This event runs from December 7, 2019 - January 2, 2020
Opening: Saturday, December 7, 2019 from 4:30-7pm following The Center’s annual Tree Lighting. Entertainment starts at 4:30pm. Tree lighting at 5:15pm. Santa and his elves will be on site for a visit with the children.
Artisan created Christmas trees deck the Center’s halls as we celebrate our annual Illumination. Each tree designed with its own special theme is sure to thrill the youngest to oldest visitors. Don’t forget the scavenger hunt or you’ll miss out on a special treat at the end!
Sponsored by Wave Church
NEW! Presented by VA Rep on Tour! Book by Ron Barnett and Dawn Westbrook, Music and Lyrics by Ron Barnett. Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is an original holiday tale. Tuck and his father prepare for Christmas as Mr. Grumpasaurus strives to thwart all Christmas merriment. But with the help of Santa and his elves, Christmas turns out to be the best one yet, even for Mr. Grumpasaurus. Treat the whole family to this holiday musical, with tickets at just $15!
January 24 - February 2, 2020. Presented by Henrico Theatre Company! Music and lyrics by Irving Berlin. Dialogue taken from the book “Irving Berlin: A Daughter’s Memoir” by Mary Ellin Barrett. Script Continuity by Tom Briggs. Orchestration and Vocal Arrangements by Donald Johnston. Conceived by Karen Baker. In a life that spanned more than 100 years, and with a creative output of over 1,000 songs, Irving Berlin epitomized Jerome Kern’s famous adage that “Irving Berlin has no place in American music. He is American music.” This Russian immigrant wrote America’s most famous Christmas song (White Christmas), most famous Easter song (Easter Parade), most famous patriotic song (God Bless America) and most famous theatrical song (There’s No Business Like Show Business). From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway, from Hollywood to military tours of duty, the story of Irving Berlin is the story of his American century.
1/24 at 7pm, $15
1/25 at 7pm, $15
1/26 at 2:30pm, $15
1/30 at 7pm, $15
1/31 at 7pm, $15
2/1 at 7pm, $15
2/2 at 2:30pm, $15
Richmond’s most beloved singer/songwriter, Susan Greenbaum, makes an epic return to The Cultural Arts Center with ‘An Evening of Love Songs’ on Friday, February 7th. Make the evening one to remember with drinks and a complete meal available for purchase at the concert. Susan has released five CDs, four of them of all-original material. She has won several national songwriting awards, including the Smithsonian Songwriters Award and the Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest Grand Prize. She’s also been voted ‘Best Singer and Songwriter’ several times in the ‘Best of’ issues of Style Weekly and Richmond Magazine.
February 8, 2020, 10am-5pm
We invite you and your family to explore The Cultural Arts Center and the visual and performing arts as you participate in hands-on art projects and enjoy live performances by a variety of talent. Free and open to the public, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy! Food service will be available from 11am-4pm so you can enjoy lunch or snacks without having to stop all the fun!
Spend Valentine’s Day weekend with RVA favorites Craig Evans, Brad Tucker, Brian Sulser, George Garrett, Jim Wark, and BJ Kocen as they take you on a musical journey with all your favorite songs from the Titans of Teen Town: Elvis Presley, Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, The Everly Brothers, and Ricky Nelson. The Jubilee also includes 1950’s period advertisements, skits, and lots of laughs!
Join us for a fun evening of Highland and Celtic music from championship fiddler John Turner! John Turner is the third generation in a family of traditional fiddlers. His own style of fiddling,influenced by his study under the late Hector McAndrew, seeks to keep alive the traditions of the golden era of Scottish fiddling from the eighteenth century.Turner has made nineteen solo recordings of traditional Scottish fiddle music and has published more than a dozen music books, many of which are comprised mostly of his own compositions. A versatile entertainer as well as 10-time National Scottish Fiddling Champion, Turner has performed throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and the British Isles. He has also acted as both fiddling judge and workshop director all across the United States. Concert tickets start at $17, with a full bar and dinner available for sale at the concert from Apple Spice Junction. Claim your seats today!
An evening of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty! The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. Claim your seats early to experience award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and more.
Bluegrass and symphony fans unite! Join us this year as The Center pairs local bluegrass sensation The Commonwealth Bluegrass Band and the Richmond Symphony on the Sara Belle November Stage in this popular annual concert series. Claim your seats today!
Claim your seats today for this 2nd Stage favorite! The Honky Tonk Experience is comprised of five of Richmond, Virginia's most respected musicians. Each member has forged their own reputation by playing in a variety of other bands over the past 20 years. They have also shared the stage with several national acts including Marty Stuart, The Oak Ridge Boys, John Anderson, Bill Anderson, Travis Tritt and The Gatlin Brothers. Don’t miss this concert event full of classic country hits! Dinner, dessert options, and a full bar/beverages will be available for sale at the show! Claim your seats early for $17 online or by calling 804-261-ARTS (2787).
Semi-Toned is the University of Exeter’s all male a cappella sensation, with national and international awards for their stunning performances and music videos, as well as appearances on national television. Since its inception, Semi-Toned has quickly become one of the leading forces in UK a cappella! These young men perform a variety of hits from the 70's through the present day combining their tight harmonies with slick choreography and trademark humor.
Note: Thursday shows are an abbreviated performance of the original production. Don’t miss this audience favorite that’s inspiring for dance fans of all ages! Eleone Dance Theatre ushers in the new millennium with resurrected cutting edge works that challenge traditional boundaries. Enjoy contemporary, modern, spiritual, rhythm and blues, African, hip-hop and more at this stunning performance! Tickets start at $12 for select shows!
Enjoy award-winning Jazz singer and actor, Desiree Roots as Ella Fitzgerald! Roots wrote and directed this production under the music direction of James Gates. Ella Fitzgerald, “The First Lady of Song”, delighted audiences around the world for over 60 years, sold over 40 million albums, and received numerous awards and honors. She will perform Fitzgerald’s most noted songs accompanied by fourteen of the region’s most acclaimed Jazz musicians. Joining her on stage will be Scott Wichmann as Frank Sinatra, Billy Dye as Louis Armstrong, and Anthony Cosby as Nat “King” Cole.
Over the past 20 years Lawrence has performed regularly from New YorkCity to Key West, Florida, delighting audiences of all ages with his richvocals and warm personality. You won't want to miss his epic return to TheCultural Arts Center and this fun evening of blues & jazz classics! Dinnerand drinks are available for sale at the show! Performers: Lawrence Olds(vocals); Chris Whiteman (guitar); Charlie Kilpatrick (keyboard); Randall Pharr(bass); Aaron Binder (drums).
Singing in multi-part close harmony, triple-threat fiddle champions The Quebe Sisters take the stage for an evening of song and Western Swing! Along with headlining their own shows to ever-growing audiences, they’ve shared the stage with American music legends including Willie Nelson, George Strait, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, and Ray Price. Don’t miss this one-night-only concert event!
2PM - 7PM
Meet popular artist P. Buckley Moss, known as the people’s artist. Ms. Moss will be onsite to meet fans old and new and will sign prints and books purchased from The Center gift shop or brought from home. Don’t miss the special edition print created just for this event!
50 years on and the groove stays strong! The Super Sugar Beats are happy to keep on keepin' on, rollin' over and layin' it down, and making life so sweet! Band members include: Will Jones: guitar & vocals; Craig Evans: bass & vocals; Jim Wark: guitar; Kris Krul:, drums, percussion & vocals; Gary Fralin: keyboards.