For Immediate Release


DCC Sets 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts

Lisa Zaran Dr. Kel Cohen Tidewater Guitar Orchestra

DANVILLE, VA, March 20, 2009 — Music, poetry, art, photography, literature, and even aesthetic surgery will be the focus of Danville Community College’s 27th Annual Celebration of the Arts, March 31 – April 2.

“We have an exciting line up this year,? says Dr. Mark Wallace, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Celebration of the Arts Committee. “We invite the community to come join us for these events.?

The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, March 31, 2009:
Poetry as a Source of Inspiration and Motivation, presented Lisa Zaran, an American writer of Norwegian ancestry, who is the author of six poetry collections. Zaran writes compelling letters to famous artists like Bob Dylan, as well as heartfelt and endearing descriptions of her talks with the father she lost in 1996. Here first poem, “Hallway? was written when she was just six years old. Since then her books include: the sometimes girl (2004), You Have A Lovely Heart, (2004), Clipped From Our Days (2005), The Blondes Lay Content (2006) and Subtraction Flower (2006). Zaran continues to write as well as speak at poetry festivals. She also founded a poetry journal, Contemporary American Voices, whose goal is to encourage and carry out through publishing the art of poetry. Her intimate poems are well- liked among people of all ages.
Time: 11 a.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 108.

George Washington High School Choir in concert. Conducted by Lee Anne Sheridan, Conductor, the George Washington High School Choir will delight the audience with some of their best loved songs. An accomplished group, the 23-member choir performs before their peers and selected members have represented the school at the All District Choir in Salem, and at the Jefferson Forest Choir Festival. The performing members are: Taylor Talley, Tonesha Childress, Ryan McGhee, Kyndal Worsham, Ashley Davis, Rashay Gilbert, Tasha Lathrop, and Jesikah Moser, Johnathan Amos and Kirie Graham, Micki Petty, Brandy Eldridge, Jhalissa Harris, Shabria Pettus, Marie George, Kelsey Davis, Thiera Ellison, Shakeyva Jones, and Sabre Walton.
Time: 6:30 p.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Tidewater Guitar Ensemble in concert. Founded in 1996 by Sam Dorsey, the Tidewater Guitar Ensemble is one of the only guitar orchestras of its kind in the United States. The orchestra is an ensemble of more than a dozen accomplished guitarists who use the lush timbral resources of an orchestra of different sizes to explore a rich repertoire that ranges from Bach to Bartok and traditional Central and South American music. The orchestra includes traditional classical guitars, supplemented by soprano guitars and bass guitars. They have performed throughout the state as part of the Virginia Arts Festival and represented the U.S. at the International Guitar Festival in Costa Rica in 1999.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Wednesday, April 1, 2009:
The Art of Aesthetic Surgery, by Kel Cohen, M.D. Dr. Cohen will share his reflections on how plastic surgery can be seen as an art form. He believes that aesthetic alteration changes mind and spirit. The removal of physical deformity changes not only the individual’s presentation to others, but supports a sense of inner peace and self-acceptance. He has devoted his 30+ years in his clinical and surgical career to research on how wounds heal. As the founder and first Chairman of Plastic Surgery at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, he directed the first clinical wound healing center in the United States. He has authored more than 100 scientific articles, texts, papers and journals about wound healing. Dr. Cohen was a founder of the Wound Healing Society and Wound Healing Foundation and has spoken around the world on his research and the clinical management of wounds. He is the recipient of numerous awards including the lifetime achievement awards from both the Wound Healing Society and the Society for the Advancement of Wound Care (SAWC) for his research and clinical work in the wound healing field. Dr Cohen's interest in plastic surgery was sparked by his own facial deformity as a child which was corrected by a plastic surgeon.
Time: 11 a.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Los Gatos in concert. Roanoke musicians Francisco Aranda, Vladimir Espinoza, Jeff Hofmann, Chris Magee, Leny Marcus, and David San are Los Gatos. The band presents a musical program that includes traditional Latin music and Jazz Latin music including salsa, merengue, and calypso – which carry the fusion of styles and influences from Spain, Africa, and New Orleans. The group believes that the confluence of numerous musical styles symbolizes the harmonious blending of genre and the individual.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

Thursday, April 2, 2009:
Writing and Arts Competition. The Celebration of the Arts will announce the winners of the 2009 Poetry, Short Story, Painting and Photography contests.
Time: 11 a.m. Location: Temple Building, Room 110.

All events are offered free of charge and open to the public. For more information about Celebration of the Arts contact Dr. Mark Wallace at 434.797.8471; toll-free: 800.560.4291, ext 8471; or click here.

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