ Mo’
Feb. 12: Anaïs Mitchell & Bonny Light Horseman
Feb. 18: Jennifer Koh, violin. Program will include Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata, Vijay Iyer’s Bridgetower Fantasy and more.
Feb. 19: Arturo O’Farrill & The Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, with Ayodele Casel
Feb. 26: Shawn Colvin. Steady On anniversary tour.
Feb. 27: “National Geographic Live: On the Trail of Big Cats”
March 4: Joe Henry
March 5:
March 7:
Seong-Jin Cho, piano
March 11:
Pam Tanowitz Dance and Simone Dinnerstein, piano. “New Work for Goldberg Variations.”
March 19:
“A Tribute to Aretha Franklin: The Queen of Soul,” featuring Damien Sneed
March 23:
“Memphis Jookin’: The Show,” featuring Lil Buck
March 26, 11 a.m.:
Laurie Berkner, solo acoustic sensory-friendly performance
March 26, 3 p.m.: The Laurie Berkner Band
April 1: Richard Thompson
April 2: Audra McDonald
April 3: “National Geographic Live: When Women Ruled the World”
April 8: Zakir Hussain Trio, featuring Jayanthi Kumaresh, veena, and Kala Ramnath, violin
April 9: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis
April 13: Mark Morris Dance Group


Oct. 8-9:
AIM by Kyle Abraham
Oct. 15: Nella
Dec. 10-11: Cécile McLorin Salvant
Dec. 19: Stewart Goodyear, piano.
Jan. 15-16, 19-23 and 25-30 and Feb. 1-6 and 8-13: “Dreaming Zenzile,” based on the life of Miriam Makeba.
April 30 and May 1, 4-8, 10-15, 17-22 and 24-29: “Ride the Cyclone: The Musical”

Sept. 26:
Garba360. Traditional Gujarati social folk dance performance, with live music and dance lessons offered.


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