The Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech will offer a dynamic range of programming — from timeless classics and family-friendly offerings, to works with deep meaning and global themes, to events with a fresh and sometimes unexpected perspective — for its inaugural 2013-14 season in the new arts center.

Season subscriptions are on sale now for the lineup of 21 performances by international, national and regional touring performing artists and companies, in the center’s new on-campus facility on the corner of Main St. and Alumni Mall.

“Our team has carefully crafted a season full of a rich range of experiences, and this is just the beginning,” said Ruth Waalkes, associate provost for the arts and executive director for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech. “In the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing more details about our opening events, including exhibitions in our visual arts galleries that will merge tradition with innovation; boundary-breaking projects developed through the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; as well as unique opportunities to engage more deeply with our artists, their works, and topics they illuminate. We hope you’ll join us as we embark on this grand new journey when we open our doors to the Center for the Arts this fall.”

Center for the Arts 2013-14 season schedule

Philip Glass Ensemble 

  • Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • Featuring contemporary music icon Philip Glass’ compelling score performed live by Glass and his ensemble to accompany thefilm “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation,” and featuring the Blacksburg Children’s Chorale, this performance is a celebration of the human-scale endeavor, craftsmanship, spirituality, labor, and creativity that defines a culture. Waalkes chose this project to launch the season based on not only the extraordinary sensory power of the music and imagery, but also for the timely and compelling international themes and questions it raises.

Sphinx Virtuosi

  • Sunday, Nov. 3, 2013, 3 p.m.
  • A Dialogue Between Two Centuries” is a classical and contemporary music performance by Sphinx Virtuosi, a conductor-less ensemble composed of alumni from the Sphinx Competition.
  • A free Community Open House precedes the concert from noon to 2:30 p.m.

Ballet Hispanico

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • Sortijas” fuses Latin dance with classical and contemporary techniques to create a new style of concert dance in which theatricality and passion propel every move.

Diavolo Dance Theater

  • Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • Transit Space,” is inspired by the movement of skateboarding and demonstrates the company’s amazing physical capacities.

David Finckel and Wu Han

  • Sunday, Nov. 17, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • In “Russian Reflections,” cellist Finckel and pianist Han present the gripping story of Russian music of the 20th century.

Ira Glass

  • Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013, 8 p.m.
  • Spend an intimate evening with the creator of the public radio show “This American Life,” Ira Glass, as he presents “Reinventing Radio.”

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

  • Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, 4 p.m.
  • The “Holiday Pops Concert” features everything from beloved holiday carols to sacred classics, and a few surprises in between. The NRV Friends of the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra co-host this holiday favorite.

“The Miners’ Hymns”

  • Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • The story of this inspired documentary film about coal mining unions in the U.K. is told entirely without words, with a remarkable original score featuring string quartet and 18-piece brass ensemble.

Joshua Bell

  • Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Celebrate Valentine’s Day with this “Valentine Concert,” featuring romantic classics by one of the world’s most gifted violinists. This event is devoted to the music lover in everyone.

Mike Daisey

  • Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • In “Faster Better Social,” Daisey uses autobiography, gonzo journalism, and unscripted performance to tell stories that define our age through comedy and brilliant observation. For mature audiences.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

  • Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Ryu Goto and the celebrated strings of Orpheus reprise their critically acclaimed performance of Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons.”

eighth blackbird

  • Sunday March 2, 2014, 3 p.m.
  • Colombine’s Paradise Theatre,” a new contemporary music/theatre work, is a dark musical fairytale of love and death, dream and delusion.

The Acting Company

  • Thursday, March 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • The company’s latest interpretation of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.” 
  • Friday, March 7, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
  • Playwright Tom Stoppard’s absurdist take on “Hamlet,” “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.”

Crooked Road Festival

  • Thursday, March 20, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Friday, March 21, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Thursday night’s concert will feature “Wayne Henderson and the Virginia Luthiers,” while Friday night’s program brings together performers from around the New River Valley.

Martha Graham Dance Company

  • Saturday, March 29, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Classic Graham” features classics from the Graham repertoire, including “Appalachian Spring,” “Cave of the Heart,” “Sketches from Chronicle,” and other works.

Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion

  • Monday, March 31, 2014, 8 p.m.  
  • Zakir Hussain delivers brilliant performances that have established him as a national treasure in his native India and one of the world’s most esteemed and influential musicians.

Tomáš Kubínek

Blacksburg Master Chorale

  • Saturday, May 3, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • More than 200 singers, a full orchestra, and soloists will fill the stage to present Felix Mendelssohn’s legendary oratorio,“Elijah.”

Dance Theatre of Harlem

  • Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 8 p.m.
  • Far but Close” is an innovative collaboration that explores the healing power of romantic love.

Compagnia TPO

  • Friday, May 30, 2014, 7 p.m.
  • Saturday May 31, 2014, 10 a.m., 3 p.m., 7 p.m.
  • Italy’s Compagnia TPO is a pioneer in interactive performance media for all ages. “BLEU! The Mediterranean Sea,” offers a magical adventure under the sea.


Subscriptions for the 2013-14 season are currently available and offer discounted prices and priority seat selection. There are two ways to subscribe: the Premier Subscription Package includes all performances at a 30 percent discount off adult ticket prices, and the Build Your Own Subscription Package allows for a 20 percent discount off the price of adult tickets for five or more performances. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including subscriptions. Subscriptions can currently be purchased by phone or by mail. Online subscription sales will begin soon. Tickets for individual performances will go on sale in August. Until October 7, the box office will have phone hours only, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. All subscription ticket packages will be mailed to subscribers. Starting October 7, the box office will open for in-person sales in the Center for the Arts. For more information about subscription packages, go to the website, call 540-231-5300, or download and mail in the subscription form.



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