CoMMA Performing Arts Center offers an incredible range of live shows and events | Brand Ave. studios

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Within each person resides an innate desire for connection, beauty, wonder and joy. When life is busy, an escape from reality can heal the soul. Whether through music, comedy, theater or dance, live performances have a transcendent effect, while simultaneously giving us a sense of connection to those around us.

In Morganton, North Carolina, residents and visitors can experience awe-inspiring performances right in their backyards. The CoMMA performing arts center hosts captivating shows and events, creating a strong sense of community in their city.

Seasons past, seasons to come

In years past, CoMMA guests have enjoyed everything from Broadway hit “Hairspray” to country music icons like Pam Tillis and Terri Clark, and even the Russian Ballet. Each season, the space offers a program of shows not to be missed. This year is no different.

Upcoming season events include “Little Black Dress The Musical” on November 4, 2022, which tells the story of Dee and her best friend, Mandy, from their first visit to the clothing store through all the twists and turns of life. The music is energetic and dynamic, ranging from hilarious songs about childbirth to heartfelt songs about love and friendship.

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Get into the holiday spirit with “Nochebuena: a Christmas show » on December 5, 2022, a concert featuring an all-star cast performing music and dancing with the acclaimed Ballet Folklorico de Los Angeles and Jaime Cuellar’s Mariachi Garibaldi. Also, a show that brings together materials, music and the arts on stage, “The Aluminum Show” is the story of one man’s incredible journey to a futuristic planet made entirely (you guessed it!) of aluminum.

Individual tickets for the upcoming season will be available online, by phone or at the box office.

And while a myriad of shows are scheduled for the upcoming season, director Sharon Jablonski and events manager Amber Austin are seeking feedback from community members. “We want to openly ask the community, ‘What do you want to see?'” Jablonski said.

A space that entertains and hosts events

Built in 1986, the center has been extremely well preserved. With the addition of Ben Long’s “Sacred Dance & the Muses” mural to CoMMA’s gallery ceiling in 2004, the space just keeps getting better with age.


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Live performances and wall art, however, aren’t all the beautiful historic building has to offer the community. It also doubles as a crowd-pleasing event space – perhaps for your wedding ceremony, dance recital, or next family reunion. Opening up space in this way gives the community a sense of collectivity – the idea that it is theirs to enjoy in whatever ways serve them.

As for Morganton, a small-town feel with local flair and charm, the area offers a walking oasis. The Town of Morganton is home to community-minded residents who enjoy their charming town and seek to create a thriving environment around them.


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Even if Morganton isn’t your home, a weekend getaway or a family trip would suit you. The downtown district welcomes you with bookstores, antique shops and its own local cinema. CoMMA is less than three blocks from Main Street, making a live show an easy option for an after-dinner date or your weekend’s main event.

Obviously, serving the Morganton community is another art form that CoMMA has mastered.

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