Individual tickets go on sale August 8, 2017, for the Moss Arts Center’s 2017-18 season of performances at Virginia Tech, which features a compelling mix of diverse voices and stories, fresh new works, sights and sounds from around the world, and opportunities to connect with and learn from the artists.
Authentic human experiences are communicated through stories by engaging emotions, creating connections and sharing meaning and purpose. Through words, sounds, images and movement, this season’s artists tell stories that expand cultural awareness, deepen understanding, and explore new ideas and perspectives.
The 2017-18 season opens with a tale of the tango. The alluring movements of this captivating dance take the stage on September 22, 2017, when Tango Buenos Aires brings “The Spirit of Argentina” to Blacksburg. This is followed by a story of resilience and healing by New York Times bestselling author Chery Strayed, who recounts her lone trek on the Pacific Crest Trail during her talk “A WILD Life,” inspired by her memoir “Wild.”
Composer, singer and violinist Jenny Scheinman crafts an inspiring story through images, music and technology, honoring Appalachia with captivating visuals from small towns in the 1930s and ’40s set to her original live score for “Kannapolis: A moving Portrait.“
Matters of race, gender identity and economic inequality are given voice through movement with dance company Urban Bush Women, which has made an indelible mark on the dance world with its bold, innovative works that challenge long-held thoughts and beliefs.
The Moss Arts Center pays homage to the orchestra in global style with diverse ensembles, including Sweden’s Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra and the China National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the legendary Tan Dun. The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba brings a Latin-flavored and dance-inspired program, which will feature the newly minted 2017 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist Yekwon Sunwoo. The Roanoke Symphony Orchestra also returns to the center with a masterworks concert and its popular Holiday Pops program.
The Moss Arts Center offers more diverse and global voices through its project, SALAAM: Exploring Muslim Cultures, which is made possible by a $204,000 grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals; Building Bridges: Arts Culture and Identity, a component of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; and the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art.
Designed to raise awareness of Muslim identities and cultures and foster more inclusive community among individuals from diverse cultural and religious backgrounds, the multiyear project will feature performances, visual arts exhibitions, workshops, and residencies. In conjunction with the project, the Moss Arts Center’s newest season includes a performance by Iranian ensemble Niyaz, which uses music as a way to connect and create unity, blending Sufi poetry and folk songs with new interfaces and technologies.
While the Moss Arts Center’s performance by cellist Yo-Yo Ma and pianist Kathryn Scott sold out during the center’s subscription sales, the season includes a dynamic lineup of many chamber and music recital programs that span the spectrum from strings, piano, and percussion to vocal harmonies. The Beo String Quartet performs the masterpieces of the string quartet repertoire with their easy-going and stylish approach, and the Tallis Scholars deliver the beauty of sacred Renaissance music through 10 a cappella voices.
All performances will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall.
This fall, the Moss Arts Center will present an exhibition of work by internationally acclaimed artist Pia Fries, whose paintings represent a hybrid fusion of painting and printmaking, figuration and abstraction, and tradition and innovation and are characterized by audacious color and thick pigment applied with brushes, spatulas and palette knives.
Complementing the center’s season of performances and exhibitions is a collection of experiences designed to offer deeper connections with artists, ideas, and community members. These include matinee performances for area students, meet-the-artist events, and artist talks, workshops and master classes for Virginia Tech students and pre-show displays and performances in the Grand Lobby.
Tickets for individual performances for the 2017-18 season can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center’s box office from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling (540) 231-5300.
Subscriptions for the 2017-18 season are also available and offer discounted prices and priority seating. There are three ways to subscribe: The Premier Subscription includes all available performances at a 30 percent discount off adult ticket prices, the Gold Build Your Own Subscription allows for a 25 percent discount off the price of adult tickets for 15 or more performances and the Silver Build Your Own Subscription offers a 20 percent discount on five to 14 performances. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including subscriptions.