The third episode of “Arts on the Hill,” released Sunday, included poetry, song and dance from members of the University of Virginia community in Charlottesville and farther afield.
Hosted by President Jim Ryan and aide Matt Weber, each episode showcases performances by UVA student, faculty, alumni and guest artists, shared from the safety of their homes to bring Hoos everywhere together in this time of social distancing.
This week, Commonwealth Professor of English Rita Dove opened the episode with a poem from her second book offering a new perspective on another, much earlier plague. Alumnus Nathan Colberg performed a song about his hometown, “Charlottesville,” which he wrote while a student at UVA. Accompanied by a few farm animals, head football coach Bronco Mendenhall recited a poem that has been helping him in these chaotic times, “If” by Rudyard Kipling.
Members of Indian Dance Group Hoo-Raas didn’t let social distancing stop them from performing a virtual dance, each member dancing exuberantly in their home. Then, we gave viewers a quick preview of "The Inside World: Contemporary Aboriginal Australian Memorial Poles" at The Fralin Museum of Art, with a video tour by Henry Skerritt, curator at theKluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection at UVA.
U.S. Sen. Mark Warner, not to be outdone by his Virginia colleague U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, closed the show with a piano performance – with a little help.
Those interested in submitting performances or making a recommendation can email firstname.lastname@example.org.