PVCC Fine Arts and Performance to Host Two-Day Residency Featuring Percussionist Tom Teasley

Charlottesville, Va. – October 19,  2022 – The Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) Fine Arts and Performance division will host award-winning percussionist Tom Teasley, dubbed a “multi-instrumental genius” by The Washington Post, for a two-day residency. The residency includes a collaborative music and movement concert and a silent horror film screening featuring Teasley’s spooky live accompaniment, just in time for Halloween. Events will take place October 29-30, in the Main Stage Theatre, located in the V. Earl Dickinson Building on the PVCC main campus in Charlottesville.  

On Saturday, October 29, at 7:30 p.m., Teasley will bring out his eclectic collection of percussion instruments, American jazz drums and cutting-edge electronics to pair for the first time with renowned violinist and writer Stephen Nachmanovitch. The concert, entitled “Free Play,” will draw upon principals of improvisation as the performers compose in the moment. Joining the performance will be innovative movement practitioner and PVCC Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Brad Stoller. Teasley says of the program, “several surprises are in store” for the audience. 

On Sunday, October 30, at 3 p.m., Teasley will create a live soundscape to accompany a screening of the 1922 seminal silent horror film “Nosferatu.” Teasley's original score weaves a tension-filled music soundtrack that blends percussion with a variety of sometimes unexpected musical instruments—all of which highlight the action and creepiness of the movie. 

Nosferatu, said to be an archaic Romanian term synonymous with "vampire," is an unauthorized and unofficial movie adaptation of Bram Stoker's 1897 novel Dracula. The film's eerie, gothic feel and a chilling performance from Max Schreck as the vampire set the template for other horror films that followed. 

Tickets for “Free Play” are $12 for adults and $10 for seniors and students; tickets for “Nosferatu” are $8 for adults and $6 for seniors and students. Patrons may purchase advance tickets online at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts or by calling 434.961.5376 (major credit cards accepted). The PVCC Cashier’s Office, located in the main building, has tickets available for purchase during normal business hours. If available, tickets may also be purchased starting two hours prior to the performance at the PVCC Box Office, located at the main entrance of the Dickinson Building.  

The Dickinson Building is located at the south end of 501 College Drive. Ample free parking is available. For more information, email boxoffice@pvcc.edu or call 434.961.5376. A list of all PVCC Fine Arts and Performance events is available at www.pvcc.edu/performingarts

Tom Teasley’s performances are supported in part by funding from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. Media support is provided by CBS19. 

About the Visiting Artists
Tom Teasley is a critically acclaimed, award-winning musician, composer and sound designer. Among other honors, he received numerous Fullbright-Hays Awards for international collaborations, was named "World Percussionist of the Year" by Drum! Magazine and won three Helen Hayes Awards for his work in theatrical productions.  

Stephen Nachmanovitch is a Charlottesville-based musician, author and educator. He has been credited with being a pioneer in free improvisation on violin, viola and electric violin and with introducing techniques now common in electroacoustic music. Nachmanovitch writes and teaches about improvisation, creativity and systems approaches in many fields of activity. 

About Piedmont Virginia Community College
Established in 1972, Piedmont Virginia Community College is a nonresidential two-year institution of higher education that serves Central Virginia – principally, residents of the City of Charlottesville and the counties of Albemarle, Buckingham, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, and Nelson. PVCC is committed to providing access to a college education for all who can benefit, an opportunity for each student to reach her/his potential, and excellence in all programs and services. Visit www.pvcc.edu.


Susian Brooks
Director, Marketing and Media Relations
434.961.6574 | sbrooks@pvcc.edu 


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