ECU performing arts series helps celebrate N.C. Arts Council’s 50th anniversary 

ECU’s S. Rudolph Alexander Performing Arts Series is one of 170 organizations across North Carolina to participate in a statewide arts celebration of the 50th anniversary of the North Carolina Arts Council.


Arts and cultural organizations in all 100 North Carolina counties will celebrate the anniversary in October with music, dance, exhibitions and fall festivals.


The series dedicated the October 17 performance of the Vienna Boys Choir to the statewide celebration.


The 500-year-old choir is world renowned for its quality performances. At ECU, they performed a program titled “Bella Italia,” which featured works by Italian composers Vivaldi, Rossini, Verdi and Mascagni, along with popular favorites.


“The Alexander series has enjoyed the longtime support of the North Carolina Arts Council, and we are pleased to join in their anniversary celebration,” said Michael Crane, producing artistic director of the series. “We are proud of the impact the N.C. Arts Council has had across the state and in our own community.”


About 200 arts and cultural events are slated now through late November across the state in recognition of the anniversary of the N.C. Arts Council.


“The ideal that founded the North Carolina Arts Council in 1967 was “arts for all citizens,” said Wayne Martin, executive director, North Carolina Arts Council. “Since that time, we’ve worked to create an expansive network of nonprofit arts organizations so that citizens can participate in the arts and artists can contribute to our state’s growth and development.”


The concentration of events will occur during October to coincide with Arts and Humanities Month, a celebration of arts and humanities across the U.S.


“The celebration in October is a tribute to our collective achievements the last 50 years,” Martin said.


Events are listed on a comprehensive calendar at


About the North Carolina Arts Council

The North Carolina Arts Council builds on our state’s longstanding love of the arts, leading the way to a more vibrant future. The Arts Council is an economic catalyst, fueling a thriving nonprofit creative sector that generates $2.12 billion in direct economic activity. The Arts Council is also a cultural pathfinder, sustaining diverse arts expression and traditions and investing in new innovative approaches to art-making. The North Carolina Arts Council has also proven to be a champion for youth by cultivating tomorrow’s creative citizens through arts education.