Highlights of Virginia Arts Festival

Here are some of the best events to check out at the Virginia Arts Festival

April 22, 2010

Here are some highlights of the 2010 Virginia Arts Festival:

Friday and Saturday in Norfolk: A staging of Leonard Bernstein's "Mass," Reduced Shakespeare Company, jazz trombonist John Fedchock

April 27 in Norfolk: Classical guitarist David Russell

April 28 in Portsmouth: The Venice Baroque Orchestra, directed by Andrea Marcon and featuring violinist Giuliano Carmignola, performs works by Vivaldi, Tartini and Albinoni.

April 29 in Norfolk: Republic of Korea Traditional Army Band

April 30-May 2 in Norfolk: Virginia International Tattoo, Nalmes Russian Folk Dance Spectacular, jazz trumpeter Joe Magnarelli

May 4 in Norfolk: Pianist Maurizio Pollini plays Chopin

May 6 in Norfolk: Cavani String Quartet performs works by Mozart, Beethoven and Mendelssohn.

May 7-9: Birmingham Royal Ballet performs "Swan Lake" (Norfolk), Caribbean Music Fest (Virginia Beach)

May 12 in Norfolk: African Children's Choir

May 14-16: Trumpeter Chris Botti , Pilobolus (Virginia Beach); Virginia Beer Festival, Virginia Chorale (Norfolk)

May 21-23: Boston Brass (Newport News); Music of Queen: A Rock Symphony, performed by the Virginia Symphony with vocalist Brody Dolyniuk (Norfolk); pianist Andre-Michel Schub with Orion String Quartet performing an all-Schumann program (James City County); Richmond Ballet (Newport News)

May 27-30 in Williamsburg: Broadway star Kelli O'Hara in a cabaret program with Rob Fisher, founding music director of New York's Encores!; cellist Alisa Weilerstein, Virginia Symphony, banjoist Bela Fleck

Spread throughout the festival are morning coffee concerts, an organ recital series, some outdoor events and more. Several hotels in the area offer festival accommodation deals. For more information, call 877-741-2787 or go to vafest.org.

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