The Belle of Amherst
A one-woman play about the life of the reclusive yet visionary poet, Emily Dickinson.
The play, written by William Luce, was first produced on Broadway in 1976 and starred Julie Harris. Sybil Rosen, knowing she would be performing in libraries and living rooms with small audiences, adapted the play to an hour-long version. The play is an intimate glimpse into the poet’s unusual life – her legendary seclusion, the close circle of family, the men who loved her. Rosen says “the language, most of it taken from her letters and journals, is so beautiful and witty.”
Rosen’s interest in the play is her love of the play and of Emily Dickinson. She also wants to raise awareness about libraries – to help remind us of what they give us and why it matters. Dickinson was a voracious reader, books brought her the world, making her able to be a recluse and still write vividly and visually about the world. Her imagination was the wellspring of her humanity.
PIANO X THREE
Pavlina Dokovska | Vladimir Valjarevic | Dr. Joseph Trivette
Southwest Charles R. King Community Center - Postponed
The Piano x Three concert will feature selections arranged for one, two and three pianos featuring Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Dr. Joseph Trivette.
Composer features will be Bach, Mozart, Beethoven Chopin, Debussy, Tchaikovsky, Dvořák, Percy Grainger/ Gershwin and Lecuona.
SWCC STUDENT SHOWCASE
Celebrating Worldwide Visionaries
The SWCC Student Showcase: Celebrating Worldwide Visionaries will be presented by Southwest students under the direction of Morgan Gilbert and Brian Wright. They will select visionaries from their area of study and interest, do research on those persons and prepare a monologue of them. They will “present” that visionary during the Student Showcase, in costume with appropriate visual and musical accompaniment. Visionaries will represent the Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering, Math and Humanities.
Camerata Virtuosi New York
This ensemble of internationally acclaimed musicians will perform in three unique concerts to reflect the festival theme.
Inventors and Innovators
Music by composers Mozart, Bach, Schumann, Beethoven, Liszt, Debussy and Bruch.
Visionaries and Virtuosos
Tim McClure, Special guest violinist
Music by composers Schumann, Vivaldi, Gershwin, Chopin, Hindemith, Debussy, Bruch.
Teachers and Trailblazers
Music by composers Bach, Mendelssohn, Fauré, Liszt, Beach, Ravel and Gershwin, Bruch
FESTIVAL CAFE ...
Hosted by the Southwest Music Program
Visionaries Timeless & Universal
This popular game show, skillfully organized by the Library and Recruitment and Student Engagement Staff tests the knowledge of Southwest faculty, staff and students on subjects related to the Festival theme. Enjoy theme-inspired refreshments.
KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
Always a highlight of the festival, the Knoxville Symphony Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Maestro James Fellenbaum, will perform works by Kozeluch, Handel, Fauré, Mozart, Puccini, Beethoven, Bach, Copland, Gershwin, Still.
Guest soloists will be pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic and Clara Lisle, soprano.
The SWCC Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, will be accompanied by the orchestra.
VISIONARIES AROUND US ...
Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery
Photographic portraits of living visionaries of Southwest Virginia will create a historical record of those who have significantly impacted Southwest Virginia. The Southwest “School of the Arts” students conducted interviews with living visionaries of SWVA through photographs and interviews. This research will be displayed in the Ellen von Dehsen Elmes Gallery.
Visionary Textile Artist
This colorful exhibit of needle turned applique quilts, handmade by Marion artist Sylvia Richardson, celebrates an amazing woman, and her unusual, heavily embellished and beaded works of art. A prolific and completely unique artist, Sylvia, now 84, continues to work on a handful of pieces simultaneously, including large wall hangings, baskets and one-of-a-kind clothing.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL. ...
The mission of the annual Southwest Virginia Community College Festival of the Arts is to provide an in-depth exploration of the cultural riches of countries and cultures around the world to create a better understanding of those nations and cultures. The two-week long Festival consists of numerous musical performances, including vocal, instrumental and solo presentations.
Dance, theatre, literature, visual arts and film are other areas of exploration. Students from the theatre and music departments at Southwest participate, as well as community singers in the SWCC Community Chorus. SWCC art students design the Festival logo each year and prepare art exhibits that reflect the artistic heritage of the country in the spotlight. Workshops are conducted by visiting artists and a Spotlight event is held each year to showcase student talent.
FESTIVAL DIRECTORS & COORDINATORS
Mary has served as Executive Director of the Festival of the Arts since its inception in 1995.
Phone (276) 964.7348
Assistant Artistic Director, Piano faculty Mannes College of Music
Choral Director, Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Endowed Chair in Music
Morgan Gilbert & Brian Wright
Morgan Gilbert, Sarah Romeo, Courtney Jennelle
Joe Magee & Ryan Magee
John Dezember, Travis Roberts, Teresa Pruett
Design by Johnathan Keene
Produced by John Dezember, Communications
2022 FESTIVAL SPONSORS
Nettie Peterson Estate
Stelio and Betty T. Corte Foundation
Ennio and Rosa Corte Foundation
Community Arts Council of Buchanan County
Virginia Commission for the Arts/
National Endowment for the Arts
Randy and Julie Forehand
Katharine B. Tierney Foundation
George M. Cruise Foundation
Tazewell County Board of Supervisors
Altizer, Walk and White
Richlands Pharmacy Associates/ New Garden Pharmacy
Gene and Martha Hurst
Mary W. Lawson
Mary Sue Whitt
Nancy Albert Wolf
Keene Family Foundation
Columbus Phipps Foundation
Frank L. Smoot Charitable Trust
Clinch Valley Medical Center
David Mullins Wealth Management
Street Law Firm
Mary G. Adams
Ken and Cynthia Anselmi
James and Becky Belcher
Anne Adams Bishop
Nancy G. Brooks
Charles R. King
Larry and Kathy Mitchell
Sam and Martha Varney
Dr. Tommy and Tracey Wright
Southwest Cultural Arts Series
Russell County Board of Supervisors
Town of Bluefield, VA
Town of Richlands
Town of Tazewell
Anonymous in Memory of
Appalachian Family Care
Doug and Ginger Branton
Jim L. Dickinson
Ron and Naomi Levison
Kenny and Susan Lowe
Larry and Kathy Mitchell
Rod and Linda Moore
Bob and Nona Nassif
Joe and Cindy Nicholson
Mary Ann Strong
Bob and Bonnie White
John and Jane Willis
Russell County Rotary Club
TCPL Friends of the Library
Town of Cedar Bluff
Town of Lebanon
Tazewell Music Club