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A Smorgasbord of Events Set for March

March 5, 2012

If you're looking for something to do on a March evening, Averett has got you covered. We have a variety of events taking place this month that are suitable for the entire family beginning with a piano concert by William Chapman Nyaho at 7:30 p.m. March 13 in Pritchett Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

Chapman Nyaho is considered one of the foremost authorities on African-influenced piano music. As a Ghanaian American himself, he has compiled and edited a five-volume graded anthology "Piano Music of Africa and the African Diaspora." In addition to touring the U.S., Chapman Nyaho's performances have taken him to Europe, Africa, Asia and the Caribbean. He has released two solo albums – "SENKU: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent" and "ASA: Piano Music by Composers of African Descent."

Following Chapman Nyaho's performance is another musical treat from the touring branch of the Virginia Opera. Join us for "An Evening of Opera and Broadway" at 7:30 p.m. March 21 in Pritchett Auditorium. The performance will feature soaring opera arias as well as popular Broadway melodies from the world's greatest composers. The concert is free and open to the public.

If you're more visually inclined, Averett's annual Student Art Show will open in the multipurpose room of the Student Center on March 24 and remain on display until April 14. The art show will feature a wide variety of work from art majors, art minors and other students who have taken art classes since the spring of 2011. Drawings, paintings and prints in the 2-D areas will depict a variety of both realistic and abstract art. Sculpture, pottery and enameling will also be featured with emphasis on a variety of techniques. The art show is free and open to the public.

A follow up to last year's success with bluegrass legend Tony Rice, Averett has once again teamed up with Danville Community College. This year's community partnership brings to town bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, a 2011 nominee for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals. Dailey & Vincent will perform in Pritchett Auditorium on March 26. The event is now sold out.

In 2008, at the International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA), Dailey & Vincent received numerous accolades including Entertainer of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year. They are the only act in the history of the IBMA to receive both awards in the same year.

If you're more intellectually inclined, our month of activities wraps up with our 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series on March 27 at 7 p.m. in Jut's Café. This month Dr. William Trakas, history professor, will present "The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly of the Crusades" and Dr. William Trimyer, religion professor, will present "Customs and Definitions of Religions." The event is free and open to the public.

The 1859-Coffeehouse Lecture Series is designed to bring community members to Averett's campus to interact in a small, relaxed setting. The series allows Averett to showcase its faculty – current and retired – to Danville and the surrounding communities.

For more information about any of the events planned for this month call 434-791-5600.