March - May, 2015

Hailed by critics and beloved by residents of and visitors to southeastern Virginia, the Virginia Arts Festival brings an astonishing array of world-class performers to the region each spring—from the most acclaimed artists in classical, jazz, pop, and world music to internationally renowned dance companies, intriguing theater productions, and awe-inspiring spectacle.

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Here’s a look at the exciting events scheduled for venues in Norfolk.

Attucks Jazz - Howard Levy
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015, 8:00 PM
Attucks Theatre
Multiple Grammy Award-winning harmonica player Howard Levy has been referred to as “the most radical single technical innovator in the history of the instrument” (Harmonicas, Harps and Heavy Breathers).

Rhythm Live!
Friday, March 27, 2015, 7:30 PM
Harrison Opera House
Enjoy the energy of Caribbean and West African music with brilliant choreography to deliver the story of Trinidad steel pan and calypso in a manner that is mesmerizing. 

Ballet Hispanico
Friday, Apr 10, 2015, 8:00 PM
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Fusing the fire and soul of Latin cultures from around the world with the breathtaking technique of contemporary dance and classical ballet, this spectacular company has created its own style in which theatricality and passion propel every move.

Rosanne Cash
Saturday, Apr 11, 2015, 8:00 PM
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
Rosanne Cash has carved out a spectacular career, recording 15 albums that garnered a Grammy, twelve Grammy nominations and eleven No. 1 singles.

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, trumpet
Sunday, Apr 12, 2015, 4:00 PM & 7:00 PM
Attucks Theatre
Headed by a virtuoso trumpeter and composer who is arguably the most famous name in jazz today — nine-time Grammy winner and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Wynton Marsalis — the orchestra includes some of the top soloists in the art form.

Victoria Melody: Major Tom
Tuesday, Apr 14-19, 2015, 8:00 PM
Robin Hixon Theater
A smash at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and a "perceptive joy, thanks largely to Melody's canny comic timing" (The Times), this quirky one-woman (and one-dog) show poses hilarious and yet thoughtful questions about our human fascination with celebrity and beauty.

Chris Brubeck
Friday, Apr 17, 2015, 8:00 PM
The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk
Following in the footsteps of his famous dad, legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck, Chris Brubeck swings with his trio.

Todd Wilson, organ
Friday, Apr 17, 2015, 8:00 PM
Christ and St. Luke's Church, Norfolk
Experience the soaring glory of the organ in this performance at the beautiful and historic church by Wilson, who has performed with such great orchestras as the Los Angeles Philharmonic and the Cleveland Orchestra.

Bartók Bluebeard's Castle with sets by Dale Chihuly
Apr 18 & 19
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
A spectacle of sight and sound; a haunting story with psychological twists and turns! Stunning glass sculptures by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly take visual enchantment to new heights.

Virginia International Tattoo
Thursday, Apr 23-26
Norfolk Scope
The Virginia International Tattoo — long regarded as the most patriotic of the world’s great tattoos — thrills audiences year after year with an awe-inspiring spectacle of music and might.

Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band and Dancers
Sunday, Apr 26, 2015, 7:30 PM
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
This group will excite patrons in a special show of their own! Performing on brilliantly colored drums of all sizes as well as traditional horns, pipes, and stringed instruments in a parade of skillfully executed choreography and song with the power of martial arts and a spectacular group of dancers.

The Rime Performed by Gabriel Portuondo
Thursday, Apr 30, 2015, 7:30 PM
Robin Hixon Theater
In his remarkable theatricalization of "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner" Portuondo creates an extraordinary tapestry of spellbinding and supernatural characters in this epic tale of redemption and enlightenment.

Falletta & Friends, An Evening of Mahler
Tuesday, May 5, 2015, 7:30 PM
Robin Hixon Theater
Hailed as "one of the finest conductors of her generation" by The New York Times, Falletta now brings an exquisitely intimate experience of Mahler's most achingly beautiful vocal works: Songs of a Wayfarer and Song of the Earth.

Coffee Concert: Pianopalooza
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 10:30 AM
Robin Hixon Theater
This tribute to the piano features performances of keyboard masterworks from the famously familiar to rarely performed gems, played by remarkable artists. This spring's lineup includes André-Michel Schub, Anna Petrova, and Josu de Solaun.

Inti-Illimani
Thursday, May 7, 2015, 8:00 PM
Norfolk Academy
Colorful carnivals, daily lives, love lost and found, defeats and triumphs all play out in the extraordinary cultural mural that is an Inti-Illimani performance. Co-presented with Tidewater Classical Guitar Society.

Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale
Friday, May 8, 2015, 8:00 PM
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center
It's a story that has inspired artists of every kind, from composer Igor Stravinsky to choreographer Peter Martins to novelist Kurt Vonnegut: the tale of a soldier who trades his fiddle to the Devil for a fortune.

Attacca String Quartet
Sunday, May 10, 2015, 7:00 PM
The Parlor on Granby
First prize winner of the 7th Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in 2011, the internationally acclaimed Attacca Quartet has become one of America's premier young performing ensembles.

Cyrille Aimee
Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 7:30 PM
Robin Hixon Theater
Born to French and Dominican parents, this rising jazz star spent her childhood wandering the gypsy encampments filled with those attending the annual Django Reinhardt Festival. Discover a new jazz star in this intimate evening!

Coffee Concert : Pianopalooza
Thursday, May 14, 2015, 10:30 AM
Robin Hixon Theater
This tribute to the piano features performances of keyboard masterworks from the famously familiar to rarely performed gems, played by remarkable artists. This spring's lineup includes André-Michel Schub, Anna Petrova, and Josu de Solaun.

Audra McDonald
Friday, May 15, 2015, 8:00 PM
Attucks Theatre
The extraordinary songstress takes the stage to perform music from her career that includes record-breaking six Tony Award-winning performances on Broadway, Grammy winning recordings and sellout concert appearances.

Virginia Beer Festival
Saturday, May 16-17
Town Point Park
The two-day festival returns for your tasting pleasure, with the finest beers from dozens of breweries from around the world. Named one of the best beer festivals by USA Today (2013).

Jackie Evancho
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 8:00 PM
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk
First seen on America's Got Talent, now with a new album out and a full slate of touring performances set, this young star continues to wow audiences, who are charmed by her gifts and her growth as an artist.

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Sunday, May 17, 7:00 PM
Christ & St. Luke's Church, Norfolk
Making their farewell tour after 25 years of critically acclaimed, classical chart-topping performances, this extraordinary ensemble blends celestial sound and historical scholarship in performances of music that spans centuries.

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