As the fall opening for the Center for the Arts at Virginia Tech nears, individual tickets for the center’s inaugural season are now available online and by phone, giving patrons the opportunity to secure a seat for their favorite performances. A diverse range of artists comprise the first season of 21 performances, which includes contemporary and traditional music, dance, theatre, and stage works.

The season lineup revolves around the question, “What inspires you?” With performances that provide thought-provoking themes, high-energy movement, global perspectives, family-friendly fun, and new takes on timeless classics, there will be events to satisfy a variety of tastes and interests.

The Philip Glass Ensemble will christen the stage of the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre in the Street and Davis Performance Hall on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 p.m. Featuring contemporary music icon Philip Glass’ compelling score performed live by Glass and his ensemble to accompany the film “Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation,” and featuring the Blacksburg Children’s Chorale, this project was chosen to launch the season based on not only the extraordinary sensory power of the music and imagery, but also for the timely and compelling international themes and questions it raises.

The Philip Glass Ensemble performance is part of the Center for the Arts opening week celebration, which is sponsored by Virginia Living Magazine and includes the premiere of the center’s visual arts galleries exhibitions on Monday, Oct. 28; a special Halloween-themed event, Tech-or-Treat, hosted by the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology on Wednesday, Oct. 30; and a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 1. Opening week will culminate with a Community Open House on Sunday, Nov. 3, featuring a community sing along and hands-on activities, as well as a 3 p.m. performance by Sphinx Virtuosi, one of the nation's most dynamic young classical ensembles.

The opening week sets the stage for a season of events that include the high-energy, athletic dance of Diavolo Dance Theatre, an intimate talk with “This American Life” creator Ira Glass, contemporary music and theatre work with Grammy-winners eighth blackbird, a celebration of Appalachian heritage during the Crooked Road Festival with Wayne Henderson, the Seldom Scene, and Rickie Simpkins, and more. For more information about the 2013-14 season, visit the Center for the Arts website.


Tickets for individual performances can be purchased online or by calling the Center for the Arts box office at 540-231-5300 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Oct. 7, the physical box office in the Center for the Arts Grand Lobby at 190 Alumni Mall will open for in-person sales. Subscriptions for the 2013-14 season are also available and offer discounted prices. There are two ways to subscribe: the Premier Subscription Package includes all performances at a 30 percent discount off adult ticket prices, and the Build Your Own Subscription Package allows for a 20 percent discount off the price of adult tickets for five or more performances. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including subscriptions.



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