PVCC hosts renowned musician Tom Teasley Sunday, Sept. 22

Piedmont Virginia Community College will host renowned musician Tom Teasley performing a live musical score to accompany a screening of the 1926 animated silent film “The Adventures of Prince Achmed.” The performance will take place on Sunday, Sept 22, at 3 p.m., in the Main Stage Theatre in the V. Earl Dickinson Building as part of the college’s 2019-20 Fine Arts and Performance season.

Inspired by the Middle Eastern aesthetics of “The Adventures of Prince Achmed,” Teasley’s accompaniment blends a variety of percussion instruments and a melodica, a wind instrument with a small keyboard, which weaves eastern melodies to accent the action and bring out the nuance of the movie.

Teasley’s innovative score is based upon his collaborations with indigenous musicians in Bahrain, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, the West Bank and Jerusalem during his work as a Cultural Envoy for the U.S. State Department. The Washington Post described Teasley as “a multi-instrumental genius.”

“The Adventures of Prince Achmed” was created by German artist Lotte Reiniger using a silhouette technique inspired by shadow puppetry. In the film, a wicked sorcerer tricks Prince Achmed into riding a magical flying horse, which he then uses to embark on many adventures. While travelling, Achmed falls in love with the beautiful Princess Peri Banu and must defeat an army of demons to win her heart. 

Ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 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 on PVCC’s Main Campus in Charlottesville. 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 CBS19 News.