Youth ages 11 – 18 are invited to audition!
Auditions will take place April 3 – 7, 2017 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. You will be required to have a song and one minute monologue prepared. Performances will be July 20-22, 2017.
Call the Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center at (757) 247-8950 to schedule an audition.
Singer-songwriter, Rhonda Ross, is an international Social-Artist, who explores the social environment around her and her relationship to it - questioning constructions of race, gender, sexuality and spirituality through her lyrics. Her original music lives in the gap between jazz, funk and gospel while her lyrics delve into life's biggest questions and answers. From racism, sexism, and homophobia to the never-ending quest for self-love and deeper spirituality, Rhonda uses her music to ask “In the midst of THIS, how can we still be free?"
Rhonda's music flows straight from her essence and her bright spirit uplifts everyone in the room. With a crown of natural hair, Rhonda graces the stage with the gravitas and glamour of a modern-day queen. As the only child of Diana Ross and Motown Founder Berry Gordy, it has become evident that Rhonda not only has the talent, but the significance to carry on her parents’ legacy, all the while establishing her own unique musical destination.
Lizz Wright is a vocalist and composer who synthesizes R&B, jazz, folk, blues, and gospel. In 2000,Wright joined the vocal quartet In the Spirit. The group was quickly hailed as the best jazz group in the city, which motivated Wright to hone her craft all the more. Two years later, the Verve label signed her as a solo artist. Her impressive singing style was captured on her 2003 debut, Salt. Dreaming Wide Awake, for which she shifted to Verve Forecast, followed in 2005. After making a guest appearance on the Toots Thielemans album One More for the Road in 2006, Wright released her third album, The Orchard, in 2008. In 2010, she returned with Fellowship, a gospel-heavy set that featured guest performances from kindred spirits Me'Shell Ndegéocello and vocalist Angélique Kidjo. After a move to Concord, she released Freedom & Surrender, in 2015. Her fifth album, it included versions of Nick Drake's "River Man" and Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody."
Taikoza - The Spirit of Taikoza: The Japanese Drum Taikoza presents a unique and exciting program using Japanese Taiko drums (that weigh up to 200lb) and bamboo flutes. The program will take you on an unforgettable journey that engages students in the discovery of different regions and seasons of Japan. Students will get a chance to see, and at times play, the ancestral drums. Taikoza hopes to open the students’ eyes to the richness of the Japanese culture and spark an interest in other cultures. This program will educate students in a fun way and the experience will stay with them for life.
GradeS: K-5, 6-8, 9-12 « Audience Size: 350 SOL Highlights: History: Pre-Post World War II, Asia, Colonial, Trade, Imperialism Music: Polyrhythmic, Culture, Pentatonic scale, Story, Ballad, Flute, Drum, Taiko
Lula Washington Dance is presented in partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival (a Newport News Arts Commission grant recipient). Dance students interested in attending this free class must preregister by calling (757) 247-8950. Dance experience is required and space is limited.
"Living to Laugh Out Loud" is a family oriented comedy variety show. The sketch comedy will leave the audience in stitches, wanting more. So come out and enjoy a night of pure clean fun!
Presented in partnership with Laughter as Medicine Production, Inc. (LAMP)
The Three Little Pigs
Music by W.A. Mozart / Words & Story Adaptation by John Davies
This universal classic and its timeless characters provide the perfect backdrop for this pastiche opera, brilliantly interwoven with scenes by Mozart. According to John Davies, “The Three Little Pigs has been produced with regularity in the USA since 1991. It gives me real satisfaction to think that many excellent American singers having wonderful operatic careers today used to be big bad wolves and little piglets.”
The PFAC Board of Advisors invites you to TASTE THE MUSIC at our 6th annual ARTINI - Jazzing up the Martini - Celebrating 100 years of Ella Fitzgerald.
A Jazz themed evening celebrating 100 years of Ella! Enjoy Martini and food pairings from Fin, Harpoon Larry's Oyster Bar / County Grill Hampton, Kismet Bistro at 99 Main / The Deadrise / The Barking Dog and Riverwalk Restaurant
Tickets are $45 ($60 after Feb 3)
Includes drink tastings and food pairings
VIP Sponsorships are $100 ($125 after Feb 3)
Includes 2 tickets and early VIP admission
For Tickets: (757) 596-8175
Honoring Youth Arts Month, the NNPS will showcase the work of student artists from Newport News Public Schools. Free Reception February 4th at 1:00 pm.
Virginia Opera celebrates Black History Month with a world premiere opera about Marian Anderson’s rise to fame among the world’s greatest concert artists - in spite of experiencing racial prejudice. Ms. Anderson was an important figure in the struggle for civil rights and met each barrier with courage, grace and determination.
An evening honoring the Ella Fitzgerald Centennial Celebration with a pop-up jazz club featuring The Unifics.
In the company of great musicians who have risen from the Hampton Roads area to international acclaim, on January 22nd enjoy an evening with The Unifics. The Unifics remain a show-stopping soul group, whose legendary performances thrill crowds and leave following acts stunned with trepidation. Originally established at Howard University by musical aficionados, the late Al Johnson and Tom Fauntleroy, The Unifics continue to raise the bar with music and polished showmanship. With each show a lesson in musical history and professionalism, singers Charlie Lockhart and Garrett Hall round out the fine-tuned musical foursome. Prolific songwriters, their impressive catalog of published and unpublished songs are highly sought after in the industry.
Songs for Janie is inspired by Zora Neale Hurston's literary novel, "Their Eyes Were Watching God." Tamara's music serves as a 21st Century epilogue to the 1937 story of womanhood, independence, and self-worth.
An inspired evening celebrating Zora Neale Hurston’s 125th birthday, 80th year of her famed novel.
This musical revue provides an energetic and engaging approach to learning about Black History. From songs which carried the secret messages needed to navigate the Underground Railroad, to the powerful anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, to the Beale Street Blues, music has long been an integral part of American history which is celebrated in this production. Bright Star’s professional actor/singers take audiences on a musical tour through hundreds of years of history, sampling songs that spread across centuries and continents, and explaining the history behind these famous ballads, hymns and musical styles.
In partnership with Teens with a Purpose, Hear This Hampton Roads, A School/Community Based Poetry and Literacy Program offers a series of workshops that allows poet mentors to help middle and high school students develop strong writing and speaking skills. Regardless of whether students self-identify as “poets,” participants learn how to represent themselves, their experience, and their ideas powerfully. Sessions loop back to reading, writing, speaking, and listening standards. In addition to learning about literary tools and communication techniques, students apply these tools to magnify the strength of their writing and their speaking. These residences are facilitated by trained Teens With a Purpose Poet Mentors, who partner with teachers and other adult mentors to bring high-level creative writing and performance poetry workshops into the classroom and after school clubs. The curriculum utilized is designed to help students bring their own personal narratives into dialogue with the issues and themes already being studied in the classroom and happening in current affairs.
Join us for a family friendly afternoon with a free screening of the Secret Life of Pets. Youth under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.
Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light.
Tickets go on sale November 7, 2016.
This wonderful story has been made into an exciting musical! A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, that snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and as they discover that the real magic of Christmas is Love.
Tickets go on sale Oct 24, 2016.
On the evening of November 21st, 1934, a young dancer headed to Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. Finding herself onstage as a result of pure chance, the aspiring dancer decided to sing instead. This is the story of Ella Fitzgerald.