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Virginia International Tattoo
For centuries, the cry “Tattoo” echoed throughout Europe — first a call by to innkeepers to “Turn off the taps!” — and then as the name for a grand display of military bands and drill teams. The legendary Tattoos of Edinburgh and Nova Scotia are now rivaled by the largest Tattoo in the U.S. — our own Virginia International Tattoo. Mounting a mighty spectacle that changes every year, the Virginia International Tattoo summons more than 1,000 performers including fife and drum corps, bagpipers, military bands, precision drill teams, and performing ensembles ranging from step dancers to motorcycle stunt drivers. A salute to international friendship and an emotional call to the love of country in us all, the Tattoo is an unmissable celebration. See the show that America’s premier tourism organization has named the Number One U.S. destination for travelers (American Bus Association Best of the Top 100 Events in North America).
Fri 4/28/17 7:30PM Scope Arena Virginia International Tattoo
Sat 4/29/17 7:30PM Scope Arena Virginia International Tattoo
Sun 4/30/17 2:30PM Scope Arena Virginia International Tattoo


Mariachi los Camperos
Get an early start on your Cinco de Mayo celebration! The world's leading mariachi band, this Grammy Award-winning ensemble won fame for their performances with Linda Ronstadt, particularly on her milestone Cancione de Mi Padre album. Discover the “deep and complex beauty of mariachi…imbued with the passion it deserves: lots of strings and trumpets, full-throated singing and lyrics about broken hearts that invite singalongs” (NPR).
Tue 5/2/17 7:30PM Norfolk Academy Mariachi los Camperos


Chanticleer
Their soaring vocals thrill in ancient madrigals that echo with history and passion, seduce with unforgettable renditions of standards from the Great American Songbook, and rev up crowds with hits like Queen’s Somebody to Love. Close your eyes and you’ll scarcely believe this extraordinary sound comes from just a dozen male voices. “Otherworldly harmonies and aching, unresolved melodies. The adoring throng demanded an encore” (The New York Times).
Wed 5/3/17 7:30PM Peebles Theatre, Ferguson Ctr Chanticleer
Thu 5/4/17 7:30PM Christ & St. Luke's Church Chanticleer


Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
soloists, ensemble players and arrangers is the cream of the crop. Led by the legendary Wynton Marsalis, whose record-breaking Grammy wins accompany his many other awards and accolades, including the Pulitzer Prize for Music, the National Medal of Arts and many more, the Orchestra brings new life to every age of jazz, winning new audiences as they thrill faithful jazz fans in performances around the world. Don’t miss this chance to hear “the finest big band in the world today” (The Daily Telegraph)!
Fri 5/5/17 8:00PM Chrysler Hall Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis


Richard Alston Dance Company
Ask a dance critic to name the great living choreographers, and Richard Alston's name comes at the top of the list. This British master is acclaimed for his unparalleled musicality and his "ravishing, arrestingly theatrical" (The New York Times) dance. His hand-picked troupe of dancers is his instrument, astonishing audiences with their fleet grace: "Even in a season full of excellent dancers...it's a tonic to watch the Richard Alston Dance Company...[They] take to the air with heart-catching immediacy" (The New York Times).
Sat 5/6/17 8:00PM Sandler Center for Perf Arts Richard Alston Dance Company


American String Quartet
Individually, the players of this renowned quartet are each stars in their own right, their resumes studded with orchestral and ensemble performances, competition victories, and accolades; together, they create a sound that has entranced some of the world’s most demanding critics. “They play together with a sense of ease that lets each piece of music unfold like a living organism,” wrote the Cleveland Plain Dealer. The American Quartet is the Virginia Arts Festival chamber ensemble in residence in 2017, and will perform in multiple concerts as well as leading masterclasses in area schools.
Tue 5/9/17 7:30PM St. John's Episcopal Church American String Quartet


André-Michel Schub, piano
<p> <i>with</i> American String Quartet
Artistic Director of the Festival’s Chamber Music Series, pianist André-Michel Schub has been described by The New York Times as “pianistically flawless.” A student of the great Rudolf Serkin, he was the 1981 grand prize winner of the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition; he has performed with the world’s most prestigious orchestras and is an artist member of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center.
Wed 5/10/17 7:30PM Robin Hixon Theater André-Michel Schub,piano

with American String Quartet



Coffee Concert I: American String Quartet and André-Michel Schub
This is chamber music as it was meant to be heard: the communion of gifted artists in an intimate, beautiful setting, among music lovers and friends. At the Festival’s Coffee Concerts, the performance is so close you hear every note, and witness the interactions of the artists with each other and with the music. After the performance, patrons can mingle with the performers, a lovely postscript to a perfect performance experience.
Thu 5/11/17 10:30AM Williamsburg Winery Coffee Concert I: American String Quartet and André-Michel Schub


Rob Fisher's Coffee Club Orchestra
Broadway’s go-to for classic musical revivals (An American in Paris, Chicago, and the Encores! Great American Musicals in Concert series), Rob Fisher is an award-winning conductor, music director and pianist; he’s also beloved by millions as the leader of A Prairie Home Companion’s Coffee Club Orchestra. Hear Fisher and his hand-picked big band perform irresistible arrangements of your favorite melodies from the Great American Songbook and the golden age of musical theater. “An intuitive understanding of the optimistic spirit fueling much of the American songbook is one of many qualities that set Rob Fisher above and apart…S’wonderful….” (The New York Times).
Thu 5/11/17 7:30PM Robin Hixon Theater Rob Fisher's Coffee Club Orchestra


Town Mountain Band
Described as “100-proof bluegrass with a honky-tonk chaser,” this hard-charging band from Asheville NC has fans and music critics raving!
Fri 5/12/17 8:00PM ViBe Park Town Mountain Band


PANFest 17
Bask in the sun and ocean breezes with world-class performers for a spectacular celebration of Caribbean music on the waterfront in beautiful Virginia Beach! At Virginia Arts Festival's 15th Annual Virginia International PANFest, you will see up and coming bands from the U.S. and around the world compete, and hear world-renowned Steelpan virtuosos in live performance. Free and open to the public, PANFest is held on the 24th Street Pavilion at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront on Friday, May 12th, and Saturday, May 13th, and will feature the legendary Leon “Foster” Thomas.
Fri 5/12/17 8:00PM 24th Street Park Virginia International PANFest
Sat 5/13/17 8:30PM 24th Street Park Virginia International PANFest


Dustin Furlow
This local singer-songwriter’s “fingerpicking style of guitar stands out…and contrasts beautifully with his honeyed voice” (Resound Magazine).
Fri 5/12/17 10:00PM Croc's 19th St Bistro Dustin Furlow


<i> Dido and Aeneas</i>
<p> Mark Morris Dance Group
When this masterwork premiered 27 years ago, critics hailed the provocative work as "a tour de force of artistic storytelling...that smashes and rewrites boundaries" (Los Angeles Times). In revival, Morris's Dido and Aeneas still entices the eye and raises the pulse, with Morris conducting the orchestra, choral ensemble and soloists in the 17th-century score. "Delight defines Mark Morris' Dido and Aeneas. Delight in sex, in music, in pathos, in mischief and even evil. Delight...and joy" (Chicago Tribune). Music lovers will delight in the live music, as legendary opera star Stephanie Blythe sings the roles of the love-dazed Dido and the evil Sorceress. "That astonishing voice--dark, vehement, burning...to hear Ms. Blythe sing...is to hear the roles anew" (The New York Times).
Sat 5/13/17 8:00PM Sandler Center for Perf Arts Dido and Aeneas

Mark Morris Dance Group



Red Baraat
“The best party band in years” (NPR), Brooklyn-based Red Baraat drives fans wild with their blend of jazz, hiphop beats, rock muscle, funky go-go, and scalding hot bhangra. Dare you not to dance!
Sat 5/13/17 8:00PM ViBe Park Red Baraat


Be Steadwell
Be Steadwell is a singer songwriter from Washington DC. With roots in jazz, acapella and folk-Be composes a soulful blend of genres into what she calls queer pop.

In her live performances, she utilizes loop pedal vocal layering and beat boxing to compose her songs on stage. Be's self-produced albums feature her earnest lyricism, proud LGBTQ content, unapologetic silliness, and the art of the simple love song.

As she pursued her career in music, she began a career in film. Shooting and editing her own music videos, Be combined her love of music with narrative film. In 2014, Be completed an MFA in film from Howard University.

In 2016, Be was selected to be a Strathmore Artist in Residence and the DC commission on the arts awarded be the artist fellowship. Be started 2017 off as a vocalist in Toshi Reagon's Big Lovely Band at the Women's March on Washington. Be is currently touring her music and screening her film Vow of Silence (2014) internationally.
Sat 5/13/17 10:00PM Croc's 19th St Bistro Be Steadwell


Coffee Concert II: 
<br> Jinjoo Cho, violin
<br> Eric Wong, violin
<br> Fitz Gary, viola
<br> Madeline Fayette, cello
This is chamber music as it was meant to be heard: the communion of gifted artists in an intimate, beautiful setting, among music lovers and friends. At the Festival’s Coffee Concerts, the performance is so close you hear every note, and witness the interactions of the artists with each other and with the music. After the performance, patrons can mingle with the performers, a lovely postscript to a perfect performance experience.
Wed 5/17/17 10:30AM Robin Hixon Theater Coffee Concert II:
Jinjoo Cho, violin
Eric Wong, violin
Fitz Gary, viola
Madeline Fayette, cello


Coffee Concert III: 
<br>André-Michel Schub, piano
<br>Debra Wendells Cross, flute
<br>Sherie Lake Aguirre, oboe
This is chamber music as it was meant to be heard: the communion of gifted artists in an intimate, beautiful setting, among music lovers and friends. At the Festival’s Coffee Concerts, the performance is so close you hear every note, and witness the interactions of the artists with each other and with the music. After the performance, patrons can mingle with the performers, a lovely postscript to a perfect performance experience.
Thu 5/18/17 10:30AM St. John's Episcopal Church Coffee Concert III:
André-Michel Schub, piano
Debra Wendells Cross, flute
Sherie Lake Aguirre, oboe


Ask Me Another
Be a part of the hit radio show from NPR and WNYC! Ask Me Another is the rambunctious live show that blends brainteasers, pub trivia, comedy and music into an hour of mind-bending fun. Host Ophira Eisenberg invites guests and audience alike to stretch their noggins, tickle their funny bones and be serenaded by house musician Jonathan Coulton, together with a celebrity V.I.P. – that's Very Important Puzzler!
Thu 5/18/17 7:30PM Sandler Center for Perf Arts Ask Me Another


Lula Washington Dance Theatre
Lula Washington’s choreography has been seen in films including Avatar and The Little Mermaid, but perhaps this indefatigable choreographer’s greatest gift to the future lies in the hearts and minds of the more than 45,000 South Central Los Angeles children who have found inspiration in her dance school. Her dances, which are rooted in the African-American experience, are joined in the company’s repertoire by works from Donald McKayle, Christopher Huggins, Donald Byrd and Rennie Harris. See dance distinguished by power, grace, and “a sure theatricality that is captivating” (The New York Times).
Fri 5/19/17 8:00PM Peebles Theatre, Ferguson Ctr Lula Washington Dance Theatre


Virginia Beer Festival
The Mid-Atlantic’s largest and longest running beer festival celebrates its 16th year with a diverse selection of more than 150 local and international beers and ciders, local food, and live music. Experience the beautiful downtown Norfolk waterfront as Virginia’s explosive craft beer scene meets brews from around the world in an event named “one of the Best Beer Festivals” by USA Today. The Virginia Beer Festival is produced in partnership with Virginia Arts Festival and Norfolk Festevents.
Sat 5/20/17 2:00PM Town Point Park Virginia Beer Festival
Sun 5/21/17 2:00PM Town Point Park Virginia Beer Festival


World Arts Celebration
Set your course for adventure! A great day of free family fun featuring music from around the world, international food an artisan village, and hands-on craft activites showcasing cultures from around the world.
Sat 5/20/17 4:00PM City Center at Oyster Point World Arts Celebration


Berlioz Requiem
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Virginia Symphony Orchestra
Virginia Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Robert Shoup, Chorusmaster
The Choral Arts Society of Washington, Scott Tucker, Artistic Director
Robert McPherson, tenor

In this towering masterwork, the huge orchestra is augmented with additional players in every section, plus brass choirs in the four corners of the hall and a chorus of 140 singers, making it a once-in-a-lifetime event for music lovers. Berlioz dreamed of creating an “awesome musical cataclysm…which will, I hope, live on as a great landmark in our art.” His music heightens the dramatic story, as the soul confronts the Day of Judgment and emerges in glory; the score shifts from a mighty wall of sound that engulfs the listener, to moments of utterly beautiful simplicity. Hear the Virginia Symphony Orchestra perform this great work for the first time!
Sat 5/20/17 8:00PM Chrysler Hall Berlioz Requiem


Play Me, I'm Yours
Virginia Arts Festival and Chrysler Museum of Art are presenting Play Me, I’m Yours in Norfolk, Virginia from May 23 to June 4 2017. A number of street pianos, decorated by local artists and community groups, will be located in streets, parks, squares and in other public spaces across the city for everyone to play and enjoy.
Tue 5/23/17 9:00AM Downtown Norfolk Play Me, I'm Yours


Olga Kern, <i>piano</i>
One of the most sought-after pianists performing today, Olga Kern’s star power is only exceeded by her extraordinary musical gifts. Her headline-making wins at the great piano competitions sealed her fate, from her triumphant First Prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of seventeen, to her Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — the first woman to take that prize in more than thirty years. Mark this performance down as one of the must-hear musical moments of the Festival. “Her electricity at the keyboard is palpable, as though she generates from the music itself, as it flows through her fingers it takes on fresh voltage that is unmistakably hers”

(The Washington Post).

Wed 5/24/17 7:30PM Wells Theatre Olga Kern, piano


Coffee Concert IV: Olga Kern and Vladislav Kern, piano
One of the most sought-after pianists performing today, Olga Kern’s star power is only exceeded by her extraordinary musical gifts. Her headline-making wins at the great piano competitions sealed her fate, from her triumphant First Prize at the Rachmaninoff International Piano Competition at the age of seventeen, to her Gold Medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition — the first woman to take that prize in more than thirty years. Mark this performance down as one of the must-hear musical moments of the Festival. “Her electricity at the keyboard is palpable, as though she generates from the music itself, as it flows through her fingers it takes on fresh voltage that is unmistakably hers” (The Washington Post).
Thu 5/25/17 10:30AM Sandler Center for Perf Arts Coffee Concert IV: Olga Kern and Vladislav Kern, piano


<b>WORLD PREMIERE OPERA</b>
<br>KEPT: a ghost story
Kristin Kuster: composer
Megan Levad, librettist
JoAnn Falletta, conductor
Mary Birnbaum, stage director
William Burden, tenor


Be among the first to hear this new opera! The Festival’s John Duffy Institute for New Opera seeks and supports the work of opera composer and librettist teams, providing mentors and shepherding new works to the stage. This spring, one of those carefully tended nestlings will fly, with the world premiere of Kept — the 19th-century story of a wild young woman, the lighthouse keeper she marries, and the dark secrets they share. Kept marks the first operatic collaboration between composer Kristin Kuster and poet Megan Levad, whose haunting score and vivid poetry illuminate the hearts of these ill-fated lovers.
Thu 5/25/17 7:30PM Attucks Theatre WORLD PREMIERE OPERA
KEPT: a ghost story
Sun 5/28/17 3:00PM Attucks Theatre WORLD PREMIERE OPERA
KEPT: a ghost story


Deborah Henson-Conant
This Grammy-nominated electric harp virtuoso has a wicked sense of humor, a gutsy voice, and theatrical flair to spare, whether she’s playing classics, covering rock classics, crooning and plucking the blues, or serving up sizzling flamenco. Discover “dazzling harp playing, gorgeous jazz/pop singing, comic timing and impressive songwriting” (Austin American-Statesman) in this Fringe show.
Fri 5/26/17 8:00PM Robin Hixon Theater Deborah Henson-Conant


Reduced Shakespeare Company: </br>
William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)
Welcome back the troupe that’s been skewering Shakespeare and other assorted subjects for decades, as they stage the Bard’s “first play,” discovered in a parking lot and, at 3,000 pages, too long to stage in its entirety. So the “bad boys of abridgement,” as “the other RSC” has come to be known, have whittled the imaginary masterpiece down to a breakneck 90 minutes of hilarity. A hit at the 2016 Edinburgh Fringe, the show is “A romp of epic proportions…bright, fast, outrageous fun!” (Edinburgh Guide).
Fri 5/26/17 8:00PM Wells Theatre William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)
Sat 5/27/17 8:00PM Wells Theatre William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)
Sun 5/28/17 3:00PM Wells Theatre William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play (abridged)


Joey Alexander Trio
This 13-year-old phenom has caught fire in jazz circles and beyond in recent months, with television appearances on Today and 60 Minutes, the cover of DownBeat and features The New York Times and People magazine. He began playing at the age of 5, picking out Thelonius Monk tunes on an electric keyboard. At 9, he won a major international competition, and by 11 he was playing the major jazz festivals including Newport and Monterey. His second album garnered two Grammy® nominations — making him the youngest jazz artist ever nominated. His mentor, Wynton Marsalis says: “I love everything about his playing — his rhythm, his confidence, his understanding of the music.” Don’t miss this chance to hear this exciting young artist!
Sat 5/27/17 8:00PM TCC Roper Perf Arts Center Joey Alexander Trio


Suitcase Junket
This one-man band is no street-corner thumper—he’s an insightful songwriter, impressive multi-instrumentalist and thrilling to witness. “What’s impressive is not merely the complexity of the endeavor—Lorenz sings, strums and plays up to four instruments with his feet at once—but how utterly he is able to transcend the mechanical minutiae. Close your eyes, and you’ll hear a garage rock band, complete with a drum set and growling, overdriven guitars. Lorenz writes athletic songs with indelible hooks, and he can bring it down, too, picking out warbling melodies with his fingers” (WBUR 90.9).
Sun 5/28/17 7:00PM Work|Release Suitcase Junket


Memorial Day TRADOC Band
Honor and remember those who served in this beloved annual tradition, with U.S. Army Training & Doctrine Command Band. Bring a blanket or lawn chair, this event is free and open to the public.
Mon 5/29/17 7:30PM City Center at Oyster Point Memorial Day TRADOC Band



Friday, 6/23: Sheryl Crow, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers Saturday, 6/24: Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers, Lake Street Dive, The Staves, Kenny Garret, yMusic Sunday, 6/25:Rhiannon Giddens, The Staves with yMusic, Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers
Fri 6/23/17 7:15PM Art Museums of Colonial Wmsbg Funhouse Fest
Sat 6/24/17 4:00PM Art Museums of Colonial Wmsbg Funhouse Fest
Sun 6/25/17 3:00PM Art Museums of Colonial Wmsbg Funhouse Fest