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Ustad Shafaat Kahn: Musical Traditions

Ustad Shafaat Khan, world-renowned Indian Classical musician, has enthralled audiences around the world performing his unique fusion of Indian classical, western, jazz and rock rhythms on Sitar, Tabla and vocals. Now Maesro Khan brings his music to Franklin Park Arts Center for an evening that will leave a lasting impression. A multicultural and ethnic fusion event!
Tickets: $20.00 All Seats

Will the Circle Be Unbroken

Gold Star Performances
This unique evening celebrates the music and creation of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's landmark 'Circle' album, initiated by John McEuen in 1971 when he asked Earl Scruggs and Doc Watson if they would record with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. It also tells the story of how Carter Family music created the classic form of Country Music through Maybelle Carter and her effect on the sessions. You will discover how the historic sessions 'went down', Scruggs and Watson combining with Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Roy Acuff, Vassar Clements, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin....and founding member of the Dirt Band and participant in the Circle sessions, the Art Center's own LES THOMPSON! This show will sell out!
Tickets: $45 - $75

When the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band recorded their landmark 1972 release, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, initiated by John McEuen (a founding member), they convened the biggest names in Bluegrass and Country: Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, Jimmy Martin, Earl Scruggs, Vassar Clements, and Maybelle Carter. Six August 1971 days produced the benchmark record that is relevant to this day (still an Amazon top seller!). McEuen has now assembled a unique cast of iconic Americana musicians to share the music and memories of the landmark Will the Circle Be Unbroken album and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band’s incredible career. A multi-media show with archival photographs, Circle session photos, narrative and music of early NGDB (including 8mm footage in 1967) takes us on their incredible journey - interwoven with Nitty Gritty favorites, hot bluegrass, rarely heard NGDB early classics, Carter Family music, and some new classics.

A special part of the program covers the NGDB’s 1977 Russia trip, and what happened behind the Iron Curtain for the first American band to tour there.

  • Les Thompson bass and vocals an original founding member of NGDB
  • John Cable guitar/vocals also toured Russia as NGDB member
  • Andy Goessling mandolin/dobro/clarinet/alto sax member of Railroad Earth
  • Matt Cartsonis vocals/mandola/guitar great singer, film composer
    And special honored guest:
  • David Amram pennywhistle, percussion, flute world renowned composer, writer, and performer

All join host John McEuen (with his banjo, guitar, fiddle and mandolin) as they share (in front of a giant screen) this magic time, when three generations came together, genres merged (in 2004 The Library of Congress inducted the now multi-platinum Circle album as one of the most important American recordings) and came to life.

"One of the most important records to come out of Nashville..." – Chet Flippo Rolling Stone

A Place To Be: A Thousand Steps

Through movement and music “A Place To Be” director Kim Tapper shares her story of how dance carried her through life and loss to finding her place to be. www.aplacetobeva.org or call 540-687-6740
Tickets: $10.00 All Seats
Saturday, September 10, 2016 @ 7:30PM

Art in the Park

Create original artwork at outdoor stations using the natural inspiration of Franklin Park. Group projects like murals and an oversized weaving piece, as well as individual take-home projects like clay, rock painting, African walking sticks and more! Begin/end at the Franklin Park Arts Center lobby for map and description of stations. All ages are welcome, best for ages 3 & up. Call to reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $8.00/person Pay at Door
Sunday, September 11, 2016 from 1:00 - 4:00 PM

Blue Sky Puppets: Barker of Seville

An original musical comedy about an aspiring opera singer. A real HOWL! Part of our monthly series. Perfect for ages 2 & up. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $5.00/person Pay at Door
Wednesday, September 21, 2016 @ 10:00 AM

Universal Design for Learning Workshop

Explore how to use the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines to make learning more engaging, flexible and accessible for everyone through the arts! This translational framework, based on neuro-science, guides a wide range of learners in an all-inclusive setting. Earn training hours for VA Childcare Licensing requirements.
Register in Webtrac class#163506-02 $20.00/person
Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 10:00 AM - 12:00PM

Gallery Coffeehouse: Comedy Cult Improv

Join the spontaneous and talented crew of Loudoun Valley HS Comedy Cult Improv team as they take audience suggestions and create theatrical scenes and stories on the spot! Unique comedy at its best! Coffee included, in a real mug.
Tickets: Pay at Door $8.00/person
Sunday, September 25 @ 6:30PM

Virginia Opera: Tales of Brothers Grimm

Children are sure to enjoy this family-friendly production of one of the most beloved works in the operatic repertoire, based on the favorite Grimm Brothers fairy tale. This musical spectacle features all of your favorite characters including Hansel, Gretel, Mother, the Sandman, and of course, that wily witch! It's sure to be a "sweet treat" for all who attend! Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $8.00/person Pay at Door
Monday, September 26 @ 10:00 AM

SEASON 9: October 2016

Gallery Coffeehouse: Writer's Night Out

Give your Muse a night on the town! We’ll respond to fun, innovative writing prompts and experiment with different forms of poetry, fiction, and memoir. Creating safe space for tender new works of art is a priority, and sharing is optional. All writers, both novice and experienced, are invited to join the party! Leaders: Lisa Colburn and Sue McCollum are certified Amherst Writers & Artists facilitators who lead writing workshops in Loudoun County. To learn more, visit www.marketstreetwriters.com and www.writingfordiabetes.com
Tickets: $8.00/person Pay At Door
Sunday October 2, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Loudoun Centre Theatre: The Scamps of Scapin!

When an arrogant, pompous servant wants to get ahead, what does he do? He lies, tricks and steals of course. But can the master of deceit Scapin come to the rescue of the secret lovers’ “happily ever after” before their fathers enact marriage plans of their own? Playing the families against each other just might be the perfect solution. There is only one problem...no one really knows who the lovers are.
Tickets: $12 in advance @ www.thelct.org, $15 at door
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Barefoot Puppets Presents: Dreamtime

Emus, crocodiles and frogs – oh my! Experience the magic of the Land Down under as a mother platypus tries to lull her young one to sleep by sharing stories inspired by Aboriginal folktales. Part of our monthly series. Perfect fo ages 2 and up. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $5 /person PAY AT DOOR
Wednesday, October 12, 2016 @10:00AM

Gallery Coffeehouse: Readers Theater

Performance group BITWC” Imagine That!” presents a script with a handful of Actors interpreting the written word using only their expressions and voice. A sophisticated, cosmopolitan dramatic art that may make you laugh out loud or cry in the same night! Coffee included, in a real mug.
Tickets: $8.00/person PAY AT DOOR
Sunday, October 16, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Loudoun School of Ballet: Fall into Dance Concert

Fall concert with works by all of the contemporary companies from the Loudoun School of Ballet.
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors & Youth, PAY AT DOOR
Saturday, October 22 & Sunday, October 23 @ 1:30 PM

JAZZ&CO Dance Concert

Pre-professional dancers from Loudoun School of Ballet’s JAZZ&CO Dance ensemble present their Fall Dance concert..
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors & Youth, PAY AT DOOR
Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Saturday, October 22, 2016 @ 7:30PM
Sunday, October 23 @ 3:30 PM

Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing&hellp;the other comedy meat! Appropriate for all ages.
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Youth
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Thomas Pandolfi: Into the Night with Gershwin

American pianist virtuoso Thomas Pandolfi will fill Franklin Park Arts Center with the classic American music of George Gershwin. The evening promises to be a night to remember. A Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center Gold Star Performance. A pre-performance workshop will also be offered from 12:00 - 2:00 pm -- please contact Franklin Park Arts Center to register for this workshop 540-338-7973 Exclusive U.S. tour representation by Sharon Parker, Agent parkersharon123@aol.com
Tickets: $25 - $55 --Click date below to purchase

Franklin Park Big Band

Franklin Park Big Band brings their unique musical touch to Jazz classics from the Swing Era. You’ll hear pieces by Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey such as A String of Pearls, Chattanooga Choo Choo, In the Mood, and Harlem Nocturne. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $10 Adults, $30 Family, PAY AT DOOR
Sunday, October 30, 2016 @ 3:00PM

Gallery Coffeehouse: Campfire Storyteller Laura Bobrow

Take your coffee/ hot chocolate outside around our campfire for some pre-Halloween storytelling. Coffee included, in a real mug. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $8.00/person Pay At Door
Sunday October 30, 2016 @ 6:30PM

SEASON 9: November 2016

Main Street Theater Productions: Thoroughly Modern Millie

Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the height of the Jazz Age in New York City, when “moderns” including a flapper named Millie Dillmount were bobbing their hair, raising their hemlines, entering the workforce, and rewriting the rules of love. This high-spirited musical romp is a delightful valentine to the long-standing spirit of New York City and the people who seek to discover themselves there.
Tickets: $20 Adults, $15 Children, Students, Seniors
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Gallery Coffeehouse: W& OD Railroad history talk

Before it was a linear park owned by NOVA Parks, the W&OD was a railroad that brought travelers to the Blue Ridge foothills from Alexandria and Washington, DC. Learn about the history of this local railway and find out more about the park today.
Tickets: $8.00/person Pay At Door
Sunday. November 6, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Riders in the Sky: Salute to Roy Rogers King of the Cowboys

Join Riders In The Sky in a thrilling ride to yesteryear as they salute iconic western movie, music and TV star Roy Rogers, undisputed “King of the Cowboys.” King of the Cowboys: Riders In The Sky Salute Roy Rogers features family-friendly favorites from Roy’s long career that include “Don’t Fence Me In,” “Pecos Bill,” “Happy Trails” and more wrapped up in the Riders’ two-time Grammy-winning high yodeling style.
A Friends of Franklin Park Arts Center Gold Star Performance.
Tickets: $40-$70 --Click date below to purchase

VSA of Loudoun presents: Parade Train

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of this historical Purcellville tradition. The Parade Train welcomes Thanksgiving with stops along the W & OD Railroad towns welcoming the holiday with plenty of singing, dancing and a few surprise guests!
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors & Students
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Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing…the other comedy meat! Appropriate for all ages.
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Youth
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SEASON 9: December 2016 a work in progress

Loudoun Lyric opera: Amahl & The Night Visitors

The first opera composed for television in America, this one-act family production by Gian Carlo Menotti has been a holiday favorite since its NBC premiere on Christmas Eve, 1951. Join the cast of LLO as we recreate the story of a young boy who meets the three wise men on their way to Bethlehem and encounters a miracle.
Tickets: $25 Adults, $20 Seniors & College Students (withID), $15 Youth (under 18) Click on date to purchase tickets.

Gallery Coffeehouse: Readers Theater

Performance group BITWC” Imagine That!” presents a script with a handful of Actors interpreting the written word using only their expressions and voice. A sophisticated, cosmopolitan dramatic art that may make you laugh out loud or cry in the same night! Coffee included, in a real mug.
Tickets: $8.00/person
Sunday, December 4, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Geronimo Productions: The Giver

Lois Lowry’s book, which this play is based on, has been on and off the banned books list for years. The story is a deeply human story. As he gains new knowledge and experiences, Jonas is forced to answer questions about what it means to be alive, the value of emotions and personalities, and the vital role of true, loving community. All of these questions and more are told through a story that will appeal to a variety of ages—children and preteens see themselves in Jonas, while parents and adults might empathize more with Jonas’ parents, the community leaders, or the Giver himself. It is a beautiful story about discovering one’s humanity and all the joy and pain that accompanies that.
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Students, $8 children/Seniors
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Gallery Coffeehouse: Meet the Artist: Meredith Hilt

Local artist and jeweler, Meredith Hilt, will lead you in a simple holiday art workshop for this Coffeehouse. You'll learn more about her as an artist while making your own art project to take home. Coffee included, in a real mug. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $8.00/person PAY AT DOOR
Sunday, December 11, 2016 @ 6:30PM

Beale Street Puppets presents: Snowflakes

Brrr! Winter is Coming- A Winter Wonderland, that is! Jack Frost brings his magical touch to winter: come see Nicicle Icicle the Penguin, Louis Walrus and his Sardine Chorus, Jingle Belle the Ice Skater, and Jolly Holly the Snowman! Our Snowflake Snowgirls Showgirls dance while our Tuxedo penguins tip their tophats to you! Winter is Whimsical with our Merry Marionettes! Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $5.00/person PAY AT DOOR
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 @10:00AM

John Hardy: A Christmas Carol, one man performance

Charles Dickens himself began the tradition of performing his novella as a one-man play in 1853. The Albuquerque Journal writes “John Hardy’s one-man version of A Christmas Carol... A stunning work of theatrical virtuosity. Run to see this; take the whole family. You will be transfixed from the first moment.... This play brings the story to life.... I’ve seen this story many times but never like this... It will be as if you are seeing it for the first time”.
Tickets: $20.00/person click date to purchase tickets

Rainier Trio with Leslie Mabe

Join the Rainier Trio and Soprano Leslie Mabe for a captivating evening of Holiday Favorites including Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker, O Holy Night, White Christmas and a sing-along of traditional carols.
Tickets: $10 All Seats --click date below to purchase tickets

Chorus of The Old Dominion Holiday Concert & Sing-a-long

For the second year, the Chorus of the Old Dominion, along with several Loudoun County high school choral groups, will present a holiday event you won’t want to miss. Come enjoy your holiday favorite music and an opportunity to sing-along to traditional holiday songs that highlight a special time of the year.
Tickets: $12 All Seats PAY AT DOOR
Saturday, December 17, 2016 @ 4:00PM ----- Call to reserve 540-338-7973

Bob Brown Puppets: Nutcracker Fantasies

Visit the Kingdom of Snow, Kingdom of Flowers, Kingdom of Sweets and the Kingdom of Far-a-way places where you will meet marionette characters like The Cupcake King, Chinese Juggler, Timmy the Turtle and Jack Frost. Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $5.00/person PAY AT DOOR
Wednesday, December 28, 2016 @3:00PM
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Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing…the other comedy meat! Appropriate for all ages.
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Youth
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Family New Year's Eve Celebration

(All ages) Ring in the New Year with a family-friendly celebration featuring entertainment by Fizzical Fairy Tales and Magic By Ryan, party favors for everyone, refreshments and simple party crafts, photo booth and more! Then countdown to “midnight” at the end of our party — and parents can still get home in time to watch the festivities in Times Square
Tickets: $10 Each or $35 Family of 4 or more
Saturday, December 31, 2016 @ 7:00 - 9:00 PM---Call to Reserve 540-338-7973

January 2017: A Work in Progress

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Jayme Stone: The Lomax Project

Jayme Stone collaborated on this project with Grammy-award winning musicians like Time O’Brien and Julian Lage. The project was to revive, recycle and reimagine traditional music much of which exists today because of the field-recordings done by Alan Lomax. A folklorist and music pioneer, Lomax went across America to record musicians on porches, by the campfire and in living rooms. Appalachian ballads, fiddle tunes, sea chants and gospel songs from well-known musicians and ordinary cowhands and fishermen are played together to weave a story roots music. Jayme Stone’s album and subsequent tour bring this music back to life and the collaborative efforts of these musicians and singers is magical to experience. Tickets go on sale September 15th!!!
Tickets: $35 - $65
Thursday, January 5, 2017 @8:00PM -- Reserved Seating
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Gallery Coffeehouse: Comedy Cult Improv

Join the spontaneous and talented crew of Loudoun Valley HS Comedy Cult Improv team as they take audience suggestions and create theatrical scenes and stories on the spot! Unique comedy at its best! Coffee included, in a real mug.
Tickets: $8/person PAY AT DOOR
Sunday, January 8, 2017 @6:30 PM
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Beale Street Puppets: Dig Those Dinosaurs

The past is alive with prehistoric performers! May we introduce our Extinct Entertainers? Elvis-saurus and Ted Pterodacty, lead in the Fossil Follies with our Madcap Mesozoic Marionettes! Silly is the word for this show, with colorful dinosaurs everywhere! Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Tickets: $5/person
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 @ 10:00AM
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The Immortals

Selections to include Rock, Soul, Contemporary, R&B, Jazz Standards and originals by the members. The Immortals are a group made up of the best music students at Loudoun Music Instruction.
Tickets: $10/person PAY AT DOOR
Saturday,January 14, 2017 @7:00PM
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Virginia Opera: Deep River, the story of Marion Anderson

Be a witness to Ms. Anderson’s incredible journey to her rise to a pre-eminent spot among the world’s concert artists in spite of racial attitudes of the times, which she met with courage, grace and determination.
Tickets: $8 All Seats --Call to Reserve 540-338-7973
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 @10:00AM
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Last Ham Standing Comedy Improv

Don’t miss this hilarious show full of laughs for the entire family. A group of talented performers take suggestions from the audience to create wacky scenes and funny improv games. If you like Whose Line Is It Anyway? you’ll love Last Ham Standing…the other comedy meat! Appropriate for ages 5 & up
Tickets: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $8 Youth--click below to purchase tickets
New Year's Eve

Danny Knicely Concert

Performing music from their upcoming CD, set to release in June features Danny Knicely, Will Lee & John Flower in three part harmonies, hot instrumentals, and even a couple a cappella numbers. Danny and John are both Known for their work with David Via and Corn Tornado in the early 2000’s, while Danny and Will released a well received duet album in 2006 called Murders Drownings and Lost Loves, but the three first performed together as part of the award winning Magraw Gap in the mid-1990’s. This “meetings of musical minds” is not to be missed.
Tickets: $20 All Seats in advance, $25 at the Door
Reserve at info@dannyknicely.com
Saturday, January 21, 2017 @8:00PM---General Admission
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