2023-2024 Season Performances
This season at the Moss Arts Center — our 10th anniversary season — experience spellbinding sounds with Arooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily; infectious joy with Pink Martini featuring China Forbes; comforting spirituals with Javon Jackon, Nikki Giovanni, and Nnenna Freelon; energetic acrobatics with Cirque Mechanics; quirky wit with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; gorgeous and delightful parody with Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo; radiant sounds with the Bamberg Symphony; and much more.
Whether you want to attend every show or curate your own experience, we have you covered.
The Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre — featuring three levels that seat approximately 1,200 — is a superior performance space. Designed with a system of almost infinitely adjustable acoustics and technical aspects, the Fife allows us to showcase artists presenting a range of theatrical and musical styles. There’s no bad seat in the house!
Article ItemBrentano String Quartet , article
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 7:30 PM: Having first performed in the Fife in 2014, Brentano String Quartet returns for the center’s 10th anniversary season, joined by leading violist and Juilliard faculty member Hsin-Yun Huang.
Article Item"The Book of Life" , article
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26, 7:30 PM: Rwandan writer and activist Odile Gakire “Kiki” Katese takes to the stage with Ingoma Nshya, the Women Drummers of Rwanda, for new theatre project "The Book of Life," a deeply moving perspective on life, loss, and recovery.
Article ItemMountain Stage with Kathy Mattea , article
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 1, 7 PM: Join Grammy-winning country and bluegrass star Kathy Mattea for an episode of Mountain Stage recorded live from the Fife Theatre.
Article ItemArooj Aftab, Vijay Iyer, and Shahzad Ismaily , article
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 7:30 PM: Three accomplished musicians forge a singular voice incorporating their distinct backgrounds and vast histories of collaboration.
Article ItemWinona LaDuke , article
MONDAY, OCTOBER 9, 7:30 PM: A Native American activist, Harvard-educated economist, and author, Winona LaDuke has devoted her life to advocating for Indigenous people’s rights and environmental justice.
Article ItemGarage Dance Ensemble , article
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12, 7:30 PM: Garage Dance Ensemble brings this deeply personal and socially charged contemporary dance-theatre work named for krummelpap, a South African comfort food similar to American grits.
Article ItemVox Luminis , article
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 19, 7:30 PM: Renowned Belgian early music vocal and instrumental ensemble Vox Luminis is defined by its unique sound, appealing as much through the personality of each timbre as it does through the color and the uniformity of the voices.
Article ItemPink Martini featuring China Forbes , article
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27, 7:30 PM: After a fervent standing ovation for its 2021 performance at the Moss, audience favorite Pink Martini brings its infectious, bubbly sounds back to Blacksburg for a celebration guaranteed to have the audience dancing in the aisles.
Article ItemJavon Jackson with Nikki Giovanni and Nnenna Freelon , article
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 7:30 PM: A historic collaboration between renowned poet and Virginia Tech legend Nikki Giovanni and saxophonist-composer and former Jazz Messenger Javon Jackson has yielded "The Gospel According to Nikki Giovanni."
Article ItemSeongbukdong Beedoolkee Theatre , article
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, AND THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 7:30 PM: This Seoul, Korea-based innovative contemporary theatre company delivers a completely original take on the enduring Greek tragedy of "Medea," recasting the ancient tale as a commentary on contemporary media and serving it to the audience in outrageous ways.
Article ItemInvoke , article
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 7:30 PM: Adding banjo, mandolin, fiddle, and voice to the string quartet, Invoke is reinventing classical music. Encompassing traditions from across America, including bluegrass, Appalachian fiddle tunes, jazz, and minimalism, the vibrant ensemble is fueled by its passion for storytelling.
Article ItemDeantoni Parks , article
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 30, 7 and 9 PM: Using the creative moniker “Technoself,” experimental composer and percussionist Deantoni Parks blends technology, hip-hop, sampling, and electronica to create fascinating sonic experiences covering a variety of progressive styles.
Article ItemRoanoke Symphony Orchestra , article
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, 4 PM: Mark your calendars! This much-anticipated audience favorite returns to the Moss, filling the Fife with holiday cheer as only the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and its "Holiday Pops" program can.
Article ItemBlacksburg Master Chorale , article
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 4 PM: The New River Valley’s own Blacksburg Master Chorale is joined by a professional orchestra and soloists to present one of the most iconic works of the holiday season, Handel’s "Messiah."
Article ItemJazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis , article
TUESDAY, JANUARY 23, 7:30 PM: Grammy-winning trumpeter Wynton Marsalis leads the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra. Made up of 15 of today’s finest jazz musicians, the group performs the music of great jazz composers as well as original works.
Article ItemCirque Mechanics , article
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 31, 7:30 PM: From the creative team that brought us "Birdhouse Factory" in 2022 and "Pedal Punk" in 2015 comes a fun-for-all-ages theatrical circus show inspired by the power of wind. Cirque Mechanics combines inspired storytelling and innovative mechanical staging for its latest smash, "Zephyr."
Article ItemMark Morris Dance Group , article
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 7:30 PM: Internationally celebrated choreographer Mark Morris teams up with collaborator Ethan Iverson for this evening-length homage to the legendary late Burt Bacharach. A towering figure of popular music, Bacharach is known for soaring melodies influenced by jazz, rock, and Brazilian music.
Article Item"An Evening with Elizabeth Kolbert" , article
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 7:30 PM: Journalist and "New Yorker" staff writer Elizabeth Kolbert traveled from Alaska to Greenland, visiting top scientists to get to the heart of the debate over global warming.
Article ItemMeshell Ndegeocello , article
FRIDAY, MARCH 15, 7:30 PM: Traversing soul, R&B, jazz, hip-hop, and rock, Grammy winner Meshell Ndegeocello’s work is bound by the search for love, justice, respect, and resolution.
Article ItemSō Percussion with Caroline Shaw and special guest Shodekeh , article
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20, 7:30 PM: Multi-genre quartet Sō Percussion joins forces with two preeminent collaborators for an evening of music bridging the worlds of classical and pop.
Article ItemLas Cafeteras , article
TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 7:30 PM: East Los Angeles Chicano indie-folk band Las Cafeteras has taken the music scene by storm with its infectious live performances, crossing many genres and borders along the way.
Article ItemUkulele Orchestra of Great Britain , article
THURSDAY, APRIL 4, 7:30 PM: Featuring only ukuleles and the voices of its performers, the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain returns for an unforgettable evening.
Article ItemLes Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo , article
SATURDAY, APRIL 13, 7:30 PM: An inspired blend of dance and impeccable humor, the world-class parody ballet company Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo makes its Southwest Virginia debut.
Article Item"Small Island, Big Song" , article
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 7:30 PM: In this inspiring multimedia concert confronting climate change, artists from Pacific and Indian Ocean nations unite to blend traditions and create music celebrating the ways we are all connected. The result is a breathtakingly beautiful sound made by those who sing for the seas.
Article ItemBamberg Symphony , article
FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 7:30 PM: With a musical lineage stretching back to the 18th and 19th centuries — to Mahler and Mozart — Germany’s Bamberg Symphony is a favorite around the world, performing over 7,000 concerts in more than 60 countries and over 500 cities.
Article Item"An Evening with Leslie Odom, Jr." , article
SATURDAY, MAY 4, 7:30 PM: Leslie Odom, Jr. is a multifaceted, award-winning vocalist, songwriter, author, and actor with a career that spans all performance genres.