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Vienna Boys Choir

Dec. 20, St. Bede Catholic Church

Dec. 21, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Seats still available!

Beloved for its pure, heavenly sound, this internationally revered choir can trace its history as far back as the 13th century, and despite the youth of its singers, represents an art form steeped in tradition and history.

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Rickey Woodard, saxophone

with The John Toomey Trio

Janaury 20, Attucks Jazz Club

The West Coast has its own set of jazz legends, from the 1950s cool era to present day, and LA fans are among the most passionate in the world. And for LA jazz fans, the name Rickey Woodard tops the must-hear list.

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Charenee Wade, vocalist

with The John Toomey Trio

February 17, Attucks Jazz Club

“Subtle, soulful…ease and grace” (Charleston City Paper)—a singer like Charenee Wade can make it look easy.

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Rhythm Live!

February 23, Harrison Opera House

Feel the heat! In this dazzling show, high-energy Caribbean and West African music blend with electrifying dance to tell the story of Trinidad steel pan drums and calypso.

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The Mountaintop

February 24, Attucks Theatre

In her internationally acclaimed play, The Mountaintop, playwright Katori Hall imagines what may have transpired in the overnight hours between the legendary civil rights leader and a hotel maid

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

March 2-4, Chrysler Hall

It’s clear why this iconic American dance powerhouse “has created a unique and enduring bond with its audiences” (Chicago Sun-Times)

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Veronica Swift, vocalist

with The John Toomey Trio

March 10, Attucks Jazz Club

This Charlottesville native grew up surrounded by music, with two world renowned jazz artists for parents: her father was the late “master of bebop piano”(LA Scene) Hod O’Brien, and her mother is singer Stephanie Nakasian.

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Fisk Jubilee Singers

March 18, Attucks Theatre

These vocal artists and students at Tennessee’s Fisk University sing and travel worldwide.

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Peter Bernstein, guitar

with The John Toomey Trio

April 7, Attucks Jazz Club

Ask a jazz pro the guitarist they’d ask to sit in on a set, and at the top of the dream team is Peter Bernstein.

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Bernstein at 100

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

JoAnn Falletta, conductor

Jamie Bernstein, narrator

April 13, Ferguson Center for the Arts

April 14, Chrysler Hall


If any single performance could encompass the breadth of Bernstein’s genius, this selection of works does.


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Semi-Toned:

Sing Theory

April 17, Norfolk Academy

Semi-Toned was formed in 2010 as a five-man barbershop harmony group at the University of Exeter.

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Coffee Concert I:

Johannes Moser, cello

Andreï Korobeinikov, piano

April 18, Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jay Barr Education Center

Hailed by Gramophone Magazine as "one of the finest among the astonishing gallery of young virtuoso cellists," German-Canadian cellist Johannes Moser has performed with the world's leading orchestras.

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Rhiannon Giddens

April 18, Attucks Theatre

In addition to her critically acclaimed albums and concert performances, Giddens appears regularly on cable TV’s CMT hit Nashville as Hallie Jordan, gospel singer with the voice of an angel.

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Jiji, guitar

April 19, Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jarr Barr Education Center

Applauded by the Calgary Herald as “talented, sensitive…brilliant,” this young Korean artist plays an extensive range of music on both acoustic and electric guitar, moving nimbly from classical to free improvisation.

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Birmingham Royal Ballet
Romeo and Juliet

with Virginia Symphony Orchestra

April 20-22, Chrysler Hall

Forbidden passion, dangerous secrets and star-crossed fate collide in this exhilarating ballet classic.

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Virginia International Tattoo

April 26-29, Scope Arena

This largest spectacle of Music and Might in the United States of America offers an astounding display of inspirational military music, majestic massed pipes and drums, show stopping drill team maneuvers, colorful and elegant dancers, and much more.

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Coffee II: André-Michel Schub and Miami String Quartet

May 1, Miller Studio, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Pianist André-Michel Schub joins the acclaimed Miami String Quartet, known for its performances of “sweeping authority, fluency and hushed poignancy” (Miami Herald).

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Jordi Savall & Hespèrion XXI
with Carlos Núñez

May 1, Attucks Theatre

One of the most versatile musical personalities of his generation, Jordi Savall has rescued musical gems from the obscurity of neglect and oblivion and given them back for all to enjoy.

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André-Michel Schub and Miami String Quartet, with Debra Wendells Cross

May 2, Robin Hixon Theater, Clay and Jay Barr Education Center

Hear world-renowned pianist André-Michel Schub welcome back Festival favorite Miami String Quartet for an evening of chamber music including Virginia Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Debra Wendells Cross.

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RAIN– A Tribute to the Beatles

May 2, Chrysler Hall

RAIN – A Tribute to the Beatles celebrates the 50th anniversary of the release of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band!

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Parsons Dance

May 3, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

One of the most popular dance companies in the country, Parsons Dance prides itself on its crowd-pleasing, accessible works “noted for their wit, split-second shifts in tempo and mood, and sheer exuberance” (The Washington Post).

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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in Concert

featuring the Virginia Symphony Orchestra

May 4-5, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Audiences will be able to relive the magical adventure of Harry Potter's second year at school like never before. This concert features Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets™ in high-definition while the Virginia Symphony performs John Williams' otherworldly score. Experience the wonder of talking spiders, scolding letters, and giant snakes all over again!

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Coffee III: André-Michel Schub and the VAF Chamber Players

May 8, Williamsburg Winery

Pianist André-Michel Schub is joined by the VAF Chamber Players for a program of Mozart and more.

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AJOYO

May 9, Attucks Theatre

AJOYO is the vision of multi-reed player Yacine Boularès, a mystic brew blending African tradition, jazz and soul.

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Modern Medieval

May 10, Robin Hixon Theater, Jay and Clay Barr Education Center

Former Anonymous4 member Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek has formed the new group ModernMedieval to perform adventurous programs that span centuries.

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Mozart Celebration

May 11, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

An unforgettable evening of genius—Mozart and Schub. The New York Times called André-Michel Schub “pianistically flawless…a formidable pianist with a fierce integrity.”

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Bernstein on Broadway

May 12, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

Leonard Bernstein created some of Broadway’s most groundbreaking and unforgettable hits, including such iconic works as West Side Story and Candide. The Virginia Arts Festival has invited one of Broadway’s busiest and most acclaimed music directors to create a Bernstein on Broadway evening at the Sandler Center.

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Duo MusArt Barcelona

May 13, First Presbyterian Church

Pairing the power of the mighty pipe organ with the nuance of the piano…a rarity to be savored!

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Dover Quartet

May 14, Robin Hixon Theater, Jay and Clay Barr Education Center

These phenomenal young players formed their quartet when they were just 19-year-old students at the Curtis Institute.

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Coffee IV: Dover Quartet

May 15, St. John's Episcopal Church

These phenomenal young players formed their quartet when they were just 19-year-old students at the Curtis Institute.

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Christina and Michelle Naughton, duo-pianists

May 16, Robin Hixon Theater, Jay and Clay Barr Education Center

The enchantment of witnessing these twin sisters perform together is borne out by their own statement, “There are times I forget we are two people playing together”.

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Music Maker Blues Revue

May 17, 463 Court Street, Portsmouth

The Music Maker Blues Revue is an all-star band and a thriving musical institution that presents storied blues players in live performances.

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Béla Fleck, banjo & Chick Corea, piano

May 20, Harrison Opera House

Béla Fleck, the world's premiere banjo player, teams up with jazz icon Chick Corea.

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