Mark your calendars now for an exciting weekend of classical music, as Virginia’s BlueRidge Music Festival returns to Floyd after a successful 11 day inaugural season last summer. Artistic director, David Stewart Wiley, has planned a varied and excitingweekend, June 6-8, which includes something for every music lover.
The fun and music will begin Friday night, June 6 at 6:30 pm at the Artisan Market inFloyd. This night of informal ensemble music will feature several 2013 fellows, and is free and open to all.
Saturday, June 7 begins with a family affair. The Family Concert: “Baroque to Billy Joel” will begin at 10:30 a.m. at the Floyd EcoVillage. David Stewart Wiley, along with threeother musicians, will trace the roots of recent popular music back to Bach, Classical,and Ragtime. This concert is appropriate for all ages.
Saturday evening, June 7, is the Gala Concert and Reception. Also at the FloydEcoVillage, this concert begins at 6:30 p.m. An indoor concert will featureConcertmaster Akemi Takayama and composer & mandolin virtuoso, Jeff Midkiff playingselections from Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, Piazzolla’s ?ery Four Seasons of Buenos Aires,a sneak preview of Midkiff’s new Double Concerto for Mandolin and Violin, and much more. The music will continue outdoors with a “Sunset Serenade” featuring theBlacksburg Community Band, under the direction of VBRMF Board President, Jay Durner.
Sunday, June 8 features an afternoon concert entitled “Art & Music in the Mountains” at 3:00 p.m. A chamber orchestra under the direction of Maestro Wiley will presentDvorak’s beloved Serenade for Winds and Strings, Mozart’s Marriage of FigaroOverture, and Beethoven’s Octet Finale.
Weekend passes are available. Adult passes are $40 and student passes are $15. The Festival will return to an 12 day format in June 2015 and will include an Academy,pairing pre-professional Fellows with professional musicians from around the country.
The Festival Board has hired Meg Carter as Executive Director. As a professional in a varied field of industries and a community development volunteer with deep and diverse experience, Carter is delighted to bring her skills and energy to Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival.
Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival is also pleased to announce an affiliation with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra. In keeping with the long and successful tradition linking symphonies with summer festivals, the Festival is proud to become an RSO affiliate and is eager to be the summer source of great classical music in the region. As RSO Conductor and Music Director, David Stewart Wiley also serves as Artistic Director for the Festival, the relationship makes sense and will benefit both entities and patrons alike. VirginiasBlueRIdgeMusicFestival.org