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Education Programs Key to Virginia Arts Festival’s Mission

Education Programs Key to Virginia Arts Festival’s Mission

By Jim Morrison Twenty years ago, Keith Moone was a seventh grader in the band at Craddock Middle School in Portsmouth when Scott Jackson showed up to say the new Virginia Arts Festival was offering a chance to learn steel pan and African drum and dance. Soon, Moone was spending Saturday mornings above a restaurant

Bruce Hornsby Unlocks the Funhouse

By Jim Newsom   Bruce Hornsby’s got a brand new album and there’s not a single note played on piano. Hornsby, who lights up the Virginia Arts Festival with a three-day “Funhouse Fest” in Williamsburg this month, has built a 30-year recording career around his remarkable keyboard stylings. But with Rehab Reunion, he’s sticking with

A Two-Fold Tempest on One Stage

By Montague Gammon III   William Shakespeare’s late career verbal enchantments meet Jean Sibelius’ late career musical magic on the Chrysler Hall stage this spring to give Hampton Roads a new look at the Jamestown-old, spell-rich play, The Tempest. Stage director Patrick Mullins, whose work at the Virginia Stage Company, formerly as Assistant and currently

This Week’s Top 5 Things to Do (April 6-10)

(Members of the Birmingham Royal Ballet are among the all-star cast of dancers) 1  Spring Dance Gala Virginia Arts Festival April 9-10 Chrysler Hall www.vafest.com Since its inception, Virginia Arts Festival has worked to bring exciting performances from the world’s most renowned ballet and modern dance companies—companies that dance lovers would ordinarily have to travel