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Ellen Breakfield Glick, Clarinet/Mariah Boucher, Piano (August 31)
   

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Ellen Breakfield Glick, Clarinet
Mariah Boucher, Piano

Squires Recital Salon
Monday, August 31, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets go on sale August 10.
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  Music on Mondays
Clarinetist Ellen Breakfield Glick maintains an active career as a sought-after performer and educator.  She holds positions with CityMusic Cleveland Chamber Orchestra and the award-winning Michigan Philharmonic Orchestra.  Her program will feature works by Louis Cahuzac, Chen Yi, Robert Schuman, Bohuslav Martinu, and Robert Muczynski.

Jerry Tachoir, Jazz Vibraphone (September 14)
   

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Jerry Tachoir, Jazz Vibraphone
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, September 14, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets go on sale August 10.
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  Music on Mondays
An evening of intimate Jazz with Nashville based artists Jerry Tachoir, vibes and Marlene Tachoir, piano.

An Evening with The Avett Brothers (September 11)
   

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An Evening with The Avett Brothers
Burruss Hall
Friday, September 11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Reserved Seating
Tickets:  $45/General, $45/Faculty and Staff, $30/VT Student
VT students must present Hokie Passport at the door.  
Tickets go on sale August 7
Sponsored by: The Virginia Tech Union
When you're receptive to the forces around you, you'll notice there's something powerful in the air.

It's that feeling of inspiration to which The Avett Brothers consistently remain open." It's a spirit that courses through everything that they do. You could call it a "creative lifeblood" or a "muse", but it's ultimately indefinable. However, you can hear it and feel it within 2013's Magpie and the Dandelion.  

Recorded immediately after The Carpenter with Rick Rubin (marking their third consecutive team-up in the studio with the iconic producer), the North Carolina quartet—Seth Avett, Scott Avett, Bob Crawford, and Joe Kwon—rode a creative wave that yielded another ponderous, poetic, and passionate collection on the heels of their most successful set to date, no less.  

Their eighth studio album went on to debut at #5 on the Billboard Top 200, while they performed on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Late Show with David Letterman as well as joining legendary Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell for a rapturous Pearl Jam tribute on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. A string of sold out shows followed as the boys continued to dream up their next step. Much like their own music, it promises to continue tradition, while making a decidedly personal statement. If you keep your eyes, mind, and heart open, you'll undoubtedly feel it.

During 2009, the group made mainstream waves with their lauded major label debut, I and Love and You. It landed at #16 on the Billboard Top 200 and garnered unanimous critical acclaim from Rolling Stone, Paste, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Time, who even dubbed it one of Top 10 albums of the year. 2012 saw The Carpenter hit #4 on the Billboard Top 200—their highest bow to date—while People, USA Today, and American Songwriter lauded the album. The group graced the stage of Jimmy Kimmel LIVE! twice in merely a few months' time. During the second performance, they invited the Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra along to pay homage to Brooklyn with "I and Love and You" as personally requested by Mr. Kimmel.

In 2001, banjoist Scott and guitarist Seth formed The Avett Brothers with standup bass player Bob. Growing up in Concord, NC, the boys immersed themselves in their musician dad's record collection, falling in love with Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Crosby, Stills & Nash. They rose to the status of genre stalwarts over the course of six albums, including 2007's acclaimed Emotionalism.

The book is open though, and the next chapter for The Avett Brothers will definitely be the brightest, boldest, and biggest yet.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (September21-October 11)
   

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Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike
Theatre 101
September 21-26 at 7:30 p.m., September 27 at 2:00 p.m. and
October 5-10 at 7:30 p.m., October 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets on sale in August
Tickets:  $12/General, $10/Senior/Student
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts
Middle-aged siblings Vanya and Sonia have never worked a day in their lives.  They share a home in Bucks County, Pa, where they bicker and complain about the circumstances of their lives.  Suddenly, their movie-star sister, Masha, who has kept the household running for years swoops in with her new boy toy, Spike.  Old resentments flare up, eventually leading to threats to sell the house.  Also on the scene are the sassy maid Cassandra, who can predict the future and a lively young aspiring actress named Nina whose prettiness somewhat worries the imperious Masha.  When the family attends a costume party at the old Dorothy Parker house dressed as Snow White and some of the dwarfs things start to get out of hand.  Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for best play.  By Christopher Durang.  Directed by Gregory Justice.  “Hugely entertaining…few contemporary playwrights have proven as deft as Durang at mining both the absurdity and the dangers of human folly…in its own deliciously madcap way, the new work offers some keen insights into the challenges and agonies of twenty-first-century life.” – USA Today

Jazz Ensemble (September 25)
   

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Jazz Ensemble 
Squires Haymarket Theatre
Friday, September 25, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets go on sale in August.
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Student  
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  

Chefs Premier Dinner (September 26)
   

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Chefs Premier Dinner
Turner Place at Lavery Hall
Saturday, September 26, 2015 6:00 p.m.
Reserved Seating
Running Time:  3 Hours
Tickets:  Tickets go on sale to Fall Family Weekend participants August 4
Sponsored by: Division of Student Affairs and Virginia Tech Dining Services
This is your chance to experience for yourself why Virginia Tech Dining Services has been ranked top in the country and creates lifelong dining followers. This premier dinner will feature delectable dishes prepared by five of Virginia Tech Dining Services’ executive chefs. Our chefs are in the planning stages to create an unforgettable dining experience at Turner Place.  Turner Place is the newest, award winning dining facility that opened in fall 2012.  You will have the chance to mingle with the chefs, other families, and some of Virginia Tech’s very own VIPs, including VPSA Patty Perillo. A cash bar will be available.

Pricing: 

  • $35.00 per ticket
  • $17.50 for Virginia Tech students (dining plan funds may be used)
  • $12.00 for children 12 and under with paying adult
  • Children five and under are free with paying adult
10th Annual Band-A-Rama Spectacular (October 2)
   

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10th Annual Band-A-Rama Spectacular
Burruss Hall
Friday, October 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets go on sale August 10.
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts    
Join the Virginia Tech Jazz Ensemble, Symphonic Wind Ensemble, and The Marching Virginians for an evening of musical entertainment in their annual benefit concert.

Julianne Baird, Soprano Tracy Cowden, Piano Squires (October 5)
   

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Julianne Baird, Soprano
Tracy Cowden, Piano Squires

Recital Salon
Monday, October 5, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets go on sale in August. 
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts Music on Mondays  
Julianne Baird has been hailed by The New York Times as “one of the most extraordinary voices in the service of early music that this generation has produced.”  

Kandinsky Trio (November 2)
   

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Kandinsky Trio
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, November 2, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:
 $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Tickets go on sale August 10
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  
The Kandinsky Trio presents “Contentment and Tragedy” featuring Mozart’s G Major Trio, K.  496  and the Smetana Trio in G Minor, Op, 15.  The Mozart speaks to the optimism of the Age of Enlightenment, in contrast to Smetana’s masterpiece, composed in 1855 as a tribute to his eldest daughter who had died the previous year.  From its heart-wrenching opening to the triumphant finale, the work stands as a stunning testament to music’s ability to transform pain into beauty.

The Trojan Women (November 10-15)
   

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The Trojan Women
Squires Haymarket Theatre
November 10-13 at 7:30 p.m., November 15 at 2:00 p.m.
Reserved seating
Tickets:  $12/General, $10/Senior/Student
Tickets on sale in August 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts    
A free adaptation of Euripides “The Trojan Women”.  This definitive anti-war drama is an evocative denunciation of human cruelty.  Projections and soundscapes help to create an all-encompassing theatrical experience.  Directed by Bob McGrath.  This show will be featured as Virginia Tech hosts the 2015 National Conference on the The Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (A2RU).

Jazz and Percussion Ensembles (November 18)
   

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Jazz and Percussion Ensembles
Squires Haymarket Theatre
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Student 
Tickets go on sale August 10 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts

Michael Brown, Piano (February 8, 2016)
   

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Michael Brown, Piano
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, February 8, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student  
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  
Winner of a 2015 Avery Fisher Career Grant, Michael Brown has been described by The New York Times as a “young piano visionary” and “one of the leading figures in the current renaissance of performer-composers.”

Jazz Ensemble with Darden Purcell (February 26, 2016)
   

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Jazz Ensemble with Darden Purcell
Squires Haymarket Theatre
Friday, February 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Student
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts
Join the Jazz Ensemble with vocalist and Virginia Tech alumna Darden Purcell. A veteran performer who has shared the stage with artists such as George Benson and Chucho Valdes, Purcell is currently the director of Jazz Studies at George Mason University. 

‘The Bells’ Song Cycle (February 28, 2016)
   

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‘The Bells’ Song Cycle
Squires Recital Salon
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 3:00 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student   
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts   
University of South Carolina faculty perform a new song cycle with unique instrumentation by composer Tayloe Harding based on poetry by Edgar Allan Poe.

Boeing, Boeing (February 23-March 1)
   

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Boeing, Boeing
Squires Studio Theatre
February 23-26 at 7:30 p.m.  February 27 at 2:00 and 7:30 p.m.
February 29 and March 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Reserved Seating
Tickets:  $12/General, $10/Senior, $10/Student
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts
Winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Revival, this 1960’s French farce adapted for the English-speaking stage features self-styled Parisian lothario Bernard, who has Italian, German, and American fiancées, each beautiful airline hostesses with frequent “layovers”.  He keeps “one up, one down and one  pending” until unexpected schedule changes bring all three to Paris and Bernard’s apartment at the same time.  “This latest edition of a play named for an aircraft soars right out of its time zone and into some unpolluted stratosphere of classic physical comedy.  Propelled by the same gusty spirit that animated Commedia dell’Arte and the silent films of Keaton, Chaplin, Lloyd, (this) may be earthy, but is seldom earthbound.” – The New York Times.  By Marc Camoletti; adapted by Beverly Cross.  Directed by David Johnson

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Woodwind Quintet (March 14, 2016)
   

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University of North Carolina School of the Arts Woodwind Quintet
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, March 14, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts  

University of Trinidad and Tobago (March 21, 2016)
   

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University of Trinidad and Tobago
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, March 21, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts   
Clarinetist Yevgeny Dokshansky and students perform a program which includes a new work for clarinet ensemble and steel pan, performed by students from the University of Trinidad and Tobago and Virginia Tech.

Low and Lower (April 11, 2016)
   

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Low and Lower
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, April 11, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts 

Cellist Brooks Whitehouse and bassist Paul Sharpe make up the string duo whose performances are described as a mash-up of artistry, virtuosity, and satire. With MacGyverlike determination, they create, inspire, and commission works using only the limited materials at hand – a cello, a bass, two voices, a sense of humor, a touch of theater, and a willingness to do almost anything.

Rose Ensemble (April 19, 2016)
   

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Rose Ensemble
Saint Mary’s Catholic Church
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts, Department of Religion and  Residential College at West Ambler Johnston at Virginia Tech   
The result of years of intensive research and training, “Land of Three Faiths” is at once sacred, secular, folk, and classical, embarking on a fascinating exploration of language, spirituality, and cultural exchange. Featuring instruments and musical ideas that blur the lines between Arabic and European, this entertaining and enlightening program is steeped in the rich history of the Abrahamic faiths, achieving a perfect balance of edgy improvisation, exotic vocal styles, and ancient traditions.

Francesca Arnone, Flute (April 25, 2016)
   

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Francesca Arnone, Flute
Squires Recital Salon
Monday, April 25, 2016, 7:30 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $15/General, $12/Senior, $7/Student 
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts

Jazz Ensemble with Trumpeter Byron Stipling (April 26, 2016)
   

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Jazz Ensemble with Trumpeter Byron Stipling
Squires Haymarket Theatre 
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 7:30 p.m. 
Open Seating 
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Student  
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts   
Guest Byron Stripling joins the Jazz Ensemble for a memorable evening. A spectacular trumpeter with a very wide range, a beautiful tone, and the ability to blend together many influences into his own style, Stripling is an extroverted performer who brings the audience into his music. The happiness that he exudes through his trumpet, his vocals and his words is reminiscent of Louis Armstrong, yet very much his own.

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (April 28-May 1)
   

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The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee 
Moss Arts Center 
April 28-30 7:30p.m., May 1, 2:00 p.m. 
Reserved Seating 
Tickets:  $12/General, $10/Senior, $10/Student  
Sponsored by: The School of Performing Arts 
An eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home lives, the tweens spell their way through a series of [potentially made-up] words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing life un-affirming "ding" of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box. Music and lyrics by William Finn; book by Rachel Sheinkin; conceived by Rebecca Feldman; additional material by Jay Reiss; directed by Susanna Rinehart; music direction by Richard Masters.

Festival of Bands (May 1)
   

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Festival of Bands
Squires Commonwealth Ballroom
Sunday, May 1, 2016, 1:00 p.m.
Open Seating
Tickets:  $10/General, $7/Senior, $7/Student   
Sponsored by: School of Performing Arts

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