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Monday August 4, 2014

Piedmont Arts' 2014-2015 performing arts season will kick off this fall with a dynamic trio of On Stage performances that will bring bluegrass, classical and swing music to Martinsville-Henry County. This year's season also features three special events, including performances by audience favorites Professor Elliot Engel and actor Mike Wiley.

"Piedmont Arts is proud to bring its 23rd year of On Stage to Martinsville-Henry County," said Executive Director Kathy Rogers. "Piedmont Arts strives to bring high-quality entertainment to the community and this year is no different. We really have something for everyone. We hope the community will come out and enjoy all our performing arts events."

2014-2015 On Stage Season

Annie Moses Band
Sunday, Oct 12, 2014 • 7 pm • Martinsville HS Auditorium • 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville
The Annie Moses band combines the best of beloved genres in a style that unifies audiences: young and old; classical connoisseurs and roots enthusiasts; jazz aficionados and bluegrass buffs. Their latest album, Rhapsody In Bluegrass, is a panoramic exploration of American music. Inspired by George Gershwin, who wrote his American classic, Rhapsody In Blue, while riding the rails from New York to Boston, Rhapsody In Bluegrass fuses jazz, classical, and roots music to create a dynamic concert experience.

Roanoke Symphony Holiday Pops
Sunday, Dec 7, 2014 • 7 pm • Martinsville HS Auditorium • 351 Commonwealth Blvd, Martinsville
Led by charismatic and upbeat Music Director David Stewart Wiley, Roanoke Symphony delights with timeless holiday favorites. Join in a brand new sing-along with Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Roanoke Symphony Chorus and a special guest performer.

Swingtime! featuring The Jive Aces and The Tinseltown Jitterbugs
Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 • 7:30 pm • Martinsville HS Auditorium • 351 Commonwealth Blvd
Direct from London, The Jive Aces are internationally renowned for their superior musicianship and spectacular stage show, not to mention their energetic renditions of Swing/Jive/R&B classics by greats like Cab Calloway, Bobby Darin, Louis Armstrong, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr. But, the fun doesn't stop with high-energy music. The Tinseltown Jitterbugs, a bevy of beautiful betties and cool cats, will bring fast-paced, high-flying swing dancing to the stage in a can't miss combo.

2014-2015 Special Events

Professor Elliot Engel
Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014 • 7 pm • Piedmont Arts • 215 Starling Ave
Dr. Engel's witty and engaging talk offers insight into the lives of the Vanderbilt's, one of the wealthiest families in history. The Vanderbilts' success began with shipping and railroad empires and expanded into various areas of industry and philanthropy. Patriarch Cornelius Vanderbilt's descendants went on to build grand mansions on Fifth Avenue in New York City, luxurious "summer cottages" in Newport, Rhode Island and the palatial Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina. Guests are invited to enjoy an optional pre-talk dinner with Dr. Engel.

Bus to Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera
Thursday, Oct 16, 2014 • 5 pm • Bus Trip from Piedmont Arts to Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC)
Following an acclaimed sold-out tour of the United Kingdom, Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's phenomenal musical success, The Phantom of the Opera, will come to DPAC as part of a brand new North American tour. Hailed by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," this production boasts many exciting special effects including the show's legendary chandelier, new scenic and lighting designs and new staging and choreography. The beloved story and thrilling score will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour. Bus leaves Piedmont Arts at 5 pm and travels to Durham Performing Arts Center for a 7:30 pm performance. Limited tickets available. Boxed dinner optional.

Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till
Monday, Feb 2, 2015, 7 pm • Black Box Theatre • 44 Franklin St, Martinsville
In 1955, a 14-year-old black youth from Chicago traveled to Mississippi and entered a world of thick color lines and unspeakable taboos. Through conversations with a Look magazine journalist, Emmett's mother and others caught up in the events that led to his devastating fate, this riveting one-man play by Mike Wiley tells of the gruesome fate that befell Emmett Till and the subsequent trial that helped ignite the Civil Rights movement.

On Stage season tickets are currently on sale at Piedmont Arts and www.piedmontarts.org. Season ticket prices are as follows:

On Stage Season Ticket Pricing

Season ticket packages include tickets to three On Stage events

• Reserved Seating Season Tickets $75

• Adult Season Tickets $50

• Senior (62+) Season Tickets $40

• Student Season Tickets $20

Special Events Ticket Pricing

Special Events can be added to On Stage season ticket packages at an additional cost (specified below)

• Elliot Engel Dinner + Lecture $30

• Elliot Engel Lecture Only $15

• Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till $15

• Bus to Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera $115

• Bus to Broadway: The Phantom of the Opera with Dinner $125

Tickets to individual On Stage performances and special events will go on sale one month prior to the event date and can be purchased at Piedmont Arts or www.piedmontarts.org.

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