Just 15 minutes from The Oaks Victorian Inn at the corner of Main St and Alumni Mall in downtown Blacksburg you’ll find the Moss Arts Center which houses the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech and Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology.
On October 28 of 2013, Bernie and I attended the opening day Open House and wow, is it a great venue! There are several visual arts galleries exhibiting a wide range of traditional and trans-media works and installations but the real jewel is the 1260 seat theater.
The Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Street and Davis Performance Hall is state of the art. The acoustics are amazing. The designers tested reverb time and level variations to assure that every person in the house gets the best representation of sound possible. The orchestra shell can be constructed and deconstructed to accommodate any amount of space needed no matter what type of program is being presented. There are spiral lifts that can raise and lower the stage to adjust for any scenario. There is a 60X40 foot portable Marley Dance floor that has the stability and traction needed by dancers. They even have a large projector for movies.
On Nov 17, 2013 we attended our first concert . It was “Russian Reflections” a program of 20th century Russian Music and yes, the sound was perfection. When Wu Han, a brilliant pianist, spoke of the stories that inspired each of the composers to write the piece of music she and her husband, cellist David Finckel, played she didn’t even need to be miked. Bernie and I were in the next to last row in the orchestra and we heard ever word clear as a bell. You can’t ask for better acoustics than that. In the spring of 2014 we attended The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. When we got married, we walked down the aisle to the first movement, Spring. We just had to buy tickets. It was amazing and to our surprise, after Vivaldi we were treated to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto. The evening was over way to quickly.
Some of the other offerings this past spring were An Evening with The Martha Graham Dance Company, Dance Theater of Harlem and A Gala Celebration with guest star Natalie Cole and featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra (Black Tie affair).
The 2014/2015 season is jam packed! Here are some of the highlights.
The Senegal St. Joseph Gospel Choir is performing September 19th. Good seats are still available, and don’t miss An Evening with Branford Marsalis featuring The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia Saturday, October 25. Renowned Grammy Award–winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominated composer Branford Marsalis joins the highly celebrated Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in Marsalis “Well-Tempered,” performing Baroque masterpieces by Albinoni, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, and others.
Thursday October 30 the Aspen Sante Fe Ballet delivers musical athleticism with the grace and elegance of classical ballet coupled with a repertoire full of sharp new works, making Aspen Santa Fe Ballet one of the most eclectic contemporary ballet companies in the world today.
BeijingDance/LDTX (Lei Dong Tian Xia, literally translated as Thunder Rumbles Under Heaven) will be performing November 16th. Created in September of 2005, they caught widespread international attention and captured the imagination of artists in China. They are China’s first professional dance company founded independently from government.
Saturday December 6th, The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra returns for another joyous celebration of the season. One of the RSO’s most popular concert programs, the evening will include beloved holiday carols, sacred classics, and an audience sing-a-long.
Do you like jazz? February 28, 2015 hear Jane Monheit’s concert “Hello Bluebird, Celebrating the Jazz of Judy Garland” Her first album, Never Never Land, was voted top debut recording by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and stayed on the Billboard jazz chart for over a year.
We moved here from the greater New York area and really miss Broadway. You can’t imagine how excited we were when tickets for Audra McDonald “Broadway Old and New” went on sale. Bernie and I have tickets for her concert Friday May 1, 2015. Earning a record-tying five Tony Awards for her performances in Carousel, Master Class, Ragtime, A Raisin in the Sun, and Porgy and Bess, her versatility as both a singer and actress is unparalleled. She is equally at home on Broadway and opera stages as she is in roles for film and television. A two-time Grammy Award winner, she maintains a major career as a concert and recording artist.
There are also galleries with changing exhibitions. Don’t miss Collegiate Legacy: Emeritus Faculty Exhibition now through September 14th and Evolving Geometries: Line, Form, and Color September 25th – November 20th.
There are so much more going on throughout the 2014/2015 season so be sure to check out their performance and events page.
See you at The Center.