Individual tickets now available for the Center for the Arts 2015-16 performances
Patrons now can purchase tickets to individual performances for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech’s 2015-16 season. Choose from a season full of events featuring performers who will bring stories from around the world to campus.
Three exhibitions that highlight the intersections of nature and culture, as well as a collection of exciting opportunities to make deeper connections with artists, ideas, and community members, complement a season that includes international explorations and innovative offerings.
For a detailed look at all of the 2015-16 season performances and related engagement events and exhibitions, view the online edition of the center’s 2015-16 season guide.
The season opens Sept. 4 with Darcy James Argue’s Secret Society’s “Brooklyn Babylon,” a story that unfolds wordlessly through video animation, live onstage painting, and an original score performed by an 18-piece jazz big band, Secret Society. Composer and bandleader Argue will be completing a creative residency at Virginia Tech with the band, which will include a workshop premiere of his latest work, “Real Enemies.”
Also blending different art forms to deliver a powerful story, Blair Thomas & Co. Puppet Theater recounts the tale of “Moby Dick” using bunraku puppets, rolling paper scrolls, and music. This will be the world premiere of the Chicago-based theatre company’s work, which was co-commissioned by the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. Artist Blair Thomas also will complete a two-week residency on campus, which will include workshop activities with students from Virginia Tech and local schools.
International artists flavor the upcoming season with sights and sounds from around the world. Japanese dance company Sankai Juku will perform a new Butoh style in the visually compelling “UMUSUNA.” Explore the great music of China with the Shanghai Quartet and pipa star Wu Man, experience a beautiful repertoire of Spanish and French music when the timeless Romero Quartet performs with the Munich Symphony Orchestra, and celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Danu, a six-member band from Ireland that will perform an evening of traditional Irish music.
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, which has brought its ukulele playing, singing, and whistling to thousands of sold-out concerts around the world, is part of the 2015-16 lineup, while Peruvian duo Teatro Hugo & Ines combine mime, dance, and puppetry in “Short Stories,” a performance for adults and children.
Bold explorations of dance and movement continue to be a staple of the center’s programming. Leading African-American choreographer Ronald K. Brown joins forces with jazz great Jason Moran, whose trio will perform live with Brown’s company EVIDENCE in “The Subtle One,” and athletic-based dance troupe Diavolo will perform and kick-off a long-term residency with the center and the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology focused on exploring visual, lighting, and virtual elements for future works.
Beyond performances, the Center for the Arts offers opportunities for community members to connect with the center, its visiting artists, and each other. Engagement events designed to deepen experiences with the arts and artists include master classes, post-performance discussions, craft talks, film screenings, and meet the artist events.
Learn more about the many ways to dig deeper with the 2015-16 season through the center’s online Explorer’s Guide, which features ideas and resources to fuel curiosity, provide greater context, and build knowledge for students in the classroom and learners of all ages.
The center’s galleries will be filled with works from regional, national, and international artists. Sound artist Stephen Vitiello will premiere a new installation based on unique insect recordings and micro-sounds of the forest captured at Mountain Lake Biological Station in Pembroke, Virginia.
Several artists will juxtapose tradition with innovation in an exhibition that presents painting, photography, and video that build on, respond to, and transform the time-honored still life tradition. Artist Philip Taafe references history, natural sciences, and cultures from around the world in an exhibition featuring his bold, vibrant paintings.
Tickets for individual performances for the 2015-16 season can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300.
Subscriptions also are available and offer discounted prices and priority seat selection. There are three ways to subscribe: the Premier Subscription includes all performances at a 30 percent discount off adult ticket prices, the Gold Build Your Own Subscription allows for a 25 percent discount off the price of adult tickets for 15 or more performances, and the Silver Build Your Own Subscription offers a 20 percent discount on five to 14 performances. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including subscriptions.