Tickets are now on sale for the Moss Arts Center’s 2022-23 season, with artists representing 13 countries and four continents in the fields of music, dance, theater, literary arts and visual arts. Choose from dynamic jazz and international hits, classical music favorites, family-friendly circus selections, transformational dance and theater productions, and spectacular Broadway productions.
“How do artists bring ideas to light? This season’s exhibitions reframe experiences and stories, illuminate cultures and ideas with new perspectives, rethink the past, and reclaim cultural narratives and heritage. More than ever, Moss offers a space to see our world in new ways.” said Margaret Lawrence, director of programs at the Moss Arts Center.
Complementing the center’s shows and exhibitions are a series of experiences that offer deeper connections with artists, ideas and community members, including pre- and post-performance talks with artists and Virginia Tech faculty members on current topics. Virginia Tech students will have exclusive access to masterclasses and other special on-campus engagement events with renowned artists and ensembles, and area school-aged students will be treated to special performances and artists at school.
Moss Arts Center 2022-23 shows
When you suffocate
Wednesday, September 7, 6 p.m
This free outdoor dance concert is led by one of the most exciting new acts in the Latin music scene. Young Cuban sensation Cimafunk – think Cuban Bruno Mars – delivers bold funk, Cuban music and African tunes.
Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots
Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m
Nine-time All-Ireland fiddle champion Eileen Evers and her team opened the season with a fine evening celebrating the influences of the Celtic tradition.
Redman · Mehldau · McBride · Blade
The MoodSwing reunion
Tuesday, September 27, 7:30 p.m
Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman introduced his first permanent band in 1994 with his album “Mudswing”. The first team reunites for an unforgettable performance.
Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Tursi
Wednesday, October 5, 7:30 p.m
Grammy winner Rhiannon Giddens teams up with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi to share lullabies, ballads and folk songs from their native and adopted countries of America, Italy and Ireland.
Makueka Theater Collection
Wednesday, October 12, 7:30 p.m
Thursday, October 13, 7:30 p.m
With live music and three inspired actors, this deeply Mexican play shines a light on the diverse realities—land invasions, widespread violence, community resistance—that indigenous peoples face. Audience members sit on stage for this intimate performance.
Sunday, October 23, 2 p.m
Circus meets science – umbrellas light up, drapes fly over the audience, balloons swallow people, and the entire stage turns into a snow globe. Perfect even for young children, “Air Play” is part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.
Friday, October 28, 7:30 p.m
Farruquito was hailed by the New York Times as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.” With a stellar cadre of dancers, musicians and vocalists, his shows are true expressions of pure flamenco.
Danish String Quartet
Friday, November 4, 7:30 p.m
The Grammy-nominated Danish String Quartet performed the Moss debut in a performance that included Haydn and Schubert quartets and folk music selections.
Nrityagram dance collection
Saturday, November 12, 7:30 p.m
Nrtyagram Dance Ensemble and Chitrasena Dance Company collaborated with Odissi classical dance from India and traditional Kandyan dance from Sri Lanka.
Soweto Gospel Choir
“Hope: It’s Coming More Time”
Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m
The three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates artists associated with the struggle for social justice, from Mahalia Jackson to Harry Belafonte.
Roanoke Symphony Orchestra
“Holiday Pops Amazing”
David Stewart Wiley, conductor
Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m
Friends and family gather to get into the holiday spirit as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fills the theater with music and cheer for audiences of all ages with the “Holiday Pops Spectacular.”
Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra
Andras Keller, chief conductor
Zoltan Fejervari, piano
Thursday, January 19, 7:30 p.m
The Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is one of Hungary’s leading orchestras. This show features some of Hungary’s most popular composers – Dvořák, Liszt and Bartók – and Hungarian pianist Zoltan Fejervár.
“An Evening with Kevin Young.”
Tuesday, January 24, 7:30 p.m
Poet Kevin Young is the greatest voice of his generation. Winner of the National Book Award and recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, it also won the Penn Open Prize, which judge Young said “shows how important black identity is to American culture.”
“At the Gallery”
Friday, January 27, 7:30 p.m
Seven zany acrobats and an eccentric musician take on a monochrome show. Embarrassing tasks, surprising discoveries, lyrical liberties and some silly good fun come together to inspire this sophisticated ode to creativity.
Saturday, February 11, 7:30 p.m
The Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is redefining the perception of string quartets, delving into a whole new range of music, from classical to jazz to improv – and creating an original American style all its own.
Co-created by Koryu Nishikawa V and Tom Lee
Friday, February 17, 7:30 p.m
Saturday, February 18, 2 and 7:30 p.m
Created by Japanese master puppeteer Koryu Nishikawa V and American puppeteer Tom Lee, this new stage production uses bunraku puppets, video projection and live music to illuminate the wild imagination of Japan’s most famous short story writer. Audience members are seated on stage.
Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
Tuesday, February 28, 19:30
Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m
Celebrate more than 60 years of unparalleled artistry as the original Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater debuts to Southwest Virginia. Two evening performances will feature different works, and each will include “The Vision,” a masterpiece by creator Alvin Ailey.
“An Evening with Vietnam’s Tah Nguyen”
Thursday, March 16, 19:30
Viet Tan Nguyen’s Pulitzer-winning novel “The Sympathizer” questions what people around the world thought they knew about the Vietnam War, urging readers to examine the legacy and aftermath of that tumultuous period with fresh eyes.
“Book of Mountains and Seas”
Composer and librettist: Huang Ruo
Director and production design: Basil Twist
Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m
Commissioned in part by Moss, this bold new piece of musical theater is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths, featuring the Ars Nova Copenhagen chorus alongside giant puppets and dramatic lighting.
Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Master Chorale
“The Question of War” by Benjamin Britten
Steven White, conductor
Sunday, April 23 at 4 p.m
Opera Roanoke, the Bisqueburgh Masters Chorale, the Virginia Tech Chorus and the Georgia Boy Choir come together for Benjamin Breton’s monumental “War Requiem,” a timeless work that celebrates the senselessness of war.
Saving Cécile McLorin
Saturday, April 29, 7:30 p.m
Three-time Grammy winner Cecile McLaurin Salvant brings a historical perspective to jazz standards and her own compositions, embracing a wide range of melodies with her rich and powerful voice.
Broadway in Blackburgh
Broadway returns to Southwest Virginia with the Moss Arts Center’s “Broadway in Blacksburg” series. Tickets are now on sale for the romantic and adventurous new musical “Anastasia” on Tuesday, November 8 at 7:30 p.m., and the warm-hearted Tony Award-winning musical comedy “Hairspray” on Tuesday, February 14 at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets for individual shows can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center box office, Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.
Subscriptions are also available and offer discounted prices and priority seating options. There are three ways to subscribe: a Premier subscription starts at 18 shows at 25 percent off the adult ticket price, a Gold Build Your Own subscription starts at 20 percent off adult ticket prices for 12 or more shows, and a Silver Build Your Own subscription starts at just five shows at 15 percent off the ticket price. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including registrations.