Be There: Concerts, a reopening and jazz for a cause | Arts & Theater
This week’s Be There deals offer ways to get a good laugh, catch local stars on the rise, welcome back a popular listening room after a pandemic hiatus and just enjoy a week of well-rounded entertainment. completed in March.
At ParamountKathleen Madigan will provide the laughs when “Do You Have Any Ranch?” begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Paramount Theater.
You’ve probably seen his recent visit with fellow comedian Jerry Seinfeld on “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee” or gave him a try on “Madigan’s Podcast.” She’s been making people laugh for 32 years, making 250 appearances a year and hitting up late-night talk shows.
Tickets are $59.75, $44.75 and $34.75.
Return to the Downtown Mall Theater at 7:30 p.m. Sunday to hear The Mavericks perform new tunes from “En Español,” the band’s first all-Spanish album.
Fans who love the musicians for the versatility that takes them from rock and Tex-Mex to country and jazz can hear their approaches to Afro-Cuban classics, bolero, mariachi and more. Founding member Raul Malo wrote or co-wrote five of the album’s 12 tracks.
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Tickets are $75.75, $65.75, $48.75 and $38.75. For tickets and full details, visit theparamount.net or call the box office at (434) 979-1333.
Jazz for The HavenThe Albemarle High School Jazz Ensemble’s “Swing into Spring” benefit concert, which begins Sunday at 7 p.m. at the Jefferson Theater, will benefit The Haven.
Andrew LaPrade and the musicians will welcome a host of special guests, including Charles Owens, Taylor Barnett, Bobby Gregg, Elise Underwood, John D’earth, Greg Thomas, Michael Elswick, Ivan Orr, Jennifer Morris and Owen Brown. They’re teaming up to raise money to help The Haven fight homelessness with a wide variety of resources.
Tickets are $35 Golden Circle, $32 Golden Circle advance, $25 reserved, $22 reserved advance, $20 general admission standing only, and $17 standing standing general admission only, so buy them soon at jeffersontheater.com or call (800) 594-8499.
At Rapunzel’sIf you’re ready to let loose and relax with music, Rapunzel’s Coffee and Books in Lovingston resumes live entertainment at 8 p.m. Friday with its popular Open Mic night.
Arrive at 7:00 p.m. to settle into your seats or to register to play. Bob Taylor reminds everyone to keep acoustic equipment and “adapted to our holy grannies”.
More festivities are on the way, including a belated 20th anniversary party scheduled for April 16.
Spectators pay $3. For more details, call (434) 263-6660.
Wonders of WestminsterOrganist Daniel Sañez will present a recital program of music by Sweelick, Scheidemann, Weckmann, Buxtehude and JS Bach at the next Westminster Organ Concert Series event at 7.30pm on Friday.
The series is in its 41st year of sharing the church’s Baroque-style Taylor & Boody organ with listeners. Sañez, who is director of music and liturgy at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Richmond, has performed across the country and in Canada, Italy, Ireland, Switzerland and Germany.
The concert is free and there is a large parking lot behind the church. The shrine is accessible to listeners who use wheelchairs. Call (434) 963-4690 for details or visit westminsterorganconcertseries.org.
Wednesday Music ClubPandemic or no pandemic, local musicians have worked hard to keep the music strong in our community. Local music teachers remain unsung heroes, and Wednesday Music Club’s annual honors offer the community a chance to change that.
The club presented prizes and music camp scholarships to local student musicians and composers who won top honors in the 2022 annual competition. The winners performed on March 6 at the club’s annual recital.
Here is a list of this year’s winners, in alphabetical order by category.
■ Junior Camp Scholarship Category Winners:
Joanna Kim, violin: Kenneth Hindman Scholarship (Julie Wilkinson, teacher)
William Vio Lee, cello: Scholarship for members of the Wednesday Music Club (Carl Donakowski, teacher)
August Nesic, piano: William Blackford Scholarship (Jeremy Thompson, teacher)
Shio Tohmi, piano: Robert Smith Jr. Scholarship (Noriko Donahue, teacher)
The first alternate is Kevin McCoy, violin (Johanna Beaver, teacher)
■ Senior Camp Scholarship Category Winners:
Gudrun Campbell cello: Peggy Roner Camp scholarship (Erin Flynn, teacher)
Jonah Harris, piano: Scholarship for members of the Wednesday Music Club (Jeanne Jackson, teacher)
Love Li, piano: Yvaine Duisit scholarship (Song Song, teacher)
Elle Polifka, piano: Meda McNeir Tilman Scholarship (Jeanne Jackson, teacher)
■ Winners of the high school category:
First prize: Chloe (Xiyao) Zou, piano (Jeanne Jackson, teacher)
First prize: Mary McCoy, viola (Johanna Beaver, teacher)
Second prize: Jin Oishi, piano (Joyce Polifka, teacher)
Second prize, Lucy Evans, piano (Jeanne Jackson, teacher)
Honorable mention: Ev Wellmon, piano (Shelby Sender, teacher)
■ Senior category winners:
First prize: Tie. Laura A. Perez Cutright, viola (Ayn Balija, teacher) and Samuel Hall, trumpet (Don Brubaker, teacher).
Second prize: Gavin Harris, piano (Jeanne Jackson, teacher)
Honorable mention: Cole Smith, flute (Angela Kelly, teacher)
All awards are offered by the Eleanor Gray Shea Scholarship and the Robert W. Smith Jr. Scholarship Fund.
■ Winners of the Composition category:
First prize: Matthew Hidge (Jo Pettitt, teacher)
Second prize: Happy Li (Song Song, teacher)
All awards are offered by the Eleanor Gray Shea Scholarship.
Learn more about the club, the musicians and the competition at wednesdaymusicclub.org. And don’t forget to thank a music teacher today.