U.Va. Chamber Music Series Presents Adam Carter

adam-carterThe University of Virginia Chamber Music Series presents six performances by U.Va.’s outstanding faculty and guest artists on March 30 at 8:00pm.

Cellist Adam Carter will perform, joined by pianist Peter Kairoff and violinist David Sariti. The program includes works by Bach, Beethoven, Ligeti and Kodaly.

Carter is currently on the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia, where he serves as principal cellist of the Charlottesville Symphony and teaches cello and chamber music. Before joining the faculty at UVa, Mr. Carter played with the Madison Symphony Orchestra and taught at Ripon College in Ripon, WI.

Tickets cost $15 ($5 for students, free for U.Va. students who reserve in advance and students under 18) and are available for purchase online.

The concert will be held in Old Cabell Hall on U.Va. Grounds.

Spring For The Arts Preview: “The Book of Mormon” Tickets

tbom Spring For The Arts, an annual celebration of the Charlottesville area arts community and an important source of support for Piedmont Council for the Arts, takes place on Thursday, April 2 at Live Arts from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

This year’s event features the introduction of PCA’s new Executive Director Gram Slaton, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music by PCA’s Rising Stars, and a silent auction with items that include: Two tickets to see The Book of Mormon at The Kennedy Center!

The smash musical and nine-time Tony Award winner returns! The Broadway phenomenon from the creators of South Park has been hailed as “the best musical of this century” by the New York Times.

This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.

This auction item also includes a stay at a hotel after the show. These tickets are for the June 20 performance at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. Find out more online!

Don’t forget to purchase tickets in advance for SFTA - they will sell quickly! Tickets cost $95 (a portion of which is tax deductible) and can be purchased here.

Your support is more crucial in 2015 than ever! With the implementation of the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan, partnership with the City of Charlottesville and The Bridge PAI in “Play The City,” transition of management for Charlottesville’s “Art In Place,” and a half-dozen more exciting new projects, it’s clearly a new day for PCA. So please come out, enjoy, and help celebrate an exciting new future for your local arts council!

Wintergreen Performing Arts Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest

The Honey DewdropsWintergreen Performing Arts presents the 10th Annual Blue Ridge Mountain Music Fest on Saturday, August 15 from 12:00pm to 7:00pm.

This all-day event on the mountain features Balsam Range, The Honey Dewdrops, The Virginia Ramblers, and Kim and Jimbo Cary & Pete and Ellen Vigour. The Carys and the Vigours will be leading jamming sessions throughout the day.

Admission is by wristband, which will be available for purchase at the WPA Ticket Booth (next to the Dunlop Pavilion) beginning at 11:00am on the day of the event.

Tickets cost $30 ($10 for students ages 10-17, FREE for children 9 and under).

The music fest will take place at the Dunlop Pavilion at the Wintergreen Resort.

Spring For The Arts Preview: Virginia Film Festival Passes

virginia-film-festival Spring For The Arts, an annual celebration of the Charlottesville area arts community and an important source of support for Piedmont Council for the Arts, takes place on Thursday, April 2 at Live Arts from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

This year’s event features the introduction of PCA’s new Executive Director Gram Slaton, an open bar and hors d’oeuvres by Harvest Moon Catering, live music by PCA’s Rising Stars, and a silent auction with items that include:

Passes to the Virginia Film Festival! Three sets of passes are available to bid on at the auction: two five-film passes to the films of your choosing; two opening night gala tickets; or two late-night wrap party tickets.

The Virginia Film Festival showcases celebrated new features and documentaries, fresh perspectives on timeless classics, and local filmmakers from right here in Virginia every fall. The Festival brings in a fascinating selection of guests who lead discussions that stimulate, educate, and engage.

The Film Festival will return for its 28th year on November 5-8 in 2015. Stay up to date on the website for information on this year’s festival!

Don’t forget to purchase tickets in advance for SFTA - they will sell quickly! Tickets cost $95 (a portion of which is tax deductible) and can be purchased here.

Your support is more crucial in 2015 than ever! With the implementation of the Create Charlottesville/Albemarle cultural plan, partnership with the City of Charlottesville and The Bridge PAI in “Play The City,” transition of management for Charlottesville’s “Art In Place,” and a half-dozen more exciting new projects, it’s clearly a new day for PCA. So please come out, enjoy, and help celebrate an exciting new future for your local arts council!

Watercolor Workshop With Jan Ledbetter

ledbetterThe Central Virginia Watercolor Guild will sponsor a Watercolor Workshop with Jan Ledbetter entitled “Energize Your Paintings by Working on Gessoed Paper” on May 19-22, 2015.

Jan Ledbetter is a noted watercolor artist of national reputation, a signature member of the National Watercolor Society and the Virginia Watercolor Society. Her work has been featured in numerous publications and in Mary Todd Beam’s book The Creative Edge.

Jan has taught and exhibited her paintings for over 30 years and currently lives in Williamsburg, Virginia. To see a sample of her work, visit her website.

Jan’s classes will focus on the techniques of painting on gessoed paper with an emphasis on creating dynamic, original designs. On this surface, large areas can be repainted which gives you the luxury of working intuitively and expressively.

Students will use their own drawings and photos from home as reference material, and will work on their own level to find their own style.

Each workshop will cost $295 (members), $330 (non-members). Reserve your space with a $50 deposit. For more information, see the workshop details online.

The workshop will be held in Zehmer Hall in Charlottesville.

Image credit: Jan Ledbetter

30/30 Vision Arts Festival

30Immerse yourself in diverse art for thirty straight days during the 30/30 Vision Arts Festival from April 1 to April 30.

30/30 Vision is a truly communal arts festival: over 30 consecutive days, 30 unique art exhibits will take place in a residential living room.

A panoply of local artists’ talents will be on display. Some nights will feature painting, others sculpture. Poets will read their work. Certain exhibits will be collaborative, dependent upon visitor participation; still others will be fleeting, literally vanishing for good at the end of the show. The hope is that, after 30 straight days of new and interesting art, Charlottesville will come to seem a place where beauty and ideas are quotidian.

30/30 Vision will run from April 1 – April 30, each evening from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Openings remain for exhibitors; please email 30.30ArtsFestival@gmail.com for more information.

The exhibit will be held in a private residential living room, exemplary of the festival’s communal/social aspect and reminiscent of Hans-Ulrich Obrist’s gestalt. The exhibit is located at 700 A Grove Ave. in Charlottesville.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

Charlottesville Jazz Society Artist Educator Series: “A La Ella”

unnamedJoin the Charlottesville Jazz Society for their next installment in the Artist Educator series: “An evening of Ella Fitzgerald, A La Ella on March 23 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.

This month’s Artist Educator series is presented by Hod O’Brien and Stephanie Nakasian.

There is a $5 cover charge at the door. This event will be held at The Tin Whistle, located at 609 E Market St., across the street from the Market Street Parking garage.

Wintergreen Performing Arts Presents Adaskin String Trio

Adaskin Trio hi resWintergreen Performing Arts (WPA) welcomes the Adaskin String Trio for a performance on Sunday, March 22 at 4:00pm.

The Adaskin String Trio has won over audiences internationally with exuberant and stirring performances. Their playing has been hailed for “spontaneity, intensity and charm” (Peninsula Review) and “directing the listener to the heart of the matter” (Boston Globe).

Wintergreen Performing Arts non-profit organization that produces a high-quality summer music festival, as well as other performing arts programming throughout the year.

Tickets for the general public cost $30 and are available online or by calling 434-325-8292.

The performance will be held at the Rockfish Valley Community Center in Afton.

VA Festival of the Book Events at JSAAHC

Stop by the Jefferson School African American Heritage Center for exciting Virginia Festival of the Book events on March 21 beginning at 10:00am!

The day will include:

African Americans Living and Working in 20th c. Virginia
10:00am
Sheree Scarborough (African American Railroad Workers of Roanoke: Oral Histories of the Norfolk & Western) and Peter Wallenstein (Race, Sex, and the Freedom to Marry: Loving v. Virginia) share their histories of the lives of African American workers and the Virginia couple who challenged the laws banning inter-racial marriage and won. These stories are vital to our understanding of twentieth century Virginia and what it was like for African Americans to work the railroads, what it was like for a couple of mixed race to fall in love.

African Americans in Mid-Century America: Power, Literature and the Black List
12:00pm
Hosted by: The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links
Authors Jeffrey Leak (Visible Man: The Life of Henry Dumas), Mary Helen Washington (The Other Blacklist: The African American Literary and Cultural Left of the 1950s), and Junius Williams (Unfinished Agenda, Urban Politics in the Era of Black Power) share important stories of literature, censorship, politics, and power from the mid-twentieth century. You’ll hear about the vital role African American writers and leaders contributed to politics and American culture in the mid-twentieth century, through these detailed, layered portraits.

A Conversation with Tim Reid
2:00pm
Hosted by: The Charlottesville Chapter of The Links
Tim Reid (Dream Chaser: The Life and Times of Tim Reid) will read from his book and discuss his work and stories with “WKRP in Cincinnati” creator Hugh Wilson.

Black Leadership: History Spoken Out Loud
4:00pm
Sponsored by: The U.Va. Office for Diversity and Equity
Phyllis Leffler (Black Leaders on Leadership: Conversations with Julian Bond) presents stories from her collective videotaped oral-history biography based on more than fifty interviews with African American leaders. The author focuses on the thoughts and experiences of major American black leaders, drawing attention to the attributes and strategies of effective leadership so essential in today’s world.

All events are FREE and open to the public. The Heritage Center is located at 233 4th St. NW in Charlottesville.

See a full list of Book Festival events here.

15th Annual VSA Visual Arts Show

ShowImage.aspx Join VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle for the 15th Annual Visual Arts Show public reception on March 20 from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

The show features original art work by more than one hundred local artists and is sponsored by VSA Charlottesville/Albemarle, which provides arts and education opportunities for people with disabilities and increases access to the arts for all.

The opening reception and art viewing FREE and open to the public. Art for sale is by cash or check (no credit cards). All proceeds go to the artist.

The art show will take place at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center, located at 1400 Melbourne Road in Charlottesville.

The show runs through May 8, 2015 in the lobby of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center. The show can be seen when the center is open for performances and/or by arranging for an appointment. Contact Sarah Blech at blechs@charlottesville.org or (434) 970-3264 to coordinate.