Performing Arts

First-Wind Band

First-Wind Band

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 10:30-12:00pm

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. For more info and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at band@thecentercville.org

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Tap Lessons - Intermediate

Tap Lessons - Intermediate

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 10:30-11:30am

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

Pay for this event online

Tap Lessons - Intermediate

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

Tap Lessons- Advanced

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 11:30-12:30pm

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

Pay for this event online

Tap Lessons- Advanced

Standard Members (October) $40.00
Prime Members (October) $0.00
African Drumming Class (On site)

African Drumming Class (On site)

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 2:00-4:00pm

Thursdays, 2:00 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

RSVP for this event online

African Drumming Class (On site)

RSVP
Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

Thursday, September 23, 2021 | 5:03-7:00pm

Enjoy FREE live performances that showcase area musicians! Weather permitting, these events are held outdoors, so bring a lawn chair or blanket. In case of inclement weather, the music moves to auditorium. Advance registration is requested via the button below.

The JRB Band - back by popular demand!
Thursday,September 23, 5:01–7:00 PM
Jim Richardson (guitar/vocals), Jerry Kelly (guitar/banjo/vocals) and Bryan McKenzie (bass/vocals) bring you a bluesy blend of subdued subversive folk-influenced Americana rock with originals that pay homage to The Byrds, Bob Dylan, and Warren Zevon. Black Jacks Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be on-site. View the menu here.
 
South River Strings
Thursday, October  14, 5:03–7:00 PM
South River Strings is a four-piece bluegrass, country, new grass band. From the harmonies to the beautiful sounds of acoustic instruments, they try to bring you a full experience of Appalachia and the way they all grew up picking on the front porch. Pick up dinner from Firefly Food Truck.
 
Michael Clem
Thursday, October 28, 5:02–7:00 pm
For nearly 30 years, Michael Clem has been playing bass, singing, and writing songs for the national touring act he co-founded, Eddie from Ohio. Since relocating from Northern Virginia to Charlottesville when the band began to slow down, he’s established quite a foothold in its musical scene, from session work to bluegrass gigs to forming his own acoustic trio. Black Jacks Mobile Soul Food Kitchen will be on-site. 
 

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Thursdays Around 5 - Free!

RSVP - (September 23) JRB Band
The Flashbacks

The Flashbacks

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 10:45-12:45pm

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 Greg Vaughn. 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! 

For rehearsal information and performance schedule, contact the director at band@thecentercville.org

Members only.

Location: The Center

Still Sharp Singers

Still Sharp Singers

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 1:00-2:30pm

The Still Sharp Singers will resume rehearsals on Friday, August 20.

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.

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

Contact: Dorothy Richards 434.973.5713

Pay for this event online

Still Sharp Singers

Standard Members (Fall 2021 Session) $35.00
Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Barbershop Belles & Beaux

Friday, September 24, 2021 | 2:30-4:00pm

Rehearsals resume on Friday, August 20!

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

The Second-Wind Band

The Second-Wind Band

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 10:45-12:45pm

RECRUITING NEW MEMBERS, COME JOIN US!  All ability levels are welcome, with director's approval. 

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.

For more information and session prices, contact Greg Vaughn at: band@thecentercville.org For rehearsal information and performance schedule, check the band calendar.

Click here for information about the First-Wind Band.

Members only.

Location: The Center

Contact: Director band@thecentercville.org

Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

Thursday, September 30, 2021 | 5:30-6:30pm

Charlottesville native Myra Anderson will read her poems depicting an intimate journey of life, of black experience past and present, of trauma and hope, ancestors, mental health, and of healing and resilience. A 7th generation descendant of the enslaved families of Monticello and the Enslaved Laborers of the University of Virginia, Myra has been the featured poet at numerous local events. Come engage in this interactive reading event and experience the value of black culture through poetic prose. Her widely anticipated debut poetry book “Reclaimed Roots” is due for release in Fall of 2021. Free and open to all.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

RSVP for this event online

Soul Reflections with Myra Anderson (ONSITE)

RSVP
Recorder Lessons

Recorder Lessons

Wednesday, October 6, 2021 | 1:30-3:00pm

 Currently not meeting.

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.

You will need to supply your own recorder. Ms. Porter uses the Suzuki Recorder Methods books (soprano or alto) for class instruction. She recommends the Yamaha ECODEAR  instruments with Baroque fingering.  Please consider beginning with the alto recorder if you are a new to the recorder. All appropriate supplies can be purchased online from the following vendors: Amazon.com, West Music.com, Music & Arts.com, Sweet Pipes.com, Shar Music.com, or Walmart.com. If you questions please contact Gary.

$25/month for Standard members and guests. Free for Prime members.

Open to all.

Location: The Center

Pay for this event online

Recorder Lessons

September (Prime members) $0.00
September (Standard members and guests) $25.00
Soul Expressions - Dance Party (ONSITE)

Soul Expressions - Dance Party (ONSITE)

Friday, October 15, 2021 | 6:00-9:00pm

In an abundance of caution, this event is currently cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the Spring. Stay tuned!

 

Join us for an evening of crowd-pleasing songs and styles, from Motown from the 80’s and onward, with a few other gems thrown in to keep you on your feet. From the minute this dynamic party band takes the stage, you’ll realize that this is a group at the very top of their game. From their commanding stage presence to powerhouse singing and tight musicianship, Soul Expressions knows how to have a good time – and makes sure that everyone in the audience does, too. Bring your dancing shoes and boogie down at The Center with us! Fee: $10 per person at the door.

Open to all.

Location: The Center