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2014-15 Fine Arts and Performance Season Announced

Latin Ballet of VA
Latin Ballet of VA

Charlottesville, Va. – 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. Details are at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

Nelson Illusions Smoke and Mystery Tour kicks off the season Friday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 p.m. with their blend of jaw-dropping magic, large-scale illusions, theatre and comedy. The largest touring illusion show in the U.S., 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, Sept. 11.

The PVCC art gallery kicks off its season Friday, Sept. 26, with an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. 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.  

In honor of National Hispanic Heritage Month, the Latin Ballet of Virginia and guest artist Francisco “El Nano” Mesa take the stage Saturday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 p.m. Their concert “Fiesta Del Sol” showcases popular Latin dance styles such as salsa, cha-cha, mambo and rumba along with the Brazilian martial art capoeira, Puerto Rican reggaeton (“big reggae”), Spanish flamenco and more.

PVCC welcomes the Virginia Film Festival, a four-day celebration of the magic of the movies, Nov. 7-9.

A first ever collaboration between the PVCC Dance and Theatre Departments is slated for Dec. 5 and 6 at 7:30 p.m., and Dec. 7 at 2:30 p.m. They will present “Karate Tango,” a witty musical that takes a bittersweet look at the passion and resentment that comes with both romance and show business.

On Feb. 21, at 7:30 p.m., Horace Scruggs, PVCC adjunct instructor of choral music, pairs with local musicians to present “The Odyssey of Soul,” a soulful concert and informative presentation that reveals how the foundations of African and African-American musical traditions such as blue notes, syncopation and call-and-response styles transformed America’s musical landscape. The concert includes songs spanning hundreds of years of the African-American musical experience.

John McCutcheon, folk music's Renaissance man, master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author, returns to PVCC on Saturday, March 28, at 7:30 p.m. to showcase his infinite vocal and lyric variety. This master of more than a dozen traditional instruments has garnered numerous honors including six Grammy nominations.

Returning favorites this season include The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, dance master classes, theater workshops, Let There Be Light outdoor art show, the popular Free Movie Friday series, Richmond Ballet, PVCC Chorus concerts and PVCC Dance and Theatre productions. With such a wide variety of offerings, there is something for everyone included in PVCC’s 2014-15 Fine Arts and Performance Season.

Tickets are available for purchase online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or by calling the PVCC Box Office and charging them to a VISA, MasterCard or American Express. Tickets for Main Stage Theatre events are available at Sidetracks, Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) and the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours one month prior to each event. Tickets can also be purchased at the PVCC Box Office up to two hours before the performance.

All events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located on the Main Campus of PVCC at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free well-lit parking is located in front of the building.

Support for PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance Season is provided in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Corporate support is provided by CenturyLink and The Charlottesville Newsplex with additional sponsorship provided by the Watterson Foundation.