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January 23, 2021  

Virtual Family Day

11:00AM at Facebook Live

Sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust

Led by Education Coordinator Sarah Short, this online-only event will feature story time, drawing and an easy craft with items you can find around your house (paper, drawing utensils, scissors, toilet paper rolls), and a performance of the musical, The Little Red Hen, by Virginia Repertory Theatre. Virtual Family Day is appropriate for pre-K to third grade.

How to Watch The Little Red Hen

Virtual Family Day will also kick off the museum's Ansel Adams Photo Contest sponsored by Carter Bank & Trust. Students in grades 6 – 12 may enter their original black and white photos for a chance to win cash prizes and to have their work printed, framed and displayed in the museum's Foster Gallery.

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Half Dome, Yosemite National Park, California, 1935, printed January 1979, Ansel Adams (American, 1902–1984). Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond. Gift of Andrea Gray Stillman. Photograph By Ansel Adams © The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust.
January 22, 2021  

Canceled – Opening Reception

The Opening Reception scheduled for Friday, January 22, has been canceled. Instead, the museum will host a Closing Reception on Friday, February 26 from 5:30 – 7:30 pm.


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January 7, 2021  

Canceled – Art at Happy Hour

5:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Art at Happy Hour, scheduled for Thursday, January 7, has been canceled.


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December 3, 2020  

Virtual Christmas Tree Lighting

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The museum's third annual Christmas Tree Lighting is now virtual! Watch from the comfort of home as the Art Garden Christmas tree lights up the night.

Just like the sculptures in its Art Garden, the museum’s Christmas tree will be a work of art. Created by Ian Hogg using more than 3,000 lights, the tree will be lit at sunset on December 3 and brighten the Art Garden through New Year’s Day.

This is a virtual-only event. Watch on Facebook starting at 5 pm on December 3.


March 5, 2020  

Brass 5: Sounds of the Big Bands + Beyond

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Brass 5 will perform Sounds of the Big Bands and Beyond, featuring the music of big band greats Duke Ellington, Tommy Dorsey, Count Basie, Les Brown, Arty Shaw, Glenn Miller, Woody Herman and more. But, the list doesn't stop there. The group will kick up its performance a notch by adding to the list of featured band leaders and performers. Hear classics by Frank Sinatra, along with his friends Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr., in this special “Rat Pack Edition” performance. Brass 5 is one of America’s most successful educational ensembles. They have been an active part of the mid-Atlantic arts scene for 29 years. The group performs regularly in local schools as part of Piedmont Arts’ educational outreach program. Offering a vast repertoire from classical to swing, jazz and rock, they easily bring something for everyone. Brass 5’s performances have been featured on numerous television and public radio programs and have been broadcast live on National Public Radio.

$20 General Admission • $10 Student (K–12)


February 28, 2020  

Tired Souls: King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

This performance was originally scheduled for February 20, but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Tickets purchased for the previous date may be used at this performance. For questions, please call 276.632.3221.

Tired Souls: King and the Montgomery Bus Boycott opens in Montgomery, Alabama on December 1, 1955 – the day Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus to a white man. Her determination was the catalyst that inspired Montgomery’s black citizens to abandon all travel on city buses until they were no longer forced to sit in the back or stand when a white person boarded. But there were others who came before Mrs. Parks and laid the groundwork for this pivotal moment. This one-man play by Mike Wiley introduces audiences to Jo Ann Robinson, Claudette Colvin and others instrumental in lighting a fire under the Civil Rights movement and changing the course of U.S. history forever. Reception at 6:30 pm. Performance at 7 pm.

$20 General Admission • $10 Student (K–12)


December 8, 2019  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops Spectacular

3:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Online tickets sales will close Saturday, December 7 at 12 pm. Tickets can be purchased at Piedmont Arts during business hours and at MHS Auditorium on Sunday, December 8 beginning at 2 pm.

The most highly anticipated holiday event of the season returns with an all-new matinee performance. There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. This year, David Stewart Wiley conducts the Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect – high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth. Altrusa will collect non-perishable food items for Grace Network in the lobby during the symphony's performance.

$25 Reserved • $15 General Admission • $5 Student


November 7, 2019  

Elliot Engel: The Wizardry of Oz

at Piedmont Arts

Dr. Elliot Engel discusses the life of L. Frank Baum and the reasons for the enduring and endearing fame of his most beloved novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Using anecdotes, analysis, and large doses of humor, Professor Engel brings to life this most fascinating of fairy-tale writers. Optional dinner begins at 6 pm. Reservations required. Talk begins at 7 pm.

Sponsored by King's Grant
Limited tickets.
Call 276.632.3221 to check availability.

$20 Talk Only • $45 Talk + Dinner


June 6, 2019  

Garden Party with Orquesta Tropikiimba

6:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Garden Party will be held at Piedmont Arts. Tickets available online and at Piedmont Arts.

Dance the night away to the Afro-Caribbean rhythms of Orquesta Tropikiimba at Piedmont Arts' annual Garden Party. Tropikiimba's specialty is Afro-Latino music: Salsa, Rumba, Bachata, Merengue, Calypso, Afro-Pop and the list goes on and on. Their infectious rhythms are guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing. Enjoy wine, craft beer from Danville’s Ballad Brewing and food by Cheesesteak Factory and Jerk House.

  • Free Lemonade + Water
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket
  • No outside food or drinks
  • Rain Location: Piedmont Arts

$15 General Admission • Ages 12 and Under Free • Cash Bar + Food Truck


May 22, 2019  

Bus to Broadway: Hello, Dolly!

4:00PM at Bus Trip from Piedmont Arts to DPAC

Sold Out

Take Piedmont Arts' Bus to Broadway to Durham Performing Arts Center in Durham, North Carolina for “Hello, Dolly!” starring Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley. Winner of 4 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks’ “gorgeous” new production (Vogue) is “making people crazy happy!” (The Washington Post). Breaking box office records week after week and receiving unanimous critical raves on Broadway, this “Hello, Dolly!” pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion – hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it “a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you’re lucky enough to score a ticket, you’ll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow indeed!” Bus leaves Piedmont Arts at 4 pm for a 7:30 pm performance. Boxed dinner optional.

$110 per person • $10 Optional Boxed Dinner


THE FIREBIRD, SOUTHWEST VIRGINIA BALLET © DAN MCDILDA PHOTOGRAPHY. BACKGROUND MURAL: BEAUTIFUL VIEW, JARED BADER, PART OF CITY OF ROANOKE'S PUBLIC ART COLLECTION
April 4, 2019  

Southwest Virginia Ballet: The Firebird

7:00PM at Martinsville HS Auditorium
351 Commonwealth Blvd

Tickets available online until noon on Thursday, April 4. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm on Thursday and at the door prior to the performance.

Based on a Russian folk tale, The Firebird is a story full of magic and love. Under Artistic Director Pedro Szalay, Southwest Virginia Ballet will revive the stunning choreography of internationally known choreographer Vicente Nebrada and the Classic Strings Duo will perform the brilliant original score by famed composer Igor Stravinsky. Set in the tropics, a host of fantastic creatures aid the lead characters, the Firebird and the prince, in their quest to rescue a princess from an evil magician and his companion. Stunning costumes by internationally recognized costume designer Christina Giannini include lizard-like monsters, dragonflies and the spectacular Firebird, whose feathers are thought to bestow beauty and protection upon the earth. Featuring the best dance and musical performers in the Roanoke Valley, The Firebird is a must-see for the entire family.

$25 Reserved • $15 General Admission • $5 Student 


March 28, 2019  

An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley

6:30PM at Piedmont Arts

Limited Tickets Available

Enjoy an intimate concert with Maestro David Stewart Wiley of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in the Piedmont Arts galleries. Wiley will perform piano selections by Gershwin and Rachmaninoff, as well as his own original compositions. Cocktails and small bites at 6:30 pm. Concert begins at 7 pm.

$35 General Admission


December 9, 2018  

Canceled – Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

7:00PM at Martinsville HS Auditorium
351 Commonwealth Blvd

Due to inclement weather, the Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops concert has been canceled. If you purchased tickets to this event and would like a refund or tax donation receipt, please call or visit Piedmont Arts during regular business hours. Refunds must be requested by December 28, 2018.

The most highly anticipated holiday show of the season – Holiday Pops! There’s no better way to lift your spirits than with the music of the season delivered in full sound and spectacle by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. This year, David Stewart Wiley conducts Holiday Pops with all the magical elements you have come to expect – high energy, familiar carols, and lots of holiday warmth, and we’ll throw in a surprise or two. Special guest vocalist Rob Gallagher will join the RSO on stage. Rob made his Broadway debut with the 10th Anniversary company of Les Miserables, eventually assuming the principal role of Inspector Javert. He also appeared on Broadway in the Tony Award winning revival of South Pacific as a Seabee. He understudied and performed the starring role of Emile DeBecque, opposite Tony Nominee Laura Osnes. Additionally, he appeared in the City Center Encores production of Fiorello! at Town Hall. He is also a veteran of the concert stage, ranging from small, one-man cabaret shows to soloing with major symphony orchestras. He performed in concert with the Omaha, Roanoke and Bay Atlantic Symphonies as well as the Long Island Philharmonic.

Altrusa will collect non-perishable food items for Grace Network in the lobby during the symphony's performance. Lobby doors will open at 6 pm for donations.

$25 Reserved • $15 General Admission • $5 Student


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November 8, 2018  

The Master of Mayberry with Dr. Elliot Engel

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Sponsored by King's Grant

Join humorist and historian Dr. Elliot Engel as he illuminates the story of Mount Airy’s favorite son, Andy Griffith. Always entertaining, Dr. Engel is as quick-witted as he is well-researched. While it is true that Griffith was a brilliant movie and Broadway stage actor, he is a Hollywood immortal because of "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960-1968). Dr. Engel will shed light on how Andy's early life led to his television triumph and will reveal little-known facts about the show's production and its enduring and endearing fame. Talk with Dr. Engel begins at 7 pm in the galleries. Optional seated dinner at 6 pm in Frith Performance Hall. Dinner reservations required.

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April 27, 2018  

An Evening with Maestro David Stewart Wiley

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Tickets available online until noon. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm and the door beginning at 6:30 pm.

Enjoy an intimate concert themed, “Classical Meets Jazz,” with Maestro David Stewart Wiley and members of Roanoke Symphony Orchestra in the Piedmont Arts galleries. Joining Wiley, who will tinkle the ivories, are Julee Hickcox on flute and piccolo and John P. Smith on double bass. The trio will perform works by famed composers like Scott Joplin and George Gershwin, as well as contemporary rock songs by Billy Joel and Jethro Tull, among others. Complimentary beer and wine will be available.

$35 General Admission


Elena Bello and Matthew Frain in PORTRAIT OF BILLIE by John Butler. Richmond Ballet. All rights reserved. Photo by Sarah Ferguson.
April 13, 2018  

Richmond Ballet RBII

7:00PM at Martinsville HS Auditorium
351 Commonwealth Blvd

Tickets available online until noon. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm and the MHS box office beginning at 6:30 pm.

Richmond Ballet RBII brings energy and flair to an exciting repertory of classical and contemporary ballets. Get ready for dance that comes "highly recommended" by the New York Times.

$25 Reserved • $15 Adult • $5 Student 


March 29, 2018  

Why is that Art?

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speakers on the Arts Emily Smith Executive Director of 1708 Gallery

Looking at modern art can often be challenging. It always raises questions, even amongst the most knowledgeable viewers: What is an abstract painting "of"? How do you determine if something is “good”? A look at the history of modern art, dating from roughly 1870 through 1950, demonstrates that the changes that occurred, chiefly that art became more abstract, were not arbitrary but rather developed along deliberate paths. Artists were not working in a vacuum but were responding to changes in technology like the development of photography, cultural moments like the industrial revolution and WWI and WWII, as well as the artists and movements that preceded them. Using works from VMFA’s collection, this chronological telling of important moments in modern art provides the context in which to answer questions like those above.

Admission Free • Cash Bar

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March 10, 2018  

Dancing for the Arts

7:00PM at MHS Auditorium

Online voting open until Saturday, March 10 at 5 pm

Online tickets sales end at noon on Friday, March 9. Tickets will be available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm on Friday. Tickets and voting will be available at Martinsville High School Auditorium on Saturday, March 10 beginning at 6 pm.

Join Piedmont Arts for Dancing for the Arts, a fabulous fundraiser featuring local "celebrities" dancing in support of the arts in Martinsville-Henry County. This "Dancing with the Stars" style contest features eight teams competing to win the most votes, the highest judges score and the big prize – a gorgeous mirror ball trophy. Your votes raise money to support Piedmont Arts programming in Martinsville-Henry County. Like "Dancing with the Stars," 50% of each team's final score is tallied from votes and 50% is tallied from scores awarded by the judges during the contest.

$10 General Admission • $25 Reserved

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March 8, 2018  

SOLD OUT – Bus to Broadway: Phantom of the Opera

4:45PM at Bus Trip from Piedmont Arts to Durham Performing Arts

SOLD OUT

Piedmont Arts’ Bus to Broadway is heading to Durham Performing Arts Center for a spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. Guests should arrive at Piedmont Arts by 4:30 pm. Bus will depart at 4:45 pm and arrive at DPAC for a 7:30 pm performance. Guests from Danville can board the bus in the parking lot of Kmart on Riverside Drive at 5:15 pm. A boxed dinner is available on the bus (pre-order required) and guests may bring their own snacks, dinner and beverages. Critics are raving that Cameron Mackintosh’s breathtaking production of The Phantom of the Opera is "bigger and better than ever before" and features brilliant new scenic design, Tony Award®-winning costume design, new choreography and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production boasts many exciting special effects, including the show’s legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score – with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You" and "Masquerade" - will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this one of the largest productions now on tour.

$110 • $120 with Boxed Dinner


February 15, 2018  

Civil War to Civil Rights

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Civil War to Civil Rights: How African American Artists Engage the Past

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speakers on the Arts Evie Terrono Professor of Art History, Randolph-Macon College

Through the critical lens of the political, legal, and cultural changes that marked the transition from slavery to the Civil War to the Civil Rights period in the 1960s and 1970s, this presentation will examine depictions of the multifaceted and highly politicized dimensions of “race” and American identity in the artistic production of African American artists. Artists such as Elizabeth Catlett, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Fred Wilson, Kehinde Wiley, and Hank Willis, among many others, will be discussed.

Admission Free • Cash Bar

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December 10, 2017  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

7:00PM at Martinsville HS Auditorium
351 Commonwealth Blvd

The Holiday Pops is scheduled to start on time on Sunday (12/10).

Online tickets sales end Friday (12/8) at noon. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts during regular business hours and at the door the night of the event.

Celebrating 12 years of holiday magic, this year's production of the Symphony’s well-loved holiday concert will feature timeless classics and new holiday favorites, including a popular audience sing-a-long. Martinsville’s own Smith River Singers and "American Idol" star Michael Lynche will join the Symphony in ushering in holiday cheer. Altrusa will be collecting canned goods for Grace Network during the symphony's performance. All non-perishable items will be collected in the lobby. Lobby doors will open at 6 pm for donations.

$25 Reserved • $15 Adult • $5 Student


November 30, 2017  

Tom Teasley: Exploring World Percussion

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Master percussionist Tom Teasley performs live in a journey of World Music and innovative percussion techniques. He will showcase his versatility through a number of different instruments to create musical magic. A critically acclaimed, award-winning artist, Teasley has traveled the globe, worked with the National Symphony, and served as artist-in-residence at the Kennedy Center. The Washington Post called him "a percussionist in the widest and most exuberant sense of the word, a musical wizard and multi-instrumental genius."

Admission Free • Cash Bar Related Events

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November 3, 2017  

Elliot Engel: The Genius of Mark Twain

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

SOLD OUT

Professor Elliot Engel tells the moving story of Mark Twain from his early life to his triumphs with Innocents Abroad and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Professor Engel’s presentations are fast-paced, fascinating and full of information. His previous talks on F. Scott Fitzgerald, the Bronte sisters, the Vanderbilt family and the history of the English language were to sold out crowds. Guests can enjoy dinner with Professor Engel prior to the talk or attend the talk only. Dinner begins at 6 pm and advance reservations are required. The talk begins at 7 pm and is open to the public.

$45 Dinner + Talk • $15 Talk Only


September 28, 2017  

Travers Geoffray

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Online tickets sales end at 12 pm on Thursday, September 28. Tickets available at the door.

Sponsored by Cajun Links of VA and Piedmont Arts

The music of New Orleans courses through singer/songwriter/pianist Travers Geoffray’s veins like the Mississippi River cuts across the South. Combining the organic Americana roots of Sturgill Simpson, the lyrical depth of Jason Isbell and the Tin Pan Alley/country-blues hybrid storytelling of Tom Waits, Geoffray's songs are literary and cinematic. Light refreshments and one complimentary drink included in ticket price. Reception at 7 pm. Music at 8 pm.

$20 per ticket • Cash Bar

 


September 14, 2017  

Modern Art: Native American Style

7:00PM at Piedmont Arts

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Speakers on the Arts Jeanette Nicewinter, PhD

Mid-century modern art is exemplified by an abstract aesthetic that emphasizes the materiality of the work. Numerous Native American artists, such as Kay Walkingstick, engaged with the rhetoric surrounding modern art but their self-identity as a Native American has overshadowed their contribution to modern art. This talk will examine the way mid-century Native American modern artists participated in the modern art scene.

Admission Free • Cash Bar Related Events

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July 8, 2017  

Garden Party with Jason Springs

6:00PM at R.P. Gravely-A.J. Lester Art Garden

Online tickets sales will end at 3 pm on Friday, July 7. Tickets are available at Piedmont Arts and can be purchased at the door during the event. Enjoy beer, wine, snacks and games at Piedmont Arts' Garden Party with live music by local favorite Jason Springs. Jason is a folk/roots rock artist from Danville, Va., who has been writing and performing through Virginia and North Carolina for 5 years. Most recently gaining momentum in the area as an up-and-coming songwriter, he released his debut album, Blue Collar Bones & Busted Knuckles, in 2016. His music is inspired by real life experiences, producing honest and thought-provoking lyrics. • Craft Beer from Mountain Valley Brewing (bring cash for bar) • Lemonade, water + snacks • Yard games + 50/50 raffle • Bring a lawn chair or blanket • No outside food or drinks • Please park at Piedmont Arts • Rain Location: Piedmont Arts $15 General Admission • Cash Bar


May 16, 2017  

Brown v. Board of Education:
Over 50 Years Later

7:00PM at PHCC Walker Fine Arts Center • 645 Patriot Ave

Online ticket sales end at 12 pm. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm or at the door during the event. In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It ruled unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional, overthrowing Plessy v. Ferguson (1896), which set the "separate but equal" precedent. In his one-man play, Mike Wiley recounts the effects this famous court case had on the families involved, the impact the ruling had on school systems at the time and the challenges still being faced today. Join Mike Wiley, Dr. Angeline Godwin, Dr. Paulette Simington and attorney Robert Williams for a panel discussion immediately following the performance. $15 General Admission


March 17, 2017  

Richmond Ballet II

at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Online ticket sales will end at 12 pm on March 17. Tickets available at Piedmont Arts until 5 pm and at the door during the event. Richmond Ballet II brings energy and flair to an exciting repertory of classical and contemporary ballets. Get ready for dance that comes "highly recommended" by the New York Times. $25 Reserved • $15 Adult • $5 Student


December 4, 2016  

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops

7:00PM at Martinsville High School Auditorium

Online ticket sales will end at 12 pm on Saturday, December 3. Tickets will be available at the door during the event. Celebrating 11 years of holiday magic, Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus delight with holiday favorites and special guest soprano Joy Lynn Jacobs. Piedmont Arts will be collecting canned goods for Grace Network during the symphony's performance. All non-perishable items will be collected in the lobby by Grace Network volunteers. Lobby doors will open at 6 pm for donations. $25 Reserved • $15 Adult • $5 Student


October 16, 2016  

Bus to Broadway: Rent

4:00PM at Durham Performing Arts Center

Limited seating available. Please call 276.632.3221 for availability. Take the Bus to Broadway from Piedmont Arts to Durham Performing Arts Center for the 20th anniversary touring production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award®-winning masterpiece, RENT. A re-imagining of Puccini's La Bohème, RENT follows an unforgettable year in the lives of seven artists struggling to follow their dreams without selling out. With its inspiring message of joy and hope in the face of fear, this timeless celebration of friendship and creativity reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters—love. Bus leaves from Piedmont Arts at 4 pm for a 6:30 pm performance. $115 • $125 with boxed dinner


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