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Arts Festival

Arab Arts Gala: An Evening of Film, Music, & Dance

Friday, April 8, Williamsburg Regional Library

6:00 PM – Sirens Sundance documentary film screening – $10, Click here to purchase tickets

8:00 PM – Live Music & Dance – Free, no tickets required

Sirens follows the emotional journey of Lilas and Sherry, guitarists of the Middle East’s first all-female metal band, as they wrestle with friendship, sexuality, and destruction. Tickets for this film are only available for purchase online here, and will not be sold at the door. 

This program features a performance by the WM Middle Eastern Music Ensemble featuring Nicole LeCorgne and Leah Glenn’s Modern IV Barefoot Dancers.

Please note, attendees will be asked to leave the theater during the intermission between the film screening and live performance. 

Barksdale Treble Chorus Spring Performance

Saturday, April 9, 8:00 PM, Bruton Parish Church
Free

Founded in 1923, William & Mary Barksdale Treble Chorus continues to bring joy and music to Williamsburg. The ensemble consists of approximately 50 undergraduate women of a wide variety of interests and majors. Join the ensemble for their Spring Performance at Bruton Parish Church during the festival weekend.

COLORS Gallery Opening

Saturday, April 9, 12:00-5:00 PM, Stryker Center
Free

COLORS is a collaborative show of art by photographer Kathy Hornsby and painter Connie Desaulniers. These two longtime friends share their love of color saturation in their art forms. Florals that are abstracted by water and light embody Hornsby’s ethereal “Flower Disarrangement” photographic series. Desaulniers’ fanciful paintings conjure stories designed to spark the viewer’s imagination.

Come meet the artists as they welcome visitors to the Grand Opening of COLORS on April 9 from 12:00-5:00 PM in the Stryker Center. Learn more about the artists of COLORS at moonshadow.design/colors.

Contemporary West Dance Theatre

Sponsored by the William & Mary Class of 1939 Endowment
Saturday, April 9, 7:30 PM, Kimball Theatre
Free

The mission of Contemporary West Dance Theatre (CWDT) is to continue the American Legacy of excellence in dance by creating opportunities to nurture, educate and advance future artists. CWDT is dedicated to presenting performances and preserving the work of generations of great artists, choreographers and teachers, while showcasing the work of emerging talent in a broad spectrum of dance styles. CWDT seeks to maintain a multicultural performing arts company that builds artistic bridges not only within our arts community, but beyond its borders as well.

CW Lights

April 7-30: 8:00-10:30 PM, Colonial Williamsburg Governor’s Palace
$12-$19

Enjoy a family-friendly evening experience in the Governor’s Palace Gardens! This magical glow event will transform the world-class gardens into the star of the show, illuminating the spring bloom like never before. For tickets and more info visit the event website.

From April 7-10, Friends of the Festival pass holders may use their festival pass for VIP entry to CW Lights without a reservation.

Edgar Degas – The Private Impressionist: Works on Paper by the Artist and His Circle

April 6-7: 12:00-5:00 PM, April 8: 12:00-9:00 PM, April 9-10: 10:00 AM-5:00 PM
Muscarelle Museum of Art
$10

This extraordinary exhibition features works by the celebrated artist and his peers, providing an in-depth examination into Degas’ methods and techniques. Muscarelle Explorations: Degas includes lectures, live drawing workshops, a concert, a film screening, and a book club discussion. This series will give participants a special insight into the exhibition Edgar Degas: The Private Impressionist and deepen their understanding of this enigmatic artist.

Exhibit admission during the festival is included with any festival pass; individual tickets are available for direct purchase at the Muscarelle.

Roberto Jamora – Original Print Work

As part of his Asian Centennial Distinguished Fine Arts Fellowship, Roberto Jamora created an original abstract print of which 50 exclusive copies will be made available for purchase. Unveiling of these works will take place April 8th.

Spectacular the Musical

Friday, April 8 & Saturday, April 9, 8:00 PM, Commonwealth Auditorium
$5-$10

A student thesis musical production by Paul Hardin ‘22. Nicolas du Vernay is an aspiring playwright, commissioned by the King to direct a cast of blue-blooded players during the Royal Wedding celebrations at Versailles. Leonor is a Spanish princess, arranged to be married to the philandering French Dauphin, Louis. Despite barriers of class and questions of honor, sparks fly between the two unlikely lovers in fabulous French fashion in this new musical inspired by the works of Corneille, Moliere, and Perrault.

Admission is included with any festival pass; individual tickets are available for direct purchase through the Spectacular ticketing website.

Undergraduate Research Month Arts Events

Studio Art Majors Senior Critique Showcase

A work-in-progress art showcase of studio art majors as part of Undergraduate Research Month.

Charles Center Undergraduate Research Poster Session – Literature, Language, & Writing

Wednesday, April 6, 2:00-4:00 PM, Blow Hall 201
Free

Charles Center Undergraduate Research Poster Session – The Arts

Thursday, April 7, 2:00-4:00 PM, Blow Hall 201
Free

W&M Global Music & Dance Showcase

Sponsored by Terry Buntrock
Wednesday, April 6, 6:00 PM, At the AMPitheater
Free

A global showcase of W&M student international musical and dance performance organizations, including the Brazilian Ensemble, Appalachian Music Ensemble, Middle Eastern Music Ensemble, Music of India Ensemble, Russian Music Ensemble, Afsana: South Asian Dance, African Dance, Bharata Natyam, and the Barksdale Treble Voices.