Moss Arts Center kicks off its 2022-23 season – Virginia Tech Daily | Hot Mobile Press

Tickets for the Moss Arts Center’s 2022-23 performance season, featuring artists from 13 countries and four continents in the fields of music, dance, theatre, literary arts and visual arts, are on sale now. Choose from a dynamic selection of jazz and global beats, classical music favorites, family-friendly Cirque selections, transformative dance and drama, and spectacular Broadway productions.

“How do artists bring ideas to light? This season’s performances recontextualize experiences and stories, shed new perspectives on cultures and ideas, reinvent stories from the past in new ways, and reclaim traditional narratives and heritage. More than ever, Moss offers a place where we can see our world in new ways,” said Margaret Lawrence, program director for the Moss Arts Center.

The center’s performances and exhibits are complemented by a collection of experiences that offer deeper connections with artists, ideas and community members, including pre- and post-performance conversations with artists and faculty members at Virginia Tech on topical issues. Virginia Tech students have exclusive access to master classes and other special on-campus engagement events with renowned artists and ensembles, and school-age students are treated to special matinee performances and in-school artist workshops.

Moss Arts Center performances 2022-23

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Wednesday, Sept. 7, 6 p.m

This free, outdoor dance concert is led by one of the most exciting new artists in Latin music. Young Cuban sensation Cimafunk – think Cuban Bruno Mars – offers a bold mix of funk, Cuban music and African rhythms.

Eileen Ivers and Universal Roots

Friday, September 16, 7:30 p.m

Nine-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion Eileen Ivers and her band open the season with a joyous evening celebrating influences from Celtic tradition.

Redman · Mehldau · McBride · Blade

A MoodSwing reunion

Tuesday, September 27 at 7:30 p.m

Acclaimed jazz saxophonist Joshua Redman introduced his first permanent band in 1994 with his album MoodSwing. The original group reunites for an unforgettable performance.

Rhiannon Giddens with Francesco Turrisi

Wednesday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m

Grammy-winning Rhiannon Giddens collaborates with Italian multi-instrumentalist Francesco Turrisi, sharing lullabies, ballads and folk songs from her native and adopted countries of America, Italy and Ireland.

Makuyeika Colectivo Theater


Wednesday, October 12 at 7:30 p.m

Thursday, October 13 at 7:30 p.m

Featuring live music and three inspired actors, this profound play from Mexico illuminates a range of realities – land grabbing, widespread violence, community resistance – faced by indigenous peoples. The audience is seated on the stage for this intimate performance.


“air game”

Sunday, October 23, 2 p.m

Circus meets science – umbrellas fly, fabrics float over the audience, balloons swallow people and the whole stage turns into a snow globe. Perfect for young children too, Air Play is part comedy, part sculpture, part circus, part theater.



Friday, October 28 at 7:30 p.m

Farruquito has been hailed by The New York Times as “the greatest flamenco dancer of this new century.” With an outstanding cadre of dancers, musicians and singers, his performances are true expressions of pure flamenco.

Danish String Quartet

Friday, November 4 at 7:30 p.m

The Grammy-nominated Danish string quartet make their personal Moss debut with a performance that includes quartets by Haydn and Schubert as well as selected folk music.


Nrityagram dance ensemble

Saturday, November 12 at 7:30 p.m

Nrityagram Dance Ensemble and Chitrasena Dance Company work together in a lively fusion of classical Indian Odissi dance and traditional Sri Lankan Kandyan dance.

Soweto Gospel Choir

“Hope: It took a long time”

Thursday, November 17 at 7:30 p.m

The three-time Grammy-winning Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates artists associated with the fight for social justice, from Mahalia Jackson to Harry Belafonte.

Roanoke Symphony Orchestra

“Holiday Pop’s Spectacular”

David Stewart Wiley, conductor

Saturday, December 3, 4 p.m

Friends and family gather to enjoy the spirit of the holiday as the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra fills the theater with music and cheers with its Holiday Pops Spectacular program for audiences of all ages.

Budapest Symphony Orchestra concert

András Keller, Principal Conductor

Zoltan Fejervari, piano

Thursday, January 19 at 7:30 p.m

The Concerto Budapest Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestras in Hungary. This performance features Hungary’s most popular composers – Dvořák, Liszt and Bartók – and features Hungarian pianist Zoltan Fejérvári.

“An Evening With Kevin Young”

Tuesday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m

Poet Kevin Young is a seminal voice of his generation. A National Book Award finalist and recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship, he also won the PEN Open Award, the judges of which noted that Young shows “how black identity is essential to American culture.”

Machine de Cirque

“The gallery”

Friday, January 27 at 7:30 p.m

Seven crazy acrobats and an eccentric musician take in a monochrome exhibition. Dizzying feats, amazing discoveries, poetic liberties, and a healthy dose of silly fun come together to fuel this sophisticated ode to creativity.

PUBLI Quartet

Saturday, February 11 at 7:30 p.m

The Grammy-nominated PUBLIQuartet is changing the perception of string quartets, digging into entirely new music, from classical to jazz to improvisation – and creating an original American style all their own.


Created jointly by Koryū Nishikawa V and Tom Lee

Friday, February 17 at 7:30 p.m

Saturday, February 18, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m

Created by Japanese master puppeteer Koryū Nishikawa V and American puppet artist Tom Lee, this new stage work uses Bunraku puppets, video projection and live music to illuminate the wild imagination of Japan’s most famous short story writer. Spectators sit on the stage.

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Tuesday, February 28 at 7:30 p.m

Wednesday, March 1, 7:30 p.m

Celebrate over 60 years of unparalleled artistry when the premiere company from the groundbreaking Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater comes to Southwest Virginia for the first time. Two evening performances offer different works, and each includes founder Alvin Ailey’s masterpiece, “Revelations”.

“An Evening with Viet Thanh Nguyen”

Thursday, March 16, 7:30 p.m

Viet Thanh Nguyen’s Pulitzer-winning novel, The Sympathizer, reimagines what people thought they knew about the Vietnam War and challenges readers to consider the legacy of that turbulent time and its aftermath from a new perspective.

“Book of Mountains and Seas”

Composer and librettist: Huang Ruo

Direction and Production Design: Basil Twist

Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m

This daring new musical theater work, commissioned in part by The Moss, is a modern take on ancient Chinese creation myths, featuring the Ars Nova Copenhagen chorus alongside massive puppets and flashy lanterns.

Opera Roanoke and Blacksburg Masters Chorale

Benjamin Britten’s “War Requiem”

Steven White, conductor

Sunday, April 23, 4 p.m

Opera Roanoke, Blacksburg Master Chorale, Virginia Tech Choirs and Georgia Boy Choir come together in Benjamin Britten’s monumental War Requiem, a timeless work that symbolizes the futility of war.

Cecile McLorin Salvant

Saturday, April 29 at 7:30 p.m

Three-time Grammy winner Cecile McLorin Salvant brings historical perspectives on jazz standards and her own compositions, and her rich, powerful voice spans a wide-ranging repertoire.

Broadway in Blacksburg

Broadway returns to Southwest Virginia with the Moss Arts Center series Broadway in Blacksburg. Tickets for the romantic and adventurous new musical Anastasia on Tuesday 8th November at 7:30pm and the warm, Tony Award-winning musical comedy Hairspray on Tuesday 14th February are available now available at 7:30 p.m


Tickets for individual performances can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center box office, Wednesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; or by calling 540-231-5300 during box office hours.

Subscriptions are also available, offering discounted fares and preferred seat selection. There are three ways to purchase a subscription: Premier subscription includes 18 performances with a 25 percent discount on adult tickets, Gold build-your-own subscription allows for a 20 percent discount on adult tickets for 12 or 12 more performances and the Silver Build Your Own subscription starts at just five performances with a 15 percent discount off ticket prices. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per show, even by subscription.

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