Reichhold Center for the Arts 2014 season

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The Reichhold Center for the Arts on St. Thomas recently announced its 2010-2011 season boasting an All-Star line-up of Grammy winners, chart toppers, and legends in R&B, pop, reggae and World music. “This is undeniably one of our strongest seasons ever,” said Pamela Toussaint, co-Director of the Reichhold Center. “Usually each season we feature at least one major artist of critical acclaim. This season, however, we have really taken it up a notch by presenting at least four artists on our season that have well established careers and are icons in their field of music.”

 

The Reichhold season kicks off October 23rd with an R&B dance party featuring Grammy Award winner Chaka Khan. From her years as a platinum selling recording artist with Rufus and Chaka Khan (“Tell Me Something Good”) to her successful solo career, Chaka Khan is undeniably in a class by herself. The night will feature an evening of Chaka Khan’s greatest hits, including “I’m Every Woman,” “Whatcha Gonna Do For Me?” “I Feel For You,” and more!

 

The All-Star roster includes pop music icon Michael Bolton performing January 29, 2011 as part of his One World, One Love tour. Bolton is one of the music industry’s most successful and accomplished artists, selling more than 53 million albums and singles worldwide. Bolton will sing his many classics, including, “Soul Provider” “How Am I Supposed to Live Without You,” and “Love Is A Wonderful Thing.” Bolton’s 2010 album, One World One Love finds him collaborating with some of the hottest acts in the business, including Lady GaGa, R&B singer Ne-Yo, and Jamaican sensation Tami Chynn.

 

Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff rounds out the All-Star Roster when he makes his first appearance on the Reichhold stage on April 2, 2011. Cliff will perform his classic hits, including “You Can Get It If You Really Want” and “Many Rivers to Cross.” The Jamaican native earned critical acclaim when he starred in the 1972 movie The Harder They Come. In March 2010 Cliff was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

 

Also performing on the Jimmy Cliff show is reggae singer Gramps Morgan. Gramps Morgan earned legion of fans as part of the sibling group Morgan Heritage. Morgan is now enjoying a hugely successful solo career. His CD, “Two Sides of My Heart Vol. 1” still regins at the top of the charts in the U.S., Caribbean and Europe.

 

Legendary jazz trombonist Hugh Masekela performs on March 18 (St. Croix) and March 19th (St. Thomas), with his signature “Afro-beat” music. Masekela’s signature song “Grazing in the Grass” remains a classic on pop and jazz stations. The Masekela concert will also feature South Africa’s top female vocalist—Lira. Masekela and Lira captivated audiences with their joint performance during the pre-concert for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Lira will launch her U.S. tour at Reichhold Center. The 29-year-old style icon sings in her native language, as well as French and English.

 

This All-Star roster is complemented by a stellar jazz show featuring Virgin Islands native Dion Parson and the 21St Century Band. This Co-Presentation between Reichhold Center and Virgin Islands Lottery will take place on November 27th, 2010. Parson will be joined by fellow Virgin Islanders Ron Blake on saxophone and Rashawn Ross on Trumpet. The evening features the VI Youth Jazz Ensemble, a group of youngsters Parson has mentored during the past year.

 

Reichhold Center’s 2010-2011 season continues the highly popular Family Series with two high energy dance performances—Rhythmic Circus: A Tap Dance Extravaganza and Street Beat: Theatrical Drum and Dance Show. The Family Series is sponsored by the Virgin Islands Department of Education.

 

Rhythmic Circus has taken the dance world by storm with their innovative repertoire, transforming tap shoes into instruments of rhythm. Their critically acclaimed show, “Feet don’t Fail Me Now,” is a display of elaborate costumes and music performed by a seven-piece funk band. The show will be performed on St. Croix, October 8th and on St. Thomas, October 9th.

 

Street Beat is a high-energy explosion of urban rhythm, hip hop moves, astonishing acrobatics–a full evening of original entertainment for all ages. Household items and street objects are used as drums and percussion as Street Beat’s company dancers demonstrate hard hitting choreography of the latest street dances. The show takes place on Saturday, February 19, 2011 at 7 p.m.

 

This stellar season of entertainment wraps up May 21, 2011, with one of the country’s most acclaimed dance companies: the Aspen Santa Fe Ballet. Aspen Santa Fe Ballet captivates audiences with its invigorating presentation of contemporary ballet with a European twist. Audiences nationally and internationally have embraced this vibrant company on stellar stages from the Joyce Theater in New York to the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC.

 

Reichhold Center for the Arts

Established in 1978, The University’s Reichhold Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,200 seat outdoor amphitheatre that is the premier venue for artistic and cultural development. The Center offers an annual schedule of presentations that includes plays, classical and contemporary music, dance, and an international film and video festival. Outreach and development activities include the Caribbean Repertory Theater, the Summer Youth Theater, and the Digital Video Institute (DVI). In its outreach, the Center has an explicit focus on youth, deriving from the belief that early exposure to and participation in expressive arts and media promotes life-long appreciation and growth.

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Mission Statement & Goals MISSION The Mission of the Reichhold Center for the Arts is To support programs that preserve and enhance the artistic heritage and cultural foundations of the Virgin Islands, the wider Caribbean and the Americas To enrich the cultural and social life of the University of the Virgin Islands and its community with programs and performances drawn from across the globe that exemplify the best human artistic expression and, in so doing, To be recognized as a center of excellence at the University GOALS The Center seeks to achieve its mission by pursuing the following goals that are directed to three broadly defined constituencies: A. The University Community Students and other members of the University To support development of academic programs at the University of the Virgin Islands that prepare students for careers in performing arts To fulfill the exposure of students and other members of the University community to the performing arts, and to cultivate in them a strong appreciation of the arts. B. The Virgin Islands Community To enrich the cultural life of the Virgin Islands with performances of dance, music and theater; and to involve the community in the life of the University both as audience and participants in the programs of the Center. To develop programs that attract and enlighten the youth of the Community. To assist in the development of a local performing arts tradition. C. The Caribbean and Central America region to be a model performing arts center for the region

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Foundation for Reichhold Center to Host 35th Anniversary Telethon

miThe University of the Virgin Islands’ Foundation for the Reichhold Center for the Arts will host the first “Show of Support Telethon” to celebrate the center’s 35thAnniversary. The telethon will feature a variety of local entertainment and more than 20 testimonials from long-time Reichhold Center fans and supporters. It will air on Fox and NBC several times beginning on Nov. 16, and will be repeated until January.

“As Reichhold celebrates its 35th birthday this telethon ensures that the center can continue to celebrate many more birthdays,” said Foundation for the Reichhold Center for the Arts Board member Felipe Ayala. “Your support ensures that the generous gift of Henry Reichhold and his family to expose future generations of Virgin Islanders to the arts will continue.”

The telethon will feature performances from Spectrum Band, the Rising Stars Steel Orchestra, the VI Philharmonic, Flights of Fire, the French Academy of Performing Arts and the Becca Darling Band. Long-time Reichhold Center supporters, Attorney Leigh Goldman and Deputy Commissioner of Tourism Chantal Figueroa will host the affair. “You will never see another event where you have all the top Virgin Islands acts in one show,” said Liza Margolis, UVI senior coordinator of Donor Relations and Special Events. “This is going to be a unique, entertaining and fun event, with a rich Virgin Islands history in a two-hour show.”

The telethon will air on Fox from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturdays beginning on Nov. 16, until Dec. 14.  It will also air from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 8. Fox can be found on Innovative Cable on channel six on St. Thomas and channel nine on St. Croix. Fox can be found on Dish Network on channel 27. On NBC, the telethon will air from 2 to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, and from noon to 1 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17.  NBC can be found on Innovative Cable channel 11 on St. Thomas and St. Croix.  It can also be found on channel 14 on Dish Network.  The dates that the telethon will air in January will be announced later.

Foundation Board member Marian Prescod said the telethon will feature many shows in one seating. “You don’t have to go anywhere,” she said. “We will bring Reichhold Center to you.  You will truly understand this priceless gem and how you can be a part of paying Reichhold forward for current and future generations of Virgin Islanders.”

“This is a new type of fundraiser for the foundation – a maiden voyage,” said UVI Vice President of Institutional Advancement Dionne Jackson. “We wanted to leverage technology while creating a simple, yet unique solicitation program that builds awareness and celebrates Henry Reichhold’s gift to UVI in grand style.” Jackson continued, “ I, for one, cannot imagine life in our community without Reichhold Center for the Arts, so on its 35th birthday, I salute  Reichhold and ask everyone to support the magnificent work being done at Reichhold Center to ensure that this glorious gift is preserved and continues to thrive for generations to come.”

“I would like to challenge all lovers of the Virgin Islands to step-up to the plate, participate and experience the joyous programming as if they were live at the Reichhold,” Prescod said. “I also challenge all to contribute generously to keep this great resource available in the territory.”

“How fortunate our community is to have this amphitheater on our island,” said Ayala. “Where else in the world can you sit under the stars in a natural setting and enjoy first class entertainment?  In the Virgin Islands we are so fortunate to have this and more. It is one of the many gifts bestowed on these islands for future generations to enjoy.”

The telethon is sponsored by CD Diagnostic Laboratory, Theodore Tunick and Company, VI Montessori School, Choice Wireless, Merchants Commercial Bank, Phoenix Visions Hair Designs, and V.I. Bridal and Tuxedo Center