August 23, 2013
PVCC Fine Arts and Performance 15th Anniversary Season
Charlottesville, VA - Piedmont Virginia Community College announces its 2013-14 Fine Arts and Performance season, offering an eclectic blend of music, dance, theatre and visual art. Details are at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts. This season marks the 15th anniversary of Fine and Performing Arts programming at PVCC.
New to the line-up this season is a series of free workshops and lectures that will be offered in conjunction with the season's performing arts events. Lecture topics include the history of the carnival sideshow, exploring gospel music and its roots, and discovering the artistry of handmade musical instruments. Workshops include local favorite Robert Jospé and his World Beat Music, a comedy-writing workshop by promoter and writer Ty Cooper, and an open dialogue discussion about racism in America in an effort to improve its legacy.
The Carnival of Wonders kicks off the season Saturday, Sept. 14, at 7:30 p.m. This classic carnival sideshow features local magicians Peter Monticup and Steve Pittella, who perform illusions, stunts and physical feats in an evening of fantasy and fun. Masterful slights-of-hand, fire eating, sword swallowing, lying on a bed of nails and more make for an entertaining show for the entire family.
The PVCC art gallery begins its season Friday, Sept. 20, with an opening reception from 5 to 7 p.m. for two new exhibits. "Serendipitea" features fanciful porcelain teapots by Laura Peery and "Safe as Houses" features prints by local artist Kaki Dimock and a series of new paintings by local artist Rob Browning.
Discover the history of jazz with a favorite of the Charlottesville music scene, the Robert Jospé Quartet, as they take the stage Friday, Oct. 11, at 7:30 p.m. to trace the development of jazz through the 20th century from rag time to fusion. Compositions from some of the greatest American jazz artists and composers will be highlighted.
The United Nations of Comedy Tour makes a stop at PVCC on Friday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. with two of its most popular comedians, Sheng Wang and Funnyman Skiba. Featured on national television and radio, these performers are sure to provide an evening of hilarious comedy.
On Saturday, April 5, at 7:30 p.m., internationally recognized musician Paul Reisler brings his original mix of Americana, world music, contemporary pop and more to the Dickinson Main Stage with his group Paul Reisler & A Thousand Questions featuring Howard Levy (Bela Fleck and the Flecktones) on piano and harmonica.
These favorites from previous seasons return: Notes on High II, a gospel showcase of some of the best local bands and choirs; The Charlottesville Ballet with a concert of new and commissioned works; The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, dance master classes, "Let There Be Light" art show; the popular Free Movie Friday series; the Richmond Ballet and PVCC's theatre and dance productions.
Tickets are available by calling the PVCC Box Office and charging them to a VISA or MasterCard, or by purchasing them at 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.
All events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building.
Support for PVCC's 15th Anniversary Fine and Performing Arts Season is provided in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate support is provided by CenturyLink and The Charlottesville Newsplex with additional sponsorship provided by the Watterson Foundation.