PVCC Announces Fall 2023 Lineup for Fine Arts and Performance Season
Charlottesville, Va. – August 21, 2023 – Piedmont Virginia Community College (PVCC) announces the fall 2023 lineup for its Fine Arts and Performance season, featuring a roster of music, dance, theatre and visual arts that highlights regional artists and kicks off with one of the largest touring magic shows in the United States. The season also includes the return of several series with free movies, workshops and open mic nights.
The season opens Friday, September 8, at 7:30 p.m., with illusionist, magician and comedian Jason Bishop in the Main Stage Theatre. Bishop’s show has both grand illusions, such as “Double Levitation” and “Teleportation,” and sleight-of-hand magic that is projected live and close-up so the audience sees every detail.
Master percussionist and sound designer Tom Teasley will return for a two-day residency that starts with a cross-cultural concert of jazz percussion with special guests playing Indian percussion, flute and keyboards, and performing dance from Thailand, on Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 p.m. A screening with a live soundtrack follows on Sunday, October 15, at 3 p.m., when Teasley will perform original American Jazz to accompany two silent comedy classics starring Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton, legendary figures of the silent film era.
Charlottesville Ballet will join the season with a rendition of “Salute” on Veteran’s Day, Saturday, November 11, at 3 p.m. The concert will feature classical favorites as well as new, commissioned works. Choreographers include Keith Kee, Julia Mitchell, Rainey Jarrell and Sara Clayborne.
Series that return to the schedule include the One Mic Stand spoken word open mic night with comedy promoter and filmmaker Ty Cooper hosting. The program is a platform for seasoned and up-and-coming spoken word artists to share comedy, storytelling, satire, poetry and more. Bimonthly performances will be held on second Thursdays beginning September 14, at 7 p.m.
Ty Cooper will also facilitate another filmmaking workshop Friday, October 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aspiring filmmakers are invited to hone their skills, ask questions and gain hands-on experience.
Free Movie Friday is a monthly series that features a curated selection of movies shown on the big screen in the Main Stage Theatre. Dates are September 15, October 20 and November 17, with titles to be announced on the PVCC Arts website.
The PVCC Art Department will show several exhibitions in the PVCC Gallery, each one opening with a catered reception. On Friday, September 15, from 5 to 7 p.m., the “Annual Faculty Exhibition” leads the season with a look at art making on the PVCC campus. Works by art faculty members will be displayed in the South Gallery and works by PVCC staff members and faculty members from other disciplines will hang in the North Gallery through November 4.
Perennial favorite “Let There Be Light” returns Friday, December 8, from 6 to 9 p.m. This outdoor exhibition of light-based art invites visitors to grab a flashlight and a map in search of both hidden and large-scale glowing art installations scattered throughout the campus grounds. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts will return with its traveling gallery, “VMFA on the Road: An Artmobile for the 21st Century.”
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 one of 23 community colleges in Virginia that comprise the Virginia Community College System. 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 pvcc.edu.
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