Ticket holders brave snow, see show

Posted January 31, 2010 12:58 p.m. EST
Updated January 31, 2010 10:14 p.m. EST

Arts lovers in the Triangle braved snow and ice Saturday night as performers in Durham and Raleigh went on with the show.

At the Durham Performing Arts Center about 1,000 people attended the evening performance of "Mamma Mia." The matinee was canceled after a storm left streets coated in wintry white.

Some ticket holders anticipated the storm's effect and exchanged their tickets ahead of time, spokeswoman Rachel Gragg said. They were offered tickets to a future DPAC show.

Gragg defended the decision to play on Saturday night, noting that the DPAC's policy is in line with those at the RBC Center, Raleigh’s Progress Energy Center for the Performing Arts, The Greensboro Coliseum, Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center and other event facilities.

In Raleigh, Tift Merritt and Kris Kristofferson headlined the PineCone Winter Music Festival at Meymandi Concert Hall. The Sunday portion of the two-day event was postponed. William Lewis, executive director of the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music and the sponsor of the event, said PineCone would contact ticket holders individually about a revised schedule and refund information.