Performing Arts

Still Sharp Singers Concert

Still Sharp Singers Concert

Friday, May 20, 2022 | 1:30pm-2:15pm

Join the Still Sharp Singers as they entertain you with some familiar tunes. This group is under the drection of Mike Dantoni. No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, May 20, 2022 | 2:30pm-4:00pm

Women and men who love to sing are encouraged to come and share their talent. Professional singing ability is not necessary!

Even if you have never sung Barbershop harmony, you are welcome to join this group of fun-loving singers.

Director June Andrews, with over 30 years Barbershop singing experience, helps us blend our tenor, lead, baritone and bass voices together in "perfect harmony."

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: June Andrews (434) 823-4956

Second-Wind Band

Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 10:45am-12:45pm

Want to be a musician? We can make your dream come true with serious fun!

Organized in 1994, this is one of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands—a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 senior citizen bands. Greg Vaughn directs a group of players, most of whom had either never played an instrument or hadn’t played since their school days. The repertoire includes classical, show tunes, patriotic, and holiday music. Along with community performances, the band’s schedule includes two annual concerts at the Center.

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, COME JOIN US!  All ability levels are welcome, with director's approval. Note: Updated information coming to the website soon. In the meantime, please call The Center at 434.974.7756 for information.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Walking Each Other Home - The Threshold Choir

Walking Each Other Home - The Threshold Choir

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 | 4:00pm-4:30pm

The Threshold Choir, an international organization, sings for those at the threshold of life. The Charlottesville Threshold Choir will perform a choral remembrance for anyone who experienced loss during the covid pandemic or the past few trying years, and for anyone who wants to participate as a community. The choir, in groups of two or more, sing verses written by members across the globe. Gentle and comforting, these songs represent messages of peace, kindness, and love. Free and open to all. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Walking Each Other Home - The Threshold Choir

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Music in the Atrium

Music in the Atrium

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:30pm

Every Wednesday, 12:00-1:30 pm 
Jim Richardson on vocals and guitar.
 
Every Thursday, 12:00-1:30 pm  
Join jazz trio, Jazz 1-2-3 at for a little swing, Latin and jazz standards featuring Andre on bass, Robert LaRue on saxophone and David Weiss on piano.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Recorder Lessons

Recorder Lessons

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | 1:30pm-3:00pm

Meets every Wednesday from1:30-3:00 pm.

Learn the recorder, make music, and have fun! Gary Porter, a longtime musician, teacher and lifetime member of the American Recorder Society, shares her love of the recorder and the music you can make with it. No experience is necessary; new members to the group are accepted at any time.

Gary Porter, a longtime musician, teacher and lifetime member of the American Recorder Society, shares her love of the recorder and the music you can make with it.
She uses the Suzuki Recorder School books, Alto part, Vol. 1 for class instruction.  She is particularly fond of the Yamaha ECODEAR instruments with Baroque fingering. These instruments are made of a plant resin, have a sweet tone and are in tune. Appropriate Supplies can be purchased online from the following vendors: Amazon.com, West Music.com, Music & Arts.com, Sweet Pipes.com, Shar Music.com, Walmart.com, The Musicians’ Friend.com.  You will need to supply your own recorder. If you have questions please contact Gary.

Register below:

Free for Prime members. Standard members $25/month; Guests $35/month

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Recorder Lessons

Prime Members (June) $0.00
Standard members (June) $25.00
Guests (June) $35.00
First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 10:30am-12:00pm

Learn new musical skills or revitalize old ones with the First-Wind Band. All you need is the desire to learn to play an instrument. Interested, but no instrument? We have several for rent. Playing music is not only fun, but is good for your mental and physical health. Ask any of the members and they’ll tell you that it keeps them active and involved, and is a great way to make new friends.

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, COME JOIN US! Note: Updated information coming to the website soon. In the meantime, please call The Center at 434.974.7756 for information. 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Tap Lessons - Intermediate

Tap Lessons - Intermediate

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 10:30am-11:30am

Thursdays, 10:30am-11:30am

This class is for those who have tap experience or who have already taken the beginners class for a while and are ready for the next "step." Classes are taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.   

Standard Members - $40/month; Prime Members - included in membership

 

REGISTRATION REQUIRED BELOW.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Tap Lessons - Intermediate

Standard Members (June) $40.00
Prime Members (June) $0.00
 Tap Lessons- Advanced

Tap Lessons- Advanced

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 11:30am-12:30pm

Thursdays, 11:30am-12:30pm

This class is for those who know basic steps, have no physical contraints and are ready for a challenge! Classes will be taught by Diana Freeman, a Royal Academy of Dance Instructor.  Diana has taught ballet and tap for over 40 years.  She was also a member of a Seniors Tap Dance team, competing in European championships and winning three consecutive years in two categories.  Tap dance offers a fun way to exercise.  

 

 

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Tap Lessons- Advanced

Standard Members (June) $40.00
Prime Members (June) $0.00
African Drumming Class

African Drumming Class

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 1:30pm-3:30pm

Thursdays, 1:30 pm

The African Drumming Class will introduce participants to traditional beats in a group setting from the cultures of the Old Mali Empire, the coastal cultures of Ghana, and some New World beats from the Caribbean and Brazil.

The class will always be aiming towards preparation for performance, as the opportunities arise and participants have the skills and comfort to do so.

Participants will learn the motor skills needed to advance as drummers, how to verbally articulate different beats, group like beats and separate them by styles. Different notation styles will be introduced, as an aid to memorizing beats.

African Drumming Class:

     Objective One: Introduce traditional beats of Old Mali Empire and coastal Ghana. 

     Objective Two: Establish ensemble rhythm; playing together while holding separate beats against each other.

     Objective Three: Learn common accompaniment patterns within each style, and how to use them with common dance beats, from whatever source.

For more info, contact Bruce Penner at (434) 249-1406. The instructor  will provide whatever media is needed.

Free and open to the community. Register below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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African Drumming Class

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Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Thursday, May 26, 2022 | 5:00pm-6:00pm

Class will not meet on April 7 and May 5.

Every Thursday from 5-6pm

Join instructor Lynn Divers as she teaches tap dancing with a rousing focus on Broadway style tap.  Learn steps from basics to showstoppers.  Lynn has been teaching dance since she was 13 and majored in Performing Arts with a Dance Emphasis. Some experience is helpful. Come increase your cardio and have fun. 

 Prime Members free; Standard members $30/month; Guests $45/month

Please register below:

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Tap Your Troubles Away (evening)

Prime Members (June)
Standard Members (June) $30.00
Guests (June) $45.00
Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, May 27, 2022 | 1:00pm-2:30pm

Did you sing in your high school or college glee club? Or Church choir? Still like to sing? Come to a rehearsal and listen to the Still Sharp Singers, and decide if you would like to join this four-part mixed choral group. We welcome sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. Ability to read music is preferred. FOr more information contact director, Mike D'antoni.

Free for Prime members.

Standard members - There is a $35 fee for the Spring session and a $35 fee for the Fall session.

Members only.

Location: The Center

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Still Sharp Singers

Standard Members (Spring 2022 Session) $35.00
Casting Call and Audition for Film “Romeo and Benvolio”

Casting Call and Audition for Film “Romeo and Benvolio”

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 | 2:00pm-4:00pm

June 1st 2-4pm and June 2nd 6-8pm

Romeo and Benvolio is an one hour feature length film project and will be filmed in Charlottesville, Virginia. They will be casting a male teen 17-20 years old, an older woman 60-70 years old, and a young girl around 7 years old.

 

While rehearsing for a school production of Romeo and Juliet, three teens stumble through a mixture of illusion and reality and experience the joys and sorrows of their increasingly complex world. Theme: Three teenagers steer through their lives animated by their enchantment (illusion) and disenchantment (disillusion). No real violence or sexual content in the film. It will be a PG 13 movie.

Casting call is as follows:

Actor: Charlie: 17-20 years old to act as a junior high school teen, median to tall, sweet in nature and look, must be willing to recite some Shakespearean lines in Romeo and Juliet. Actress: Coco: 60-70 years old grandma, charming and humorous looking.

Ruby: 7 years old girl, cute, smart looking.

The above three characters are major characters, especially Charlie and Coco. Anyone interested in the two roles must be willing to commit to acting during July 16-30 and probably the first week of August.

 

Ruby’s load is not heavy, 2-3 days will be good. Anyone is interested to come for the audition listed above, please email to curiouswatermedia@gmail.com or text to 434-878-3123 before the audition.

Please RSVP. Open to all.

 

About the Director: Kuei-Lan Anna Ma, M.F.A. in film and Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary arts, is an independent filmmaker and script writer. She has made a few short films and written four feature length film scripts. A forever film lover, Dr. Ma has published a book on film study titled “Symbolist Films: The Metaphorical Expression of Narrative Films,” and a book chapter titled “Prospero’s Books vs. The Tempest: A synthesis of Shakespeare’s Idea and Style into Film Form.” For script writing, Dr. Ma has devoted many years focusing on the genre of romantic comedy. With this genre, she wishes to explore the complexity of human conditions and inner struggles. By creating various non-villain but interesting antagonists, Dr. Ma aims to create dramatic conflicts but not the conflicts in the real world. Nevertheless, the traveling plots embedded in her stories further shows her wish for global harmony. Memory is another subject Dr. Ma means to explore. To tell fantastic stories enriched with the collision of visuals and contents is always Dr. Ma's approach to cinematic art.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: curiouswatermedia@gmail.com

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Casting Call and Audition for Film “Romeo and Benvolio”

RSVP (June 1, 2-4pm)
RSVP (June 2, 6-8pm)
The Joy of Acting

The Joy of Acting

Thursday, June 2, 2022 | 11:00am-12:30pm

Thursdays, June 2 - July 7 (6 weeks)
 
The Joy of Acting is a way to experience how important play is in our lives and in the world. This class will include acting games - we play to connect and be present - some storytelling - because all theater is stories and we have the best material right at our fingertips - some theatrical improvisation - because why not?! - and scene study where we bring short scripted scenes to life.  Larry Goldstein, co-founder of Live Arts in Theater in Charlottesville, and Boomie Pedersen, artistic director of The Hamner Theater, have taught acting for many decades. All are welcome. No experience necessary. Fee: $75.00 for all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Seats available: 10

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The Joy of Acting

Members and guests fee (June2-July7) $75.00
Cville Band Rivanna Winds

Cville Band Rivanna Winds

Thursday, June 16, 2022 | 7:00pm-8:00pm

The Rivanna Winds are a Dixieland band featuring clarinet, trumpet, saxophone, trombone, banjo/guitar, and tuba.  In addition to traditional Dixieland music, the Rivanna Winds play a range of marches, polkas, and waltzes. No registration necessary.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Flute Recital

Flute Recital

Tuesday, June 21, 2022 | 6:00pm-7:30pm

Jingyi Gao, UVA graduate student will present a flute recital featuring Eugene Bozza’s haunting and evocative Image for Solo Flute, Op. 38, Claude Bolling’s genre-breaking Suite for Flute and Jazz Piano Trio, Mozart’s iconic Concerto No. 2 in D Major, K. 314, and more. She will be joined onstage by pianist Dr. Shelby Sender.

Jingyi is a UVA graduate student pursuing a PhD degree in Biological Science, doing research on glaucoma. In her free time, she thoroughly enjoys music. She has been playing the flute since she was twelve years old, and currently studies flute with UVA flute professor Kelly Sulick. Prior to UVA, Jingyi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree majoring in biology at Vassar College, where she studied flute with John Solum. At Vassar College, she had the pleasure of performing a senior flute recital at Skinner Hall, featuring works by Martinu, Mozart and Debussy. In addition to playing  the flute, Jingyi also plays a Chinese traditional string instrument, Erhu, and serves as the president and conductor of V Major Chinese Arts Performance Troupe at UVA. 

Please RSVP below.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

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Flute Recital

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The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, June 24, 2022 | 10:45am-12:45pm

One of only two Virginia-based New Horizons Band Project (NHBP) bands, a project that promotes lifelong learning through music and boasts over 100 bands, this 22-member jazz ensemble is under the direction of Michael Auman. Their classic swinging sounds can be heard at the Center and throughout the region at public events and private parties.

Guests are welcome to visit practices.

Need a band for a special event? Contact the director to see if we fit the bill! 

Members only.

Location: The Center

Cville Band Concert

Cville Band Concert

Tuesday, July 5, 2022 | 7:30pm-8:30pm

The Cville Band (formerly known as the Charlottesville Municipal Band) was formed in 1922 by local business leaders as a community resource. It consists of 90 volunteer musicians who enjoy speaking the universal language of music, the happiness of fellowship, and the service they render to their community. Join them for an evening of great music.

This event will be held outdoors weather permitting. Bring a lawn chair, blanket and a picnic. In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved inside to The Center's auditorium. Free and open to all.

 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Song Writing with Jim

Song Writing with Jim

Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:00pm

Wednesdays, 4 weeks, August 10th-31st

Think you’re too old to write a song? Think again. Bob Dylan is still going strong at 80. John Prine was past 70 when he released his final album. Like those two, you have a lifetime of stories to tell. Your experience gives you an edge!

Bringing your stories to life in song can do a world of good for you. Songwriting is a great brain exercise, and it can soothe your soul in so many ways. The final product is a treasure you can share with friends and loved ones — a piece of you that lives on forever.

Don’t know how to play an instrument? No worries. Jim Richardson will supply the guitar accompaniment and help you craft the rhythm, rhyme and melody.

Objectives:

  1. Learn how songs are formed.
  2. Write at least one song as a class.
  3. Perform the songs during one of Jim’s concerts in the Atrium or at another special event.
  4. Record the performances on phone videos and voice memos.

 

Prime Members: Free, Standard Members: $20, Guests: $32

About the Instructor:

Jim has been playing guitar and singing since he was 12. Around age 60, he started taking it more seriously and started performing in bands and as a solo act around Charlottesville. He has enjoyed playing a weekly gig at The Center for the better part of a year. His band JRB has played Thursdays around five to three times

He started writing his own songs about three years ago. He took Mike Clem’s songwriting class at The Front Porch twice. He also self-studied the songwriting craft by reading many books on the subject.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Contact: jimr5356@gmail.com

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Song Writing with Jim

Prime Member
Standard Member $20.00
Guest $32.00