Memorial Hall opened in 1931. It served the campus and community well for 70 years before a 2005 partnership between the State of North Carolina and hundreds of generous donors culminated in its transformation. In that time, the stage saw the likes of Louis Armstrong and his Dixieland All-Stars, poets Robert Frost and Maya Angelou, and the national tours of Broadway musicals such as Grease. Today, the venue’s Carolina Performing Arts Series expounds on that great history by offering world-class performances of music, dance and theater, innovative cultural and artistic expression, and lectures. In 2009, Memorial Hall welcomed the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet in the Ballet’s first ever performance in the Southeast.