Last night, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carolina Performing Arts rolled out the roster for its 2016-2017 season. The organization announced three distinct pillars of programming to define much of the year.

“Glass at 80″—a large look at perhaps the most famous member of American minimalism’s big four, Philip Glass—is the largest and most specific point of interest. The ten-day festival in February will celebrate the life and work of the composer. Of special interest, on February 3, a “Heroes Tribute” will nod to Glass as well as David Bowie and Brian Eno, with a “Merge Records Group” joining the ensemble: Destroyer’s Dan Bejar, Mac McCaughan, William Tyler, Wye Oak’s Jenn Wasner, Ken Vandermark, and Brad Cook.

One theme that stretches across the season is Sacred/Secular: A Sufi Journey, which will focus on and explore Sufism as “a spiritual and cultural lens into Islam.” Performances by artists rooted in Senegal, Pakistan, Indonesia, and Iran shape the core of that curriculum. American female choreographers are another season highlight, with performances from zoe | juniper, Michelle Dorrance, and Nora Chipaumire.

Several perennial CPA favorites will return to Chapel Hill, including mandolin master Chris Thile, the rootsy UNC alums of Steep Canyon Rangers, and the new music quartet Brooklyn Rider. Tickets go on sale June 8 (earlier if you are a big donor, faculty or staff member, or student).

In the meantime, you can check out the full schedule below.

Fall 2016

Sept. 9 “Mystical Music” – Hossein Alizadeh

Sept. 12 Chris Thile

Sept. 14 & 15 “ETM: Double Down” – Dorrance Dance

Sept. 18 “Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity” – Ping Chong + Company

Oct. 5 & 6 “Clear & Sweet” – zoe | juniper

Oct. 7 Brooklyn Rider with Anne Sofie von Otter, mezzo-soprano

Oct. 14 Richard Thompson

Oct. 25 “Sufi Songs” – Youssou N’Dour

Oct. 28 “The House is Black” – Sussan Deyhim

Nov. 7 Isabelle Faust, violin and Alexander Melnikov, piano

Nov. 10 “portrait of myself as my father” – nora chipaumire

Nov. 11 Steep Canyon Rangers

Nov. 16 & 17 “Labels” – Joe Sellman-Leava

Dec. 3 & 4 “The Nutcracker” – Carolina Ballet

Dec. 8 China Philharmonic Orchestra Long Yu, music director and conductor Clara Yang, piano

Dec. 10 “Big Band Holidays” Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, Catherine Russell, vocalist

Spring 2017

Jan. 13 Shemekia Copeland

Jan. 20 “Wayang Bocor” – Eko Nugroho

Jan. 27 Nani Topeng Losari

Feb. 1 Bruckner Orchester Linz Performs Philip Glass Dennis Russell Davies, chief conductor Robert McDuffie, violin

Feb. 3 “Heroes Tribute”: A Celebration of the Music of Philip Glass, David Bowie and Brian Eno featuring A Merge Records Group and UNC Symphony Orchestra with Tonu Kalam, conductor

Feb. 6 “The Complete Piano Etudes” by Philip Glass

Feb. 7 “Dance” – Lucinda Childs Dance Company

Feb. 9 “Dracula” – Philip Glass and Kronos Quartet Michael Riesman, conductor

Feb. 10 “Words and Music in Two Parts” – Philip Glass and Laurie Anderson, featuring The Philip Glass Ensemble Michael Riesman, music director and conductor

Feb. 17 Marcus Roberts and the Modern Jazz Generation

Feb. 23 & 24 “Bayou Blues” – Shaina Lynn

Feb. 27 Vienna Philharmonic Franz Welser-Möst, conductor

Mar. 2 “Dara” – Ajoka Theatre

Mar. 3 Steve Earle

Mar. 7 Vijay Iyer Sextet

Mar. 8 Mark Padmore, tenor and Jonathan Biss, piano

Mar. 23 & 24 Martha Graham Dance Company

Mar. 31 Sounds of Kolachi

Apr. 5 & 6 San Francisco Symphony Michael Tilson Thomas, music director and conductor Gautier Capuçon, cello

Apr. 12 Sanam Marvi

Apr. 14 J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” Bach Collegium Stuggart and Gächinger Kantorei Hans-Christoph Rademann, music director and conductor

Apr. 18 Behzod Abduraimov, piano