The Arts at VWU: Fall 2021

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Mark your calendars for a fall season of music, performance and theatre in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center

University News | September 23, 2021

New this season, Virginia Wesleyan welcomes two organizations as Artists in Residence in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center: Tidewater Classical Guitar and Virginia Chorale, Charles J. Woodward, Artistic Director.

Tidewater Classical Guitar (TCG) is a non-profit arts organization with an all-volunteer board that cultivates awareness and appreciation of classical guitar by presenting world-class concerts and advancing guitar education. TCG presents concert series which feature many of the world's best-known and most outstanding guitarists. 

The Virginia Chorale is the premier professional vocal ensemble in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Founded 38 years ago, the ensemble has grown from a community-based early music chorus to today’s dynamic group of professional singers.

This fall, each group will host a series of concerts at Virginia Wesleyan providing free tickets for VWU faculty, staff, and students, with performances also open to the general public. Both groups are representations of artistic excellence and dedication to the role of the arts in a liberal arts education.

Mark your calendars for the fall 2021 season in the Susan S. Goode Fine and Performing Arts Center:

September 23
Ambrosia String Quartet
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 p.m.

$15/$10; Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff
The fall 2021 performing arts season opens today with the dynamic ensemble, Ambrosia String Quartet at 7:30 p.m. All members of the Virginia Symphony Orchestra, these talented musicians have thrilled audiences with their interpretations of the very best music written for string quartets, from classical favorites to the most recent compositions of celebrated contemporary composers. 

October 2
Homecoming Performing Arts Showcase
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 4:00 p.m. 

Free to the public
The Wesleyan Choirs, Jazz Ensemble, and Theatre Department perform a collection of numbers celebrating the Arts at VWU. Hear some of the great opera choruses and jazz classics and catch a sneak preview of the fall theatre production. 

October 8
Tidewater Classical Guitar Presents Gohar Vardanyan
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 p.m. 

$30/$25, Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff
Widely admired for her technique, artistry, and passionate performances, Armenian guitarist Gohar Vardanyan has performed throughout the United States and internationally. Guitar International Magazine has described her as “the complete package,” “with a musicality and emotional quality that one would expect from someone much older than the young wunderkind.” 

October 21-24
The SpongeBob Musical by Kyle Jarrow and Tina Landau 
October 21-23 @ 7:30 p.m. | October 24 @ 2:00 p.m.

$15/$10. Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff 
The VWU Fine and Performing Arts department presents the Coastal Virginia premiere of The SpongeBob Musical. When a natural disaster unleashes chaos on the residents of Bikini Bottom, an unexpected hero rises to save everyone from disaster and themselves. SpongeBob, Patrick, Sandy, and all your favorite characters come to show us how the power of optimism can save the world. Presented by arrangement with Concord Theatricals.

November 5
Tidewater Classical Guitar Presents Silviu Ciulei
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 p.m.

$30/$25, Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff
A spectacularly rare musician, Silviu Ciulei has been earning top prizes in international competition since the age of 13. Not only is he among the most accomplished classical guitarists in the world, but he is also a top-tier Flamenco guitarist. 

November 18
Virginia Wesleyan Orchestra in Concert
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 pm

Free to the public
Under the direction of Justin Stanley, the Virginia Wesleyan Orchestra presents an evening of traditional music for the string orchestra, including music by Mozart and Holst. 

November 19
Virginia Wesleyan Instrumental Recital
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 p.m.

Free to the public
Students present instrumental work from the semester’s lessons and ensembles.

December 2 
Virginia Wesleyan Vocal Recital
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 11:00 a.m.

Free to the public
Vocal music majors take the stage to present their finest work from the semester. 

December 3-4
A Wesleyan Christmas
Brock Theatre, Goode Center
December 3 @ 7:30 p.m. | December 4 @ 4:00 p.m.
$10/$5, Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff
The Virginia Wesleyan Camerata, under the direction of Martha Springstead, and Virginia Wesleyan Vox Vera, under the guidance of Serena Smith (‘21), present a concert of carols, both old and new, along with songs to celebrate the season.

December 4
Virginia Chorale: Sing We Nowell
Brock Theatre, Goode Center | 7:30 p.m. 
$28/$15. Free to VWU students, faculty, and staff

The Virginia Chorale welcomes the holiday season with sparkling songs and carols for chorus and guitar. Featuring prize-winning guitarist Dr. Todd Holcomb and works by composers Jeffrey Van and Stephen Paulus and Alf Houkom's exquisite Rune of Hospitality.

Through December 7
Art Rosenbaum and Margo Newmark Rosenbaum: Journeys in Art, Music, and Folklore
Neil Britton Art Gallery 

Free to the public
Paintings, drawings, and photographs featuring the people and places that Margo and Art have encountered in their years of travel documenting and playing roots music. On loan from and curated by John Lee Matney of the Linda Matney Gallery.

Reserve your tickets today!