Richmond Ballet to kick off Outer Banks Forum’s new season

By on August 17, 2017

The Richmond Ballet.  (Sara Ferguson)

Experience a high-powered evening with the acclaimed Richmond Ballet, composed of dancers from around the world, when it kicks off the 35th Outer Banks Forum Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 9.

Programs will be held at First Flight High School in Kill Devil Hills.

The Richmond Ballet’s repertoire includes the classic ballets of the past, significant works of our time and new works that reflect a variety of modern influences, said Eddie Cooke, president of the Outer Banks Forum for the Lively Arts.


For the first time, this year’s lineup will include an afternoon of special entertainment featuring The Virginia Symphony at Roanoke Festival Park at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28, 2018. Led by a nationally acclaimed conductor, this exceptional program will highlight classical music.

Here’s what’s coming up for the 2017-18 performing arts series:

Black Market Trust – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21

  •  Enjoy the simple, elegant and well-defined classic sound of this American-pop vocal jazz band composed of five world-class musicians who have traveled the globe recording and performing on the world’s biggest stages. “Virtuosic playing, beautiful harmonies, and fun interaction with the crowd.” — PBS

Steel Wheels – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18

  • Discover why audiences enjoy this four-member string band from the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, known for their combination of stellar instruments, accentuated by one-of-a-kind lead vocal Trent Wagler, and keenly supported by strong harmonies … The musicians “weave in and out intricately … painting vivid imagery which flows effortlessly, just teasing the lyrics enough to allow them to resonate.” – Country Standard Time

Avner the Eccentric – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 27

  • Be delighted by award-winning Avner the Eccentric, hailed as one of the greatest clowns of all time, who has traveled around the world performing and teaching, along with appearing on television, on Broadway, at festivals and in movies. Avner the Eccentric may be best known as the scene-stealing holy man in The Jewel of the Nile. “I laughed for two solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.” — Joel Siegel, ABC-TV

Emile Pandolfi with Dana Russell — 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018

  • Savor the sophisticated sounds of pianist Emile Pandolfi and vocalist Dana Russell as they bring their show of piano, passion, emotion, entertainment, bewitching arrangements of beautiful ballads, rich and sumptuous medleys and musical memories to the Outer Banks. A mainstay of performing arts series across the country, Emile Pandolfi and his radiant vocalist Dana Russell create a relaxed, inviting “living room” where admiration and shared experience between artist and audience is rarely equaled.

Young Irelanders – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 10

  • Relish the stunning sounds of The Young Irelanders, a sensational act of young performers unique among their Irish peers who are world and Irish national champions in music, song and dance. Following a four-month tour of North America, they will undertake a two-month tour of China followed by several dates across Europe.

The Virginia Symphony at Roanoke Festival Park – 3 p.m. Saturday, April 28.

  • Subscribers will have front lawn seating; rain location will be First Flight School.
    Listen to the spectacular music of The Virginia Symphony, conducted by a nationally acclaimed conductor.  Photo by Sara Ferguson. Recognized as one of the nation’s leading regional symphony orchestras, this exceptional program will highlight classical music.

To make sure you get the best seats, visit Outer Banks Forum and download a subscriber form. Complete the form and mail it in by June 1, and you will receive the best seats available to watch these incredible performances.

Season tickets for seven performances are $120 including sales tax.  To purchase season tickets, send an email to Outer Banks Forum.  To purchase individual tickets, visit Outer Banks Forum Tickets. Individual tickets are $28 (for adults) and $15.00 (for students under age 17), including N.C. sales tax.

For more information, send an email to Outer Banks Forum, or call Kim Prince, membership director, at (252) 256-9361.  For more general information, visit the Outer Banks Forum on Facebook or visit Outer Banks Forum .

The Outer Banks Forum for the Performing Arts is a non-profit organization that brings an annual series of seven outstanding, diverse concerts to the area and provides opportunities for youth to participate in the arts.  All of the performances are partially underwritten by community businesses.



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