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October

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    Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi , article

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM: Acclaimed musician and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens collaborates with her band and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi to forge exultant sounds.

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    Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral , article

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12-THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:30 PM: Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music, and a three-person narrative, "Andares" reveals the extraordinary spirit of Mexico’s remote corners and the astonishing pathways of its humblest of inhabitants.

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    Post-Performance Q&A with "Andares" Artists , article

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12: After the performance of "Andares," speak with members of Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral in this moderated discussion.

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    Opening Reception | Craig Drennen: "First Acts, Scene 2" and Steve Locke: "the daily practice of painting" , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 5-7 PM: Celebrate our fall exhibitions, Craig Drennen's "First Acts, Scene 2" and Steve Locke's "the daily practice of painting," and enjoy drinks and light hors d'oeuvres.

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    Pre-Performance Talk: "Land Grabs and Indigenous Resistance" , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 6 PM: Explore questions about campaigns of land usurpation in Indigenous communities in Mexico with this riveting talk by a scholar whose expertise includes global political economy, decolonial theory, and imperialism.

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.

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    Artist Talk: Craig Drennen , article

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2 PM: Enjoy a discussion with Craig Drennen, whose exhibition, "First Acts, Scene 2," is on view this fall, during this artist talk moderated by Brian Holcombe, Moss Arts Center curator.

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    Acrobuffos , article

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2 PM: In "Air Play," circus meets science—umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage.

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    Post-Performance Q&A with Acrobuffos , article

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23: After witnessing the magic of "Air Play," learn more about the work in a moderated discussion with the artists.

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    School-Day Performance | Acrobuffos: "Air Play" , article

    MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 10 AM: In this school-day matinee of "Air Play," for students in grades K-5, circus meets science—umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage.

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    Pre-Performance Talk: "What Is Flamenco?" , article

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 6 PM: What are the fundamentals of flamenco dance and music? Learn about palmas, pitos, and an array of other components of the style in this engaging primer on a spirited tradition.

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    Farruquito , article

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7:30 PM: An international superstar and heir to the most renowned self-proclaimed Gypsy flamenco dynasty, Farruquito is hailed by the "New York Times" as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.”

November

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.

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    Danish String Quartet , article

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30 PM: With a palpable warmth and spontaneity in its music-making, the Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet is known for impeccable musicianship, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and an expressivity inextricably bound to the music.

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    Post-Performance Q&A with the Danish String Quartet , article

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4: Following the performance, join members of the Danish String Quartet for this open discussion about the evening’s program and their work together as an ensemble.

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    "Anastasia" , article

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 7:30 PM: Inspired by the beloved films, "Anastasia" transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.

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    School-Day Performance | Nrityagram Dance Ensemble: "A Meeting of Two Cultures" , article

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 10 AM: This one-of-a-kind cultural exchange transports students on a journey through time and space to Eastern India, the birthplace of Odissi and to the island of Sri Lanka, home to Kandyan dance.

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    "Āhuti" , article

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7:30 PM: In a fascinating cultural dialogue delivered through movement and music, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and Chitrasena Dance Company collaborate in a contemporary fusion of Odissi classical dance from India and traditional Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka.

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    Post-Performance Q&A with Nrityagram Dance Ensemble , article

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12: Following the performance, join members of Nrityagram Dance Ensemble for an open Q&A discussion.

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    Soweto Gospel Choir , article

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7:30 PM: Resounding with sheer jubilation, three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings "Hope: It's Been a Long Time Coming," a program celebrating American and South African artists associated with struggles for civil rights and social justice throughout their countries’ complex histories.

December

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.

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    Roanoke Symphony Orchestra , article

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 4 PM: This much-anticipated holiday music tradition and audience favorite returns to the Moss. Gather your friends and family and savor the spirit of the holidays as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fills the theatre with music and cheer.

January

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    Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra , article

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 PM: With a rich history and dynamic musicians, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is one of Hungary’s leading orchestras. Progressive and versatile, its musicians perform a repertoire ranging from well-loved masterpieces to new works.

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    "An Evening with Kevin Young" , article

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:30 PM: A groundbreaking voice of his generation, poet Kevin Young is the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of "The New Yorker," where he hosts the poetry podcast.

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    School-Day Performance | Machine de Cirque: "La Galerie" , article

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 10 AM: Dizzying feats, astonishing discoveries, poetic liberties, and a serious dose of some silly good fun come together to fuel this ode to creativity.

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    Machine de Cirque , article

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 7:30 PM: Seven zany acrobats and an electrifying musician take in a monochrome exhibit. With a creative spark, they set off an explosion of color in "La Galerie."

February

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    School-Day Performance | PUBLIQuartet , article

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 10 AM: Bursting with rockstar energy, the Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is changing the perception of string quartets with its creative, interactive programming and modern interpretation of chamber music.

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    PUBLIQuartet , article

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 PM: Bursting with rockstar energy, the Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is changing the perception of string quartets with its creative, interactive programming and modern interpretation of chamber music.

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    "Hairspray" , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7:30 PM: Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

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    "Akutagawa" , article

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18: Magic abounds through tales of the supernatural in this new stage work, which uses bunraku puppets, video projection, and live music to explore the creative process of Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 7:30 PM: Celebrate over 60 years of unparalleled artistry when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Blacksburg!

March

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 7:30 PM: Celebrate over 60 years of unparalleled artistry when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Blacksburg!

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    School-Day Performance | Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , article

    WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 11 AM: These dancers dazzle with their technical brilliance and passionate energy, bringing audiences to their feet at every performance.

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    "An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen" , article

    THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 PM: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. Globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the Vietnam War, his remarkable debut novel, "The Sympathizer," is a "New York Times" best seller and Pulitzer Prize winner.

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    "Book of Mountains and Seas" , article

    FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 7:30 PM: A daring new music theatre work by composer Huang Ruo and puppeteer, designer, and director Basil Twist, "Book of Mountains and Seas" is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths that are relevant to our current climate change struggle.

April

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    Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale , article

    SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 4 PM: Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Master Chorale, Virginia Tech Choirs, and the Georgia Boy Choir come together for a production of Benjamin Britten’s "War Requiem."

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    Cécile McLorin Salvant , article

    SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 7:30 PM: MacArthur Fellow and three-time Grammy Award winner, singer, and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant brings historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and a clear-eyed take on jazz standards and her own original compositions.

October

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    Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi , article

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 5, 7:30 PM: Acclaimed musician and Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens collaborates with her band and Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi to forge exultant sounds.

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    Makuyeika Colectivo Teatral , article

    WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 12-THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 7:30 PM: Woven from ancestral myths, traditional music, and a three-person narrative, "Andares" reveals the extraordinary spirit of Mexico’s remote corners and the astonishing pathways of its humblest of inhabitants.

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    Acrobuffos , article

    SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2 PM: In "Air Play," circus meets science—umbrellas fly, fabrics soar over the audience, balloons swallow people, and snow swirls, filling the stage.

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    Farruquito , article

    FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28, 7:30 PM: An international superstar and heir to the most renowned self-proclaimed Gypsy flamenco dynasty, Farruquito is hailed by the "New York Times" as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.”

November

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    Danish String Quartet , article

    FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 7:30 PM: With a palpable warmth and spontaneity in its music-making, the Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet is known for impeccable musicianship, exquisite clarity of ensemble, and an expressivity inextricably bound to the music.

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    "Anastasia" , article

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 7:30 PM: Inspired by the beloved films, "Anastasia" transports us from the twilight of the Russian Empire to the euphoria of Paris in the 1920s, as a brave young woman sets out to discover the mystery of her past.

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    "Āhuti" , article

    SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 7:30 PM: In a fascinating cultural dialogue delivered through movement and music, Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and Chitrasena Dance Company collaborate in a contemporary fusion of Odissi classical dance from India and traditional Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka.

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    Soweto Gospel Choir , article

    THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17, 7:30 PM: Resounding with sheer jubilation, three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir brings "Hope: It's Been a Long Time Coming," a program celebrating American and South African artists associated with struggles for civil rights and social justice throughout their countries’ complex histories.

December

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    Roanoke Symphony Orchestra , article

    SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3, 4 PM: This much-anticipated holiday music tradition and audience favorite returns to the Moss. Gather your friends and family and savor the spirit of the holidays as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fills the theatre with music and cheer.

January

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    Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra , article

    THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 7:30 PM: With a rich history and dynamic musicians, Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is one of Hungary’s leading orchestras. Progressive and versatile, its musicians perform a repertoire ranging from well-loved masterpieces to new works.

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    "An Evening with Kevin Young" , article

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 7:30 PM: A groundbreaking voice of his generation, poet Kevin Young is the director of the National Museum of African American History and Culture and poetry editor of "The New Yorker," where he hosts the poetry podcast.

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    Machine de Cirque , article

    FRIDAY, JANUARY 27, 7:30 PM: Seven zany acrobats and an electrifying musician take in a monochrome exhibit. With a creative spark, they set off an explosion of color in "La Galerie."

February

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    PUBLIQuartet , article

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 7:30 PM: Bursting with rockstar energy, the Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is changing the perception of string quartets with its creative, interactive programming and modern interpretation of chamber music.

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    "Hairspray" , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7:30 PM: Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Can a girl with big dreams (and even bigger hair) change the world?

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    "Akutagawa" , article

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 17-SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18: Magic abounds through tales of the supernatural in this new stage work, which uses bunraku puppets, video projection, and live music to explore the creative process of Japanese writer Ryūnosuke Akutagawa.

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 7:30 PM: Celebrate over 60 years of unparalleled artistry when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Blacksburg!

March

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    Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater , article

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28-WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1, 7:30 PM: Celebrate over 60 years of unparalleled artistry when Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Blacksburg!

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    "An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen" , article

    THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 7:30 PM: Viet Thanh Nguyen’s writing is bold, elegant, and fiercely honest. Globally reimagining what we thought we knew about the Vietnam War, his remarkable debut novel, "The Sympathizer," is a "New York Times" best seller and Pulitzer Prize winner.

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    "Book of Mountains and Seas" , article

    FRIDAY, MARCH 24, 7:30 PM: A daring new music theatre work by composer Huang Ruo and puppeteer, designer, and director Basil Twist, "Book of Mountains and Seas" is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths that are relevant to our current climate change struggle.

April

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    Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale , article

    SUNDAY, APRIL 23, 4 PM: Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Master Chorale, Virginia Tech Choirs, and the Georgia Boy Choir come together for a production of Benjamin Britten’s "War Requiem."

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    Cécile McLorin Salvant , article

    SATURDAY, APRIL 29, 7:30 PM: MacArthur Fellow and three-time Grammy Award winner, singer, and composer Cécile McLorin Salvant brings historical perspective, a renewed sense of drama, and a clear-eyed take on jazz standards and her own original compositions.

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    School-Day Performance | PUBLIQuartet , article

    FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 10 AM: Bursting with rockstar energy, the Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is changing the perception of string quartets with its creative, interactive programming and modern interpretation of chamber music.

March

October

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.

November

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.

December

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    Craig Drennen , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Atlanta-based artist Craig Drennen’s work shows technical agility across a wide range of influences that span abstraction, representation, and conceptual practices.

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    Steve Locke , article

    THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13-SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17: Throughout his artistic career, Locke’s work has questioned how we ascribe meaning to portraiture.