Below are examples of past Special Presentations

Poets of the Piano

Friday, November 30, 2018 –  1:30-3:00 p.m. – Westminster Canterbury (Rotunda Room) – 250 Pantops Mountain Rd, Charlottesville

Please join us for a special lecture-recital celebrating the magic and poetry of piano music that  transcends the instrument. The music in this program explores the evolving art of piano music, as composers tried to express more moods, scenes and characters on the instrument. Behind each great piece, there is a story that will enrich your experience and open your ears to new possibilities. A thirty minute lecture is followed by a one hour concert.

Nathan Carterette is a classical pianist who trained at Yale University and in private study in Munich, Germany. He has performed around the world, and is known for his performances of Bach; his work with composers of today; and his educational initiative Poets of the Piano. For more information, please visit:

 Transforming Adversity into Positive Action

Friday, December 7, 2018 –  1:30-3:00 p.m. – Unity Church – 2825 Hydraulic Rd, Charlottesville

Please join us for a special presentation in which Joe Giarratano will discuss his journey from death row to Charlottesville and the Innocence Project at UVA. He will explore the issue of capital punishment, the need for criminal justice & prison reform, peace studies, non-violence, and how as citizens we can make a difference.


Joe GiarratanoJoe Giarratano was sentenced to death in 1979 for a double   homicide. He was later granted a conditional pardon by then governor, Douglas Wilder, citing serious doubts concerning his guilt and strongly recommending he be given a new trial. Shortly thereafter, the Attorney General denied his appeal for a new trial–a decision that was widely condemned by those on the right and left.

During his almost 40 years in prison, Joe became a self-taught legal scholar, was published in the Yale Law Journal, and has written many articles about the death penalty and prison reform. He has had several successful cases determined by various courts on a range of issues, including a case that traveled to the U.S. Supreme Court. While in prison, Joe founded the non-profit, “Peace Studies/ATV,” a highly successful program designed to introduce prisoners to non-violence, conflict resolution,      personal responsibility, job training, and victim-offender workshops. Since 1989, Joe has been on the Board of The Center for Teaching Peace, in D.C., and since his release on December 20, 2017, has been employed by the Innocence Project at UVA.