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Virginia Arts Festival Brings Months of Performances to Virginia

by Casey | Posted on March 13th, 2013

Ushering in its’ 17th year of world renowned arts and entertainment in Coastal Virginia, the Virginia Arts Festival gets underway March 17 with singing Celts, The Chieftans, and wraps up on June 1 with the Flying Proms Symphonic Airshow Spectacular. The beginning and ending are significant in their own right, but it’s the power in the middle you won’t want to miss.

Virginia International Tattoo

Virginia International Tattoo

The big event is the Virginia International Tattoo, occurring April 25-28 at the Scope Arena in Norfolk. Presented in the grand tradition of the world’s oldest tattoos, this Tattoo is an all-American show of patriotism and pride. The dynamic cast of more than 850 hails from several countries and offers something for everyone. Count on marching bands, massed pipes and drums, military drill teams, Celtic dancers, choirs and as always, surprise guests!

Other notable events include a live broadcast of A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor on May 4. Be a part of the audience at The Ted Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk.

Coppelia, performed by Birmingham Royal Ballet, is receiving great acclaim. Daily Express (UK) calls it, “mischievous and vivid,” while The Stage (UK) says it’s, “staged and so beautifully danced … Cheer for BRB, they are at their peak.” See the performance at Chrysler Hall in Norfolk April 19-21.

Mature audiences will be treated to Meow Meow, a cabaret performer. This show is suggested for ages 16 and older. Meow Meow is hailed a “dazzlingly multi-talented performer” by The Age (Australia). See her March 19-24 at Robin Hixon Theater in Norfolk.

Family events include the Virginia Chocolate Festival on March 23 in Norfolk at the Scope Exhibition Hall, the PANorama Caribbean Music Fest May 10-11 on the 24th Street Stage in Virginia Beach, Australia’s Strange Fruit May 10-14 in the Festival Green in Norfolk, the U.S. Army TRADOC Band Memorial Day Concert in Newport News’ City Center at Oyster Point on May 27, and of course the aforementioned Flying Proms on June 1.

See what else is in store at www.Virginia.org/VAArtsFestival and plan your getaway today.

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On Stage in Virginia

by Casey | Posted on March 5th, 2013

Plan now to enjoy a fantastic performance at a Virginia venue you won’t soon forget. Whether it’s Broadway, Shakespeare, opera, ballet or music that brings a smile to your face, you’ll find your favorite performing arts right here in Virginia.

American Shakespeare Center's Blackfriars Playhouse

American Shakespeare Center’s Blackfriars Playhouse

Running several titles concurrently, the American Shakespeare Center in Staunton brings big drama to Blackfriars Playhouse nearly every day of the week.

The Virginia Opera performs at a variety of venues. See something fun while you’re in one of these destinations.

Lovers of music will find a wide variety of genres rifting across Virginia.

Richmond Ballet

Richmond Ballet

Drama, comedy, tears and laughter. Experience all of it with powerful acting and dance.

That’s not all! See our full calendar of performances to plan ahead.

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Shake the Winter Blahs

by Casey | Posted on February 21st, 2013

Does the cold weather have you down? Head to one of these fun Virginia venues to enjoy live music or a little bit of dancing. It’s the perfect way to shake the winter blahs and get hyped for spring.

The Banque, Norfolk

The Banque, Norfolk

Live Music

Hampton’s Marker 20 is a casual seafood restaurant in the Arts District, but Friday nights heat up with local and regional acts.

Looking for bigger names in music? Head to Phase 2 in Lynchburg where the likes of Orgy, Colt Ford, John Michael Montgomery and Corey Smith have been known to play.

Donk’s Theater in Mathews is the country music lover’s place to be. Called “Virginia’s Little Ole Opry,” Donk’s offers a lively show every other Saturday night.

Tap your toes or clog along The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail at venues like Floyd Country Store, Carter Family Fold in Hiltons or Rex Theater in Galax.

Night Clubs

Karaoke

Looking for your turn at the mic? Check out Mel’s Place in Virginia Beach, Ten Pin Cafe in Martinsville or Karaoke at Rose Hill in Rose Hill.

Learn to Dance

If you’ve ever wanted to learn country line dancing, check out The Banque in Norfolk where the lessons are free every Wednesday through Friday night. Already know how? Go join the fun and shake what your mama gave ya.

Bigger Venues

Watch for your favorite national artist to arrive at Virginia’s larger indoor venues:

Go get your groove on and warm up for the great spring ahead. Find more nightlife at Virginia.org.

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An Art-Filled Virginia Weekend

by Casey | Posted on February 15th, 2013

Some art adventures are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities. I mean, who doesn’t want to see an authentic Michelangelo? While we can’t move the Louvre to Virginia, we can certainly bring a little bit of Louvre-level, iconic art here.

Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, Florence, Casa Buonarroti

Madonna and Child by Michelangelo, Florence, Casa Buonarroti

Between now and April 14, Michelangelo: Sacred and Profane is on display at the Muscarelle Museum of Art at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg. It’s a rich and varied collection of 26 drawings straight from his family home in Florence, Italy, Casa Buonarroti. Several pieces of this collection are on display for the very first time in the United States; be one of the first to see the master’s work for just $15 per person.

Of Michelangelo’s piece to the right, the Muscarelle Museum of Art writes, “Throughout his career, Michelangelo (1475-1564) alternated between interpretations of the divine and the worldly, or profane. The master’s powers to evoke the sacred are fully displayed in the large drawing “Virgin and Child,” which is one of Michelangelo’s most admired images. The statuesque figures of the child is contrasted to the expressive freedom of the Madonna’s face, which appears to see the future with foreboding.”

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Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival

by Casey | Posted on July 5th, 2012

Innovation 2012 is the theme of this year’s Wintergreen Performing Arts Summer Music Festival, set to kick off Friday, July 6 and run through Sunday, August 5. The focus of innovation will include innovators – both familiar and unfamiliar – who have moved us in new directions in dance, music, theatre, film, food, wine and the visual arts.

From a musical standpoint, attendees to these events can expect to hear the works of Ludwig van Beethoven  as well as brand new pieces written by student composers in settings that vary from the Evans Center at Wintergreen Resort to the Big Red Barn at Rodes Farm in Nellysford. From classical and intimate to new and center stage, there’s a setting and a performance for everyone.

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

Gisele and Fabio Witkowski perform August 1 at Wintergreen Resort's Evans Center

 

Key Events

  • 7/6: Opening Night Reception and Performance
  • 7/7 and 7/8: Classics – Anton Bruckner, Remo Pignoni, Carlos Guastavino, Pedro Saenz and Paul Schoenfield
  • 7/8: Coffee Concert – Michel Richard de Lalande, Bohulsav Martinu, Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber, Theobald Boehm and Charles Ives
  • 7/11: Wild Wednesday – Astor Piazzolla
  • 7/12: Barn Bach – Johann Sebastian Bach
  • 7/13: Chamber Music – David MacBride, Joseph Haydn, Michael White, Igor Stravinsky and Robert Schumann
  • 7/15: Coffee Classics – Ludwig van Beethoven, Claude Debussy, Edgard Varese, MacBride and Charles Martin Loeffler
  • 7/18: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Thelonius Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Hancock and more.
  • 7/19: Mozart’s Magical Mystery Tour
  • 7/21: Under the Big Top: A Happening
  • 7/21 and 7/22: Classics – Schumann, Joseph Rheinberger, Charles Gounod
  • 7/22: Coffee Concert – Eric Ewazen, MacBride, Schumann
  • 7/23: Art Song and Opera - Johannes Brahms, Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Carl Maria von Weber and Richard Wagner
  • 7/25: Wild Wednesday – Jazz – influences of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Miles Davis and more.
  • 7/28 and 7/29: Classics – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Brahms
  • 7/29: Coffee Classics – Ewazen and Debussy
  • 7/30-8/4: Where Chaos SleepsWorld Premiere of the play by Peter Coy.
  • 7/31: Barn Bach – Bach
  • 8/1: Wild Wednesday – Edvard Grieg, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Barber, Heitor Villa-Lobos and Francisco Mignone
  • 8/2: Thrilling Thursday – Bowen McCauley Dance presents “Lucy’s Local Playlist,” choreography inspired by the music of ten Greater Washington, DC bands and artists.
  • 8/4 and 8/5: Classics – Bowen McCauley Dance presents choreography to Beethoven, Max Bruch and Stravinsky.
  • 8/5: Coffee Classics – Featuring the Academy Chamber Players and Academy String Orchestra under the direction of Joseph J. Nigro, guest conductor.

Download the Wintergreen Summer Music Festival Ticket Booklet for a complete schedule and details.

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