For Grammy-nominated artist Regina Carter, the violin isn’t simply an improvisational vehicle; it’s a passport to unexpected realms. Her quest for beauty combined with her passion for excellence earned Carter the prestigious “Genius Grant” from the MacArthur Foundation. She’s been an NC State LIVE audience favorite since 1996. Regina’s recent release, Ella: Accentuate the Positive and world tour, Simply Ella, mark the 100th birthday of the incomparable Ella Fitzgerald. An influence that began in childhood and has remained with Regina throughout her life, she shares a visceral connection to Ella’s sublime music.