August 14, 2012
PVCC Announces 2012-13 Performing Arts Season
Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College is pleased to announce its 2012-13 Fine Arts and Performance season, offering an eclectic blend of music, dance, theatre and art.
Virtuoso juggler, magician, inventor, musician and comedian David Kaplan kicks off the season Friday, Sept. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Whether he's juggling bean bag chairs, playing a melody on "concert balloon," or defying the laws of physics with a bowling ball, Kaplan's preposterous blend of dazzling skill and shameless gimmickry is fun for the entire family.
The PVCC art gallery begins its season Friday, Sept. 14, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for "Paintings, Drawings and Studies," featuring the works of John Randall Younger, and "A Few Good Men," featuring artists Aaron Eichorst, Billy Hunt and Steve Taylor. Charlottesville-based photographer Hunt will be on hand at the opening reception with his Screamotron3000, a converted boom box that takes a photo when you scream. Hunt's scream portraits have been featured on the TODAY show, the Huffington Post, Wired Magazine (blog) and National Public Radio (blog).
The Washington Balalaika Society Orchestra takes the stage Sunday, Sept. 30, at 3 p.m. The Society is a community-based organization dedicated to studying, preserving and performing the rich musical heritage of Russia and Eastern Europe on authentic and traditional folk instruments. Their music replicates the folk orchestra sounds typically found in major cities and towns of Russia.
PVCC and the Richmond Triangle Players will present 8, the drama by Academy Award-winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black on Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7:30 p.m. 8 chronicles the historical account of the Federal District court trial to overturn Proposition 8, California's anti-gay marriage legislation. The stage reading at PVCC will be followed by a talkback where cast and audience members can discuss the issues presented in the groundbreaking trial.
Other new events this season include Notes on High, a gospel showcase of five of the best local gospel bands and choirs; Akintunde, a hilarious, groundbreaking comedian for the whole family; and The Charlottesville Ballet, Charlottesville's own professional dance company.
Favorites from previous seasons return including The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, dance master classes, "Let There Be Light" art show, Richmond Ballet and PVCC's theatre and dance productions.
For more information about the season or to sign up for ArtsMail, PVCC's free, weekly email newsletter about the new season, log on to www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or call the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376.
Tickets to all PVCC Fine Arts and Performance events are available by calling the PVCC Box Office and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at Plan 9 Music, Sidetracks, University of Virginia Arts Box Office, Greenberry's Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) and the PVCC Cashier's Office during normal business hours. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office window two hours before the performance.
The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building.