The Edgecombe Performance Series, now in its ninth season, is an annual series of performing arts events that take place in beautiful Keihin Auditorium, a 1,020-seat concert hall located on the Tarboro campus of Edgecombe Community College. The purpose of the series is to help fulfill the cultural needs of ECC’s service area, as stated in the College’s mission statement, by presenting quality performances in a variety of disciplines at affordable prices.
Keihin Auditorium’s grand opening took place in May of 2004, with an inaugural concert by the North Carolina Symphony. In December of that year, ECC presented its first major popular music concert, featuring the one and only B.B. King, which sold out over 60 days in advance.
The first season of the Edgecombe Performance Series began in the fall semester of 2005, and programming has continued annually ever since. An impressive list of artists has performed on the Keihin Auditorium stage, including:
SEASON ONE: Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana, Glenn Miller Orchestra, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, James Gregory, Carolina Brass, African American Dance Ensemble, Mallarme Chamber Players, Greensboro Ballet, Preservation Hall Jazz Band
SEASON TWO: Artie Shaw Orchestra, D’Vine, Mark Nizer, The Healing Force, John Brown Quintet, Rachel Price, Frank Ferrante as GROUCHO, Pavlo, Bill Leslie and Lorica, The Raleigh Ringers, Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
SEASON THREE: Mickey and Jan Rooney, Regina Carter Quintet, Touring Theatre Ensemble of North Carolina, Lightnin’ Wells, Taylor Swift, The Cat’s Pajamas, Southern Fried Jazz Band, Percy Sledge
SEASON FOUR: Buddy Guy, Julianne Hough, Emile Pandolfi, Susanna and Timmy Abell, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, The Platters
SEASON FIVE: The Lost Trailers, North Carolina Symphony, Doc Watson and David Holt, The Drifters featuring Rick Sheppard
SEASON SIX: The Robert Cray Band, North Carolina Symphony, Jimmy Wayne, Chuck Wicks, The Family Stone
SEASON SEVEN: Carolyn Myers, Jami Rhodes, North Carolina Symphony, The Clef Hangers (UNC-Chapel Hill), The Pitchforks (Duke University), Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr., Jason Michael Carroll, Ryder Lee, ECU Symphony Orchestra
SEASON EIGHT: New York Theatre Ballet, North Carolina Symphony, The Clef Hangers (UNC-Chapel Hill), Grains of Time (NC State), Love and Theft, The Original Tams, ECU Symphony Orchestra
We hope you will join us this season for world class entertainment, right here in Tarboro!
Director of Cultural Arts
Edgecombe Community College
252-823-5166, ext. 187