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Arts & Entertainment

VISUAL ARTS

Loudoun Art Council

15 North King St., Suite 202

Leesburg, VA 20176

703-777-7838

www.loudounarts.org

Julie Doiron, president

julie@thepotomacgallery.com

The promotion and expansion of art around the county is the primary goal of the Loudoun Arts Council (LAC). The council is a non-profit organization constructed to benefit artistic expression in and around the community through the sponsoring and/or co-sponsoring of numerous programs. To become a member of the LAC, fill out a membership form at the organization's Web site. Annual member dues are $35. Checks should be sent to The Loudoun Arts Council, P.O. Box 4270, Leesburg, VA 20177.

Programs:

Arts in Offices: This program rotates artwork submitted by 30 LAC members to five area business offices in the county every two months. Member artwork is displayed in waiting rooms, meeting rooms and other areas. Acceptable artwork includes sculpture, photography, painting and graphic art. The LAC accepts artwork primarily from LAC members, but an artist does not have to be a member to be considered. For more information, contact Catherine Fetterman at 703-443-1143.

Loudoun Arts Advance: This bi-monthly publication, sent to all LAC members, contains news on arts and business and a local calendar of artistic events.

Excellence in the Arts Award: The Excellent in the Arts Award provides up to $3,000 to students in Loudoun County who display exceptional skill and achievement in the field of arts. Judged categories include theater, dance, visual arts, literary arts, digital arts, piano performance and vocal and instrumental performance.

Various Classes and Workshops: The LAC also sponsors numerous artistic workshops and classes that cater to a wide variety of artistic fields.

Designer Showhouse: At Lansdowne, Sept. 25-Oct. 5. Call office or visit Web site for more information. Tickets on sale Aug. 1 during First Friday Gallery Walk. Preview party is Sept. 25; black tie optional. Cost is $75.

Transcendental Arts Council

P.O. Box 4379

Leesburg, VA 20177

703-737-0111

artatacwar@yahoo.com

The goal of the Transcendental Arts Council is to "help artists and their surrounding community work together to produce lasting artistic expressions that inform and affect."

VSA Arts of Virginia (Loudoun County)

P.O. Box 6445

Leesburg, VA 20178

703-771-5013 (for local information)

Katherine D. Trask, coordinator

ktrask@loudoun.gov

www.loudoun.gov/prcs/adapt/vsa.htm

Motto: Promoting the creative spirit in people with disabilities.

The VSA Arts of Virginia in Loudoun County is an organization that helps community members with disabilities enjoy and create art. The organization caters to a variety of artistic media, ranging from dance and creative writing to drama and the visual arts. Offered programs include art workshops, traveling theater groups and dance workshops. The new Da Vinci studio space for disabled artists opened in August 2003 in Round Hill, Va.

THEATER

Sterling Playmakers

120 Enterprise Drive

Sterling

703-437-6117

information@sterlingplaymakers.com

www.sterlingplaymakers.com

The 2003-2004 season of the Sterling Playmakers, a community theater group, includes "Dinner Murder" in September and "Three Musketeers" in November. In preparation for "The Three Musketeers," the Playmakers will offer a Basic Stage Combat Workshop the weekend of Aug. 23 and 24. Participants must be 14 years old and older to participate. Cost is $25 per person for the weekend. Participation in the workshop does not guarantee a role in the fall production. To register, or for more details, contact Kevin or Beth Robertson.

Not Just Shakespeare

Leesburg

540-668-6967

info@notjustshakespeare.com

This is an amateur theater group based in Leesburg founded for the purpose of "bringing the beauty and majesty of Shakespeare to audiences near and far, performed in an Elizabethan setting." Individuals are invited to attend workshops on any Saturday, from 10 a.m.-noon, or contact either of the following two people to discuss possibilities for participation: Tim Jon at 703-777-4747, Ext. 24, or 703-777-1452; or Jeff Freeman at 202-268-2922 or 540-668-6967.

The Growing Stage

P.O. Box 648

Purcellville, VA 20134

540-338-5367

www.growingstage.org

Founder, artistic director: Dolly Stevens

The Purcellville-based group offers a variety of workshops and camps for young children interested in learning more about theater and dramatic art. The workshops focus on a single production while the summer camps focus on an area of dramatic art. Classes and camps range in price from $100-$500. Call The Growing Stage for registration forms. For Main Stage productions, tickets can be purchased online or by calling the ticket line at 540-338-0688. They can also be purchased by mail or at the Box Office on the day of the event. Check out their Web site for updated information on events and classes.

DANCE

The Dance Academy of Loudoun

707 E. Market St.

Leesburg

703-443-1093

The Loudoun Ballet Company

222 South King St.

Leesburg

703-771-1522 (main)

703-771-8074 (ticket line)

info@loudounballet.org

www.loudounballet.org

Founded in 1978, the Loudoun Ballet Company has brought ballet to Loudoun County and other areas along the East Coast including Maryland and Washington, D.C. The company has performed classic shows such as "The Nutcracker" and "Peter and the Wolf".

The Loudoun School of Ballet

305-H East Market St.

Leesburg, VA 20176

703-771-3200

Sheila-Hoffmann-Robertson, director

www.loudounschoolofballet.com

info@loudounschoolofballet.com

The oldest dance instructional institution in Loudoun County, the Loudoun School of Ballet provides serious instruction for dancers. The two departments of the school are the Ballet department and the Contemporary department, each providing graded levels of instruction. For registration information, contact the front desk or visit the school's Web site.

MUSIC

Bluemont Concert Series

P.O. Box 208

Leesburg, VA 20178

703-777-6306

www.bluemont.org

info@bluemont.org

The Bluemont Concert Series is a non-profit organization that brings music, dance and other events to communities in Loudoun County. The organization's "Summer Concert Series" is a collection of outdoor musical entertainment for the community, with sounds ranging from jazz to folk to big band music.

The Waterford Concert Series

The Waterford Foundation

P.O. Box 142

Waterford, VA 20197

540-882-3018

info@waterfordva.org

www.waterfordva.org

From spring to fall, the Waterford Concert Series promotes new and interesting musical talent to residents of Loudoun County. Single concert tickets (with unassigned seating) are $18 in advance, $20 at the door. Annual subscriptions to four concerts are available and includes priority seating, a reception with the concert performers and invitations to other special events. The cost of a subscription is $50 for members of the Waterford Foundation and $65 for non-members. Tickets may be ordered online at the Web site through the Thursday before the concert, or can be purchased at the door or through the mail if ordered well in advance.

The Master Singers

Loudoun County

703-327-6628

Erik Reid Jones, conductor

www.msva.org

The Master Singers is a Northern Virginia arts organization of 30 musicians focusing mainly on a cappella and accompanied choral works of the 20th and 21st centuries. Seasonal concerts sell out fast. Visit their Web site for upcoming concert dates.

Loudoun Chorale

P.O. Box 6197

Leesburg, Va. 20178

www.loudounchorale.org

703-858-7957 or 540-554-8594

The Loudoun Chorale is a community-based arts organization created to respond to the need of local performers to offer quality music presentations on a continuing basis. Spring concerts will be held in April 2003 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Leesburg, St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Sterling and St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg. E-mail info@loudounchorale.org.

Loudoun Symphony

P.O. Box 4478

Leesburg, Va. 20177

703-771-8287

www.loudounsymphony.org

Executive director: Esperanza Alzona

This is the thirteenth season for the Loudoun Symphony. Subscribers save over the single ticket price and can save more when they take advantage of the new "early bird" discount rates if they subscribe by Sept. 30. Each subscriber will receive a voucher for a free concert ticket to bring a friend to any of the regular concerts. Subscribers also receive advance notification about other special Symphony events. The early bird subscription rates are $55 for adults and $20 for children and students through high school (college students with ID). After Sept. 30, 2003, the regular subscription rates are $60 for adults and $25 for children/students. The Loudoun Symphony also offers special family subscription rate of $145 for a group of 2 adults and 2 children (plus $20 for each additional child). The early bird family subscription rate is $130 (plus $15 for each additional child). Single ticket prices at the door will be $18 for adults and $8 for children/students; $15 for adults and $7 for children/students, if purchased in advance. Beginning in October, advance tickets may be purchased at The Piano Company in Leesburg, Melodee Music in Sterling, the Loudoun Convention and Visitors Association office in downtown Leesburg or by calling the office at 703-771-8287 using a Visa, Mastercard or Discover card. Special discounted group ticket rates are also available.

Loudoun Symphonic Winds

P.O. Box 2384

Leesburg, Va. 20177

703-620-4436

www.lcbandinc.org

Since 1993, the Loudoun Symphonic Winds has been providing concert band performances for the Loudoun County area. Formerly known as the Loudoun Concert Band, Loudoun Symphonic Winds is a mix of high school students, professional musicians and working professionals who have a desire to perform challenging symphonic repertoire for concert band. All concerts are free and open to the public and centered on a particular theme. Interested musicians and those interested in upcoming shows are encouraged to visit their Web site or e-mail gcorella@crosslink.net.

Potomac Celtic Festival

1-800-752-6118

www.potamaccelticfest.org

argent@pobox.com

The festival features live Celtic music, pipers, food and dance. The event also features Scottish games as well as a reenactment of Celtic history over the past 2000 years. Many craft exhibitors feature ethnic arts and crafts. There are also storytellers and poetry. Several demonstrations of multiple skills are featured along with workshops that teach the Celtic language and Celtic styles.

MOVIES

Regal Countryside 20

Regal Cinemas

45980 Regal Plaza

Sterling

703-404-8600

This movie-theater complex holds 20 screens, displaying the latest in motion-picture entertainment. Ticket prices are $8.50 for adults, $5.50 for children and seniors, and a bargain matinee price of $6.