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Kids and adults alike gathered to learn

With a new coordinator at its helm, our

and play African rhythms on authentic

P E R F O R M A N C E

Arts Education Programs are once again

djembes and shekeres.

Students from Jefferson Center’s Arts

J A Z Z

B A N D S

Education Center are gearing up once

setting a new standard in how immersive, F A L L

positively impact the lives of others. 2016’s

Music Lab students recorded and released

Jazz Institute brought a new, accomplished

a self-produced

brightest, this unique

compilation

initiative allows

entitled ‘One’ at

students to effectively

the end of the

“tour” the community

Fall Semester.

and learn how

The recording

professional musicians

included students

provide entertainment

Izzy Crawford,

services. The roster

Maggie St. John,

of bands from years

along with gospel

past included jazz acts,

Performance

rock bands, singer-

Band, UPRAIZE

songwriters, and even a

and others. In an

hip hop duo. For more

BRANDI DISTERHEFT

online contest, students from Hidden Valley High School then designed and submitted

your business to the tour, contact Jordan

album covers for the compilation. The

Harman via jharman@jeffcenter.org

At this past year’s Anthem GoOutside Festival, Jefferson Center presented a fun and family-oriented workshop with our hand-drumming instructor, Otu Koju.

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Fr i d a y, Ma rc h 2 4

J A C K S O N :

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C O L L E C T I V E : L A W S O N

&

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Q U I C K S I L V E R

a n d

M O U N T A I N

DIANNE REEVES ARI HOENIG

H E A R T :

Fr i day, Ap r i l 14

DOYLE LAWSON

music business, technology, and performance

select students -- was an act that almost stole the spotlight from

of music, and the

as an extension of the education area schools

the 74 year old legend. Jefferson Center and Roanokers also

generosity of so many.

provide. We are preparing local youth for

welcomed the undisputed queen of Country Music, Loretta

E N R O L L M E N T

future education, careers, and interests in the

Lynn who delivered a memorable and moving night of music,

Jefferson Center’s Arts Education Center

music and entertainment industries.

even bringing some of her family onstage. Lynn’s opener, Dori

soundcloud.com/user-140347620/sets/one-the-music-lab-fall-2016

F E S T

T H E

H O E N I G

cooperation, a love

Returning instructors included saxophonist

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The Vagabonds -- who conducted a pre-show masterclass with

exclusively on SoundCloud at

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Th u r sday, March 16

innovative model of experiential learning in

training, music history, and improvisation.

classroom settings and individually.

F L A T B E L LY S :

from the spirit of

cover design. The compilation was released

more than 30 students, focusing both in

T H E

Taj Mahal. Supporting the bluesman was opener, Davina and

with students on composition, theory, ear

Brandon Lee. Instructors spent time with

&

Music Lab at Jefferson Center represents an

with art student Amelia Kidd, winning the

and Julliard School faculty and trumpeter,

L O U

to League. Their performance here at Jefferson Center all came

and bassist from New York City worked

Chambers, and Fred Wesley, among others;

L I N D S A Y

with an electrifying performance by Blues-Americana performer,

Music Lab and ran wild with their ideas,

has performed with Paul Bollenback, Joe

w i t h

Grammy-award winning performance that initially drew Crosby

Brandi Disterheft, an award winning singer

Daniel Faust; bassist, Steve Haines, who

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Fr i d a y, Ma rc h 3

Our 2016 - 2017 Programming Season kicked off with a bang,

students were given information about the

Eby; drummer and UNCG graduate,

Tour. Showcasing some of our best &

information or to find out how to add

musician to participate in the program.

and UNC Greensboro professor, Chad

R E E V E S :

again for this year’s Performance Band

hands-on art and music education can

C O M P I L A T I O N

D I A N N E

P E R F O R M A N C E S

M U S I C

L A B

MICHAEL LEAGUE

Freeman, a Galax native, also put on an incredibly moving

is open for enrollment in the spring session. For only $100, teens in grades

We are developing a new model for molding

performance, adhering to this season’s unofficial theme of Old

6-12 can attend to learn production and

the lives of youth as they grow not only as

Soul - New Soul, bringing established, seasoned artists together

recording, performance skills, and music

musicians, engineers, and performers, but

with the young, up-and-coming.

business. Thanks to our generous financial

as contributing members of our society,

supporters, scholarships are also available

knowledgeable consumers, and engaged

In December, David Crosby’s Lighthouse Tour stopped off at

to students who may require financial

citizens.

Jefferson Center. The tour brought the rock legend together with Snarky Puppy bandleader, Michael League along with

assistance. The state-of-the-art facility offers access to multi-track recording studios and

For more information,

Michelle Willis and Becca Stevens. It was an impressive night

practice rooms, all in proximity to world-

visit jeffcenter.org/musiclab, or like us at

of music, as the foursome performed classics like ‘Woodstock’ and

class artists performing on Jefferson Center

facebook.com/themusiclab

new songs from Crosby’s ‘Lighthouse’ album. The connections

stages. Visit jeffcenter.org/musiclab to learn

that brought them to our Shaftman stage were felt and noted that

more or enroll today.

night, as its precisely where Family Dinner started, the viral and

DAVID CROSBY


GRANTORS The Cabell Foundation Sam & Marion Golden Helping Hand Foundation Virginia Commission for the Arts National Endowment for the Arts Roanoke Arts Commission Helen S. & Charles G. Patterson Charitable Foundation The Edgar A. Thurman Foundation for Children Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation

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“A goal is a dream with a finish line” - Duke Ellington This year residents and visitors throughout our community have a lot to be excited about as the dream to complete vital renovations, valuable upgrades, and enhanced programs and services is becoming a reality. “This is an exciting time for Jefferson Center,” said Tom Palmer Jefferson Center’s Board Chairman. “More and more people are talking and envisioning the future of this wonderful historic facility. Our Board is more convinced than ever that our community needs and deserves a performing arts FLOOR UPGRADE

Berkshire Charitable Foundation Foundation for Roanoke Valley County of Roanoke Norfolk Southern Foundation

F I T Z PAT R I C K U P D AT E S

B OA R D O F D I R E C TO R S Bo Blankenship Paul Bonelli Trista Farrell

E D U C AT I O N T E C H N O LO G Y

Susan P. Frantz Anne Jenkins Nathan Kerr Mark S. Lawrence Carl Miller Marc Nelson

facility that showcases the national and international talent that comes to Virginia. The incredible work presented by our local artists,

organizations, and arts education programs support our schools and inspire the leaders of tomorrow. In addition, we are privileged to be able to provide to our community a home from which local non-profits can do their best work to serve this community, a center where corporations can assemble to train their staff and market their services and a classic venue where individuals can gather to celebrate life’s memorable moments.” CAMPAIGN

UPDATE

“It is my pleasure to report that our Performance Beyond Campaign continues to progress and gain momentum. The Campaign Committee has engaged in activities throughout the year with numerous meetings leading to meaningful gifts and pledges. Currently, total contributions amount to over $2,750.000. We have reached 68% of our $4,000,000 goal - a success which reflects excitement and commitment for our Campaign. Please help us reach the finish line as you consider your charitable giving. Your gift will make a positive impact not just for Jefferson Center but for our entire community.” Please contact Cyrus Pace or Amy Milberger with your interest in giving or a naming opportunity. Thank you for your support! - Susan Frantz, Campaign Chair

“Please take a moment to think about what Jefferson Center means to you and consider making a donation today. Thank you!” - C Y R U S PA C E Executive Director

Thomas T. Palmer

W A Y S

Richard Pettit

Gifts to either our Performance Beyond or Annual Campaigns can be made in multiple ways. For planned giving options, including gifts from your IRA or will, visit jeffcenter.plannedgiving.org

David I. Tenzer

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Gifts can be mailed to:

Warner Dalhouse

Gifts of any size can be made with a credit card. Visit jeffcenter.org/support to make your gift quickly and securely. Installment options are also available.

Helen Fitzpatrick

P H O N E :

Heidi Krisch

Contact the Development Office at (540) 343-2624, ext. 212

Charles A. Webb

DIRECTOR EMERITUS

Tyler Pugh Edwin C. Hall

OFFICE 540 343 2624 BOX OFFICE 540 345 2550

ADDRESS Jefferson Center 541 Luck Ave. SW Suite 221 Roanoke, VA 24016

Jefferson Center Development Office 541 Luck Avenue, Suite 221 Roanoke, VA 24016 CONNECT jeffcenter.org facebook.com/jeffcenter twitter.com/jeffcenter

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HAPPY 2017

As the New Year kicks off and things heat up at Jefferson Center, there’s a lot to reflect upon from 2016 and to look forward to this year. MAGDA RESIDENCY

MAGDA AND RCPS STUDENTS

At the very beginning of this year, Magda Giannikou of Banda Magda began rehearsals with students from Roanoke City Public Schools. Magda’s participation in our season this year includes shows both in our Jazz Club Series and the Family Series, the latter with Patrick Henry High School Jazz Ensemble and Orchestra as well as William Fleming’s Jazz Ensemble. Working on the arrangements for months, Magda arrived on-site for two days to work in the high schools, preparing for the eventual shows in February. Additionally, Magda and her band will conduct a masterclass for select Music Lab students, and she’ll be leading a student outreach performance for local and regional elementary schools. Her participation in this weeklong residency as a performer and educator is undeniable. However, even though she hails from Greece and calls New York home, Magda has also become an ambassador for our mission in our community. In the spirit of

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collaboration, her work with Roanoke City Public Schools demonstrates a commitment to taking Jefferson Center’s work beyond the walls of our building. Magda’s residency will be made possible thanks to the generosity of the National Endowment for the Arts, Carilion Children’s, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and Roanoke City Public Schools. The nature of this collaborative work is at the very heart of our mission.

testament to this, local author, Beth Macy held a special debut book signing for her New York Times Best Seller, Truvine, the harrowing true story about two albino African Americans kidnapped and placed into a traveling carnival. Complete with catering and live music, the evening provided a meaningful, dignified, and important revelation about the history of our area, in an elegant and comfortable setting.

HOMETOWN HERO

COMMUNITY PERFORMANCES

Recently, our Director of Center Services, Mr. Frederick Pryor, was awarded the recognition of Hometown Hero from Alcova Mortgage. Described as “a person with the skills of MacGyver and the heart of Mother Teresa,” this acknowledgement honored

FREDERICK PRYOR

Fred, a former Marine who still works annually with Toys For Tots, for his dedication to country and community. S P E C I A L

E V E N T S

Fred has also managed to be a hero to so many seeking the right venue for their special event. His adherence to excellence is secondto-none when it comes to coordinating and overseeing the many events we host. From corporate functions to weddings and banquets, the rooms and halls of Jefferson Center provide diverse, exceptional options for putting on your perfect event. As a

Jefferson Center’s beautiful performance spaces are available for rental and community events from the professional, to the personal. The 150 seat Rehearsal Hall and the 888 seat Shaftman Performance Hall hosted performances by comedian Bobby Bones, training for the doctors and nurses of Carilion, events by Elevation Church, Greg Addison and Hair Attitudes Salon’s World Tour: Hair and Fashion Show featuring stylists and models from the area, and Sonali Jariwala‘s celebration of her Arangetram, a milestone in classical Indian dance. Additionally, this year saw Jefferson Center become the new home to Roanoke Children’s Theatre, allowing the group to entertain larger audiences on the stage of Shaftman Performance Hall.

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Newsletter 2017  

Jefferson Center's Annual Newsletter

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