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Diana Wortham Theater 2015-2016 Mainstage Season

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The Diana Wortham Theatre in downtown Asheville, North Carolina has announced the schedule of performances for the 2015/2016 Mainstage Series. The Mainstage Series presents a wide range of top touring artists in music, theater, dance, comedy, and other performing arts in an intimate, 500-seat hall. To start the season off, talented vocalist and one of the stars of the critically acclaimed documentary 20 Feet From Stardom Lisa Fischer takes the stage September 18 at 8:00 p.m. Setting the tone for Lisa Fischer’s performance is the Opening Night Reception, sponsored and catered by Pack’s Tavern at 7:00 p.m.


Lisa Fischer — Friday, September 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Lisa Fischer’s remarkable voice has landed her countless roles on stage, including spots with the Nine Inch Nails, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, and Aretha Franklin, as well as a role in the award-winning documentary 20 Feet from Stardom. Now she’s on to a new leg of the journey, with a not-to-miss one-night tour stop in Asheville to open the Mainstage Season.

Red Moon Road — Friday, September 25, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
An endearing folk trio hailing from Canada, Red Moon Road combines banjo, guitar, and mandolin to bring energetic sounds to its modern roots tunes, complete with exquisite harmonies and masterfully told stories.

The Passing Zone: The Passing Zone Saves the World — Saturday, October 3, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
America’s Got Talent finalists and recipients of eighteen gold medals from the International Jugglers’ Association Teams Competition, The Passing Zone’s act is full of good-natured ribbing, juggling chainsaws, and witty improvisation.

Tom Paxton — Saturday, October 10, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Share one last live performance in Asheville with the folk icon as he says farewell to life on the road with folk classics such as “The Last Thing on My Mind” and “Ramblin’ Boy,” and more of Paxton’s silly songs, romantic tales, and protest anthems.

Alison Brown Quartet— Friday, November 6, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Returning with ever-popular tunes as well as new hits, the Alison Brown Quartet brings traditional banjo picking together with jazz and Irish music, transforming toe-tapping bluegrass songs into sonically smooth combinations.

MOMIX Botanica — Tuesday & Wednesday, November 17 & 18, 2015, 8:00 p.m.
Dance, light, and motion make MOMIX’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

A Swannanoa Solstice — Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate the season with this holiday tradition, featuring award-winning recording artists and multi-instrumentalists Al Petteway, Amy White, Robin Bullock, and special guests as they create a mix of seasonal music, masterful storytelling, and poetry.

Koresh Dance Company: ev?o?lu?tion — Friday & Saturday, January 22 & 23, 2016,
8:00 p.m.
The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company, a favorite among Mainstage audiences.

The Hot Sardines — Saturday, January 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Hot jazz returns to the forefront of music in a night filled with big band enthusiasm and new-time energy as the Hot Sardines capture the raucous speakeasy sounds of the pre-World War II jazz era.

Aquila Theatre Company in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes — Friday, February 5, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
A night of mystery and intrigue awaits all those who attend this masterful portrayal of one of the most brilliant detectives in all of literary history. Join Holmes, Dr. Watson, and other colorful characters as the Aquila Theatre brings them back to life in a witty, fast-paced adaptation.

Aquila Theatre Company in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet — Saturday, February 6, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

MUMMENSCHANZ: The Musicians of Silence — Thursday, February 11, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light, and sculptural masks, appropriate for all ages.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan — Thursday & Friday, February 18 & 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage on its world tour, “Bakuon” – Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm, and jaw-dropping skill.

Lucky Plush Productions Trip the Light Fantastic: The Making of SuperStrip — Friday & Saturday, February 26 & 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Part comic strip and part silent film, dancers, superheroes, and graphic novel characters collide in this richly layered dance production that bounces effortlessly from the dancers, to projected video, and back.

Lúnasa with special guest Tim O’Brien—Sunday, February 28, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Lúnasa joins its fresh Irish melodies with the beloved music of Appalachia in a performance with master folk and bluegrass musician Tim O’Brien.

The Cashore Marionettes — Saturday, March 5, 2016: Simple Gifts, 2:00 p.m.; Life in Motion, 8:00 p.m.
The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland in two shows, a matinee for families of all ages and an evening performance for older children and adults.

Altan – Thursday, March 10, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Join this traditional Irish band as it weaves an evening of jigs and reels, touching melodies, and even explores the ancient bonds between Irish music and bluegrass roots.

stephaniesid— Saturday, March 19, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Best known for its outstanding mix of songs and irresistibly infectious live performances, this pop-noir trio combines jazz, rock and pop to churn out wondrous and highly original tunes.

Dervish— Friday, March 25, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
From jam sessions at neighborhood pubs in Ireland to performing for the Chinese government, Dervish is on a mission to spread traditional Irish music to every corner with a myriad of ballads, reels and melodies.

Rhythmic Circus — Thursday & Friday, March 31 & April 1, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Groove to the beat with genre-hopping music and percussive dance highlighted by taps, shuffles and stomps and punctuated by the refrains of the seven-piece brass band, not to mention a human beat-box.

Jesse Cook— Friday, April 15, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Guitar virtuoso Jesse Cook intertwines flamenco and jazz rhythms with styles from around the globe, with songs from his newest project, One World.

Aaron Goldberg Trio — Saturday, April 30, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
From Brazilian ballads to roaring bebop, this trio’s ability to bring wit and explosive chops to every song makes for a wild night of masterful jazz.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill — Friday, May 27, 2016, 8:00 p.m.
Indulge in the music of American guitarist Dennis Cahill and Irish fiddle player Martin Hayes as they explore the rising and falling melodies that become fiery, spellbinding performances.

See A Show:

Tickets for all performances are available at as well as from the box office at (828) 257-4530. The theatre offers flexible multi-show discount packages starting with as few as three performances. Savings range from 10% to 20% off Regular prices depending on the number of performances; multi-show packages are available through the Diana Wortham Theatre box only at 828-257-4530.

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