Image: Vice Provost for the Arts Jody Kielbasa, foreground, Provost Liz Magill, seated in a dress with red flowers, and President Jim Ryan applaud fourth-year student Aline Dolinh after the reading of her poem, “This Poem is Not a Knife.”
We are proud to announce Arts on the Hill, a recurring event on Carr’s Hill featuring artists and scholars from our faculty and student body, as well as visiting artists and scholars from around the globe. President Jim Ryan will host guests each month during the academic year for performances and discussions around the Arts at UVA!! This is an ongoing partnership between the Office of the President & the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost.
Arts on the Hill: The Anatomy of A Cappella with the Virginia Belles
Tuesday, October 19, 2021 • 5-6:30 pm • Carr’s Hill • FREE by Lottery
UVA Faculty, Staff, & Students: All UVA faculty, staff, and students are eligible to enter the lottery (one submission per person). One ticket per entry: unfortunately, you may not bring a guest at this time.
Lottery: The deadline to enter the lottery is 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, October 14. Winners will be notified no later than 3:00 pm on Friday, October 15. You will be asked to confirm your attendance, as we anticipate a waitlist and will allow those on the waitlist in, as we can.
The Virginia Belles is the oldest and most established all female-identifying a cappella group at the University of Virginia. Simply put, we are a group of young ladies who love to sing without instruments, and we have been making beautiful music together for 44 years. In 1977, UVA student Katherine Mitchell realized that there was no existing outlet for female a cappella at the University, despite the University’s first all-male a cappella group, the Virginia Gentlemen, founded in 1953. Unwilling to let the boys have all the fun, Katherine founded the Virginia Belles as the VG’s female counterpart, comprised of the most talented members of the Virginia Women’s Chorus. While the Belles are no longer a part of the Women’s Chorus, the group remains affiliated with the McIntire Department of Music at the University and continues to bring together exceptionally talented women with a passion for music. Follow the Virginia Belles on Instagram!
SAVE THE DATES:
Tuesday, November 16, 2021 • 5-6:30 pm • Carr’s Hill • FREE by Lottery
Arts on the Hill: An Evening with John D’earth & Friends
Tuesday, September 7, 2021 • 5-6:30 pm • Carr’s Hill Tent • FREE by Lottery
The Inaugural Arts on the Hill with The Aeolians
Wednesday, March 4, 2020 • 4pm • Carr’s Hill • FREE by Lottery
- Marimba Performance by I-Jen Fang
- Wind in the Bamboo Grove (1984): Keiko Abe (b. 1937)
- Ingênuo: Pixinguinha (1897-1973)
- Divagando: Domingos Semenzato (1908-1993), arr. by Eric Martin
- Poetry Reading by Aline Dolinh (4th Year)
- Reading: This Poem is Not a Knife
The Aeolians: Established in 1946, the Aeolians of Oakwood University present choral music repertoire from the Baroque era to the 21st century. They have collaborated with symphony orchestras to present masterpieces of Brahms, Mozart, Schoenberg, Verdi, and Dett to name a few. They have also performed and recorded with artists such as Kathleen Battle, Angela Brown, Take 6 and Jacob Collier. In 2017, they won the Choir of the World award at the Llangollen International Musical Festival in Wales, UK. The Aeolians are thankful for ministry opportunities, and have been blessed to be called to minister all over the world. This event is FREE and open to the public.
Additional events: The Aeolians of Oakwood University will be in Concert at the First Baptist Church of Charlottesville on Wednesday, March 4th at 6pm. This is a Charlottesville Liberation and Freedom Day Event and is presented by UVA & the Division for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, in partnership with First Baptist Church of Charlottesville. This event is FREE and open to the public.
I-Jen Fang: Described as an “intrepid percussionist” by Fanfare Magazine, I-Jen Fang has a career as a solo performer, chamber musician, orchestral player, and teacher. She joined the faculty of the McIntire Department of Music at the University of Virginia in 2005 and as Principal Timpanist and Percussionist of the Charlottesville Symphony.
As a soloist, I-Jen has performed as a marimba soloist in Taiwan, U.S., Austria, France, Hungary, Romania, and South Africa. As a chamber musician, I-Jen has performed or recorded with artists such as Keiko Abe, William Cahn, Christopher Deane, Mark Ford, Edward Janning, Heini Kärkkäinen, Mike Mainieri, Jan Müller-Szeraws, Diane Pascal, Carsten Schmidt, Ed Smith, Michael Spiro, Nanik Wenton, Nyoman Wenton, Attacca Percussion Group, EcoSono Ensemble, and DaCapo Chamber Players. She has appeared in Heritage Theater Festival, Staunton Music Festival, Charlottesville Chamber Music Festival, Percussive Arts Society International Convention and Regional PAS Day of Percussion.
Born in Taipei, Taiwan, I-Jen began her musical education at age six taking piano. Taking up percussion at the age of nine, she came to the United States at age fifteen to pursue her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Percussion Performance at Carnegie Mellon University. She received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of North Texas where she served as a teaching fellow.
I-Jen is an Innovative Percussion artist.
Aline Dolinh, Class of 2020, Majoring in English (Area Program in Poetry Writing) and Medieval Studies.
Aline is a fourth-year at the University of Virginia! She is currently a multimedia intern for the University of Virginia’s Office for Equal Opportunity and Civil Rights, and has been involved with the Cavalier Daily, WXTJ 100.1 FM Student Radio, and the Virginia Film Festival Scholars Program. In the past, she has served as Bitch Media’s 2019 Writing Fellow in Pop-Culture Criticism and a 2015 Poetry Mentor in The Adroit Journal’s Summer Mentorship Program
- UVA Today • March 4, 2020 • New “Arts on the Hill” Series Debuts at Carr’s Hill With Moving, Live Performances
- UVA Arts • October 2020 • Arts on the Hill: President Jim Ryan Hosts UVA Artists in Virtual Performances!
THE PRESIDENT’S HOUSE
Carr’s Hill is home to the President of the University of Virginia. Construction finished in 1909, during the first president’s tenure. Every University president has lived in the home. The house was specifically designed to mimic the functionality of the Pavilions on the Lawn; the first floor is public-private space used by the President to host meetings and events with students, alumni, parents, faculty, staff, and friends of the University, as well as visiting dignitaries from around the Commonwealth and across the globe. As in the Pavilions, the President lives on the upper floors of the house.
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and the Virginia Landmarks Register, Carr’s Hill, designed by McKim, Mead & White, is an interesting study in architecture that reinterprets Jeffersonian classicism. The home sits on a rise bearing the same name, overlooking the University, and is nestled amongst beautiful gardens and historic outbuildings that pre-date the construction of the main house. The history of Carr’s Hill and the buildings on it are long and full of many colorful stories.