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Gospel Concert

Aug 24, 2012 4pm

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
Benefit concert for Stephon Coleman Jr. and Preston Moore Scholarship Fund. Stephon Coleman attended St. Anne Belfield, graduated and was a student at Liberty University. Preston Moore was a past teacher for the Charlottesville School System.

Featured Choral Groups:
Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church Men’s Quartet-Charlottesville, Va.
Five Boy’s of Zion-Esmont, Va.
Jewel Gospel Singers-Fluvanna County Va.
Pine Hill Men’s Chorus-Nelson County Va.

Pamela A. Harris, 434-293-3212

John Tesh's Big Band Live! Tour

Jul 22, 2012 8pm

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
John Tesh and his Big Band Orchestra are “swinging” into town with a new show called John Tesh: Big Band LIVE! On stage with 12 performers, John will play favorite big band tunes, including “In the Mood,” “I’ve Got the World on a String,” “Beyond the Sea” and many more. An all-around showman, John will treat you to piano solos, original hits in the big band style and will charm you with his engaging audience rapport. Designed for all ages, this show is sure to delight young and old alike. Numerous songs sung are featured on John Tesh: Big Band, which was released nationwide on April 17th. They were also heard on his recent public television special distributed by APT, Tesh’s biggest production since his landmark “Live At Red Rocks” also titled “John Tesh: Big Band Live!”, which began airing in March, and will continue through 2012.

Kimberly Schroeder

Jane Scatena & The Big Band: Strictly Taboo

Jun 15, 2012 8pm

Live Arts, 123 East Water Street, Downtown Charlottesville,Va
Strictly Taboo
Jane Scatena & The Big Band: Strictly Taboo
A CD Release and Benefit Concert for Live Arts
Featuring vocalist Jane Scatena and the 16-piece big band Salute to Swing

Friday, June 15th at 8pm
General Admission: $25
VIP Ticket*: $50
*includes Premium Reserved Seating and two drink tickets!

Jump, jive, swing, and sway with Jane Scatena in her exclusive Jazz Cabaret!

Life-long musician and performer, and no stranger to the Live Arts stage, Jane Scatena has come a long way from the heart of Iowa, singing in a trio act with her sisters at age 5. Growing up, she listened to her parents’ records, cutting her teeth on songs from The Great American Songbook. After finishing college, her balloon flew to Oz, landing in San Francisco, where her musical and acting experience led her into a professional career on stage and in film. After adding another career as wife and mother of two, her next move landed her here in Charlottesville, where she’s graced the Live Arts stage in such productions as Kiss of the Spider Woman, Gypsy, The Drowsy Chaperone, and this summer's sure-to-please Hairspray.

Longing to unleash her inner crooner, she started singing with Salute to Swing, a 16-piece Big Band led by Dr. Leo Mallek that has been playing together since 2007. With its balanced sound from a five-sax line, four trombones, four trumpets, drums, piano, and string bass, Salute to Swing faithfully recreates the Big Band sound from the '40s and '50s — and inspired Jane to finally make her first CD. The CD was professionally recorded, mixed and mastered at The Sound Studio in Charlottesville by the highly talented sound engineer, Mark Graham.

Now, for one night only, Jane and her Big Band buddies transform Live Arts into an exclusive Jazz cabaret. Lounge at your table, sip your cocktail, or take a swing around the dance floor as you give in to siren Scatena’s seductive spell.

Proceeds of the evening will benefit the musicians of Live Arts, ensuring the promise of great bands for all Live Arts musicals and events to come.

General admission tickets are $25. Your VIP ticket secures Premium Reserved Seating, and include two drink tickets per person, all for $50. Seating is limited! Call the Live Arts Box Office at 434-977-4177 or get your tickets online at

Jane Scatena & Her Big Band

Salute to Swing is:
Dr. Leo Mallek: Band Leader
Michael Elswick: Tenor Sax
Paul Beum: Alto Sax, Clarinet
Wayne LaFleur: Alto Sax
Brian Hamshar: Tenor Sax
Alicia Strickler: Baritone Sax
Steve Sanford: Trombone
Scott Colley: Trombone
John LaPrade: Trombone
Michael Strickler: Bass Trombone
Tom Bibb: Trumpet
Dick Stageberg: Trumpet
Steve Layman: Trumpet
Susan Allen: Trumpet
Jim Niederberger: Piano
Joe Bunts, Jr: String Bass
Dave Youel: Drums

Ben "Jigsaw" Jones, 434-977-4177 x103

Chamber Singers Concert

Nov 13, 2011 TBA

TBA, Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Chamber Singers in concert on Sunday, November 13th at (time) in (place). Founded in 2005 and led by UVa faculty conductor Michael Slon, the UVa Chamber Singers is a select ensemble drawn from the University Singers, and performs a wide variety of music for chamber choir ranging from early music to contemporary compositions. This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 434.924.3052

Marcy Day

Jazz Combos Concert

Nov 13, 2011 7pm

Brooks Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Jazz Combos in concert on Sunday, November 13th at 7pm in Brooks Hall. The Combos are taught by distinguished jazz performance faculty members Pete Spaar, Jeff Decker and Mike Rosensky. The combos range in size from quartets to octets and vary in skill-level from intermediate to advanced. Repertoire is chosen from a diverse range of jazz styles by such greats as Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Lee Morgan, Antonio Carlos Jobim, among many others, as well as original compositions by both faculty and students. For more information on this free concert, call 434.924.3052

Marcy Day

Jazz Ensemble Concert

Nov 11, 2011 8pm

Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The McIntire Department of Music presents the UVA Jazz Ensemble under the direction of trumpeter John D’earth on Friday, November 11th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for students, and free for UVA students if reserved in advance. To purchase tickets, visit the Arts Box Office at or call 434.924.3376

Marcy Day

ROCK OF AGES 2011-2012 Brown Mercedes Benz Broadway in Charlottesville Series

Dec 4, 2011 7pm

John Paul Jones Arena
ROCK OF AGES is the "insanely fun" (New York Times) worldwide smash-hit musical that features a raucous mix of 28 eyebrow-scorching tunes including "Don't Stop Believin'," "We Built This City," "The Final Countdown," "Wanted Dead or Alive," "Here I Go Again," "Can't Fight This Feeling," and "I Want To Know What Love Is."

Set in LA's infamous Sunset Strip in 1987, ROCK OF AGES tells the story of Drew, a boy from South Detroit, and Sherrie, a small town girl, both in LA to chase their dreams of making it big and falling in love. ROCK OF AGES takes you back to the times of big bands with big egos playing big guitar solos and sporting even bigger hair!

John Paul Jones Arena Box Office

Free Bridge Quintet

Oct 21, 2011 8pm

Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the Free Bridge Quintet in concert on Friday, October 21st at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. The Free Bridge Quintet is the official faculty jazz quintet of the University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music. It features Jeff Decker on saxophones, Robert Jospe on the drums, Wells Hanley on piano, Peter Spaar on bass, and John D'earth on trumpet and flugelhorn. Tickets are $15 for adults, $8 for students, and free for UVA students who reserve in advance. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the Arts Box Office at or by calling 434.924.3376

Marcy Day

Bluegrass Concert

Oct 22, 2011 7pm

Central Elementary School auditorium
Palmyra Volunteer Fire Company Auxiliary is sponsoring a Bluegrass Concert on October 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. doors open at 6 p.m. featuring The Bluegrass Brothers with a local band Jollett Lane opening the show. At Central Elementary School Auditorium, 3340 Central Plains Road, Palmyra. VA . Tickets are $15. For tickets or more information call 434-589-8602 or 434-960-5401.

Crystal 434-960-5401

Arts Council Grand Tour

Oct 14, 2011 8pm

Old Cabell Hall, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
The University of Virginia McIntire Department of Music presents the Grand Tour: Piedmont Baroque Concert on Friday, October 14th at 8pm in Old Cabell Hall. The performance will showcase music from the early decades of the Grand Tour, including compositions by Henry Purcell, Jean-Marie Leclair, and more. This free concert is sponsored by the U.Va. Arts Council: Enriching the Arts on Grounds. For more information, call 434.924.3052

Marcy Day

CHS Band: A Little Bit of Knight Music

Nov 11, 2011 7:30pm

Charlottesville High School, Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center
The award-winning Charlottesville High School Band will present its First Annual “A Little Bit of Knight Music” on Friday November 11, 2011 at 7:30 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Performing Arts Center at Charlottesville High School.

“A Little Bit of Knight Music” is a non-stop musical kaleidoscope, showcasing the talented student musicians of the Charlottesville High School Bands. A variety of musical styles and ensembles will be presented throughout the performing space, creating an interactive experience for the audience. Director of Bands, David Gresko, hopes to make this an annual event to help support the many student performance opportunities provided by the CHS Bands, including their upcoming trip to the Heritage Festival in Orlando, Florida in the spring of 2012. Tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for students in K-12. Tickets will be available for advance purchase through our website or through CHS Band members as well as for purchase at the door. For further information, please visit: or call 979-8437.

Kara Cox

College Weekend 2011

Oct 29, 2011 7pm

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church
Concert - VCU Awakening Black Awakening Choir & UVA Perfect Praise Dance Ministry

Pamela A. Harris, 434-962-7188


Oct 26, 2011 7pm

John Paul Jones Arena
The Goo Goo Dolls have announced they will make their debut appearance in Charlottesville, VA at John Paul Jones Arena on Wednesday, October 26.

2011 marks the 25th year since Goo Goo Dolls founding members John Rzeznik and Robby Takac first starting playing music together. Joined for the past 15 years by drummer Mike Malinin, the Goo Goo Dolls are touring in support of their ninth studio album, Something For The Rest Of Us.

Since their inception in 1986, this multiplatinum trio helped define the 1990s wave of alt-rock with 20 charted songs, including #1 hits “Iris,” “Slide,” and Black Balloon, while earning 4 gold and platinum albums, and 4 GRAMMY nominations. Their debut single, “Home,” from Something for the Rest of Us became the group’s 14th Top 10 single, breaking their own record for most Top 10 singles in the history of Billboard’s Adult Top 40 chart.

Tickets available toll free at 1-888-JPJ-TIXS (575-8497), or or


Nov 8, 2011 7pm

John Paul Jones Arena
Following their successful spring tour, former Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh & Bob Weir with their band Furthur continue their musical adventure with a fall tour that will make a stop at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA on Tuesday, November 8th at 7:00PM.

Fans can expect Lesh & Weir to push the musical envelope with jaw-dropping improvisations and loving renditions of Grateful Dead classics, with an all star band that includes keyboardist Jeff Chimenti (RatDog), drummer Joe Russo (Benevento - Russo Duo, Trey Anastasio), guitarist John Kadlecik (Dark Star Orchestra), and vocalists Sunshine Becker and Jeff Pehrson.

New and old fans of the Grateful Dead alike will be entranced as Phil & Bob take the musical journey “furthur”, exploring some of the Grateful Dead’s most beloved songs in a tour that promises to keep the feet stomping and the bodies shaking.

Produced by Live Nation and Starr Hill Presents.

Paul Lanham

Blue O'Connell CD Release Concert

Oct 8, 2011 8pm

Cville Coffee The Stage 1301 Harris St
Plan to celebrate the CD “Choose the Sky” from songstress Blue O’Connell. A talented and engaging performer come, see why John McCutcheon calls Blue a "uniquely compelling songwriter". Mary Gordon Hall on harmony vocals and Peter Markush on cello.

Blue O'Connell


Benefit Concert: Alliance for Interfaith Ministries

Oct 16, 2011 3pm

University Baptist Church
A benefit concert to celebrate the Alliance for Interfaith Ministries (AIM) and AIM's 30 years of outreach to the local community. AIM provides financial support to families who are at risk of becoming homeless or of losing their electricity due to a financial crisis.

Drene DeGood

Dogwood Disciples Premier Concert

Sep 25, 2011 3pm

Trinity Episcopal Church, 1142 Preston Avenue
Performance of "Requiem in C Minor" by Luigi Cherubini with chorus, strings, timpani and organ.
Directed by Carlton M. Dickerson, founder of the Charlottesville Dogwood Chorus. Free and Open to the Public.

Carlton Dickerson

The Hudson Trio, Chamber Music

Oct 25, 2011 7:30pm

Piedmont Virginia Community College's Dickinson Building, 501 College Drive, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Coming to the PVCC stage is New York's Hudson Trio, a piano trio comprised of seasoned and accomplished chamber musicians. Their eclectic approach to programming combines standard works with rarely performed compositions. In addition, they regularly feature works by contemporary composers, some of which were written especially for this trio.

$15 adults, $10 seniors/students
General seating

Susan Nicholson, 434-923-4533


Aug 6, 2011 5pm

Mt. Zion First African Baptist Church, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Let Everything That Hath Breath Praise the Lord Musical Concert

Pamela A. Harris, 434-962-7188

Ch'ville/Albe. Youth Orchestra Concert

May 10, 2011 7pm

MLK Performing Arts Center at CHS
The Youth Orchestras will perform a Spring Concert featuring Sarah Fredrick playing the 1st mvt. of Shostakovitch's 2nd Piano Concerto. The Evan's Orchestra and the Junior Strings will also be performing.

Scot Jonte 434-977-1433

Zephyrus Spring Concert

Apr 10, 2011 3pm

St. Paul's Memorial Church, Charlottesville
Zephyrus, a Charlottesville-based nonprofit vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque era music, will bid farewell to its founder and director Paul Walker and his wife Diane. This final concert of Zephyrus’s 20th season will feature music by the 17th-century German composer Heinrich Schütz. Zephyrus will present the Walkers with a book of tributes in appreciation of their contribution to the the performance of early music in Central Virginia.

Paul Walker

Dailey & Vincent Concert

Mar 13, 2011 3pm

William Monroe High School
Concert presented by Greene County Rescue Squad

Bob Townsend 434-566-2255

Benefit Concert for TJACH- Thomas Jefferson Coalition for the Homeless

Mar 6, 2011 Doors Open 6:30pm

Mar 7, 2011 Doors Open 6:30pm

The Haven,112 W. Market St Charlottesville
A concert to benefit TJACH (Thomas Jefferson Coalition for the Homeless) will feature singer/songwriters Anne Hills and David Roth, with special guests Mary Gordon Hall and Blue O’Connell. The concert will be held on Sunday, March 6th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30) at The Haven, which is located at 112 W. Market St in Charlottesville

Blue O'Connell 434-882-1184

St Patrick's Day Dance

Mar 19, 2011 9pm

Barboursville Fire Department
Join us at the Fire Department on March 19 and enjoy the band Borderline.

Nancy 540-832-5107

U.Va Chamber Music Series, Rivanna String Quartet

Feb 27, 2011 3:30pm

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, U.Va
The University of Virginia’s Chamber Music Series will present its third concert of the 2010-2011 Season: The Art of Music on Sunday, February 27, 2011 at 3:30pm in Old Cabell Hall on University Grounds.

Rivanna String Quartet
David Colwell, violin
David Sariti, violin
Ayn Balija, viola
Adam Carter, cello

Debussy: String Quartet in G minor, Op.10
Burtner: Somata/Asomata (2002)
Britten: String Quartet No. 2 in C, Op.36

Prices: Adults($20), Students($10), UVa Students(Free in advance), Other(18 and Under are free)

To purchase tickets, call the Arts Box Office at (434) 924-3376. Or visit for more information.

Chelsey Zhang

RAM Friday Night Sing!

Feb 25, 2011 Times Vary

Mar 4, 2011 Times Vary

Mar 11, 2011 Times Vary

Mar 18, 2011 Times Vary

Mar 25, 2011 Times Vary

Days Inn Express Hotel at 20 Windigrove Dr Waynesboro Va 22980
Open mike to showcase gospel and Christian musicians and soloists of all genres. Chance to hone performance skills, mentor, and network with others.

Deborah N Smith, M.A.

Jason Aldean

Mar 3, 2011 7:30pm

John Paul Jones Arena
My Kinda Party Tour 2011 with Special Guests Eric Church and the JaneDear Girls
Tickets on sale NOW!

(434) 243-4960

Celtic Woman "Songs from the Heart" Tour

Mar 27, 2011 7pm

John Paul Jones Arena
A true celebration of Ireland with an unforgettable signature style, come see Celtic Woman with their 6 piece band and the Aontas Choir perform unique renditions of Irish standards, classical favorites and contemporary hits. Celtic Woman – Songs from the Heart promises to be a live concert event that you and your entire family will never forget!
Tickets on sale NOW!

(434) 243-4960

Romantic Music for Cello and Piano: Ru-Pei Yeh, Cello and Helen Huang, Piano

Feb 17, 2011 8pm

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium
The UVA McIntire Department of Music will presents a concert of Romantic Music for Cello and Piano featuring cellist Ru-Pei Yeh and pianist Helen Huang. This internationally acclaimed pair will present a recital of cello and piano sonatas featuring the music of Beethoven, Brahms, and Elliot Carter. The concert will be in Old Cabell Hall Auditorium and is free and open to the public. For more information visit or call 434.924.3052.

Chelsey Zhang

10th Annual Bluegrass Show

Feb 12, 2011 7:30pm

Albemarle High School Auditorium Charlottesville, VA
Bluegrass Concert featuring The Virginia Ramblers & The Deanes

Tina Deane (434) 531-5580

Bill Staines Concert

Feb 11, 2011 7:30pm (Pre-show potluck dinner at 6pm)

North Branch School, 221 Mickens Road, Afton, VA
Songs by folk legend, Bill Staines, have been featured on radio (Prairie Home Companion), TV (Deadwood), and movies (The Return of the Seacaucus 7). Those who would like to share a potluck supper with Bill should arrive at 6 PM with a dish to share. The concert will begin at 7:30 PM. $10 adults/$3 children in advance; $12/$5 at the door.

Cleo Keller, 540-456-8450

University of Virginia Chamber Music Series, Joint Faculty Recital

Jan 30, 2011 3:30pm

Old Cabell Hall Auditorium, U.Va
The University of Virginia’s Chamber Music Series announces the second
concert of the 2010-2011 Season: The Art of Music, a look at the seven
elements of the visual arts portrayed in music. In a faculty recital,
oboist Aaron Hill and Cellist Adam Carter in collaboration with John
Mayhood examine the specific elements of color and space in the music of
Bach, Schumann, and Piazzolla. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $10 for students. UVA students with valid ID and
those under 18 are free if reserved in advance. To purchase tickets call the Cabell Hall Box Office at (434)
924-3376, 12pm-5pm, Monday through Friday. For more information, visit

Chelsey Zhang

Flory Jagoda in Concert

Jan 22, 2011 6:30pm

Congregation Beth Israel, 301 East Jefferson, Charlottesville, VA 22902
Flory Jagoda and Susan Gaeta in Concert

Saturday, January 22, Reception in O'Mansky Hall at 6:30 p.m., Concert in Main Sanctuary at 7:00 p.m. CBI Members: $10 Non-Members: $15.

Ticket proceeds will benefit the Flory Jagoda Sephardic Music Fund. Tickets can be purchased in advance at the CBI office.

Flory Jagoda, a 2002-2003 Master Artist in the Virginia Folklife Apprenticeship Program, was a 2002 recipient of the National Heritage Award, the highest honor given to a traditional artist in the United States. Susan Gaeta served as her apprentice and is herself a gifted singer and performer.

Flory was born in Sarajevo, Bosnia, a member of the musical Altaras family within the Sephardic Jewish community. Through her grandmother, Jagoda learned songs that had been passed down in her family in the generations since Sephardic Jews were forced into exile from Spain and Portugal in the 15th century. These songs are sung in Ladino, or "Judezmo", the traditional language of the Jews of the Ottoman Empire. Escaping with her parents from the destruction of most of Bosnia's Jewish community during World War II, Flory is now recognized as the "keeper of the flame" of the Sephardic musical tradition in the United States and internationally, as well as for her new compositions and arrangements of traditional Sephardic songs.

Flory has passed this legacy along to her children, musicians themselves, and has worked with many students now performing Ladino music. Together, Flory Jagoda and Susan Gaeta will present an entertaining and enlightening evening of Sephardic song and story.

Please note: Tickets may also be purchased at, however, to receive the CBI Members ticket price of $10, you must be a CBI member and the tickets must be purchased in the CBI office.

Aaron Weiner, (434) 295-6382

George Strait Tour with Reba McEntire

Jan 30, 2010 TBA

John Paul Jones Arena
Seventeen-time CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee George Strait will make a tour stop in Charlottesville early next year, and he’s bringing along one very special lady, Reba McEntire. The two will perform in Charlottesville at the John Paul Jones Arena on January 30, 2010.

The superstar acts performed together for the first time in many years for a sold-out crowd at the Cowboy’s Stadium inaugural event in Dallas. The show sold out out in less than an hour.

With 57 number one hits, 33 multi-platinum albums and countless sold-out shows year after year, Strait who holds the record for the most CMA wins and a record 17 CMA Entertainer of the Year nominations, is known for giving fans exactly what they want and expect.

“I can’t wait to get back out there and perform some of my new favorites from Twang along with hits the fans already love,” says Strait. “And with my friend Reba, we will make it a really spectacular night.”

At last year’s CMA Awards, George became the artist with the most CMA Awards in history with Album of the Year for Troubadour and Single of the Year for “I Saw God Today.” He adds 4 nominations this year with nods for “Entertainer of the Year,” “Male Vocalist of the Year,” “Video of the Year” for “Troubadour” and “Vocal Event of the Year” for “Everything But Quits” with LeeAnn Womack.

His platinum-selling Troubadour was named “Best Country Album” at the 51st Grammy Awards and in April, Strait was the fifth artist ever to receive the Academy of Country Music's Artist of the Decade honor. Strait has won 19 Academy of Country Music Awards including "Entertainer of the Year."

One of the most successful female recording artists in history, Reba has sold over 55 million albums worldwide, earned 33 #1 singles and was recently recognized as the biggest female hit-maker in country music history by “Billboard,” “Mediabase” and “Country Aircheck.” She is the winner of 15 American Music Awards, 12 Academy of Country Music Awards, 9 People’s Choice Awards, 7 Country Music Awards and 2 GRAMMY Awards.

Reba’s new album, Keep On Loving You, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart – her first solo studio album to do so. With 11 #1 albums, Reba holds the record as the female artist with the most #1 albums in the history of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. The superstar also recently scored her third consecutive Top 10 single of 2009, as her new song “Consider Me Gone” jumped into the Top 10 this week on both the Billboard Country Singles and the USA Today/ Country Aircheck Chart powered by Mediabase) charts.


Winter Jam Christian Music Tour

Feb 20, 2010 6:00pm

John Paul Jones Arena
Christian music’s largest annual tour, the Winter Jam 2010 Tour Spectacular, will hit 44 cities beginning in January and is slated to feature some of the top artists in Christian music.

Hosted for the 15th consecutive year by GRAMMY-nominated NewSong, the Tour will also include multi-platinum Reunion recording artist Third Day; internationally-renowned Inpop recording artist Newsboys; Dove Award-winning Reunion recording artist Tenth Avenue North; acclaimed Flicker recording artist Fireflight; and guest speaker Tony Nolan.