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Spring Arts Series Wraps Up with a Jig and a Jump


March 29, 2011



Averett is pleased to announce its final two events for its spring Arts@Averett Series.

On Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m., the University will host bluegrass legend Tony Rice and the Tony Rice Unit. The performance is made possible through a partnership with Danville Community College. While advance tickets are sold out, a limited number of additional tickets will be available beginning at 6 p.m. the night of the performance at the Pritchett Auditorium Box Office.

Grammy Award winning Rice was born in Danville but grew up in Los Angeles. He is considered one of the most innovative acoustic guitar players in bluegrass, progressive bluegrass, newgrass and acoustic jazz. He has performed with J.D. Crowe and the New South, David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, Ricky Skaggs and his brothers Larry, Wyatt and Ronnie. He co-founded the Bluegrass Album Band in 1980, recording six albums from 1980-1996. With the formation of the Tony Rice Unit, he has been able to pursue a jazz-infused, experimental "spacegrass."

A week after Rice's performance, April 8-10, the equestrian studies department will perform "Around the World in 80 Days" at the University's Equestrian Center. The performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. April 8-9 and at 2 p.m. April 10.

The production will showcase horses and riders performing together to music. The department began practicing for the production in the fall, and the majority of the choreography and sets were created and designed by the students. In addition to students performing, guest riders from across the East Coast as well as several alumni are in the production. Horses and riders will perform to a variety of music from America, India, Spain and Italy. Some of the songs used in the performances include "Jai Ho" from "Slumdog Millionaire," "R.O.C.K. in the USA" by John Mellencamp, "Circle of Life" from "The Lion King" and "Colors of the Wind" from "Pocahontas."

Fifty percent of the proceeds will benefit Horses and Humans Research Foundation. Advance tickets are $10; $15 at the door; and seating is limited. For advance tickets call Gloria Robertson at 434-791-5638. For directions to the Equestrian Center visit campus directions.
Special note: do not use Map Quest or GPS to find the Equestrian Center, you will be abandoned on a dirt road. For additional information about the Horses and Humans Research Foundation visit their website at Horses and Humans Research Foundation.