Tickets for the Moss Arts Center’s newest performance season, which is filled with new perspectives, prominent voices, and sights and sounds from around the world, will be available beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 20.

The center’s 2019-20 season embraces two themes that are both personal and universal – the varied ideas of home and a celebration of fierce women.

Artists invite audiences to delve into the idea of home in many ways this season, with a diverse range of performers and experiences, including multiple international artists and programs that will lead explorations of native countries and cultures.

The history-making Dance Theatre of Harlem returns to the Moss Arts Center, opening the season on Sept. 13 with a mixed program that includes one of the first performances of “Passages,” a new ballet inspired by major historical events in Virginia.

Theatre artist Geoff Sobelle brings his project, “HOME,” which explores a physical place inhabited by different generations over different periods of time, using dance, illusion, live music, and an inventive use of audience interaction. A new series this year, National Geographic Live, features three programs that examine the ultimate home, planet Earth, from its oceans, from space, and from across the landscape with “Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice,” “View From Above,” and “Pink Boots and a Machete.”

The center welcomes a dynamic group of female artists across all genres who are leaders, innovators, and provocateurs, amplifying powerful female voices from around the world.

One of the world’s most beloved and celebrated singers, Renée Fleming’s boundary-crossing vocal artistry will illuminate the center’s stage this season. Zimbabwean female a cappella quintet Nobuntu showcases women empowered through song and celebration, while London’s The Kingdom Choir, which is best known for its show-stopping performance at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, shares its infectious joy and inspiration.

Black bodies in motion tell their stories with choreographer Camille A. Brown and her Bessie Award-winning dance company, whose dazzling performance makes a personal claim on history through the lens of the modern female perspective. L.A. Theatre Works brings the stories of remarkable female heroes from seven countries, written by seven female authors, with the riveting documentary play “SEVEN.”

Latin Grammy-winning all-female, rule-breaking mariachi masters Flor de Toloache will win the hearts of progressive and traditional music fans alike with its wild, high-energy performance using traditional mariachi instruments.

A dynamic lineup of chamber music programs includes passion-driven performances by the energetic and forward-thinking Sirius Quartet and the Silkroad Ensemble, which creates music that that traverses difference and sparks cultural collaboration.

This season’s vibrant selection of orchestral offerings include performances by the Grammy-nominated National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the exceptionally gifted young musicians of the Curtis Symphony Orchestra, and the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, which brings its annual audience favorite, “Holiday Pops.”

Explore the full list of events for the 2019-20 season.

All performances will be held in the Anne and Ellen Fife Theatre, located within the Moss Arts Center’s Street and Davis Performance Hall at 190 Alumni Mall. 

Broadway in Blacksburg

The center marks the return of its “Broadway in Blacksburg” series with two touring Broadway productions — “The Color Purple” on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and “Finding Neverland” on March 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for these performances will go on sale on Jan. 14, 2020, but season subscribers — at the silver, gold, and premier levels — will have advance access to purchase tickets.


Tickets for individual performances for the 2019-20 season can be purchased online; at the Moss Arts Center's box office from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday; or by calling 540-231-5300.

Subscriptions for the 2019-20 season are also available and offer discounted prices and priority seat selection. There are three ways to subscribe: the Premier Subscription includes all available performances at a 30 percent discount off adult ticket prices, the Gold Build Your Own Subscription allows for a 25 percent discount off the price of adult tickets for 15 or more performances, and the Silver Build Your Own Subscription offers a 20 percent discount on five to 14 performances. Student and youth tickets are always $10 per performance, including subscriptions.

Beyond the Stage

The Moss Arts Center’s fall exhibition, “DATAFORM,” opens on Aug. 29 and will feature three artists who work with electronics, LEDs, computer-generated algorithms,  and video, transforming data into sculptural form.

Complementing the center’s season of performances and exhibitions are a collection of experiences designed to offer deeper connections with artists, ideas, and community members. These include matinee performances for area students, meet-the-artist events and artist talks, workshops and master classes for Virginia Tech students, and pre-show performances in the Grand Lobby.