It’s going to be a good one, too: Highlights include appearances by Ravi and Anoushka Shankar, Sonny Rollins, Gilberto Gil, Pat Metheny solo, Béla Fleck with Edgar Meyer and Zakkir Hussein, the union of the Blind Boys and Preservation Hall, arrangements of Philip Glass, the return of Bang on a Can and a revisiting of “Pictures at an Exhibition.” Also of note: Mali’s mighty Tinariwen finally makes it to the Triangle after falling from Duke’s roster for the 2008-09 season.

Carolina Performing Arts 2009-10 Season Calendar

Sep. 17 at 7:30 p.m.: YAS with DJ Sharam and Mahan (Iran’s most popular hip-hop artist)

Sept. 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Sonny Rollins (jazz tenor saxophonist)

Oct. 2 at 8 p.m.: ‘Low”Rha Goddess (portrayal of the mental health system)

Oct. 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Ravi and Anoushka Shankar (father and daughter sitarists)

Oct. 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Béla Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Zakir Hussain (original banjo, double bass and Indian tabla collaboration)

Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.: Bruckner Orchestra Linz with Dennis Russell Davies, conductor, featuring the Carolina Choir with Susan Klebanow, director (arrangements by Philip Glass and Leonard Bernstein)

Nov. 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Bang on a Can All-Stars and Trio Mediaeval (musical and vocal ensembles perform Julia Wolfe’s ‘Steel Hammer”)

Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Leif Ove Andsnes and Robin Rhode (piano and visual art collaboration in Modest Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition”)

Nov. 20 at 8 p.m.: Soledad Barrio and Noche Flamenca (Spanish flamenco touring company and its founding member)

Dec. 5 at 2 p.m., 8p.m., Dec. 6 at 2 p.m.: ‘Nutracker”Carolina Ballet (classic holiday ballet)

Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m.: ‘Down by the Riverside”The Blind Boys of Alabama and Preservation Hall Jazz Band (gospel and New Orleans jazz)

Jan. 15 at 8 p.m.: ‘Fondly Do We Hope…Fervently Do We Pray” – Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company (music-theater work about Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction)

Jan. 17 at 7:30 p.m.: Soweto Gospel Choir (tribal and gospel music tribute to Martin Luther King Jr. day)

Jan. 29 at 8 p.m.: ‘the break/s: a mixtape for stage” – Mark Bamuthi Joseph (multimedia personal hip-hop narrative)

Feb. 9 at 7:30 p.m.: Jennifer Larmore (mezzo-soprano)

Feb. 12 at 8 p.m., Feb. 13 at 8 p.m.: ‘The Shipment”Young Jean Lee Theater Company (play addressing the black experience)

Feb. 15 at 7:30 p.m.: Tinariwen (Mali’s guitar band with blues, rock, pop influences)

Feb. 19 at 8 p.m., Feb. 20 at 8 p.m.: STREB: Brave (extreme sports, dance, MIT Media Lab collaboration)

Feb. 26 at 8 p.m.: Terence Blanchard (trumpeter/composer as part of 33rd Carolina Jazz Festival

March 2 at 7:30 p.m., March 3 at 7:30 p.m.: London Philharmonic Orchestra with Vladimir Jurowski, conductor (Beehtoven and Brahm March 2, Ravel and Shostakovich March 3)

March 14 at 7:30 p.m.: Gilberto Gil (modern Brazilian popular music)

March 17 at 7:30 p.m.: ‘Beyond the Bog Road”Eileen Ivers (St. Patrick’s Day celebration of Irish immigrants)

March 22 at 7:30 p.m.: Pilobolus (major American dance company)

March 23 at 7:30 p.m.: Lang Lang, piano, Christoph Eschenbach, conductor, with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra (selections from Prokofiev, Beehtoven)

March 25 at 7:30 p.m.: Brooklyn Rider and 2 Foot Yard (world premiere of a new work commissioned by Carolina Performing Arts)

March 31 at 7:30 p.m.: ‘Uncle Vanya” – Maly Drama Theater of St. Petersburg (Chekhov’s Russian theater classic)

April 6 at 7:30 p.m.: Julia Fischer (violinist performs Bach Partitas unaccompanied)

April 7 at 7:30 p.m.: Pat Metheny (solo guitar improvisations and unveiling of ‘Orchestrionics”)

April 10 at 8 p.m., April 11 at 2 p.m.: Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (combination of African-American culture and American modern dance)

April 17 at 8 p.m., April 18 at 7:30 p.m.: Bach: ‘Multiplicity,” ‘Forms of Silence and Emptiness”Compaňía Nacional de Danza (Spanish company’s tribute to Bach)

April 27 at 7:30 p.m.: Baaba Maal (West African song, dance and reggae)