PVCC announces 2019-20 Fine Arts and Performance Season


Piedmont Virginia Community College has announced its 2019-20 Fine Arts and Performance season line-up. The season features a diverse selection of theatre, music, and dance performances, visual arts exhibitions, theatre and filmmaking workshops, movies, and spoken word open mic nights.

The season will open with the vocal illusions of comedienne/ventriloquist Lynn Trefzger on Friday, Aug. 30, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. For more than 30 years Trefzger has performed for family audiences worldwide, giving life to a trunk full of humorous characters including a cranky old man, a feisty little girl and a tipsy camel.

Percussionist Tom Teasley will make his inaugural appearance at PVCC on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, at 3 p.m., performing a live world music soundtrack to accompany a screening of the 1926 animated silent film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.”

“Los Valientes,” a musical play celebrating influential Latinos from history will take place on Saturday, October 12, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. Actor David Perez-Ribada stars with piano, cello and percussion by the Core Ensemble.

Virginia Opera, the official opera company of Virginia, will perform a full-length program of “Arias and Duets” on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019, at 7:30 p.m. The concert will feature works from popular operas, operettas and Broadway musicals.

Other highlights of the season include:

  • Larnell Starkey and the Spiritual Seven bring their high-flying falsettos and low bass for a soulful gospel show on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Actress and author Morgan McCoy’s “Evolution of a Black Girl: From the Slave House to the White House” takes the audience on a dramatic historical journey through the stories of 12 distinct characters on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Richmond Ballet, the state ballet of Virginia, will return for its annual residency with selected classics from their repertoire and significant works of our time on Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Mentalist/illusionist Craig Karges will combine magic and psychology to make tables float, read minds and bend metal on Saturday, April 25, 2020, at 7:30 p.m.

The PVCC Visual Arts Department will open the “Annual Faculty Exhibition,” the first of three art exhibitions in the PVCC Gallery, with a catered reception on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, from 5 to 7 p.m.  The exhibition includes a solo show by Adjunct Instructor of Graphic Art Ashley Gill.

“Let There Be Light,” PVCC’s thirteenth annual evening of light-centered art installations, will illuminate the grounds surrounding the V. Earl Dickinson Building with works by some of the most imaginative regional artists on Friday, Dec. 13, 2019, from 6 to 9 p.m.

PVCC Theatre will host a series of free workshops on contemporary forms of improvisational theatre along with performances, including a staging of the hit musical “Spamalot” from Nov. 21 through 24, 2019.

Other returning events include the “One Mic Stand” series of open mic nights for spoken-word works starting Sept. 12, 2019, the popular “Free Movie Friday” series which kicks off on Sept. 20, 2019, and a documentary filmmaking workshop with local filmmaker Ty Cooper on Friday, Oct. 18, 2019.

The season will culminate with “Sound and Vision,” a celebration of the arts at PVCC, on April 25, 2020. Art installations, dance, music and theatre performances will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. A full schedule of events for “Sound and Vision” will be published online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts as the date approaches.

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.