U.Va. Wind Ensemble Presents “Jefferson: Past, Present, and Future”

Shatin_-By-MaryNobleOurs_hi-res1The University of Virginia’s Wind Ensemble presents their annual spring concert titled Jefferson: Past, Present, and Future on Sunday, April 26th at 3:30pm.

The Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. William Pease, features 50 of the top brass, woodwind, and percussionists at the University.

The program ranges from the historical, with the Festival Overture by Dudley Buck, a noted American composer who wrote the piece in 1879 to celebrate Independence Day, to brand new music with the premiere of Judith Shatin’s Being In Time.

Scored for conductor-controlled electronics, wind ensemble and interactive video, and sponsored by a UVA Faculty Research Grant for the Arts, this innovative composition speaks to Jefferson’s excitement about the new technologies of his day.

A Kinect controller is used to read the conductor’s gestures, and microphones capture the music and use it to shape the video, based on images of Charlottesville and the surrounding area. In between these temporal bookends, come Tulsa, a hallmark composition for band written in 1950, and other newer works for wind ensemble.

Thomas Jefferson, represented by acclaimed actor Steven Edenbo, will guide the audience through the music.

Tickets for concert are $10 ($5 for Students, free for UVA Students who reserve in advance). Tickets can be reserved through the UVA Arts Box Office by visiting the website or calling (434)924-3376.

The concert will be held in Old Cabell Hall, located on the south end of UVA’s historic Lawn.

Image Credit: Photo of Judith Shatin by Mary Noble Ours

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BRIMS Spring Showcase

976985_515974795129320_2049368974_oThe Blue Ridge Irish Music School (BRIMS) is thrilled to present a Spring Showcase on April 26 at 2:00pm.

The showcase features Irish dance, music, and song performed by BRIMS students, ages 5 – adult, and instructors.

BRIMS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching the living art of Irish traditional music and fostering a dynamic environment for it in Central Virginia and beyond.

This event is FREE and open to the public.


The showcase will take place at The Haven, located on 112 W. Market Street in Charlottesville.

Revel With The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative

REVEL-2015-invite-FACEBOOKDon’t miss out on the one of the biggest local arts celebrations of the year, The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative’s Revel on
May 2 from 7:00pm to 1:00am.

Revel is a rebellious rendition of the non-profit fundraiser for The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative (PAI). It caters to Charlottesville’s creative class, fringe fanatics, blue hairs, thinkers, questioners, and active locals who want art, community connections, and a hint of constructive danger.

Using The Bridge PAI’s groundbreaking project Play the City as an influence, the community will turn the city into a playground for creativity while celebrating Charlottesville’s cultural diversity. Revel offers an amazing lineup of games, artists, and entertainment.

Food and Drinks organized by Hill & Holler will include a great variety of all the best food trucks. A free-for-all of cocktails, beer, and wine, and coffee sponsored by Square One Organic Spirits, Champion Brewing Company, and Mudhouse Coffee.

Performances will include Red (from Red + the Romantics), Bernard Hankins featuring O’Hara Hash of The Winter Line, We are Star Children, Impulse Gay Social Club Drag Show, Jonathan Thompson, DJ Thomas Dean, Jennifer Hoyt Tidwell and more!

Starting on April 27, The Bridge PAI will be presenting a great selection of local art that will be up for auction at the Revel. See the work in person at The Bridge, April 25 – May 1 or view the Digital Gallery. Place your bid at the Revel Online Auction.

Meet the artists who are donating their work to the Revel Art Auction on April 30 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at The Bridge PAI, located at 209 Monticello Ave. in Charlottesville. This will be your opportunity to check out the art in person (and envision what spot it will best fit your home!)

Tickets for Revel range from $25 – $75 and can be purchased online.

Revel will take place at the IX Art Park, located at 955 2nd Street SE in Charlottesville.

“Denim & Diamonds” Charlottesville Symphony Fundraiser

CUSO20061012YoungPeoplesConcertIMG_3633Friends and fans of the Charlottesville & University Symphony Orchestra are invited to the third annual Denim & Diamonds, a fundraising event, on May 1 at 6:00pm.

The evening will kick off with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres accompanied by the popular bluegrass band Grit City Grass. Richard Will, Chair of the U.Va. McIntire Department of Music and an accomplished bluegrass fiddler, will make a cameo appearance with the band.

Principal players from the orchestra will perform after a buffet dinner catered by The Local. Live and silent auctions include vacation destinations, jewelry, artwork, home accessories, an opportunity to conduct the orchestra and more.

The Charlottesville Symphony Society is an independent, non-profit corporation that partners with the University of Virginia to provide financial, administrative and marketing support to the Charlottesville Symphony.

Patron tickets, which must be reserved in advance, are $150. A portion of each ticket is a tax-deductible contribution to the Charlottesville Symphony Society.

The deadline for reservations is April 13th. For purchase information, contact Laura Dickason at the symphony office, (434) 243-2513 or lcd3@virginia.edu.

The Denim & Diamonds event will be held at Castle Hill Cider in Keswick.

PVCC Chorus Concert: “Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, and All That Jazz”

chorus_for_webThe Piedmont Virginia Community College Chorus kicks off springtime with “Rhythm & Blues, Rock & Roll, and All That Jazz” on Sunday, April 26 at 3:00pm.

This concert for the young and young at heart features three energetic genres of American music with iconic works from each on the program.

Selections include Ben E. King’s hit “Stand by Me,” the classic Gladys Knight & the Pips’ “Midnight Train to Georgia,” “All That Jazz” from the 1975 musical Chicago, and much more.

Horace Scruggs, PVCC’s instructor of choral music, says this concert is notable for its wide variety of music styles. “Solos abound,” says Scruggs, “so many of the chorus members will get the chance to step out into the spotlight and share their individual talent.”

Scruggs conducts and is joined onstage by guest artist Susan Nothnagel.

The PVCC Chorus, now in its 16th season, is a one-credit class open to students and community members without audition. New members are always welcome.

This event is FREE and open to the public.

The concert will be held on the Main Stage of the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free parking is located in front of the building.

More information about PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance season is available online.

Gardens, Galleries, and Grapes: Shenandoah Valley Artisans Trail

three_platesVisit the valley’s incredible artisans with the Artisans Center of Virginia on the O Shenandoah Valley Artisans Trail on April 25 and 26!

Artisan studio tours, artist and gardening demonstrations, wine & beer tasting, local foods, farm tours, exhibits and much more will be featured this month, with over 23 participating sites including, but not limited to:

Kary Haun Pottery Studio
Featuring studio tours, artist demonstrations by several potters and the Shenandoah River Lodge.

Wolfgang Neudorfer Fine Art
Open studio tours, painting and wood turned products.

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Museum at the Edinburg Mill
Featuring artist demonstrations including wood turning, polymer clay jewelry, silversmith jewelry, ceramic jewelry, paper mache, painting, metal work, quilting, stained glass, pottery, basket weaving, weaving and more.

Bowman Shannon Cultural Arts Center
Featuring a variety of artist demonstrations including painting, drawing, metal work, rug hooking, pottery and card making.

Swover Creek Farms & Brewery
With sausage tasting, beer tasting,meet the brewer, locally raised chickens and foods, display of unusual chicken breeds, barefoot trimming demonstrations for horses, pottery demonstrations and painting.

Earth Spirits Masks, Elizabeth Hollingsworth
Mask making demonstrations and local baked goods from Woodbine Farms.

For a full list of artisans and their locations, visit the website.

Image Credit: Three Plates, Kary Haun Pottery Studio

Klezmer Ensemble with Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment

007_birdwallsoloThe McIntire Department of Music is proud to present the U.Va. Klezmer Ensemble‘s spring concert under the direction of Joel Rubin on April 23 at 8:00pm.

The Ensemble will be joined by special guests Daniel Kahn and Jake Shulman-Ment from the band Painted Bird.

Daniel Kahn is a singer-songwriter who works at the seams of Yiddish, German and English in a klezmer-influenced multilingual translation project. He is originally from Detroit and has been based in Berlin since 2005. His songs address political issues and Jewish social movements accompanied with klezmer, punk and folk melodies.

Klaus Halama of Sound & Image says that “[Daniel is] an absolute must for lovers of unusual, intelligent, challenging, exciting folk music and a blast at every instant”.

Violinist Jake Shulman-Ment is among the leaders of a new emerging generation of klezmer and Eastern European folk music performers. Jake displays a remarkable versatility as violinist, composer, improviser, arranger, bandleader, and producer, while consistently remaining true to his deep roots in traditional Jewish music.

As part of their Klezmer resiedency, Kahn and Shulman-Ment will also be leading a Klezmer workshop on April 19 from 11:00am to 2:00pm in Old Cabell Hall, which is FREE and open to the public. Visit the website for more information on the residency and corresponding events.

Tickets for the Klezmer Ensemble performance are $10 ($5 for students, free for U.Va. students who reserve in advance). Tickets are available online or at the door.

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

“Pitch In @ The Park” For Arbor Day

banner6In honor of Arbor Day 2015, Arboristry Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the annual volunteer “Pitch in @ the Park” work day on April 25 from 8:00am to 4:00pm, which marks the end of Earth Week.

Arboristry Associates will be donating a large scale tree work project for the event. Several hazardous trees will be taken down and feature trees will be pruned. Waynesboro Nurseries will partner with Arboristry Associates to install some trees at the end of the project.

Come out to watch the work, and Arboristry Associates, Inc. will conduct pruning demonstrations, answer questions about Arboriculture and Plant Health Care, hand out Flowering Dogwood seedlings (while supplies last) and conduct a drawing for a free gift.

At 9:00am, there will be a discussion about “Hazardous Tree Identification”, and at 12:00pm, the topic of “Developmental Pruning” will covered. At some time close to 2:00pm, there will be a demonstration of “Proper Tree Planting.”

Locally-based and family-owned, Arboristry Associates, Inc. has been “Performing the Art of Tree and Shrub Care” in Central Virginia for over 22 years.

This event is FREE and open to the public, and will be held at the Claudius Crozet Park in Crozet.

Charlottesville Symphony Ends Season with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

symphonyThe Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia ends its 2014-15 season with performances on Saturday, April 18 at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 19, at 3:30pm.

Music Director Kate Tamarkin has chosen Ludwig van Beethoven’s immortal Symphony No. 9 as the triumphant culmination of the orchestra’s 40th Anniversary Season.

Sometimes dubbed “the Choral Symphony,” Beethoven’s Ninth was his last complete symphony. It is known for its grandness of scale, and especially for the final movement that includes the chorus and vocal soloists singing the famous “Ode to Joy.”

Ms. Tamarkin conducts the orchestra, a two hundred-voice chorus and four renowned vocal soloists: Christina Pier, soprano; Lucille Beer, alto; Carlton Moe, tenor; and Anton Belov, baritone.

The choral forces are comprised of the Oratorio Society of Virginia and the U.Va University Singers. Michael Slon is the director of both ensembles.

Tickets cost $10-45 ($10 for students, free for U.Va. students who reserve in advance). Tickets may be purchased at The University of Virginia Arts Box Office or online.

Both performances will be held in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.