ALEXANDRIA, Va. (March 25, 2019) – Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) will host its inaugural Spring Into NOVAarts Festival on March 30, 2019, at the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center located on the NOVA Alexandria Campus at 4915 East Campus Drive in Alexandria, Va. The event runs from 7 to 9:30 p.m. featuring the talented students of the NOVAarts program and student organizations, through a walking, progressive and all-encompassing performance showcase. The festivities include a different event in each part of the Schlesinger Center – music ensembles, a dance group, theatrical performances, live drawing events, a portrait station, student films, fine arts, interior designs and graphic designs. All of NOVA’s arts will be under one roof, for the first time in its history.
The festival offers an interactive showcase from 7 to 8 p.m., then on the main stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m. there will be theatre performances, student films and a 30-piece jazz ensemble.
Spring Into NOVAarts is free and open to the public; donations are being accepted and light refreshments will be served.
Here is a breakdown of the evening’s events:
7 – 8 p.m.
- Figure Drawing Workshop With Professor Fred Markham
- NOVAarts Program Displays
Featuring student works and program information from studio arts, graphic design, cinema, photography and media and interior design.
- Novellas - NOVA's Official Acapella Group
- Pianist, Nathan Pereda
- Portrait Station
Get your professional portrait taken by faculty and students from our Photography and Media program.
- Theatre Training Workshop With Professor David Tyson
Two sessions -- 7 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
8 – 9:30 p.m.
Main Stage Performances
- “Intrigue at Ah-pah” by the Woodbridge NOVA Players
This a comedy complete with a talking fish – a private eye is on vacation when she discovers a murder and needs to track down the culprit before an environmental disaster with dire consequences occurs.
- Cinema – Selected films
Featuring student works from NOVA’s Cinema students.
- The NOVA Nighthawks Jazz Ensemble
Performances include “Flying Home”; “Satin Doll”; “Frankie and Johnny”; and “Señor Mouse”.
The night promises to be a wonderful example of all the arts NOVA has to offer. David Epstein, Dean of NOVAarts said, “This is the first time all five NOVA campuses will showcase all of the arts together under one roof under our new name, "NOVAarts." It be a feast for the senses with varied performances and exhibitions throughout the Center by our creative and skilled students and faculty."
The poster for the event used on all of the marketing materials for the Spring Into NOVAarts Festival was created by graphic design student Jack Feegel from NOVA Studio, just one of many design projects he has created while enrolled at NOVA.
NOVAarts offers rigorous and relevant programs in the visual, performing, and media arts, including fine arts, graphic design, interior design, photography & media, music, music recording technology, cinema and theatre. The creative and immersive degree and certificate programs emphasize portfolio development and audition preparation to help students prepare for transfer or employment. In addition, NOVAarts is a premier cultural arts destination in the Northern Virginia region, providing performances in music, film, theatre, and dance, along with numerous gallery exhibitions and artist lectures to the communities we serve.
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