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Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2014 9:00 am | Updated: 12:38 pm, Thu Apr 17, 2014.

RICHLANDS, Va. — Rolling into its 20th year, the annual Festival of the Arts at Southwest Virginia Community College has announced one of its most unusual themes — “Winds of Change, Winds of War-1890-1920: An Era of Empire, Invention and Upheaval.”

The festival runs April 24 to May 4 at the campus near Richlands, Va., and a few off-campus properties.

This theme reaches around the world, college officials say.

“Some of the avenues for exploration will be Victoria’s Greater Britain, the rising might of Germany, the resurgent France, Austria-Hungary’s creaking empire falling to the music of the waltz, the Romanoff’s and Russia, the arrogance of Japan, the doomed Ottoman Empire, the wannabe Dutch, Italian, Belgian, Portuguese and Spain,” said Randy Forehand, the festival historian, in a release.

“And, of course, the big stick diplomacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the upstart USA,” Forehand adds. “We are moving to the tunes of John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin.”

But, that’s not all.

“War and revolution are born during this period but also the seeds of soaring aspirations and artistic creativity including the birth of modernism in art, music and architecture and the rise of the film and recording industry,” Forehand says.

What’s being celebrated this year, according to Forehand, is the era marked by a transition — from isolationism to the status of a world power; the beginnings of transcontinental telephone service and mass communication; and the rise of the automobile industry and mass production.

Of course, it would not be the Festival of the Arts without the return of so many of the most popular events from years past, like “Piano Times Three,” the three-piano event starring Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Dr. Joseph Trivette.

Art exhibits on the theme of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and World War I memorabilia will also be a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of the Arts.

jtennis@bristolnews.com | 276-791-0704 | @BHC_Tennis

RICHLANDS, Va. — Rolling into its 20th year, the annual Festival of the Arts at Southwest Virginia Community College has announced one of its most unusual themes — “Winds of Change, Winds of War-1890-1920: An Era of Empire, Invention and Upheaval.”

The festival runs April 24 to May 4 at the campus near Richlands, Va., and a few off-campus properties.

This theme reaches around the world, college officials say.

“Some of the avenues for exploration will be Victoria’s Greater Britain, the rising might of Germany, the resurgent France, Austria-Hungary’s creaking empire falling to the music of the waltz, the Romanoff’s and Russia, the arrogance of Japan, the doomed Ottoman Empire, the wannabe Dutch, Italian, Belgian, Portuguese and Spain,” said Randy Forehand, the festival historian, in a release.

“And, of course, the big stick diplomacy of Teddy Roosevelt and the upstart USA,” Forehand adds. “We are moving to the tunes of John Philip Sousa and Scott Joplin.”

But, that’s not all.

“War and revolution are born during this period but also the seeds of soaring aspirations and artistic creativity including the birth of modernism in art, music and architecture and the rise of the film and recording industry,” Forehand says.

What’s being celebrated this year, according to Forehand, is the era marked by a transition — from isolationism to the status of a world power; the beginnings of transcontinental telephone service and mass communication; and the rise of the automobile industry and mass production.

Of course, it would not be the Festival of the Arts without the return of so many of the most popular events from years past, like “Piano Times Three,” the three-piano event starring Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Dr. Joseph Trivette.

Art exhibits on the theme of the Women’s Suffrage Movement and World War I memorabilia will also be a part of the 20th Anniversary of the Festival of the Arts.

jtennis@bristolnews.com | 276-791-0704 | @BHC_Tennis

Here are a few highlights of this year’s Festival of the Arts:

Thursday, April 24

      » Art Reception and Gallery Talk, 12:15 p.m., Elmes Gallery

      » Sunday, April 27: Festival Fanfare: Knoxville Symphony, 4 p.m., SWCC King Community Center This performance will present selections to honor the theme, featuring pianist Pavlina Dokovska. The SWCC Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Joseph Trivette, will also perform with the orchestra.

Tuesday, April 29:

      » Festival Café ($7), 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., SWCC King Community Center

      » Camerata Virtuosi New York, 7:30 p.m., Gaynelle Lockhart Albert Memorial Concert, Elk Garden United Methodist Church, Elk Garden, Va. The Camerata Virtuosi New York is comprised of four internationally acclaimed chamber musicians including two violinists, violist and cellist. They are also joined by pianists Pavlina Dokovska and Vladimir Valjarevic

Thursday, May 1

      » Jeopardy: “Empire, Upheaval and Invention: 1890-1920,” 12:10 p.m., SWCC Dellinger Hall

      » Camerata Virtuosi New York, 7:30 p.m., Tazewell Baptist Church, Tazewell

Saturday, May 3

      » Spotlight on Talent, 11 a.m., SWCC King Community Center

      » Art Reception and Gallery Talk, 1-3 p.m., Appalachian Arts Center

      » Camerata Virtuosi New York: The Betty T. Corte Memorial Concert, 7:30 p.m., First United Methodist Church College Avenue, Bluefield, Va.

Sunday, May 4

      » Festival Finale: Piano Times Three, Sponsor’s Reception, 3 p.m., SWCC King Community Center This show features pianists Pavlina Dokovska, Vladimir Valjarevic and Joseph Trivette.

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