UVa Chamber Music Series presents The Albemarle Ensemble

12349800685_29d7c8c52e_zThe University of Virginia Chamber Music Series presents the Albemarle Ensemble performing on November 3rd at 8:00pm.

This annual series, directed by Kelly Sulick, brings professional performances to the University and the central Virginia community while providing inspired learning opportunities for students.

The Albemarle Ensemble will be joined by Christopher Buchanan, trumpet; Nathaniel Lee, trombone and John Mayhood, piano.

The Albemarle Ensemble has been in residence at the University of Virginia since 1987. A wind quintet, the group has performed throughout the eastern United States. They received a Virginia Arts Grant for educational programs and several others for recording and touring projects.

The program includes works by Claude Debussy, Robert Paterson, Witold Lutoslawski, Francis Poulenc and Lowell Liebermann.

All events take place in Old Cabell Hall on UVa Grounds. Tickets cost $15 ($5 for students, free for UVa students who reserve in advance and students under 18).

Tickets and subscriptions can be purchased at the UVA Arts Box Office website or by calling 434-924-3376.

UVA Family Weekend Choral Showcase

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Join the University Singers, UVa Chamber Singers, Virginia Glee Club, and Virginia Women’s Chorus for the traditional Family Weekend Choral Showcase on Saturday November 1st, 7:00pm in Old Cabell Hall on the famed Lawn at the University of Virginia.

The concert’s lively and varied program will feature selections from all four ensembles’ 2014 repertoire– including Franz Biebl’s beautiful “Ave Maria,” the folksong “Shenandoah,” a Norwegian yoik by Fjellheim, and American works including Eric Whitacre and several spirituals.

The evening will close with a joint performance of “Do You Hear the People Sing” from Les Miserables (following upon a UVa residency by the show’s authors Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg), as well as the beloved UVa songs, sung by the combined choruses (nearly 200 voices strong), who will be joined on stage by their alumni.

The Virginia Women’s Chorus is conducted by KaeRenae Mitchell, the Virginia Glee Club is led by conductor Frank Albinder, and the University Singers and UVa Chamber Singers are directed by UVa faculty conductor Michael Slon.

Tickets for the program are $10 ($5 for students) and are available at the UVa Arts Box Office at artsboxoffice.virginia.edu or by calling (434) 924-3376. Tickets will also be available at the door.

Free parking is available in the C1 lot off McCormick Rd, and the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet St. is walking distance to Old Cabell Hall. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall. For further parking information please call (434) 924-3052.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

Multimedia Group Exhibition at Ruffin Hall Gallery

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these things form an order (I only belong to), a non-traditional student show, opens in the Ruffin Hall Gallery on Friday, October 31 with a reception at 5:30pm.

these things form an order (I only belong to) is a multi-media group exhibition comprised of artists working as non-degree seeking students at UVA’s McIntire Department of Art. The show, located on the first floor of Ruffin Hall, opens October 31st and runs through November 21st.

Disparate in texture, color, shape, and subject, these works represent each artist’s unique practice and his or her dedication to art making. Those exhibiting include Ann Clark, Jim Nemer, Joe Schepps, Chris McDaniel, Deirdre Davie, Julia Sharpe, Tim Michel, Howard Cozzi, Snowden Hall and Rolin Stanton, Michele Regine.

Quicksilver at the UVa McIntire Department of Music

The McIntire Department of Music at UVa presents Quicksilver, a group who the New York Times raves are “revered like rock stars within the early music scene.” The concert is on Tuesday, November 4 at 8:00pm in Old Cabell Hall.

Led by violinists Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, Quicksilver explores the rich chamber music repertoire of the early modern period, from the strange and extravagant trio sonatas of the Italian and German seventeenth century to the spectacular chamber music of the High Baroque. Quicksilver members include Robert Mealy and Julie Andrijeski, violins and directors; Greg Ingles, trombone; David Morris, viola da gamba/cello; Dominic Teresi, dulcian; Avi Stein, harpsichord/organ; Charles Weaver, theorbo and baroque guitar.

Quicksilver will be performing music of the Early Moderns: 17th Century Italy and Germany. This program explores the sonata as it was developed first in Italy and then in Germany. In both countries the sonata provided a medium for striking creativity, unrestricted by a standard formal shape and stretching the boundaries and impact of wordless conversation.

Tickets are $15 ($5 for students, and free for UVA Students who reserve in advance). Tickets can be purchased at the Arts Box Office, online, or by calling (434) 924-3376.

The Quicksilver musicians will also give a FREE master class on Tuesday, November 4th at 3:00pm in Old Cabell Hall. They will work with the UVa Baroque Orchestra directed by David Sariti.

Old Cabell Hall is located on the south end of UVA’s historic lawn, directly opposite the Rotunda. Parking is available in the Central Grounds Parking Garage on Emmet Street, in the C1 parking lot off McCormick Rd, and in the parking lots at the UVA Corner. Handicap parking is available in the small parking lot adjacent to Bryan Hall.

London’s National Theatre Live: “Frankenstein” Halloween Screening

Frankenstein_400The Paramount Theater in Charlottesville will screen National Theatre Live‘s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein, which has returned to cinemas for a limited time due to unprecedented audience demand, on October 31st at 7:00pm.

Directed by Academy Award winner Danny Boyle, Frankenstein features Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation. The show on October 31st will feature Cumberbatch as creature, and Miller as Viktor Frankenstein.

The production was a sell-out hit at the National Theatre in 2011, and the broadcast has since become an international sensation.

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s bewildered Creature is cast out into a hostile universe by his horror-struck maker. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal.

Urgent concerns of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil are embedded within this thrilling and deeply disturbing classic gothic tale.

Tickets cost $14.50 ($12.50 for seniors, $10.50 for students) and may be purchased online.

Charlottesville Symphony Celebrates 40 Years with Gleb Ivanov

Gleb_IvanovThe Charlottesville Symphony‘s 40th anniversary season continues on November 15th at 8:00pm and November 16th at 3:30pm with internationally renowned pianist Gleb Ivanov.

Conducted by Music Director Kate Tamarkin, this concert includes Wolfgang Amade Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K.385, “Haffner”; and Piano Concerto No. 1 in B-Flat Major, Op. 23, featuring Ivanov on piano.

At his first New York recital in 2005, Mr. Ivanov was recognized as an important new presence in the music world. The New York Times wrote, “Gleb Ivanov is a cut above the usual, a young super-virtuoso, with musical sensitivity and an appreciation of style to go with the thunder and lightning.”

A Know the Score a pre-concert lecture will be presented 45 minutes before the concert. This FREE lecture by McIntire Department of Music Chairman and Associate Professor of Music Richard Will offer patrons a deeper appreciation of the performance. Saturday’s lecture will take place in Minor Hall.

Tickets for each concert range from $10 to $45. The concert on November 15th will be held in Old Cabell Hall on the South end of the Lawn at the University of Virginia, and the concert on November 16th will take place at the MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.

For ticket information, please visit the U.Va. Box Office website.

WNRN Culture Connection October 27-November 2

2014-carmina-burana-featured-image As part of a new partnership with local radio station WNRN, we will post the weekly Culture Connection here on the Arts Blog to connect our readers to even more arts and culture events in the Greater Charlottesville Area!

WNRN’s Culture Connection is hosted by local Arts & Culture journalist/blogger/culturenut Mary Burruss, aka The Culture Maven. She is a veteran Arts & Culture reporter who is currently the Music Correspondent for Art Times. Culturenuts, her A&C blog, promotes the A&C scene of Central Virginia to the world.

This week’s Culture Connection includes:

Blaxploitation Horror Films at The Jefferson School African American Heritage Center, Carmina Burana from the Richmond Ballet, and Trick or Treats in downtown Lexington.

To learn more, listen to the podcast on the website.

“Crozet Artisans” Grand Opening

3ca12971da3e5042c57f9dda3fd45f6bCrozet Artisans is excited to kick off their grand opening with a reception on November 1st, from 6:00PM to 8:00PM.

Crozet Artisans is a 100% locally owned and operated creative gallery and gift shop, featuring high quality arts, crafts and distinctive original products handmade by local artists.

The shop will open on October 4th, and will display a variety of work ranging from ceramic pottery to original oil paintings and everything in between, compiled by local artists such as jeweler Sarah Canady Schultz; Roslyn Nuesch, potter and owner of Two Owls Pottery; and many more.

The opening reception will feature live music by the Ragged Mountain String Band, as well as refreshments. Visitors will also get the chance to meet the artists and will be entered in a drawing for door prizes.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Crozet Artisans is located on Three Notch’d Road in Crozet, in a little purple house. For more information about Crozet Artisans or the opening reception, email CrozetArtisans@yahoo.com.

Peter Sklar’s “Getting Started in the Arts” Discussion

peterbioThe Wilson School of Dance presents “Getting Started in the Arts,” an eye-opening discussion for teens and parents facilitated by Peter Sklar on October 25th at 3:00pm.

Sklar, noted talent scout and producer, has discovered and/or coached thousands of young performers including Sarah Jessica Parker, Reese Witherspoon, Ricki Lake, and numerous other young stars. As an expert on young performers, Sklar will introduce the key steps to getting hired for Broadway, dance, music, television, and film.

“As every major employer knows, in and out of the arts, success is all about who you are, not what you can do,” Sklar says. During the talk, students will learn what this means, and what to do about it.

Parents will notice positive changes in their children in the days that follow–everything from confidence to maturity to eating habits, as well as more success in their academics, future job interviews, auditions, and beyond.

Mr. Sklar’s work with young people has been featured on E! True Hollywood Story, Good Morning America, ABC, NBC, CNS, Fox, The New York Times, and many more.

Admission to this event is FREE but reservations are mandatory. Please call the Wilson School of Dance at 434-973-5678 or email juanita@wilsonschoolofdance.com to RSVP. The Wilson School of Dance is located at 3114 Proffit Rd. in Charlottesville.

Please Note: Absolutely nobody under age 7 will be admitted. Everyone under age 18 must attend with their own parent. There will be no late admittance.

Free Improv Workshops at PVCC

Ty Cooper - Theater ShotPiedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) will host two improv workshops on Friday, October 24th, including a Comedy Writing workshop and a Fourth Friday Improv workshop.

Writer and promoter Ty Cooper will host the free Comedy Writing workshop from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, open to everyone who wants to add more humor into life.

Using clips from television series, lecture and writing exercises, Cooper will present styles of writing for situational comedy and introduce techniques to help participants develop their unique comedic voice.

Cooper is perhaps best known in Charlottesville for bringing national comedy acts to local stages as part of his “United Nations of Comedy Tour” and most recently the “Comedy with a Taste of Jazz” series.

The Fourth Friday Improv workshop series from 6:00pm to 8:00pm explores the art of theatrical improvisation in its many forms. No experience is required!

Using a series of fun games and exercises for both long and short-form improv, participants will learn to think fast, improve performance skills and build on the ability to create possibilities.

The workshop will also introduce techniques used in playback theatre, an original form of improv in which audience members tell stories from their lives and watch them enacted on the spot.

The workshop is led by Brad Stoller, an award-winning playwright who received a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from the University of Virginia and has taught drama to youth and adults for more than 20 years. For more information, contact Stoller at 434.961.5246 or email bstoller@pvcc.edu.

Additional dates for Fourth Fridays Improv are January 23rd, February 27th, and March 27, 2015.

These workshops are FREE and open to the public. Both events will be held in the V. Earl Dickinson Building located on the PVCC campus at the south end of College Drive.

For more information on these events and to view PVCC’s full Fine Arts and Performance season, log on to the website.