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Arts Alive announces fall line-up

WEST POINT – Arts Alive, Inc. is thrilled to announce an exciting line up of performances for our 2014-15 Season Series at the Robinson/Olsson Civic Auditorium and Fine Arts Center on Thompson Avenue in West Point, VA. Don't miss these high quality shows at a reasonable price right here in your community. Season subscriptions are at a reduced price until August 1st and are the best value for these shows. Arts Alive season subscriptions, which also include Concerts by the Bay performances in Mathews, VA, are $85 for adults ($90 after August 1), $65 for seniors ages 65 and up ($75 after August 1), and $20 for students ($25 after August 1). Season subscribers use the same reserved seats for the year. Individual tickets for the performances are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors over age 65, and $10 for students. Order forms are available at http://www.artsaliveinc.org or by calling 804-843-3475.

The Season Series begins on Saturday, September 13at 7 PM with the Richmond Ballet. The Richmond Ballet presents (subject to change), Raymonda, choreography by Frederic Franklin (staged by Igor Antonov); music by Alexander Glazunov. Raymonda is a classic ballet that was first created by Marius Petipa in 1898 for the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. Mozartiana, choreography by George Balanchine; music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. George Balanchine's glorious masterpiece is a ballet of spiritual wonder and joyous reverence featuring Tchaikovsky's musical homage to Mozart. Bow Out, choreography by Val Caniparoli; music by David Bedford and Roy Powell. Ballet at its most unexpected: Bow Out pairs sleek style with the unconventional jazz music of the Apollo Saxophone Quartet. Choreographed by Caniparoli, who has been called an "American master with a uniquely eclectic style," Bow Out premiered in 1995 at Richmond Ballet.

On Wednesday, December 17 at 7 PM, join us for a holiday concert with John Berry. After performing in West Point in March, John Berry returns by popular demand! John Berry will perform his top Christmas hits and a selection of holiday favorites. His stunning performance of the title track on the 1995 CD "O Holy Night" has led to his most enduring legacy. John Berry began doing a Christmas tour in 1996, and this year will mark his 15th consecutive Christmas concert series. Moving into a new phase in his career, John's tenor voice remains an instrument that is able to touch all our hearts.

Join us on Saturday, February 7, 2015 for fiery violin and guitar duo Alex DePue and Miguel De Hoyos. World renowned violinist/fiddler, Alex DePue leads duo through an array of styles - Classical, Bluegrass, Rock - with blazing virtuosity and emotion.  Duo credits include an appearance with the Philadelphia Orchestra and as feature entertainers with the International Bluegrass Music Association.  With supercharged, accessible, genre-crossing repertoire, together they produce an unparalleled sound—music that can speak to anyone's soul.

Good Company will entertain you on Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 7 PM. Previously known as "The Cumberland Collective," Good Company has been making waves across the Southeast and on Music Row in Nashville. This incredible outfit exhibits the essence of Nashville's songwriting sensibility, the joy of youthful Rock and Roll passion, and the exuberant spirit of Gospel-inspired sweet Southern Soul. More than a band name, Good Company encapsulates the belief that music can be the common bond that brings individuals together in grace, understanding, and appreciation.

The Season Series ends with Matt Herskowitz, on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 7 PM. Pianist, composer, and arranger Matt Herskowitz has carved out a unique and personal voice in music. With a seamless fusion of classical, jazz and world music, Herskowitz brings fresh insights and pianistic brilliance to original compositions and arrangements of classic favorites. Over the course of the last decade, he has produced a series of critically-acclaimed recordings, and premiered his works in settings from New York's Central Park to Germany's Köln Philharmonie. Entertaining, critically-acclaimed; all-ages appeal!

A season subscription gives the holder a guaranteed reserved seat to all performances, performance reminder postcards, invitations to the annual subscriber reception, and a reciprocal agreement with Concerts by the Bay in Mathews, VA (http://www.concertsbythebay.org). This reciprocal agreement allows Arts Alive subscribers to attend Concerts by the Bay performances at no additional cost. In addition to the shows at the Robinson/Olsson auditorium, an art exhibit will be on display at each performance. To view videos of the shows, get more information, or for a subscription form, access the Arts Alive website at http://www.artsaliveinc.org, or contact Donna Kline, Arts Alive coordinator, at 843-3475 orartsaliveinc@yahoo.com. Please help us keep the arts alive! These performances are supported in part by the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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