The Bigger Picture: Trumpeting the Return of ‘Arts on the Hill’

September 7, 2021 By Caroline Newman, cfnewman12@gmail.com Caroline Newman, cfnewman12@gmail.com

Beginning around 5 p.m. Tuesday, those passing by Carr’s Hill might have heard some beautiful jazz music floating in the late afternoon air, as trumpeter John D’earth welcomed University of Virginia students back in his own special way.

D’earth, a senior lecturer and director of jazz performance, performed Tuesday in the first “Arts on the Hill” event of the semester. UVA President Jim Ryan started Arts on the Hill as a way to showcase student, faculty and guest artists at Carr’s Hill, which has housed every UVA president since 1909. The first performance was held on March 4, 2020, shortly before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Subsequent performances were put together and shared virtually, as students, faculty members and guests sent in performances that they filmed at home once the pandemic forced courses online.

Now, the performances are back in-person, held outside in a tent at Carr’s Hill. Ryan will continue to host guests each month. Free tickets are limited to allow for social distancing, but UVA faculty, students and staff are eligible to enter the ticket lottery. More information is available on the UVA Arts website.

UVA Student Council’s Arts Committee is also planning a special Arts Week to celebrate the arts on Grounds from Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The inaugural Arts Week will include performances, workshops, panel discussions, displays, social events and more.

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