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Poet.she Chris Pantazis

Chris Pantazis

Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums Anndrena Belcher
Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums Anndrena Belcher

DANVILLE, VA, March 10, 2015 – Danville Community College is gearing up for its 33rd Annual Celebration of the Arts. The Celebration combines time-honored traditions and old favorites with performances new to the college campus.

“Celebration of the Arts is a wonderful way to welcome spring,? says Martha Tucker, Celebration committee member and DCC faculty member. “We offer a wide range of breathtaking talent and performances are free. Plan to see something unique and leave wishing you could stay longer. You’ll love it!?

The schedule is as follows:
Monday, March 23, 2015
Glenwood Smith Band Performance – Glenwood Smith, a local artist/ singer/ songwriter, will bring his “Music with a Message.? Smith’s music is inspired by his personal experiences and convictions, and focuses on issues essential to all humanity: peace, love, understanding and forgiveness. Time: 12:30-1:30 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
Shakespearean Comedy Act – Chris Pantazis, DCC biology instructor and improvisation artist, will lead a pastoral comedy, Pyramus and Thisbe redux. Pyramus and Thisbe are an ancient pair of ill-fated lovers who appear in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Time: 11 a.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building).

Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums – The Wake and District Public Safety Pipes and Drums will bring a tradition from the Scottish Highlands to DCC. The mission of the pipe and drum corps is to honor fallen comrades – men and women in the Armed Forces and police, fire and rescue agencies – who gave their lives in the line of duty. Time: 4-5 p.m. Location: Ball field, in front of the Hill Building.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
Dan River Review Student Showcase – The creators of the Dan River Review, DCC’s student magazine, will showcase their talents. Time: 1-2 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Art Judging and Reception with String Quartet – Artwork created by community members will be judged and prizes will be awarded. Danville Junior String Quartet will provide entertainment. The art reception is a tradition at the Celebration. Time: 5:30 p.m. Location: Library.

Brass Quartet – The Brass Knights, a local brass quartet, will entertain Celebration attendees with a jazz concert. The group’s members are Dan Wolfe, adjunct instructor of music at DCC, on the trumpet, Mike Chafatelli on the trumpet, Jim Martin on the trombone and Jacob Barbour on the trombone. Time: 7-8 p.m. Location: Student Center.

Thursday, March 26, 2015
Anndrena Belcher – Anndrena Belcher, a renowned storyteller hailed as a “national treasure? by author and historian Studs Terkel, will give an oral history performance combining elements of folk lore, song, dance and poetry. Belcher’s performances reflect both her eastern Kentucky coal mine roots and urban-Appalachian migration experience. She is a returning performer at the Celebration. Time: 11 a.m. to noon. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building).

Spoken Word Performances – New to this year’s Celebration is a series of spoken word performances by members of Poet.she, an all-female group from Greensboro, N.C. Spoken word is a performance-based form of poetry with roots in the Harlem Renaissance. The members of Poet.she use spoken word as a platform to speak out on issues such as feminism and social justice and to connect with people of different backgrounds. Time: 3-4 p.m. Location: Oliver Hall (Temple Building).

The Celebration of the Arts committee worked hard to bring a diverse mix of arts and cultural events to this year’s Celebration. The committee is comprised of dedicated faculty and staff members. One of those members is Ana Ruiz-Fodor, who shared her thoughts on what the Celebration means to DCC and to the community.


“During the Celebration of the Arts there have been intellectual lectures, art exhibitions, historical enactments, story-telling involving children participation, cooking magicians, painting exhibitions, celebration of folk music with participation of many talented artists, painting contests, narrated shows of large sculptures made by local artist, poetry readings, poetry illustrated with pictures and films, invited writers' readings, musical bands, choirs and life celebration,? Ruiz-Fodor said. “Because this is a celebration of the community of Danville, Pittsylvania County and other neighboring areas in Virginia and North Carolina, we often welcome students, alumni, visitors and their families to our presentations. Many of those who attend once keep coming back.?

For more information about DCC’s Celebration of the Arts, contact Sherry Gott, Associate Professor of English and Celebration Chair, at 434.797.8566, or click here.


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