Ep. 98: (Re)Opening Doors at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts
It was just a few weeks ago that I had the chance to walk into the Duke Energy Center for the first time in 14 months. I wasn’t there for a show, but I was there to chat with its Director Kerry Painter and take a tour. Just this month, the complex opened its doors to patrons with in-person symphony and pine cone music performances starting up again for the first time in just over a year. And while patrons returning to the venue will experience the same caliber of great performances they have come to expect from the building’s resident companies and guest artists, there have been some notable changes to all of the facilities that are just a sign of the times.
Even since Painter and I spoke, the governor has issued new guidelines, which not only removes the mask mandate but also allows facilities to open at 100-percent capacity. While the Duke Energy Center continues to strongly encourage the use of face masks, certain events may still require them along with a wellness screening upon entry. And some events may still operate at a reduced capacity to accommodate pod seating. In those cases, ticket purchasers will be notified in advance and that information will be notated on the Duke Energy Center website. For additional information visit: https://www.dukeenergycenterraleigh.com/.