PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

It is with great enthusiasm that we present this year’s upcoming programming below. If you are visiting for the first time, or returning as a longtime supporter, we thank and welcome you to Suffolk Center!

PAST PERFORMANCES + EVENTS

SHANA TUCKER – CHAMBERSOUL CELLO & SONGS

Saturday, February 17, 2018
8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$25 – $30 for Reserved Seating

$15 Student Tickets with ID

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SHANA TUCKER is a singer-songwriter and cellist who credits her genre-bending ChamberSoul™ journey to the influences of her jazz and classical roots interwoven with 80’s & 90’s pop music, movie soundtracks, and world music.

Touted by JazzTimes Magazine as “a jazz talent…whose imprint and vitality has already been quite visible in North Carolina,” Shana’s style and sound as been described as a mash-up of Dianne Reeves, Joni Mitchell, and Tracy Chapman, with an efficient complexity that is reminiscent of Bill Withers.  ChamberSoul™ best describes what the listener should expect when experiencing Shana’s music. “I’m intrinsically drawn to “real” instruments, with resonance, tone and depth that can sound without amplification. Whenever and however possible, I always try to set a tone of acoustic intimacy with my colleagues on stage, and also with the audience, so that the music, performers and audience feel close and tangible, no matter the size the venue.”

 

THE BLACKPACK – ALL LAUGHS MATTER

Saturday
March 3, 2018

8:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at the Center

Ticket Prices:
$25 General Admission

Limited “Cabaret-Style” Seating
Available on First-Come, First-Serve
Basis at time of Performance

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Three comedians. One stage. Celebrating our differences one joke at a time. That’s how Vince Morris, BT, and Billy D. Washington of The Blackpack bill themselves. They’ll be performing at the Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts on Saturday, March 3rd, 2018 at 8:00 p.m. They have been featured on major networks, such HBO, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, A&E, Fox, and BET, numerous times. According to their bio, “We are here to celebrate our individualism. Our motto is ‘be yourself – because everybody else is already taken’.” They use the acronym S.E.L.L.O.U.T. to describe themselves: Serious. Educated. Laughing. Learning. Outrageous. Unique. Talented. The Blackpack has gotten rave reviews from venues where they’ve performed. “Their material is SO spot-on, just to the perfect “edge” in every way – with never going over or too far,” one review noted. “They’re very, very smart in reading their audience and they do so with humor and warmth.”

ST. PATTY’S DANCE FEATURING LITTLE COUNTRY

Saturday
March 17, 2018
8:00pm – 11:00pm

Location:
Downstairs at Suffolk Center

Ticket Prices:
$15 

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Come celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with us! If Fleetwood Mac, Little Big Town, and Kansas made a band baby…..it would be Little Country. This five piece rock, pop and country cover band is homegrown and based out of Virginia Beach. The members of this band are seasoned musicians, and some come with major tour experience under their belts! With an ever-changing song list, their show is geared towards an all-around good time, packed with modern energetic rock, pop and country, as well as classic sing-a-longs.

MASTERS OF SOUL

Wednesday
April 14, 2018
8:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$26 – $35 for Reserved Seating

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Don’t miss your chance to step back in time and feel the magic when Masters of Soul (formerly Masters of Motown) returns to Suffolk Center. Masters of Soul is a celebration of the legendary songs and performers that defined Motown and soul music. The 90-minute show features stylishly costumed fully choreographed performances of both male and female groups backed by a live band.

 

CHOWAN UNIVERSITY CHOIRS

Sunday, April 22, 2018
3:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$10 for Reserved Seating

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SPONSORED BY CHARLES & JUANITA POND

The Chowan University Choirs will present an exciting and varied program of classical and contemporary choral music. Benjamin Thorburn is Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Chowan University. A versatile conductor and singer with experience in opera, oratorio, and early music, he has appeared as a soloist throughout Virginia, the mid-Atlantic, and the Northeast. As a music scholar, he is a specialist in Baroque music and performance practice and has presented his research at national and international conferences. He was previously Director of Vocal Studies at Bluefield College in Virginia. He received a Ph.D. in music history from Yale University and a Bachelor of Arts in music from the University of Rochester.

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Friday
February 16, 2018

10:00am & 12:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$3.50 per ticket

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This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

THE BILLY GOATS GRUFF: Virginia Opera

Monday & Wednesday
March 19 & 21, 2018

10:00am & 12:00pm

Ticket Prices:
$3.50 per ticket

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Music by W.A. Mozart/Words & Story Adaptation by John Davies

This universal classic and its timeless characters provide the perfect backdrop for this pastiche opera, brilliantly interwoven by John Davies with music by Mozart and scenes by Mozart, Donizetti and Rossini. When three billy goats encounter a big bully goat blocking their way home from school, the billy goats try different strategies to defeat the bully goat.

IN PLEIN SITE: A Plein Air Event

Saturday
May 5, 2018

Check in from 8-8:30am

Ticket Prices:
$25 for Registration Fee

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Award: A cash award of $150 will be presented to the “People’s Choice Award” winner during the Saturday Evening Reception, May 5.

Y’ART SALE at the Center

A Used Art Sale: Equipment & Supplies useful in plein air painting: April 28, 2018 – 11am-2pm

INFO MEETING – Norfolk Foundation Gallery, 2nd Floor Suffolk Center

Plein Air Event Overview, April 28, 2018 – 11am-12pm

APPLICATION DEADLINE: April 28, 2018

$25 Registration fee/Pay online

CRITIQUE & WET PAINT SALE at the Center

May 5, 2018 – 4:30-6:30pm

Plein air painting is about leaving the four walls of your studio behind and experiencing painting and drawing in the landscape. The practice goes back for centuries but was truly made into an art form by the French Impressionists. Their desire to paint light and its changing ephemeral qualities, coupled with the creation of transportable paint tubes and the box easel–the precursor to the plein air easels of today–allowed artists the freedom to paint “en plein air,” which is the French expression for “in the open air.” – artistdaily.com