ON STAGE! SEASON FEATURES CLASSIC ROCK PIONEERS POCO + PURE PRAIRIE LEAGUE

The Piedmont Arts On Stage! performing arts series will kick off it's 21st year this October, bringing to the stage dynamic performances by a host of favorites and new artists, including the swinging beats of Samson Trinh and the Upper East Side Big Band, holiday classics and clever high jinks by the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, live theatre featuring an all-British cast from Aquila Theatre Co. and a powerhouse performance by 1970s country-rock superstars Poco and Pure Prairie League!

In addition to these exciting events, Piedmont Arts has also planned two Special Event performances, held in conjunction with upcoming exhibits in the Piedmont Arts galleries.

Individual and season tickets to Piedmont Arts On Stage! events as well as tickets to Piedmont Arts Special Event performances are now on sale at Piedmont Arts.

2011 - 2012 On Stage! Season

Samson Trinh & the Upper East Side Big Band
Sunday, Oct 16, 2011, 7:00 PM
Martinsville High School Auditorium, 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville

This performance partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Put on your dance shoes and swing the night away with the Upper East Side Big Band featuring the dynamic Samson Trinh! Made up of the finest musicians in Virginia, their repertoire includes the big band sounds of Duke Ellington and Count Basie as well as modern hits by Ray Charles, The Beatles and more!

$28 Reserved | $18 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student


Roanoke Symphony Orchestra & Chorus Holiday Pops Spectacular
Sunday, Dec 11, 2011, 7:00 PM
Martinsville High School Auditorium, 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville

This performance partially supported by a grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra and Chorus return to Martinsville for the sixth year with familiar holiday classics, new yuletide favorites and few surprises in store! In the spirit of the season, Grace Network will collect non-perishable food items to stock the pantry for those less fortunate.

$20 Reserved | $10 Adult | $5 Student


The Importance of Being Earnest
Thursday, Feb 2, 2012, 7:00 PM
Martinsville High School Auditorium, 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville

This tour engagement of Aquila Theatre Company is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Aquila Theatre's production of Oscar Wilde’s classic play overflows with razor-sharp wit and dizzy romantic comedy. The tale follows two young men who bend the truth to add a dash of excitement to their lives. However, their deceptions eventually cross paths, resulting in a series of hilarious discoveries that threaten to spoil their romantic pursuits.
$28 Reserved | $18 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student


Poco + Pure Prairie League
Saturday, May 5, 2012, 7:30 PM
Martinsville High School Auditorium, 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville

Country-rock pioneers Poco found platinum success early in their career, and four decades later Rusty Young, who wrote and sang the massive hits “Crazy Love” and “Heart Of The Night”, still leads this incredible band. They continue to record new material, including a 40th anniversary DVD.

When Pure Prairie League formed in the late 1960s, no one had put a label on the music they played. Along with groups like the Eagles, they reached mainstream radio listeners as singles like “Amie” climbed the Billboard. Pure Prairie League continues to record and tour around the world. An evening with these two legendary bands will be unforgettable!

$28 Reserved | $18 Adult | $15 Senior | $10 Student


Piedmont Arts Special Events

Scarlett Fever: The Greatness of Gone with the Wind
Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011, Dinner 6:00 PM, Lecture 7:00 PM
Piedmont Arts, 215 Starling Ave., Martinsville

Since its publication in 1936, Margaret Mitchell's novel, Gone with the Wind, has enjoyed wild popularity. Dr. Elliot Engel examines the intriguing background of both author and book and proves why Gone with the Wind should be considered a great American novel. This event is held in conjunction with the exhibit, Civil War Redux: Pinhole Photographs of Reenactments, on display in the Piedmont Arts galleries Oct 15 through Dec 31, 2011.

$25 Dinner and Lecture | $15 Lecture Only




Mark Twain at Large
Friday, Mar 30, 2012, 7:30 PM, Location TBA

Join Mark Twain in his private study for an intimate face-to-face conversation filled with stories and anecdotes taken directly from his literary works. Actor Ron Jewell channels his muse so convincingly that the audience will believe they have actually spent the evening with the real Mark Twain! This event is held in conjunction with the exhibit, Norman Rockwell's Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, on display in the Piedmont Arts galleries Mar 10 through Apr 28, 2012

$12



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