PVCC has announced its 2017-18 Fine Arts and Performance Season line-up featuring theater, music, and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, improvisational theater workshops and the return of several popular series.
The season will begin with international juggling champion Greg Kennedy’s “Spherus” on Friday, Sept. 1, at 7:30 p.m. Originally trained as an engineer, Kennedy pairs with two aerial dancers and a video-projection artist to utilize principles of geometry and physics in a fusion of circus arts and science that has been described as “physics at its most mesmerizing.”
The Core Ensemble returns with its unique blend of chamber music, theater, and multi-cultural themes for two performances that celebrate the lives and times of important historical figures:
- "Tres Vidas” will honor the accomplishments of three revered Latin American women, including Frida Kahlo, and feature a musical score of folk songs, tangos and influential Latino composers on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 7:30 p.m.
- “Of Ebony Embers: Vignettes of the Harlem Renaissance” will depict iconic African-American men, poets and artists of the era as the ensemble reprises the role of a Harlem jazz band on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 7:30 p.m.
Other highlights of the season include:
- Tidewater Classical Guitar Orchestra will draw from its wide-ranging repertoire of South American, classical, and contemporary music for an afternoon performance using classical, soprano and baritone guitars on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 3 p.m.
- Horace Scruggs and his band will bring another installment of their “learning and listening” concert series on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 7:30 p.m. “A View from a Train: Decoding the Stories and Music of the Underground Railroad” explores the hidden meanings in the lyrics of songs that guided the enslaved population who escaped to the North between 1840 and 1860.
- Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, returns for its annual performance of select classics from their repertoire and significant works of our time on Wednesday, March 7, at 7:30 p.m.
- Virginia-based indie-folk band The Hunts, known for layering stringed instruments, harmonies and driving rhythms, makes a debut appearance in Charlottesville on Saturday, April 21, at 7:30 p.m.
The PVCC Visual Arts Department will host four new exhibitions in the PVCC Gallery over the course of the season. Along with student artists and art faculty members, several notable local and regional artists will be featured including July McLeod, Lisa Parker Hyatt, Mara Sprafkin, Laura Parsons, L. Staiger and James Yates.
Let There Be Light, PVCC’s 11th annual evening of light-centered art installations will illuminate the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building on Friday, Dec. 8, from 6 to 9 p.m.
PVCC’s Student Art Club will once again host Free Movie Fridays on the third Friday of every month with current blockbusters and art films shown on the big screen in the comfortable Main Stage Theatre. Cross-cultural romantic comedy “The Big Sick” kicks off the series on Friday, Sept. 15, at 7:30 p.m.
PVCC Theatre will host a series free improvisation workshops and several performances, including Veterans’ Story Theater, along with Shakespearian classics like “Romeo and Juliet,” which has been adapted for the modern stage, and Broadway classic “West Side Story.”
Other returning events include the “One Mic Stand” series of open mic nights for spoken-word works, a comedy writing workshop with local writer and “United Nations of Comedy Tour” founder Ty Cooper, and the PVCC Chorus’ fall and spring concerts.
The majority of PVCC’s Fine Arts and Performance events are offered at no charge, and no tickets are required. For ticketed events, tickets are available for purchase online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts, by calling the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted), or through the PVCC Box Office beginning two hours prior to the start of each event.
Tickets for Main Stage Theatre events may also be purchased at two locations beginning one month prior to the event date: Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center), and the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours.
Events take place in the V. Earl Dickinson Building, located on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville, at the south end of College Drive. Ample, free, well-lit parking is located in front of the building.
For more information, call the PVCC Box Office at 434.961.5376 or visit www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.