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Almost, Maine
Heritage Theatre Festival
Almost, Maine
It’s a clear, cold night in the middle of winter and the middle of nowhere. Love is in the air. Well, almost. Almost, Maine is a town so far north it is almost in the United States and almost in Canada. On this night, with the Northern Lights flickering above, the residents are falling in and out of love in the strangest, most magical and confounding ways. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. Love is lost and found, and lives will never be the same as they discover their hearts’ true desire…almost.
Sat 8/1/15 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Almost, Maine


Violet
Heritage Theatre Festival
Violet
This touching story of hope, love and healing follows a young woman who embarks from her sleepy North Carolina town to Tulsa, Oklahoma, with plans to meet a televangelist whom she hopes can heal a disfiguring facial scar. Along the way, she meets a young African American soldier who teaches her the true meaning of love and beauty. Set in 1964 against the backdrop of the Civil Rights movement, this Tony Award-winning musical features a vibrant rock, country, gospel and R&B score by Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shrek) and an acclaimed book by Brian Cawley that tackles a range of issues at the forefront of our world today.
Sat 8/1/15 2:00PM Culbreth Theatre Violet (Matinee)
Sat 8/1/15 7:30PM Culbreth Theatre Violet


I Love a Piano
Heritage Theatre Festival
I Love a Piano
This celebration of the music of American icon Irving Berlin is told through the life of a piano as it moves in and out of a series of American lives from the turn-of-the-century to the present day. Packed with Berlin’s most beloved songs, including “Blue Skies,” “There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Cheek to Cheek,” and “God Bless America" this is a loving and fitting tribute to the man Jerome Kern famously said “has no place in American music. He is American music.”
Sat 8/1/15 2:00PM Helms Theatre I Love a Piano (Matinee)
Sat 8/1/15 7:45PM Helms Theatre I Love a Piano


Masterworks 1: Classical Giants
Charlottesville Symphony @ UVa
Masterworks 1: Classical Giants
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

Eric Ruske, Horn

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture
Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major, K. 495
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
Sat 9/26/15 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Masterworks 1: Classical Giants
Sun 9/27/15 3:30PM MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Masterworks 1: Classical Giants


Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Behzod Abduraimov, piano
Grand Prize Winner of the 2009 London International Piano Competition and with collaborations with Gergiev and the Mariinsky Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Vienna Konzerthaus and Decca Records, The Independent (London) asked, “Could this fresh-faced child be a new Horowitz?”

Works by Schubert, Liszt & Mussorgsky. Principal Underwriter: Vesta Lee Gordon, Underwriter: BB&T
Tue 9/29/15 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Behzod Abduraimov, piano


Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Department of Drama
Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
History rocks in this fast-moving, satirical musical that careens between fact and fiction to present our seventh President as history’s ultimate rock star. Powered by an Emo score and live on-stage band, the show takes audiences on a rock musical thrill ride that chronicles Old Hickory’s legendary life and times from humble beginnings, to ruthless military strategist, to populist agitator, to Commander-in-Chief.
Thu 10/1/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Fri 10/2/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Sat 10/3/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Wed 10/7/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Thu 10/8/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Fri 10/9/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson
Sat 10/10/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson


Pavel Haas Quartet
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Pavel Haas Quartet
Gramophone Award winners for “Record of the Year” in 2011, and winners of the Paolo Borciani Competition in Italy, the Quartet has established itself as one of the great chamber ensembles, performing at the world’s most prestigious concert halls worldwide and winning numerous awards and distinctions. The Quartet takes its name from the Czech composer Pavel Haas, who was imprisoned at Theresienstadti in 1941 and killed in Auschwitz 3 years later.
Tue 10/20/15 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Pavel Haas Quartet


The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Department of Drama
The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Everyone needs a break, and struggling artist Dana Fielding finds hers in a mental hospital after suffering a breakdown following scathing reviews of her work. Realizing her prescribed ten-day-stay is not nearly long enough, she tries to convince hospital authorities that she thinks she is former baseball great Darryl Strawberry. In the process she makes discoveries that change her life and her art.
Thu 10/22/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Fri 10/23/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Sat 10/24/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Tue 10/27/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Wed 10/28/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Thu 10/29/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball
Fri 10/30/15 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Sweetest Swing in Baseball


Bach Collegium Japan
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Bach Collegium Japan
Hailed in BBC Music Magazine as “Kings from the East”, this chamber orchestra was founded by Masaaki Suzuki, recognized as a leading authority on the works of Bach. Winners of the German Record Critics’ Award, Diapason d’Or de l”Année, the BBC Music Magazine Award, and the 2014 ECHO Klassick “Editorial Achievement of the Year” Award.
Tue 11/3/15 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Bach Collegium Japan


Masterworks 2: The French Connection
Charlottesville Symphony @ UVa
Masterworks 2: The French Connection
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

Christina Pier, Soprano with the U.Va. University Singers

Fauré: Pavane in F-sharp minor, Op. 50
Rave: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2
Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard
Poulenc: Gloria
Sat 11/14/15 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Masterworks 2: The French Connection
Sun 11/15/15 3:30PM MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Masterworks 2: The French Connection


Our Town
Department of Drama
Our Town
Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play has put the fictional town of Grover’s Corners on the map for generations of theatre goers and has taught timeless and powerful lessons about life, love and loss. The intersecting stories of the Webb and Gibbs families continue to provide roadmaps for understanding what and who matter most in our lives while reminding us of our power to impact the lives of others.
Wed 11/18/15 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Our Town
Thu 11/19/15 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Our Town
Fri 11/20/15 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Our Town
Sat 11/21/15 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Our Town
Sun 11/22/15 2:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Our Town (Matinee)


Fall Dance Concert
Department of Drama
Fall Dance Concert
Each semester, the Dance Program presents a concert showcasing works by students, faculty and guest artists. The topics explored in the works vary from semester to semester and reflect each individual choreographer’s creative interests, invariably resulting in eclectic, provocative and engaging performances. In both class and productions, the Dance Program is designed to give students a broad experience in the field of dance while focusing on the development of strong technical, creative, and articulate artists.
Thu 12/3/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Fall Dance Concert
Fri 12/4/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Fall Dance Concert
Sat 12/5/15 8:00PM Culbreth Theatre Fall Dance Concert


Family Holiday Concert featuring the University Singers
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

The U.Va. University Singers join the orchestra for this festive celebration of the holiday season.
Sat 12/5/15 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Family Holiday Concert featuring the University Singers
Sun 12/6/15 3:30PM Old Cabell Hall Family Holiday Concert featuring the University Singers


Ensemble Plus Ultra
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Ensemble Plus Ultra
Founded in 2001, Ensemble Plus Ultra is ‘a crack squad of the finest British early music singers’ (Early Music Today) whose quest is the promotion of historically-aware performances of liturgical marvels from the Renaissance.
Tue 2/9/16 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Ensemble Plus Ultra


Masterworks 3: Gleb Ivanow Returns!
Charlottesville Symphony @ UVa
Masterworks 3: Gleb Ivanow Returns!
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

Gleb Ivanov, Piano

Lyadov: Polonaise in D Major, Op. 55
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Major, Op. 26
Dvorák: Symphony No. 8 in G Major, Op. 88
Sat 2/20/16 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Masterworks 3: Gleb Ivanow Returns!
Sun 2/21/16 3:30PM MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Masterworks 3: Gleb Ivanow Returns!


Ray Chen, violin & Julio Elizalde, piano
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Ray Chen, violin & Julio Elizalde, piano
Winner of the Queen Elisabeth (2009) and Yehudi Menuhin Competitions (2008), Ray Chen is among the most compelling young violinists today.
Tue 2/23/16 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Ray Chen, violin & Julio Elizalde, piano


The Triumph of Love
Department of Drama
The Triumph of Love
A beautiful young princess disguises herself as a man to pursue her heart’s desire, who just happens to be an exiled prince who intends to right a family wrong by murdering her and usurping her throne. What can possibly go wrong? Everything can, and does, go hilariously wrong in this commedia classic that comes complete with cross-dressing disguises, dueling schemes and schemers, sharp wordplay and more!
Thu 2/25/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love
Fri 2/26/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love
Sat 2/27/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love
Tue 3/1/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love
Wed 3/2/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love
Thu 3/3/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre The Triumph of Love


Quatuor Ébène
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Quatuor Ébène
Winners of the Gramophone ECHO Klassik, BBC Music Magazine, and other awards, they have been described by the New York Times as “A string quartet that can easily morph into a jazz band”.
Tue 3/22/16 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Quatuor Ébène


The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
A woman travels through time, space and Sweden to reexamine her past relationships in search of the cause of her current marital troubles, before being forced to look inside of herself for answers. This sharp and funny new comedy reunites the playwright, U.Va. alumna Samantha Macher, with her former U.Va. Playwriting professor, Doug Grissom, who will direct the play.
Thu 3/31/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
Fri 4/1/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
Sat 4/2/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
Thu 4/7/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
Fri 4/8/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)
Sat 4/9/16 8:00PM Helms Theatre The Arctic Circle (and a recipe for Swedish pancakes)


Masterworks 4: Variations for Spring
Charlottesville Symphony @ UVa
Masterworks 4: Variations for Spring
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

Barberi: Overture to The School for Scandal, Op. 5
Theofanidisi: Dreamtime Ancestors *Virginia Premiere*
Vaughan Williamsi: Five Variants of 'Dives and Lazarus'
Coplandi: Suite from Appalachian Spring
Sat 4/2/16 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Masterworks 4: Variations for Spring
Sun 4/3/16 3:30PM MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Masterworks 4: Variations for Spring


Amit Peled, cello & Noreen Polera, piano
Tuesday Evening Concert Series
Amit Peled, cello & Noreen Polera, piano
A favorite among Series patrons, Amit Peled returns to perform “Homage to Casals", on Pablo Casals’ historic cello, the Goffriler (ca. 1733), (loaned only to him by Casals’ widow), the same program Casals’ performed for his inaugural U.S. tour in 1915. Internationally acclaimed and featured on TV and radio programs worldwide, Mr. Peled was the youngest professor hired by Peabody Conservatory.
Tue 4/12/16 7:30PM Old Cabell Hall Amit Peled, cello & Noreen Polera, piano


Spring Dance Concert
Department of Drama
Spring Dance Concert
Each semester, the Dance Program presents a concert showcasing works by students, faculty and guest artists. The topics explored in the works vary from semester to semester and reflect each individual choreographer’s creative interests, invariably resulting in eclectic, provocative and engaging performances. In both class and productions, the Dance Program is designed to give students a broad experience in the field of dance while focusing on the development of strong technical, creative, and articulate artists.
Thu 4/28/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Spring Dance Concert
Fri 4/29/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Spring Dance Concert
Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM Ruth Caplin Theatre Spring Dance Concert


Masterworks 5: Pictures
Charlottesville Symphony @ UVa
Masterworks 5: Pictures
Part of the 2015-2016 Charlottesville Symphony at the University of Virginia season

Denise Djokic, Cello

Respighi: Trittico Botticelliano (Three Botticelli Pictures)
Tchaikovsky: Variations on a Rococo Theme, Op. 33
Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Sat 4/30/16 8:00PM Old Cabell Hall Masterworks 5: Pictures
Sun 5/1/16 3:30PM MLK Jr. Performing Arts Center Masterworks 5: Pictures