PVCC hosts Horace Scruggs Band for “Race & Religion: A Circle Broken”

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As part of its 2018-19 Fine Arts and Performance Season, Piedmont Virginia Community College will host the Horace Scruggs Band presenting “Race & Religion: A Circle Broken” on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 7:30 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville.

In this latest installment of his annual series of “learning and listening concerts,” Scruggs will explore through commentary and live performances of iconic songs the intersection of Judeo-Christian beliefs, race relations and musical styles in American history.

“From slavery to the prayers of abolitionists and those caught up in the civil war, to the religious leaders of the civil rights era, faith played a major role in shaping attitudes toward race and race relations,” Scruggs said. “Musical styles were also influenced by faith, with early spirituals and gospel evolving into various popular styles.”

The program will feature several singers performing acapella works with layered harmonies, in what Scruggs describes as “authentic presentations,” as well as songs accompanied by keyboard, bass and drums. Band members include Earl “E.C.” Anderson, Nadia Anderson, Sarah Brown, Brad Callahan, Chris Callahan, Gail Scruggs and Beckie Ward.

A multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer, conductor and PVCC's Instructor of Choral Music, Scruggs has worked as a professional musician since 1985. His extensive education in music includes studies at Longwood University, the Shenandoah Conservatory and Berklee College of Music in Boston. Scruggs returns to PVCC to follow up on his series of past concerts that traced the evolution of soul, gospel and music of the pre-civil war and civil rights eras.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. General seating 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 by visiting Greenberry’s Coffee (Barracks Road Shopping Center) or the PVCC Cashier’s Office during normal business hours. Tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located in the lobby of the V. Earl Dickinson Building.

The V. Earl Dickinson Building is located at the south end of College Drive. For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. View the full Fine Arts and Performance Season online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts.

Media support for this performance is provided by NBC29.