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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


<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 / Commune Suitcase Junket