Performing Arts

Performing Arts

The Paramount Student Fave 
Box Office: 979-1333 
215 E. Main St. (Downtown Mall)

With entertainment fare ranging from the Moscow ballet to a Yo-Yo Ma concert, the Paramount is the premiere theater venue in town. The circa 1931 theater was restored and reopened in 2004.

Sprint Pavilion Student Fave

This concert venue on the Downtown Mall presents local and national performing artists, and features covered or open-lawn seating as well as state-of-the-art sound systems. The Pavilion also hosts community events such as wine festivals, movie screenings and craft fairs, and is the site of Fridays After Five, a free concert series during the summer/early fall.

Jefferson Theater Student Fave

Located on Charlottesville's historic Downtown Mall, the Jefferson Theater was established in 1912 as a live performance theater that played host to silent movies, vaudeville acts and a historic list of live performers, ranging from Harry Houdini to The Three Stooges. The Jefferson reopened in 2009 after a comprehensive restoration that highlights the theater's vintage architecture while modernizing its facilities.

Charlottesville/University Symphony Orchestra

This professional group of musicians from the University and the surrounding area gives five symphonic performances during the school year in Cabell Hall Auditorium Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Season and single tickets.

LiveArts Theater 
123 E. Water St.

Presents a variety of works from classic to contemporary. There are often inexpensive tickets available, and some nights are pay-as-you-can.

Charlottesville Municipal Band

Numerous concerts throughout the year with six performances on the Downtown Mall during warm weather months. Pop, semi-classical, classical, and some older jazz tunes. Auditions open to all.

John Paul Jones Arena Student Fave

Named Pollstar’s Best New Concert Venue of 2006, the John Paul Jones Arena has already featured such acts as Billy Joel, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, the Blue Man Group, Eric Clapton, Kenny Chesney, and James Taylor. In addition to hosting UVA basketball games, the arena has become the area's premiere venue for concerts, comedy acts (like Daily Show host Jon Stewart), and family fare such as the circus and Sesame Street Live. The arena offers an email alert notifying patrons of upcoming events.

Light House Studio
121 Water St. E, City Center for Contemporary Arts and the Vinegar Hill Theater, Downtown Mall

Filmmaking classes for young people.

McIntire Music Department 

There are a host of student musical groups at the University, including Black Voices, the University Glee Club, the University Jazz Ensemble, University Singers, Virginia Gentlemen, and the Women's Chorus. The McIntire Music Department has its own box office for tickets to University events. Regular tickets become available two weeks prior to the concert date. Student prices on student performances are generally low. Performances sponsored by the University are often free for full-time students with Arts$.

Southern Cafe and Music Hall Student Fave
103 South First St. on the Downtown Mall

This venue features an array of young artists, usually for around $10 per show.

UVA Drama Department

Six major productions a year plus summer performances by the Heritage Repertory Theater.

First-Year Players

First-year law students are included in "first-years" for the purpose of this group, which produces one musical per semester.

Four County Players
(540) 832-5355

This community theater offers five productions a year, including Shakespeare at the Ruins (August) and acting workshops. Performances are held in the Barboursville Community Center.

Piedmont Virginia Community College Masquers
Off Route 20 S., just south of I-64

This drama department group of PVCC students and community residents stages two productions a year. PVCC Fine Arts & Performances

Oratorio Society

Members from the University and the community perform three times a year. Auditions held in the fall.

Shakespeare on the Lawn

Performs Shakespearean works at open-air locations around the Lawn for free. Open auditions.



This comedy improvisation troupe performs every semester and can be invited to perform at events or parties in the University by a department for a fee and by students free of charge.

Charlottesville Ballet

Charlottesville Ballet is a professional ballet company, dance academy and nonprofit organization. Charlottesville Ballet Academy (CBA), the official training school of Charlottesville Ballet, is a nonprofit center for dance education and offers training in all dance genres for ages 3 through adult. Charlottesville Ballet presents performances and events in Charlottesville and throughout the Central Virginia area. Performances include programming designed just for families in the Children’s Ballet Series, eclectic mixed-repertory performances in the Mainstage Series, and the annual holiday production of The Nutcracker Suite.