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Mark your calendars: An Evening of Entertainment Friday, March 3

WHAT: “An Evening of Entertainment”, the annual musical showcase hosted by Durham Public Schools and the DPS Scholarship Foundation

WHEN: Friday, March 3, 7-8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Durham Performing Arts Center, 123 Vivian St., Durham

WHO: More than 500 choral and 16 dance students from across Durham Public Schools

WHY: This one-time-only spectacular performance showcases the best musical talents in Durham Public Schools in an outstanding venue to raise funds for the DPS Scholarship Foundation.

HOW: Tickets are on sale at the DPAC box office or online at Tickets start at $12.50.

This whirlwind gala will welcome vocal clinicians Dr. Brett Nolker (music professor at UNC-G) and Dena Byers (music teacher with DPS), and professional choreographers Valentine Tarisse, Bizzy Maness, and Willie Hinton.  The high school choreographer, Valentine Tarisse, performed in An Evening of Entertainment as a DPS student and is excited to return to choreograph the show that played a major role in her life and her artistic development.  These professionals collaborate with DPS chorus and dance teachers to produce a musical gala that is a “must-see" event! 

For a second year, the show will showcase DPS dance students performing with the choral students.  The show features both choreographed and choral numbers including the middle school students performing the infectious dance tune "Can't Stop the Feeling" from Trolls and the rhythmic gospel song "He Never Failed Me Yet."  The high school students will perform the beautiful acapella ballad "That Lonesome Road" by James Taylor and rock to Michael Jackson’s dance hit "Blame It on the Boogie."  Elementary students will sing "Pure Imagination" (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) and jazz things up in big band swing style with "Beyond the Sea.”

This is the 38th year of this event which showcases the work of our talented DPS students and their teachers while raising funds for scholarships for graduating DPS seniors.  For information on the scholarships available and the application form, go to

CONTACT: Mary Casey, Director, K-12 Arts Education, DPS, (919) 698-2984; Linda Routh, DPS Scholarship Foundation, (919) 443-5735