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DCC SETS 29th ANNUALCELEBRATION OF THE ARTS

 

a cappella group Juxtaposition a cappella group Virginia Belles a cappella group Tar Heel Voices
Juxtaposition
Virginia Belles
Tar Heel Voices
Judith Shatin with music Poet Keith Flynn Bluegrass musician Tony Rice
Dr. Judith Shatin
Keith Flynn
Tony Rice

 

DANVILLE, VA, March 1, 2011 — After more than 29 years, Danville Community College’s annual Celebration of the Arts is still going strong and providing entertainment for students and the community. This year’s event, set March 26 – April 1, offers a variety of music, poetry and literature. A highlight will be a bluegrass music performance by the Tony Rice Unit, while the Robert V. Shaver Lecture Series and an event designed specifically for children are also being incorporated into the festivities.

“We have an exciting line up this year with more events that we believe will be of interest to our students and the community,? says
Dr. Mark Wallace, Assistant Professor of History and Chair of the Celebration of the Arts Planning Committee. “We invite the community to come join us.?

The schedule is as follows:
Saturday, March 26, 2011
A cappella Concert by choral groups from Virginia Tech, University of Virginia, and the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill will be presented.

• Juxtaposition is the premiere all-male a cappella group on Virginia Tech's campus, and thrives on musical excellence and innovation. This student-run organization was founded in 1994 is devoted to performing for on-campus events ranging from benefit concerts to joint performances of famous artists and musicians who use VT as a venue. They have won several awards in the a cappella world. Time: 6:30 - 7 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

• Virginia Belles, founded in the fall of 1977 by Katherine Mitchell, a student at the University of Virginia, are a “fun-loving group of talented girls? who love the odd praxis of creating music without instruments. The Virginia Belles have been performing at a variety of venues at UVA, within the Charlottesville area and along the East Coast for over 32 years. Time: 7:15 – 7:45 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

• Tar Heel Voices is the oldest co-ed a cappella group at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Since its founding in 1988, THV has been an important part of the University's music community. With its diverse membership and eclectic repertoire, THV continues to entertain audiences on campus and in the community, performing at charity and sporting events, schools, weddings, and the North Carolina Governor's Inaugural Ball. THV records an album every other year, has won several local competitions, and tours the country annually. Time: 8:00 – 8:35 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.


Monday, March 28, 2011
Urinetown, the Musical, is a satirical comedy performed by the Averett University theatre and music departments. In this Tony Award-winning production, "Urine Good Company" (UGC) controls the town with its water restrictions. The poorest, filthiest urinal in town is run by Penelope Pennywise and Bobby Strong. One day, Bobby's father cannot afford his fee and asks to go free "just this once." His request is, of course, denied; and he goes anyway. Immediately he is arrested and escorted to Urinetown, from whence he never returns. Not long after the arrest and disappearance of Bobby's father, UGC hikes the rates, leading to a revolt by the townspeople. The musical satirizes a number of issues including the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, bureaucracy and several musicals including "The Cradle Will Rock" and "Les Miserables" , as well as the Broadway musical itself.

Time: 7:00 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011
"I Care if You Listen: The Communicative Power of Music,? by
Dr. Judith Shatin, who kicks off the 2011 Robert V. Shaver Lecture Series. Shatin is a composer, sound artist, community arts partner and educator. She is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor and Director of the Virginia Center for Computer Music, which she founded at the University of Virginia in 1987. She was educated at Douglass College (A.B.), The Juilliard School (M.M.) and Princeton University (PhD). Current projects include “Jefferson, In His Own Words? for narrator and orchestra, and a co-commission of the Charlottesville, Illinois, Richmond and Virginia Symphonies. A recent project includes a McKim commission from the Library of Congress for “Tower of the Eight Winds? for violin and piano, which premiered in December 2008. Shatin has been honored with four National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, as well as awards from the American Music Center, Meet the Composer, the New Jersey State Arts Council and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.

Time: 11 a.m. – 12 noon. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.


Wednesday, March 30, 2011
“Magic in Me?, presented by DMR Adventures, emphasizes how each person is special. This production is targeted to children of all ages. Equipped with nothing more than a toy shovel and pail, little Do-Nothing Dale appears to be a wizard in name only. Laughed at and excluded by her colleagues, Magnificent Mervin and Wonder Wanda, Dale sets out on a journey to find her own "little bit of magic." Queen Marilyn Melody of Musicland and Coco the Clown, King of Laughterland, do their best to help her, but it's not until her encounter with the evil Weatherman on the Planet of Sad Flowers that Dale discovers just what it is that makes her unique. This highly imaginative story gently teaches while serving up a large portion of fun and folly, with three bright musical numbers to add sparkle to the story.

Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Thursday, March 31, 2011
Poetry Reading by Keith Flynn, who is the author of five books including four collections of poetry: The Talking Drum (1991), The Book of Monsters (1994), The Lost Sea (2000), and The Golden Ratio (Iris Press, 2007). He is also the author of a collection of essays, entitled The Rhythm Method, Razzmatazz and Memory: How To Make Your Poetry Swing (Writer's Digest Books, 2007). From 1986-1998, he was lyricist and lead singer for the rock band, The Crystal Zoo, which produced three albums: Swimming Through Lake Eerie (1992), Pouch (1996), and the spoken-word and music compilation, Nervous Splendor (Animal Records, 2003). His poetry has appeared in many journals and anthologies around the world, including The Colorado Review, Poetry Wales, The Cuirt Journal (Ireland), Takahe (New Zealand), The Southern Poetry Review, Margie, Rattle, Shenandoah, Word and Witness: 100 Years of NC Poetry, Crazyhorse, and many others. He has been awarded the Sandburg Prize for poetry, the ASCAP Emerging Songwriter Prize, the Paumanok Poetry Award and was twice named the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for NC. Flynn is founder and managing editor of The Asheville Poetry Review.

Time: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Location: Oliver Hall in Temple Building.

Friday, April 1, 2011
Tony Rice Unit will be presented in a bluegrass concert, co-sponsored by Averett University and Danville Community College. Tony Rice, a Danville native who grew up in California, spans the range of acoustic music, from straightahead bluegrass to jazz-influenced new acoustic music, to songwriter-oriented folk. He is an innovator in acoustic flatpicked guitar and has played alongside J.D.Crowe and the New South, David Grisman (during the formation of “Dawg Music?), led his own groups, collaborated with fellow picker Norman Blake and recorded with his brothers. He has recorded with drums, piano, soprano sax, and with straight-ahead bluegrass instrumentation. He has performed with a number of industry notables.
Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Averett University, Pritchett Auditorium. Tickets are $3 for adults. Students with a valid student ID are admitted free of charge.

Funding for the 2011 Celebration of the Arts is provided in part by the Morotock Fund of the Community Foundation of the Dan River Region. In addition to Wallace, other members of the Celebration of the Arts Committee are: Jue-Ling Tai, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, and Martha Tucker, Assistant Professor of Early Childhood  and Reading. For more information about DCC’s Celebration of the Arts contact Dr. Mark Wallace at 434.797.8471; toll-free: 800.560.4291, ext 8471; or
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