Virginia Arts Festival Puts the Arts in Play with 2010 Education Programs

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For the 14th consecutive year, the Virginia Arts Festival promises moments of engaging artistry and inspiring beauty, and many of those moments will once again occur beyond the stage.

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For the 14th consecutive year, the Virginia Arts Festival promises moments of engaging artistry and inspiring beauty, and many of those moments will once again occur beyond the stage.

The Virginia Arts Festival WorldClass® Education Program provides thousands of students from Hampton Roads and Southeastern Virginia once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the arts and interact with artists in truly transformative ways.

Through the Festival's student matinees and in-school performances, young people are able to immerse themselves in the thrill of live performance, many of them for the first time. Workshops and master classes offer hands-on learning with some of the most celebrated artists in the world.

"Whether it’s playing alongside a member of the Boston Brass, taking a dance class with Mark Morris or asking pianist Gabriela Montero about stage fright," says Virginia Arts Festival Education Director Megan DiPaolo, "These are the experiences that will inspire and change a student’s life."

This year, educational opportunities include student matinees by the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Virginia International Tattoo, the Reduced Shakespeare Company, and the Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band as well as a variety of in-school performances. Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Brass, Richmond Ballet and Pilobolus Dance Theater will all offer master classes and/or workshops designed to give students uniquely immersive learning experiences. Also, a special symposium for educators inspired by the Virginia Arts Festival's original production of Leonard Bernstein’s Mass will be held on April 24 at Chrysler Hall.

Students and educators from around the region have been motivated and moved by the Virginia Arts Festival's education programs over the years. Detailed study guides provided by the Festival allow teachers to create SOL-based lesson plans that enhance performances, workshops or classes by integrating knowledge and experience to create a well rounded learning adventure.

"The arts provide a very important tool in a teaching 'kit.'" says Pam Northam, a 5th grade teacher at Cape Henry Collegiate. "They teach in a most profound, deep and inspiring way."

In addition to these education programs, the Virginia Arts Festival continues to support the Rhythm Project, a world percussion ensemble and community outreach program for area elementary and middle school students, and the John Duffy Composers Institute, which is dedicated to engendering the creation and performance of new music by young composers.

Virginia Arts Festival WorldClass® Education Program 2010 Events Schedule

STUDENT MATINEES

Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band: April 27, Ferguson Hall, Newport News, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

Virginia International Tattoo: April 29-30, Scope Arena, Norfolk, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Birmingham Royal Ballet/Swan Lake: May 7, Chrysler Hall, Norfolk, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m.

IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

Virginia International Tattoo

Various bands, drill teams and dancers from the Tattoo will perform April 26-May 4 at the following local schools: Newport News: Kiln Creek Elementary. Norfolk: Camp Allen Elementary, Dreamkeepers Academy, Ghent Elementary, Lindenwood Elementary, Little Creek Elementary, Monroe Elementary, Norfolk Academy, Ocean View Elementary, Poplar Halls Elementary, Taylor Elementary, Tucker Capps Elementary. Virginia Beach: Linkhorn Park Elementary, Tallwood High School

Quartet New Generation: April 27, Location TBA

Cavani String Quartet: May 6, Brandon Middle School, Virginia Beach

African Children's Choir: May 10, Cape Henry Collegiate, Virginia Beach and Norfolk Academy, Norfolk. May 11, Old Donation Center, Virginia Beach

Boston Brass: May 20 (evening concert with workshop), Hickory High School, Chesapeake. May 21, Crestwood Middle School, Chesapeake

WORKSHOPS

Birmingham Royal Ballet: May 5, Waller Mill Elementary, Williamsburg and Downing Gross Cultural Arts Center, Newport News

Boston Brass: May 20 (evening concert with workshop), Hickory High School, Chesapeake. May 21, Hickory Middle School, Chesapeake

MASTER CLASSES

Birmingham Royal Ballet: May 4, Salem High School, Virginia Beach and Eastern Shore's Own Arts Center, Eastern Shore. May 6, TRDance Center, Norfolk

Pilobolus Dance Theater: May 15, Sandler Center for the Performing Arts (for Salem High School), Virginia Beach

Richmond Ballet: May 22, TRDance Center. (Other dates and locations TBA)

MEDIA CONTACT:

Jennifer Chambers

757-282-2820

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