Westminster Organ Concert Series Returns

Peter Kranefoed Photo This year marks the Westminster Organ Concert Series 35th annual season!

On Friday, September 5 at 8:00 pm, the series kicks off with an organ recital by German organist Peter Kranefoed.

Mr. Kranefoed has performed across the United States and Europe, as well as China, Singapore, Taiwan, Indonesia and South Korea. His program, entitled “Con Fantasia,” will include music by Bach, Byrd, Purcell, Mozart, and many others.

This event is FREE and open to the public. Doors will open at 7:30pm and a reception will follow the concert.

Westminster Presbyterian Church is located at 400 Rugby Road in Charlottesville. Ample parking is available behind the church, and the sanctuary is wheelchair-accessible. For more information, call (434) 963-4690 or visit the website.

The Westminster Organ Concert Series began 35 years ago, shortly after the installation of Westminster’s new organ in 1980. Inspired by organs built in northern Germany in the 17th century, the all-mechanical organ was built by Taylor & Boody Organbuilders of Staunton, Virginia and is still a unique instrument in the Charlottesville area. The concert series has presented organists and ensembles from all over the United States and Europe.

PVCC Announces 2014-15 Fine Arts & Performance Season

NelsonIllusions Piedmont Virginia Community College announces its 2014-15 Fine Arts and Performance Season, continuing its tradition of offering an eclectic blend of live performances in dance, music and theatre and a season full of engaging visual arts events.

September events include:

Nelson Illusions Smoke and Mystery Tour kicks off the season Friday, September 5 at 7:30pm with their blend of jaw-dropping magic, large-scale illusions, theatre and comedy. The largest touring illusion show in the US, this family of master magicians have made it their life’s work to create and perform suspenseful illusions, all to be performed on the PVCC stage including a girl sawn in half in plain view, an elegant lady who floats in circles, the 21 foot-long “Drill of Death” and much more.

New to the line-up this season is One Mic Stand, a new series for spoken word artists beginning Thursday, September 11.

The PVCC Art Gallery kicks off its season Friday, September 26 with an opening reception for two exhibits that showcase the art faculty at PVCC. The North Gallery features the Annual Faculty Exhibition with diverse works such as ceramics, painting and photography. The South Gallery showcases new work by Beryl Solla, professor of art and gallery curator, in “Under the Influence,” an exhibit that includes a variety of wheel-thrown and hand built vases and small sculptures designed for use as finials on garden gates and fences.

For a full season schedule, visit the website.

Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling the PVCC Box Office. All events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located on the Main Campus of PVCC at the south end of College Drive.

WVTF & Radio IQ Gallery Accepting Submissions

NewCityArts-0020-1024x682 In partnership with WVTF, Radio IQ, NPR, and Feast!, New City Arts runs a downtown gallery in Charlottesville. Located at 216 W. Water St., The WVTF and Radio IQ Studio Gallery is open on the First Friday of every month from 5:00-7:00pm and by appointment during the month of an exhibit.

Since May 2010, the gallery has exhibited more than 130 Charlottesville artists. Artists receive on-air publicity prior to their opening, and each event averages 150 visitors.

New City Arts is currently accepting submissions for spring 2015 exhibits. All visual artists (printmakers, textile artists, painters, illustrators, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Though we do not request preferred exhibit months from applicants, photographers are specifically encouraged to apply for June 2015.

Applications are due September 6. For full gallery guidelines and application instructions, visit the website.

Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival Returns for 15th Season!

Paramount-Website-Horiz-2 The Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival is back for its 15th season from September 7-18, 2014!

This year the festival continues its longstanding tradition of bringing a wide variety of classical music to Central Virginia. They welcome musicians from all over the world who are ready to perform the great chamber works of Schubert, Brahms, Mozart, Vivaldi, and more, as well as Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2, Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, and Mahler’s Symphony No. 4, the latter pieces arranged for large ensemble.

Concert I
Sunday, Sept. 7, 3:00pm at Old Cabell Hall

Concert II
Thursday, Sept. 11, 8:00pm at The Paramount Theater

Concert III
Friday, Sept. 12, 8:00pm at The Paramount Theater

Music Fresh Squeezed
Saturday, Sept. 13, 8:30pm at The Southern Cafe and Music Hall

Concert IV
Sunday, Sept. 14, 3:00pm at Old Cabell Hall

Concert V
Thursday, Sept. 18, 8:00pm at The Paramount Theater

Single Tickets:
$25, $18, $6 (Student)

Series Subscription:
$100 (5 concerts for the price of 4), $72 (5 concerts for the price of 4), Student $25 (5 Concerts)

Tickets may be purchased online or in person through each concert venue: UVA Box Office, The Paramount Theater, or The Southern.

For more information on tickets, venues, performers, and program, please visit the website.

Beverley Street Studio School Announces Fall Classes

BSSSStaunton’s own Beverly Street Studio School has just announced their new lineup of fall classes and workshops that you won’t want to miss.

Offering a wide range of classes and workshops, BSSS caters to artists of all skill levels and mediums. Whether you’re looking to enhance your approach to drawing, painting, printmaking, metalsmithing, or artistic critique, there’s something for you at BSSS.

Some of the class offerings include Layers of Surprise: Multicolor Linocut Printing, Jewelry Making and Metalsmithing, and Painting with Fire: Vitreous Enamel on Copper. This year, there’s even a Youth Artists’ Studio for middle school and high school artists. To see the full list of offerings for classes and workshops, visit the Beverley Street Studio School website.

Classes begin as soon as early September. Don’t miss your chance for amazing art opportunities at BSSS!

WoodEar Opens at UVa’s Ruffin Gallery

woodear_invite The multimedia exhibition WoodEar opens at the Ruffin Gallery on August 29th, 2014. There will be a reception and dance performance from 5:30-7:30pm.

WoodEar is a sound and video installation that uses live data and audio streams from a tupelo tree growing in artist Peter Traub’s backyard. Sensors attached to the tree report fluctuations in the tree’s natural environment to drive real-time content at a remote installation site.

For the Ruffin Gallery exhibition, Traub collaborated with artist Jennifer Lauren Smith and dancer Katie Schetlick, who also lectures in the UVa Dance Department.

The installation – made possible through a generous grant from the UVa Arts Council – will feature four large-scale projections incorporating graphics, photo sequences, and video, accompanied by a multi-channel sound piece.

During the opening reception, Katie Schetlick will present an accompanying dance piece with 12 dancers moving in and around the gallery space and building. The event is FREE and open to the public and drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

The exhibition will remain on view until October 3rd. The Ruffin Gallery is open from 9:00am-5:00pm M/W/F and 9:00am-4:30pm T/Th. The Ruffin Gallery is located at 179 Culbreth Road in Charlottesville.

Charlottesville Symphony Orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season

CS at Old Cabell Hall The Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia is happy to announce its 40th Anniversary Season!

Music Director Kate Tamarkin has planned a year that showcases versatile and virtuosic musicians performing beloved favorites.

From Tchaikovsky’s thundering Piano Concerto No. 1 to Mendelssohn’s Overture to A Midsummer Night’s Dream, music from the 1998 hit film Shakespeare in Love, to a celebration of Bach’s 330th birthday, the season moves from one exciting occasion to the next.

And it all ends with a bang, as the orchestra is joined by four world-class soloists, the UVa University Singers and the Oratorio Society of Virginia for its first ever performance of Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 9. You won’t want to miss a note!

View the complete season calendar, which opens with an “All That Jazz” Symphony Under the Stars on Saturday, September 20, here.

Image Credit: Masterworks Concert at Old Cabell Hall taken by Michael Bailey

Shakespeare on the Road at Blackfriars Playhouse

LLLStageShot-X3 From July 4th to September 3rd, Shakespeare on the Road will visit 14 select theatre companies across the nation. On August 26-30th, it will end its whirlwind tour at the American Shakespeare Center (ASC) at the Blackfriars Playhouse in Staunton, Virginia.

On Thursday, August 28th a special presentation will take place immediately following the 7:30pm performance of The Comedy of Errors. During this presentation, the Shakespeare on the Road team will present the ASC a bronze medal to commemorate ASC’s role in Shakespeare on the Road and the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare’s birth.

Shakespeare on the Road is a team of distinguished Shakespeare experts from Shakespeare’s Birthplace Trust traveling the United States to engage in lively conversations about and research into the fascinating relationship between the United States and William Shakespeare.

You can follow their journey so far through videos, sound clips, and blog posts on their website.

IX Art Park Art with Heart Benefit

Art with Heart Logo On Saturday, August 23 the IX Art Park and Henley’s Auctions are proud to present the Art with Heart Gala and Dance Party to benefit the IX Art Park.

This IX Art Park gallery opening and benefit auction will feature the work of local artists including Robin Hoffman, Edward Thomas, Steven Wolf, Candida Franklin and many others.

There will be food, drink, art, and the soulful sounds of DJ’s Grits and Gravy. Put on your dancing shoes and come join us!

6:00-8:00pm Art gallery opening with wine & cheese reception

9:00pm-2:00am Dance Party Food trucks and adult beverages available, $10.00 at the door

The festivities will take place at the IX Art Park, located at 955 2nd St SE.

Additional details may be found online.

Honey Radar and The Walkouts at Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

999892_476137995804254_1463625278_n Honey Radar and The Walkouts will play the Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar on Friday, August 22 at 9:00pm.

Honey Radar, celebrated for their Philly bedroom rock sound, released their last album Mary Plum Musket in June of 2013. Their latest, Chain Smoking on Easter, will come out in late August 2014.

Local Charlottesville band The Walkouts feature Amanda Gooden on bass, Jason Bennett on drums, and Rod Martin on guitar and vocals.

Tickets are $5 and may be purchased online or at the door.