Charlottesville is bursting with musicians, and our talented best start young: The Youth Orchestras of Charlottesville-Albemarle present their spring concert Sunday, May 14, at Old Cabell Hall. The program includes works by Brahms, Borodin and Beethoven, as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Phantom of the Opera. In addition, Marianna Cutright performs Greig’s Piano Concerto in A Minor. Alicia Cool conducts the Junior Strings. $10, 3pm. 974-7776.
With influences that include Stiff Little Fingers, Au Pairs and Phil Oches, you’d expect the underground group Mecca Normal to be a five-piece band. But Mecca duo Jean Smith and David Lester cover synth, piano, guitars, sax and vocals just fine themselves, thank you very much. Come hear them kick out works from their new CD, The Observer, on May 12, at Dust. $6, 10pm. 1304B Market St.
The New York Times describes folk-blues queen Odetta’s voice as “capable of soft-spun timbres and one with a powerful cutting edge, equally convincing in resonant, low tones and scat-like passages way up high.” She’s sung for American presidents, walked arm-in-arm with civil rights leaders and has inspired generations of musicians—most famously Bob Dylan and Janis Joplin. See this national treasure shine on Saturday, May 13, at the Gravity Lounge. 7pm. $28-35. 103 S. First St. 977-5590. www.gravity-lounge.com.
It’s the perfect romantic date. Put on those light hikers and a jacket, grab your water bottle and join the Wintergreen Foundation’s Saturday Moonrise Night Hike. The walk is easy, but reduced visibility may make footing more difficult, so instead of bringing a flashlight, bring a partner to steady your way. $5-8, 8pm. May 13. Meet at the Trillium House at Wintergreen. 325-8169. www.twnf.org.
Shakespeare Behind Bars is an eye-opening documentary that traces the casting, rehearsal and presentation of The Tempest by convicted felons inside Kentucky’s Luther Luckett Correctional Complex. Within the rigid confines of prison, the play allows the inmates to examine their pasts with remarkable candor, revealing untapped generosity and faith. Join UVA’s Betsy Tucker in a screening discussion of the film Tuesday, May 9, at Vinegar Hill Theatre. $8, 7pm. 220 W. Market St. 979-1922. www.vafilm.com.
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