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pdougherty The public “unveiling” of the sculpture will be held at an opening reception on Saturday, April 25th from 5:00 -8:00 pm at GRACE. Prior to the opening reception, GRACE and IPAR welcome families with children to join them in the park for hands-on activities from 1:00 to 4:00pm.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_fairfax-choral-society.jpgThere are items for everyone – vacations, spa days, golf outings, baseball tickets, symphony tickets, pottery, bags, jewelry, wine tastings, special experiences with FCS staff and more! Check out all the great items for yourself by clicking the link:  www.biddingOwl.com/FairfaxChoralSociety.

All proceeds benefit the music programs at the Fairfax Choral Society – where they strive to enrich the lives they touch through performance, education, and appreciation of choral art.

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Fairfax Choral Society Invites the public to 3 Upcoming Concerts:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Faifax-Choral-Society-spring.jpgSpring Follies!  Friday, May 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
The final concert of the Central Campus Youth concert season will celebrate the songs of the stage. This concert format, now in its 9th year, offers students an opportunity to essentially design their own concert - they pick the music, choreograph the selections, find the costumes, and prepare the arrangements. The directors give guidance, but their job is really behind the scenes. It is a wonderful thing to see the personalities and creativity of this great group of young people! You won't be disappointed, I assure you!

b2ap3_thumbnail_Fairfax-Choral-society-broadway.jpgBroadway Goes Choral!  Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 8:00 p.m.
Many bright lights illuminated New York's theatre district as "The Great White Way." Now, the bright lights come down to Northern Virginia as the Fairfax Choral Society presents Broadway Goes Choral. The voices of the Symphonic Chorus, Master Singers, Concert Choir, and soloists, along with a full symphony orchestra, will light up the night with works from your favorite musicals, featuring shows by Rodgers and Hammerstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Meredith Wilson, to name only a few. Come hear the richness, depth, and grandness that hundreds of singers will lend to these musical treasures from the Broadway state.

b2ap3_thumbnail_fairfax-choral-society-nature.jpgThe Song That Nature Sings,  Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 5:00 pm
The culminating concert of the season for the West and South Campus Youth Choirs will feature songs about the beauty, whimsy, mystery, and sanctuary found in nature. Attend this tribute to the majesty that surrounds us each day.

For more information or tickets, visit www.fairfaxchoralsociety.org
Or contact: office@fairfaxchoralsociety.org or 703-642-3277

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b2ap3_thumbnail_CAH_logo-color.jpgA Q & A WITH THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE WASHINGTON PROJECT FOR THE ARTS

Council for the Arts of Herndon is pleased to announce that Lisa Gold, Executive Director of the Washington Project for the Arts, (the WPA), will be joining us for this month's Creative Connections event! This FREE event will begin with a brief presentation on the WPA and how to better network and promote your art and career, followed by ample time for discussion and Q & A.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm April 23
ArtSpace Herndon
750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170
http://herndonarts.org/creative-connections-network-better-to-promote-your-art-and-career/

Lisa Gold has been with the WPA since 2009, when she was appointed the Executive Director.........

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b2ap3_thumbnail_1ststage-award-1.jpgThree professional Fairfax theatres — 1st Stage, Creative Cauldron, and Hub Theatre — were presented with four Helen Hayes Awards on April 6, 2015 at the historic Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC.

The prestigious annual awards, presented by theatreWashington, recognize and celebrate
outstanding efforts in professional theatre throughout the Washington region.

Judges reviewed 2,435 pieces of work from 50 regional theatres. From these submissions, 264 artists, ensembles, and productions from 31 theatres received nominations of which awards were presented in 49 categories.

The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play-HELEN Production:
Doug Wilder, "One Man, Two Guvnors", 1st Stage

Outstanding Director of a Musical-HELEN Production:
Steven Royal, "Bat Boy: The Musical", 1st Stage

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical-HELEN Production:
Alan Naylor, "Jacques Brel is Alive and Well & Living in Paris", Creative Cauldron

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Play-HELEN Production
Maggie Erwin, "Failure: A Love Story", The Hub Theatre

Image Credit:  Steven Royal, Outstanding Director of a Musical for "Bat Boy: The Musical" at 1st Stage; Photo courtesy of theatreWashington.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Island_Image.jpgCreative Cauldron's final professional production in the 2014-15 season will be Once on This Island. Written by the Tony Award-winning songwriting team of Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty (Seussical and Ragtime), and based on Rosa Guy's novel My Love, My Love, the show features a highly original and rousing calypso-reggae musical score.

Once on This Island garnered eight Tony nominations in its 1991 Broadway run, including Best Musical, Book and Score. It also won the 1995 Olivier Award for Best New Musical. Set in the Caribbean Antilles, this enchanting musical parable tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who falls in love with the well-born Daniel and is aided by the gods of earth, water and love in her desire to be with him.

The production is directed by Creative Cauldron Associate Artist, Matt Conner, and choreographed by Kara-Tameika Watkins. Walter (Bobby) McCoy serves as musical director, Margie Jervis is the Scenic and Costume Designer and Joseph Lovins is the Lighting Designer.

Once on This Island runs from May 8 through 31 at ArtSpace Falls Church. Press Night and Premiere Opening is Saturday, May 9 at 8:00 pm.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_keenan-orr.jpgPodcasting radio company, maDCap, will host a concert at U Street Music Hall in conjunction with the Arts Coalition for Dupont Underground.  The headliner for this event, DJ Keenan (or Keenan Orr), is known in D.C. for making lasting impressions with his bridge of bouncing Chicago House, Baltimore Club, Electro and many other sounds. He has even performed at Cobalt.

Tue, April 21, 2015, 8:00 pm, at U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC.  For more information, visit http://www.ustreetmusichall.com/event/794499-keenan-orr-washington/.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_world-police-and-fire-games.jpgVolunteer Fairfax is recruiting 4,000+ volunteers to support the 2015 Fairfax World Police & Fire Games. The Games – think Olympics – come to town June 26 through July 5! It is a point of pride that we show the world the amazing VOLUNTEER power and community pride we have in our region!  This is an incredible once in a lifetime volunteer event happening in our community.  For more information, please visit http://fairfax2015.com/volunteer or watch this two-minute video about the courageous athletes coming to our region from all over the world, http://fairfax2015.com/courage.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_cftc-summer-drama-camp.jpgLet's Put on a Show!
Inspire Imagination... Unlock Creativity...

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company's Annual Summer Camp indulges the inherent creativity and imagination of each child through a unique experience where campers create their OWN theatrical performance. Your child will learn from professional theatre artists in Acting, Art, Music and Dance through games, activities and lessons designed with a goal-oriented approach.

In each one-week session, campers will work collaboratively with each other as they bring their showcase - featuring original student-created stories, music, lyrics and designs - to the stage. This camp accommodates both first-times and experienced theatre participants and each session is different. Help your child expand their artistic talents while simultaneously developing critical thinking skills - exercising both sides of the brain!

Camp is offered for four age groups: 5-7 years, 8-10 years, 11-12 years, 13-14 years. Parents and friends are invited to performances created by campers at the end of the session.  1 week sessions: July 20-24, July 27-31, August 3-7, August 10-14, 2015
Summer Drama Camp is run through Fairfax City Recreation.  For more information, visit http://www.fairfaxcitytheatre.org/summer-drama-camp.html

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Va-ballet-school-logo.pngThe Virginia Ballet Company is celebrating its 65th year with a performance of La Sylphide.  This unique and wonderful ballet offers the opportunity to meet a visiting dancer from Denmark, Scottish Highland Dancers, and our guest artists.

The Company will be performing the classical August Bournonville choreography. We are delighted to be joined by Victoria MacCormack, a guest student from Balletskolen of Odense in Denmark. Nickolai Balatsenko, courtesy of the Manassas Ballet Theater, and Aleksy Kudrun will be joining the cast. Mr. Balatsenko previously danced with the National Ballet of Utsi, Ballet Classique of Paris, and the Donetsk Ballet. Mr. Kudrun formerly danced for the Grigorovich Ballet of Russia, the Sarasota Ballet of Florida, and the Columbia Classical Ballet in South Carolina.

April 25 at 2 pm and 7 pm
April 26 at 2 pm
Ernst Community Cultural Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Annandale Campus
Tickets: $30/adult; $20/student, child, senior citizen (plus a ticket processing fee)
For wheel chair accessible seating, please contact front.desk@vaballet.org.

Virginia Ballet Company, a pre-professional company, is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our school offers the opportunity for dance students to experience a real ballet production.  For more information, visit http://vaballet.org/

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