The Virginia Arts Festival Spring 2012

02/21/2012  | 
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Al Pacino to share backstage stories from a lifetime in the world of theater and film.

Perhaps more than any other season in the 16 year history of the Virginia Arts Festival, spring 2012 performances represent the heart of the Festival’s mission: to bring the world’s best performing artists to the coastal cities of Virginia.

Over seven sensational weeks, beginning April 16, you can experience the Festival debut of the legendary American Ballet Theatre, dancing the beloved classic Giselle; the iconic film star Al Pacino, sharing backstage stories from a lifetime in the world of theater and film, clips of his films, answers to questions you always wanted to ask and a reading from one of his favorite Broadway roles.

The reigning soprano of the opera and concert stage, Renée Fleming; the world renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman; star of TV’s 30 Rock, Jane Krakowski; the soaring glory of Flying PROMS Symphonic Air show. Add the eclectic talents of artists; Béla Fleck and the Original Flecktones, Dougie MacLean, Town Mountain Band, Bruce Brubaker, The Music of Pink Floyd and C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters and you have something for everyone to enjoy.

Presented every festival season is The Virginia International Tattoo. The Tattoo is an inspiring display of military music, pipes, drums and a celebration of Freedom. From the opening boom to the finale’s powerful display of unity as 900 performers come together en masse, the Tattoo leaves a lasting impression of what life, liberty, pride and patriotism truly mean. Again, this year prior to each performance you will be entertained on Scope Plaza at Tattoo Hullabaloo. Enjoy music from Tattoo bands and dancers, food, entertainment, a beer garden, bagpipe contests and more. All before you ever enter Scope Arena. The Tattoo is definitely more than a performance, it is an experience.

A new event of the Virginia Arts Festival for 2012 is the “Art of Chocolate,” Virginia Chocolate Festival. March 21–25, enjoy mankind’s favorite food in many forms. The main event is Saturday, March 24 at Scope Exhibition Hall, an opportunity to sample and purchase chocolate from vendors across the state of Virginia and beyond. Also, learn the history of chocolate, how to cook with chocolate, sample chocolate wines and enjoy the children’s area. It is truly a “chocoholic’s dream.” Other events include a chocolate beer challenge, chocolate themed dinners, chocolate spa specials and a bartenders’ challenge. So much chocolate to enjoy.

The Festival would not be complete without festival favorites PANorama Caribbean Music Fest, where steel drums reign supreme (May 12) and Virginia Beer Festival in Norfolk’s Town Point Park (May 19).

There are so many other wonderful performances and events during the Festival.

You can see a complete listing by visiting the Virginia Arts Festival website www.vafest.org. Tickets are on sale now at the Festival box office, 440 Bank Street, by phone 757-282-2822, online vafest.org or Ticketmaster 800-982-2787.

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