Clayton Center's Palladian Series entering home stretch

sgilman@newsobserver.comMarch 31, 2014 

The Clayton Center’s Palladian Series, which begins in the fall and runs through the spring, is wrapping up its 2013-14 season, with only three more performances to go. Here’s a little of what you can expect if you attend.

The Hot Club of San Francisco, which had to postpone its Valentine’s Day concert because of icy weather, will play at 8 p.m. Friday, April 4.

“We’re going to keep it the Valentine’s theme,” said Clayton Center director Scotty Henley. “So as far as the flavor, the romanticism will still be done, and the band will still do the ‘Meet Me in Paris’ theme.”

The band’s style is gypsy jazz, complete with fiddle, string bass and vocals.

“They’re a wonderful group of musicians,” Henley said. “This will be an upbeat performance, a romantic performance, but not just a musical performance. There will be a vocal element to it. And hopefully we won’t have any issues of mother nature.”

Just a day later, East Carolina University’s Storybook Theatre will perform “Schoolhouse Rock” songs at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

The oldies from the 1970s and 1980s’ Saturday morning animation series will come back to life as ECU students act out educational numbers like “Conjunction Junction,” “Interplanet Janet,” and “I’m Just a Bill.”

The songs were originally for kids, but adults can enjoy them too.

“I’m thinking it’s very much kid oriented,” Henley said, “but at the same time, I’m hoping that the parents who grew up with these Saturday morning videos will rekindle their childlike side and reconnect with their own childhood.”

“Learning has a fun element,” Henley added. “It doesn’t all have to be done sitting down at a desk or copying from a whiteboard. There are people of creative means who want to help us with our wealth of knowledge.”

Henley said the Storybook Theatre is “always a really well done public performance.”

The last performance in this year’s series is James Gregory, who has more than 20 years of comedic experience. He will perform at 8 p.m. April 11.

Tickets are $25, and the Clayton Center is at 111 E. Second St. For more information, go to or call the box office at 919-553-1737.


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