The Arts & Music Scene
Music lovers enjoy big-name shows as well as local talent, like the Dave Matthews Band, at the John Paul Jones Arena, the Charlottesville Pavilion and the Paramount Theatre. In addition to theatre troupes, the Historic Downtown Mall is home to music venues like the The Southern, The Jefferson Theater, Live Arts Theatre, UVA’s Summer Heritage Theatre Festival, Play On!, and the nearby American Shakespeare Theatre. Don't miss Artwalk on the first Friday of every month, inviting art lovers to browse galleries and exhibits. Be sure to visit the following arts and music venues on your next trip to Charlottesville.
American Shakespeare Center
The American Shakespeare Center rediscovers the joys and accessibility of Shakespeare's theatre, language and humanity by exploring the English Renaissance stage and its practices through performance and education. The ASC's Blackfriars Playhouse, the world's only re-creation of Shakespeare's indoor theatre, is open year-round for Shakespeare productions, which have been hailed by
The Washington Post as "shamelessly entertaining" and by The Boston Globe as "phenomenal... bursting with energy." Founded in 1988 as Shenandoah Shakespeare Express, the organization became the American Shakespeare Center in 2005.
Ash Lawn Opera
For over 33 years, the Ash Lawn Opera Festival has been providing the Charlottesville area with high-level summer performances of operas and musicals, as well as free education and outreach programs. The 2013 season includes Puccini's "La boheme," as well as "Carousel" by Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Founded in 2007, Charlottesville Ballet’s mission is to promote lifelong health and wellness and is the only full-time professional dance company in the Charlottesville area. The professional company is comprised of dancers from all over the United States and abroad. Charlottesville Ballet presents performances and events in Charlottesville and throughout the Central Virginia area designed just for families in the Children’s Ballet Series, eclectic mixed-repertory performances in the Mainstage Series, and the annual holiday production of The Nutcracker Suite. Now in its seventh performing season, Charlottesville Ballet carries out its mission through eclectic live performances, educational children’s events, collaboration with local artists, and community outreach throughout the region of Central Virginia. (photo credit: Keith Alan Sprouse, Photographer)
Charlottesville Municipal Band
The Municipal Band of Charlottesville, Virginia, Inc. was founded in 1922 and has been in continuous operation since that time. The Band consists of some 90 musicians and is a volunteer organization whose members enjoy the pleasure of speaking the universal language of music, the happiness of fellowship, and the service they render to their community. Visit them on Facebook, check the website or sign up for the newsletter (cvilleband.org/newsletter.htm) for updates about concerts.
Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Located on the east end of the Historic Downtown Mall, the Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion is the city's premier outdoor venue for live performance. Open since July of 2005, it features premium seating, a spacious lawn, and professional stage and sound, all within easy walking distance of downtown Charlottesville's many restaurants and other attractions. The Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion presents acclaimed live musical acts and is host to the Friday's After Five free concert series from April through September.
Heritage Theatre Festival
Join us in celebrating our 40th Anniversary Season! The Heritage Theatre Festival has been in residence during the summer months since 1974 as the University of Virginia's professional theatre. Leading directors, designers, technicians, and actors from across the country form the company each year to produce a season of musicals and plays. Running from June 17 through August 2 our season includes Thoroughly Modern Millie, Shear Madness, Avenue Q, and One Man, Two Guvnors. And as a pre-season bonus, we are presenting Frank Ferrante in An Evening with Groucho. For more information or tickets visit www.uvahtf.org.
The Jefferson Theater re-opened on November 27, 2009 after an extensive three-year renovation. The Jefferson has undergone a comprehensive restoration that highlights the theater's vintage architecture while modernizing its facilities. The theater features two full-service bars on separate floors, a restored balcony, new central air and heating systems, and new restrooms throughout the facility. State-of-the art sound, lighting systems and treatments to the theater's acoustics make The Jefferson an excellent environment to experience live music and for private rentals. Located on Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit jeffersontheater.com or call 800-594-TIXX
Built in 1931, Charlottesville's Paramount Theater has held a starring role both now and in the past. Once a home for movies and community events, The Paramount's doors were closed for thirty years before recent restoration returned the theater's former glory. The Paramount Theater boasts 1,040 seats in a hall with excellent sight lines and acoustics. The Paramount's state-of-the-art facility provides a wonderful opportunity to see world-class artists perform in an intimate setting. Located on Charlottesville's Downtown Mall, the Paramount Theater hosts a variety of music, dance, drama, Broadway, comedy and family performances each season.
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