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The Arts Connection in the Capital Region and invites you to the art reception on Wednesday, April 1, 2015 of VISIONS OF HOME at the College of Visual and Performing Arts, at George Mason University.

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  Expansion of the kiln yard will increase both the size and scope of the ceramics program at the Workhouse Arts Center.  It will serve students and provide artists with the resources they need to research new techniques and contribute to innovation in the field of ceramics.  Click here for more information.

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BalletNova is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 Young Choreographers Competition (YCC).

b2ap3_thumbnail_Ballet-Nova-DSC_6565_Chelens_piece-small.jpgThe Grand Prize Winner was Chelen Middlebrook, a 16-year old from Lorton, VA. Her piece was entitled "Smothered Dreams" and used six dancers in the Contemporary genre. Here's what Chelen had to say about her choreography:  "Diversity is an important trait when it comes to being successful in the dance industry. I felt that if I could place my ideas on another set of bodies other than my own, it would give me a better understanding and appreciation of works I will see or be a part of in the future." 

Chelen's prizes included a $500 cash award; a statuette of a dancer; free tuition to BalletNova's Summer Intensive, and the opportunity to set a new piece of choreography on the BalletNova Summer Intensive dancers.

Second Place ($250) - Emily Glaccum from Burke, VA - 16 years old – student at BalletNova - for "Vicissitude"
Third Place ($100) - Ariel Samuels from Fairfax, VA – 15 years old – student at Every Body Dance studio – for "Mad World"
Fourth Place - Halley Roy from Alexandria, VA - Carl Sandburg Middle School dance team - for "Lost"
Fifth Place - Lauren Chmara from Falls Church,VA - 15 years old - Bullis School Dance Program - for "True Friendship"

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b2ap3_thumbnail_FSO-Civil-War-Banner.jpgThe Fairfax Symphony Orchestra along with a 100+ voice choir performs A Civil War Portrait conducted by Luke Frazier at GMU Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, April 11. The concert takes place in conjunction with the 150th anniversary of Lee's surrender to Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865.

Conductor Luke Frazier directs the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra in an original pops concert entitled A Civil War Portrait on Saturday, April 11 at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.  A Civil War Portrait guides the audience through the major campaigns of the Civil War through music, narration, and carefully-curated photographs and features music of the era. The program includes works by Stephen Foster, the Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as popular Civil War era folksongs like Danny Boy and Annie Laurie and Shenandoah performed by the FSO and more than 100 singers from around the DC Metropolitan area including members of the National Broadway Chorus, the Reston Chorale, the Loudoun Chorale, the Vienna Choral Society, the World Bank Chorus, and the Arlington Children's Chorus. Fox 5 Morning News Anchor Allison Seymour will narrate the concert. Prior to the performance Frazier will host a pre-concert discussion at 7 pm open to all ticket holders.

Praised by critics and music industry leaders alike as "A wonderful combination of technical excellence, passion and commitment," and "crackling with electricity

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This year, one of the most beloved novels of all time comes to life on stage in the biggest musical at NextStop Theatre.

Mary Lennox is a sad and forgotten little girl, sent to live with her embittered, reclusive uncle after the tragic death of her parents. Left alone to wander about a vast Yorkshire estate, Mary finds an equally neglected garden. She slowly begins to discover its ghosts, which will help unravel the mysteries of her family's painful past. Can her forgotten garden return to life with enough love and care?

The Secret Garden is regarded as a musical masterpiece. Hear the exquisite and rich musical score, blending sweeping ballads with English folk melodies, performed live at NextStop.  http://www.nextstoptheatre.org/shows/secretgarden/

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b2ap3_thumbnail_GRACE-katie-douglas.jpgEmerging Visions: Reconstruction
Emerging Visions features exceptional work from students at three local high schools- Herndon, Oakton and South Lakes. Working with their teachers and GRACE's staff, they have created work in response to their engagement with the Center's winter exhibition, LineWorks: Drawing RedefinedFor more information, visit http://www.restonarts.org/Exhibitions/EmergingVisions2015.htm
March 20 - April 4, 2015
Greater Reston Arts Center

12001 Market Street, Suite 103 | Reston, VA 20190
Image Credit:  Katie Douglas, Removing the Mask, photograph from Emerging Visions, 2014

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Rb2ap3_thumbnail_WHSLOGO-vertical-updated-8-08.pngegister now through March 27th for any visual arts class or workshop worth $100 or more and receive $20 off.  Click here for more information.

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b2ap3_thumbnail_ArtSpace-herndon-clip_image002.jpgArtSpace Herndon announces screening of The Man Who Loved Women "L'homme qui aimait les femmes" (1977) with special guest speaker, GMU Professor Martin Winker as the next film in the Trois Films du Cinéma Français Art House Cinema series.

This film will be shown on Friday, April 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 7) at ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170. Directed by François Truffaut, The Man Who Loved Women is a French comedy/drama starring Charles Denner, Brigitte Fossey and Nelly Borgeaud in a film about love, relationships,

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b2ap3_thumbnail_Voce1.jpgTake a deep breath and listen to the sounds of spring with Voce this April. Enjoy the lush harmonies of Elgar and Stanford, the playfulness of Benjamin Britten's Five Flower Songs, Ralph Vaughan Williams' eloquent Serenade to Music, and much more. Join us for an evening of radiance and serenity that will nourish your spirit and warm your heart.

Sweet Harmony: English Poetry and Song in the 20th Century
Performances are Friday, April 10 at 8:00 PM at St. John Neumann Church at 11900 Lawyers Rd., Reston, VA 20101 and Sunday, April 12 at 4:00 PM at the Church of the Holy Comforter, 543 Beulah Rd., Vienna, VA 20180. General Admission tickets are $20.00, college students $10.00. Visit our website at www.voce.org or contact us via email at info@voce.org or by phone at 703-277-7772.

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Mind, Heart, Vision, an exhibition of juried artwork by senior art students at Herndon High School will be on display at ArtSpace Herndon from Tuesday, March 24, 2015 through Sunday, April 5, 2015.  The exhibit includes paintings, photographs, drawings, and digital art. The student artwork on exhibit will also be available for purchase.

b2ap3_thumbnail_ASH-HHS-HeartMindVision2015-small_20150320-175717_1.jpgExhibit:  Tuesday, March 24 - Sunday, April 5, 2015
Reception: Wednesday, March 25, 2015 from 6-8PM
ArtSpace Herndon, 750 Center Street, Herndon, VA 20170
The exhibit and artists reception are free and open to the public.
For more information visit http://www.artspaceherndon.com/mind-heart-vision/

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